Upcoming Services

water communion

August 26, 2018

Intergenerational Water Communion Service

Minister Krista Weber Huang

Water holds deep meaning in many faith traditions including Unitarian Universalism. Join us as we mark the end of summer and the beginning of a new church year with a ritual for all ages we call “Water Communion”. Each family, couple, or individual is invited to bring a very small sample of water and share briefly how an experience from your summer enriches this community. This water will be pooled and used in various ceremonies during the year. Children are invited to participate in the entire service, and the nursery will be available for babies and toddlers as needed. Let us all celebrate the tributaries of our lives coming together to create the river of our Unitarian Universalist faith and our San Marcos UU Fellowship!


1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future


KHuang250SMUUF welcomes Minister Krista Weber Huang as our new contract minister!

We are excited to have Minister Krista with us for the month of August, returning December through June 2019. We thank the Ministerial Search Committee and the Board of Trustees for their time and work, giving the decision careful consideration over the past 5 months. Thanks to all in the congregation for your guidance and trust during this process.

We’ll have an official installation ceremony during a Sunday service in December when she returns.



Adult Religious Exploration

9:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

"I Am An Atheist (And So Can You!)" (With no apologies to Stephen Colbert.)

"Why Naturalism Is Like a Box of Chocolates." (With no apologies to Forrest Gump.)

We welcome SMUUF member Gil Fulmer leading RE session this Sunday. He will argue that, although both theists and atheists agree that there are many concepts of god, they all speak as though they arrive at their beliefs about them by the same method.

There will be no childcare during Adult RE in the month of August, but will restart at 9:30 a.m. beginning September 9.

Coffee will be available, and all are welcome to attend.

Donate-the-Plate to Hays County Child Protective Board this Sunday

June Hankins, Recording Secretary for the Board, will be at church Sunday to tell us about the Child Protective Board and how the donation will be used. We hope you will be generous, as usual. Make your check out to SMUUF, with Child Protective Board on the Memo Line.

FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)Nostimo

After service, usually 12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Every Sunday at various restaurants 

This week: Nostimo Mediterranean Cafe, 206 W. San Antonio St., San Marcos

The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. They love to have new folks join them! See Jeannie Lewis or Lee Bricker after worship. They’ll save you a seat! 




There will be no children's RE before the service. Children's RE will resume September 9th.

Childcare will be provided during service for all ages throughout the summer, beginning at 11:00 am.


Thank you to all who participated in our Jedi Academy Summer Camp!

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Coming in September: A workshop at UBarU for our YUUTH. This is a workshop our church will participate in as we guide our YUUTH through the “Coming of Age”. 8th graders will be asked to attend. Details coming soon.

Coming of Age Retreat for 8th-10th grade


First UU San Antonio's DRE is planning a Coming of Age retreat for students in 8th-10th grade. They have invited us to be a part of it. It will be held at UBarU on September 14-16. The cost would be $80. Contact Laura Haygood if you are interested.

For information about any of our Children’s RE offerings, contact DRE Laura Haygood (512-757-2773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) FYI, she will be traveling through the end of July so her response will be delayed.


Week of Friday, August 17 - Thursday, August 23

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities




Wednesday, August 22 (and every Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m.
UCM Sanctuary

All singers and musicians are invited to become a part of the choir, which sings for worship about twice a month.

Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Sewing Guild

Following a break in July and August, we will resume meeting in the fall.

The Sewing Guild meets at the Allen Family home in Martindale on Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

For July and August, we will probably make weekly plans or have a hiatus due to the heat. Please feel free to email Garrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk. Join us for walks we plan around the San Marcos River, Lower Purgatory, Ring Tail, Spring Preserve and other nature trails. Hope to see you there!

Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday!

A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 7 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. Then on the last Wednesday of that month, the team prepares and serves dinner for diners at the Southside Community Center. It's a wonderful way to meet other SMUUF members and get right into service with us.

You may click here to download a copy of the Hospitality Team duties.

For information about how to join, contact Chris Rambo at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available

The SMUUF Board of Trustees meet (most often) on the 4th Sunday of each month, and are open to all. If you would like to stay informed on what happens at board meetings, you are invited to access the Board Meeting minutes at any time. Please click here to access the 2017-2018 minutes on Google Drive. If you have trouble accessing Google Drive, please email Board Secretary Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can assist or send to you directly.

