Upcoming Services


February 25, 2018

“Building For Tomorrow - What It Means To Belong”

Your Stewardship Team

The present and future of the Fellowship rests on each of our shoulders, and we each have our gifts to give from our vast collection of resources. Come be part of the discussion.


March 4, 2018

Pura Vida!

Rev. Chris Jimmerson
Assistant Minister, First UU Church of Austin

Pura Vida! - Costa Ricans use the phrase “pura vida” as a sort of all-purpose greeting, exclamation, or fond farewell. It literally means “pure life.” We’ll explore its deeper meaning, and what it might be like to live pura vida.

Rev. Chris Jimmerson is minister for program development at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. Rev. Jimmerson has a strong calling toward anti-oppression, interfaith and social justice work and has been especially involved in immigrant rights and racial justice. Before becoming a minister, he served for seven years as executive director of American Gateways, a non-profit organization that assists immigrants with their immigration legal needs. He holds a BA in psychology from the University of Houston and a Masters of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard School of Theology.


1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future


December 8, 1946 - October 26, 2017

In Memoriam

Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson




Adult Religious Exploration - No RE Scheduled

There will be a joint meeting of the Design Development Team and Finance & Investments Committee, in lieu of RE.

9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

All are invited to attend. Coffee and Childcare are available beginning at 9:30. Please pick up your children (age 3 and older) following RE to join us in the worship service.

 Donate the Plate - Calaboose African American Museum

The Calaboose Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits the history of African Americans in San Marcos and Hays County. The Museum is currently in a big fundraising effort to restore the dilapidated historic First Baptist Church in the Dunbar District on MLK Drive. Ramika Adams, Calaboose Board Treasurer, will describe the organization and how the funds will be used. She will be accompanied by her husband Willie Adams.

Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)

Approximately 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 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!
Contact: FUUDies Coordinator Lee Bricker (512-667-6468; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




Childcare is provided for all during Adult Religious Education, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Sunday Classes are held during the Worship Time

We continue to need volunteers to assist with childcare during the service on Sunday mornings. Contact Laura Haygood if you are available and willing.

At SMUUF, our Children’s RE occurs during service, after the “Time for All Ages”. Children are asked to sit with their parents until the “Time for All Ages” when they will go up to the front to hear a story. They will then be ‘sung out’ by the fellowship and escorted by teachers to their classrooms. Children 3 and under can be taken downstairs for child care before service or remain in the service. SMUUF welcomes the children in service, delighted by their energy and sounds.

The theme for our Religious Education in February will be Love. Please bring your children to church!


 “The Bunnies”

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are cared for in the Beatrix Potter Room. The Bunnies teacher is Robyn Kendrick.

"Chalice Children" 

Children in K through 2nd grade have class in the Dr. Seuss Room. The Chalice Children teachers are Deana Pinales and Dayann Pazmino.


Children in 3rd through 5th grade have class in the Susan B. Anthony Room. The Susan B. teacher is Monica Rasco.



Youth in 6th grade and up
All students in Middle School and older are invited to come and bring their friends!
Youth Advisor is DRE Laura Haygood


Wed. Feb. 21st - The YUUTH will serve a meal at the Southside Community Center, 518 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos.

We ask the YUUTH to arrive at the shelter between 4:30 and 5. We will serve and then go to the church for pizza and game night. We will be finished with the events of the evening by 8pm. Put this on your calendar!

A few YUUTH announcements: 

CongrUUity 2018

Be the Change: The Forgotten People of South Texas Colonias - A Middle School Youth Group Social Action Conference

March 2-4, 2018 at the UU Church of Corpus Christi

Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join us in learning how our Unitarian Universalist Faith helps guide us to make a difference in the world. Click here to view a flyer with more information.

Upcoming OWL Training

Live Oak UU is planning an OWL Training in late August or early September. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality education curricula that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about sexual health. Please talk to Laura Haygood if you are interested in this facilitator training.

Registration for the UBarU youth summer camps is available!


Dates for the 2018 Camps are:

Dates Age Category Grade as of Sept 1, 2018
June 17-23 Sojourner Camp rising grades 3 thru 5
June 24-30 Olympia Camp rising grades 6 & 7
July 1-7 Seeger Camp rising grades 8 & 9
July 8-14 Reeb Camp rising grade 10 through
2018 high-school graduates

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We swim in our beautiful limestone pool, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and even learn a little about beekeeping. We will take a trip or two within the glorious Texas Hill Country and of course, we spend lots of time having FUN while we deepen our UU faith​.


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.)



