Upcoming Services

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November 19, 2017

Rev. Marisol Caballero, UUA Faith Innovation Specialist

“Running Through Red Lights in Hell”

Winston Churchill is fabled to have said, "If you're going through Hell, keep going." Where do we find what keeps us going through difficult times? How do we know when to "keep going" and when to pause?

Rev. Marisol Caballero is a Tejana from Austin, lifelong Unitarian Universalist, and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. She currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Association's Faith Development Office as Faith Innovation Specialist. Within UU circles, Marisol serves on the Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) Executive Committee, most recently co-creating and organizing the Global Majorities Collective, a project that intends to create a distinct UU People of Color religio-cultural expression. She has also co-founded the Central Texas UUs of Color group that meets monthly and co-facilitates a small group People of Color ministry in connection with The Church of the Larger Fellowship. Within her local community, Marisol is also a co-founder of W.M.E.N. (Women Ministers' Empowerment Network), an organization of progressive clergywomen of color in Central Texas, serves on the board of Just Texas, an interfaith reproductive justice advocacy group, and is an active member of the Austin Justice Coalition.

 
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November 26, 2017

Lee Legault, UU Seminary Student

“Friendly Silence”

What can the Religious Society of Friends teach us about a beloved community of blessed silence and mysticism at its most unassuming? What can we learn about ourselves when we listen for the spark of the Divine within each of us? We will explore the Quaker faith and experience an abbreviated Quaker listening service. Come and reconnect with the still, small voice within.

Lee Legault practiced law for fifteen years in the areas of civil litigation and appeals before realizing she was called to be a different kind of counselor. She is now a Unitarian Universalist ministerial aspirant, working on a double masters in divinity and social work through Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Texas.

 
30th

1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future

 

 

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IN MEMORIAM
Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson
December 8, 1946 - October 26, 2017

 

THIS SUNDAY AT SMUUF

Morning Meditation - CANCELLED THIS WEEK

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
UCM Downstairs Chapel

Please meet at the front doors by 8:10 am.
We lock the doors, and then sit in the downstairs chapel in silent meditation from 8:15 am to 9:00 am.
All older teens and adults are invited! (No childcare provided, sorry.)
 
Contact: Meditation Coordinator Deborah Carter (512-210-9497; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Adult Religious Exploration

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

 
 All are welcome! Childcare is available during Adult RE. Please pick up your children (age 3 and older) following RE to join us in service.
 

Guest At Your Table

Cydney Henderson and the YUUTH will lead the cjharge for donations for Guest At Your Table. Cydney will present information at service, and the children will make collections boxes to take home. Read more about this service project here: https://www.uusc.org/welcome-to-guest-at-your-table/


Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)

Approximately 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Every Sunday at various restaurants

 
This week: We will dine at Nostimo Mediterranean Cafe - 206 W San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX 78666
 
The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant 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.)

Board of Trustees Meeting 

12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
UCM Boardroom

The Board of Trustees will meet. All are welcome to attend.

 

CRE

Childcare is provided for all ages 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 from 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. 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.

All teachers of older children will be upstairs for the first part of the service, so older children should not head directly to classrooms. If your child (older than 3) was in childcare during Adult RE, they are asked to join you at 10:45 to be a part of the service. Please know that the media and recreation rooms downstairs in the hallway to the left are off limits to SMUUF.

 “The Bunnies”

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are cared for in the Beatrix Potter Room. Bunny teachers this week are Robyn Kendrick and Laura Johnson.

"Chalice Children" 

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

 “Suffragists”

Children in 3rd through 5th grade have class in the Susan B. Anthony Room. Susan B. teachers this week are Monica Rasco and Erika Nelson.

 


"YUUTH"

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

SMUUF YUUTH SCHEDULE:

(encourage any youth 6th grade or older to be involved)
SAT. NOV. 25 Buddhist Temple Visit
SUN. NOV. 26 RE to process visit and plan YUUTH led service
SAT. DEC. 2 Parent Night Out (YUUTH help as service project)
SUN. DEC. 10 RE Practice YUUTH led service
SUN. DEC. 17 YUUTH Led Service with Child Dedication Ceremony

Sunday, December 17 - Child Dedication

As you may or may not know, rather than baptize or christen children, most Unitarian Universalist congregations have a ritual commonly known as “Child Dedication”. On Sunday, December 17, as a part of our regular 11:00 am Sunday morning worship, we will hold such a Child Dedication Ceremony.It This service will also be multi-generational with children and YUUTH leading much of the service. There will still be child care available for little ones after the dedication portion of the service.