Podcast Icon 75  Sermon Podcasts

Our most recent sermons are available on the website under the Past Sermons tab, and as podcasts from iTunes and Stitcher. Click the links to go to the SMUUF channels and subscribe. If you would like to listen to a past service not in the list of podcasts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Automate Your Pledge

Tired of writing checks for your pledges? There are three ways you can avoid check writing, and never miss a monthly gift.

  1. If your bank has bill pay, you can set up an automatic monthly check to SMUUF directly from your bank. It's simple, and it costs you and SMUUF nothing, it should be a free service if offered by your bank.
  2. You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
  3. You can authorize a regular charge on a credit card that SMUUF can process.

For the latter two options, use our donation app to set up recurring payments either by credit card or direct deposit. It's painless!

Legacy Society


Leg·a·cy (lĕg′ə-sē) n. pl. leg·a·cies
1. Money or property given to another by will.
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.
If you are interested in learning how you might include SMUUF in your estate planning, whether it be large or small, contact Ivri Messinger (830-832-3572; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


TOMORROW! SMUUF Members Invited to Craddock Avenue Median Ribbon Cutting


Saturday, August 18 
SMUUF Craddock Avenue Property, Craddock Ave. between Furman Street and Allen Street
Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served

Our church has applied through the City's "Adopt-A-Spot" program to care for the newly designed and landscaped median in front of our church property on Craddock Avenue. We are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting with refreshments, a tour, and a program on Saturday, August 18. Click here to view the press release.

Participants Needed - Community Conversations on Health

St. David’s Foundation has teamed up with Georgetown Health Foundation, Seton Health System, and Central Health System to conduct a series of community conversations. The purpose of these conversations is to gain input on what community members identify as the opportunities and barriers to improving health. This information will inform the development of a community needs assessment and ultimately a community health improvement plan driven in partnership with communities.

The conversations would last approximately 90 minutes and we will provide $25 gift cards to each participant (up to 12 participants for a small group discussion), food, and a $500 donation to our church.

Contact Jordan Buckley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate.


 Host Families needed for foreign-exchange students

The U.S.-State-Department-sponsored, nonprofit Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Host Families for foreign-exchange students from all over the world.

With the school year to begin in about 6 weeks, there are still about 100 students – ages 16 & 17 -- in need of Host Families. Even though these wonderful kids have passed their English proficiency exams, been cleared by the U.S. Consulate and have obtained J-1 VISAs, they remain in limbo. By law, a foreign-exchange student cannot arrive on American soil until he or she is placed with a Host Family.

Click here to view a letter from Garland Hancock -- the Texas coordinator for AYA for more information.

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events

There are some fun events coming up at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center! For more details and to register please go to www.ubaru.org. If you want to rent a cottage for a quiet weekend not during a retreat, email Robyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UBarU Summer Camps for all ages
2018 Summer Camp remaining dates:

August 31 - September 3: UBarU Labor Day Weekend Star Party

October 5-7: Women's retreat

October 19-21: Men's retreat

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We will swim in the beautiful limestone swimming tank, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and take field trips to enjoy the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. And of course, we spend some time having fun while we deepen our UU faith.



GoFundMe for the Cournoyer family

CournoyerfamilyJewel and her husband Justin are expecting identical twin boys in October. They also have an adorable two year old son. Due to a rare gestational condition and a shared placenta, Jewel's pregnancy is considered extremely high risk. Making things even more difficult is that dad was recently deployed with the U.S. Army National Guard to the continent of Africa. Justin will be gone for at least one year.

One burden we can and should lift from their shoulders is any financial needs they may have. Jewel will need to hire several people to help her through this time. Funds raised here will go towards a postpartum doula to help during the day so Jewel can rest/recover, a housekeeper and extra costs of twins (double diapers, double everything!)

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/the-cournoyer-5 to donate.


 If you have joys or sorrows, church or community news you would like printed in the Flash, or Sunday announcements, email the SMUUF News email account: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Mailing address:
PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667
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