Week of Friday, February 16 - Thursday, February 22

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities


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Sewing Guild

Wednesday, February 21 (and every Wednesday)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Allen Family home in Martindale
Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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Wednesday, February 21 (and every Wednesday)
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 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.)

Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Friday, February 23 (and every Friday)
10:00 a.m.
Meet at Redbud Roasters Coffee Shop
169 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk.

We meet at 10 am, at Redbud Roasters, where we will begin for coffee. Then we head out on different trails and/or routes for about an hour 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! For more information, contact Garrie Borden or Cydney Henderson.

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.).

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.

Click here to download the authorization form, then return the completed form to our Treasurer, Judy Telford or our minister.

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.)


Landscape Volunteers needed for ongoing work near SMUUF Craddock Property

UPDATE FROM JON: I will have copies of the city of San Marcos landscape plans for the medians down Craddock Street. I would be glad to show them to anyone who in interested and build interest in adopting one or more island. I'll be at church this coming Sunday to show the plans and answer questions. The plans look really cool and this is the first of this style of design in the city.

When the city of San Marcos widened Craddock Street several years ago, center islands were constructed to divide the traffic flow. The design idea was to have landscaping in the islands. Unfortunately, the island construction was not done correctly so few plants have been able to survive, also the city does not have the staff to maintain the plants that do. This is about to change. The city is going to hire a contractor to remove the existing "dirt" and replace it with good soil, install an automatic watering system, and then landscape the islands. But they still need someone to maintain the plants and pull weeds. They have asked if SMUUF would like to adopt the island in front of our block, or more if we would like. I'm in favor of doing this and I have already approached a couple of folks who are interested. I'd like to put this out to everyone, would you be interested? Let me know. I think it would be a different community outreach opportunity for us. If there is enough interest I'll let the city know we would like to do it and I'll get more information for you.

Contact Jon Cradit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

33rd Annual San Marcos River Clean Up

Saturday, March 3
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This year’s Great Texas River Clean-up will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 AM – 12 PM. Volunteers will be picking up trash along the entire length of the San Marcos River, so there will be various crews handling different clean-up stations.

One of the available clean-up stations along the San Marcos River will include the recently gifted property surrounding Willow Springs Creek and includes the south side of the San Marcos River between IH-35 and Cape Rd, it is listed as San Marcos River 2 on the sign up list. This land has accumulated years of trash brought in by floods and trespassers, which will make for a challenging but rewarding clean-up.

We are asking for those interested in volunteering to sign up individually for this event. Please follow the link below and the instructions on the sign up page. If you have to sign up as a group, please put the number of each size shirt and your organization’s name in the comment box.


Contact Lisa Arceneaux (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Voters Guides available Sunday

Non-Partisan Voters Guides published by the League of Women Voters of Hays County will be available in the Fellowship Hall Sunday.

This free Voters Guide features Republican and Democratic candidates running for Hays County offices in the Primary Election March 6.

Financial Aid for UUA General Assembly

The call of our Unitarian Universalist faith has a place for each of us. All Are Called to join us this June 20 - 24 in Kansas City to build courageous, collective leadership with tools, skills and connections.

Financial aid for General Assembly is available in the form of working volunteer positions as well as registration scholarships and travel grants. GA Volunteers exchange a set number of hours of work at GA for a full-time GA registration. There are several different funding sources available via the General Assembly Unified Scholarship Application, including additional funding committed by the UUA Administration to the 2018 budget to facilitate the participation of People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Persons at GA. Anyone with a relationship to a Unitarian Universalist congregation or UU organization (covenanted community) is encouraged to apply. Financial Aid applications are accepted March 1 through March 31.

Southwest UU Women's Conference 2018

February 23-25, 2018
Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Central, Austin, TX

Keynote Speaker: Texas State Representative Donna Howard.
Luncheon Speaker: UUSC Board Chair Rev. Lyssa Jenkens, Ph.D.
Featured Musician: Kiya Heartwood
Featured Minister: Rev. Meg Barnhouse

The annual Southwest UU Women's Conference comes to Austin this year! Be inspired, enlightened, and entertained along with UU women from all over the region!

Early registration for $190 closes Jan. 19; registration is $225 after that. Your registration fee includes Saturday lunch, dinner, and entertainment, along with workshops offering both self-expression and advocacy training, such as "Drumming as Spiritual Expression" and "Making Your Voice Heard: Effective Advocacy at the Capitol," with Rep. Donna Howard.

The organizers are planning a tribute to our own Scottie McIntyre Johnson on Friday evening.

SMUUF women can commute and carpool, or stay in the conference hotel at a reduced rate.

Contact Priscilla Leder and/or visit http://www.swuuw.org/conferences/2018



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