To call this “Child Dedication” is a bit of a misnomer. Indeed, each child is individually blessed during the ritual, but the primary purpose of the ceremony is for the congregation to dedicate themselves to helping nurture and guide these children as they grow up within our particular church family.

Children of any age - from infants through teens - may be dedicated. If you, the child’s parent(s), is/are not an official SMUUF member but are an active friend who feels a part of our congregation, your child or children may still be dedicated. If your child was dedicated in another UU congregation you attended before coming to SMUUF, you may re-dedicate your child, if you wish, to signify that your family now calls this congregation your home. Basically, anyone who feels a part of our congregation and for whom this ritual would have meaning at this particular time is welcome to participate.

If you’d like your child or children to be dedicated on Dec. 17, please contact Laura Haygood. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. text message, or a private Facebook message) Include the names, current ages, and birthdates of those of your children you want dedicated.

We’ll have at least one, if not two, Child Dedication ceremonies every year, so if you choose not to participate in this one or can’t make it to church on Dec. 17, there will be another opportunity.

Thank you for being a part of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and for bringing your children to church! Our congregation is greatly blessed by their presence among us.

 

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.)

 

SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Week of Friday, November 17 - Thursday, November 23 

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities

 

Sewing Guild

Wednesday, November 22 (and every Wednesday)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ann Allen’s home in Martindale
 
Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

SMUUF Choir

We will NOT MEET November 22
Choir will resume Wednesday, November 29
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
UCM Sanctuary

All singers and musicians are invited to become 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.)


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.).


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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.)
 

COMMUNITY EVENTS INFORMATION

Angel Tree/Thanksgiving Dinner with Community Action

Alex Mylius is program coordinator with Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas, a local non-profit that seeks to transition families out of poverty. They have local businesses that facilitate an initiative called Angel Trees so that every child in the program will receive some Christmas presents. Additionally, beginning last year, they hosted a full turkey dinner with sides for the families. They had such good attendance that they ran out of food.  Alex thought that the hospitality teams of SMUUF might consider making and serving food for the families this year. They expect a turn out to be around 150 people. The dinner party will be held Dec. 14 from 5-8 pm Redbird Skyport at the San Marcos airport. I have a previous volunteer commitment that evening, so although I would be able to do some cooking earlier in the day, I won’t be able to attend. We’re looking for someone (or a couple of people ) to lead the evening’s activities, people to cook and/or  serve.  Thanks so much for considering this worthy outreach! If you are able to participate please notify me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Friday Walks

With cooler weather here, we can enjoy being outdoors again! With that in mind, we'd like to invite you to WALK OUTDOORS with us.
Garrie Borden and Cydney Henderson are heading this up. We will walk on Friday mornings in San Marcos.
Meet-up is at 10 am, at Plaza Veramundi (across from the Hitch outdoor eatery on CM Allen). Park in the lot close by the little old restored log cabin.
Come on along and wear your walking shoes! Hope to see you there!

 

SAHRING AND CARING

  • SMUUF Donates to KAPS

    The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) recently took up a collection of $1025 during their Sunday morning worship service for the Katherine Anne Porter School (KAPS) in Wimberley.

    Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, says, "Once a month our church takes up a collection for a local nonprofit organization that aligns with our religious values. KAPS is a free charter school that serves students in need of more individual attention."

    Dr. Erin Flynn, Principal of KAPS, says,
    "We serve students from 7 counties surrounding Wimberley, meeting the needs of 165 students each year. Many of these students attend KAPS to escape bullying (commonly as a LGBTQ target), to have an extended opportunity to explore the fine arts in a school setting, to better situate themselves to be successful in school while facing a disability (commonly an emotional disturbance, anxiety disorder, or hyperactivity), to find a school “home” as they experience homelessness in their everyday lives, to be recognized as having value as a unique individual, and to obtain one on one attention they deserve.

    Additionally, KAPS has been labeled 'the greenest school in Texas' for our outstanding environmental efforts including rainwater collection, recycling, and resource conservation."

    Photo caption: Center SMUUF Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis and KAPS Principal Dr. Erin Flynn surrounded by SMUUF members and friends present donation to KAPS.

 

 

  • SMUUF Float in Veteran's Day Parade

    SMUUF had several members participating in the Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. We were proud and pleased to support our military veterans and all those who serve. Pictured in the float are SMUUF members Stacy Gardner, Earlene Graham, Anne Halsey, Mark Rockeymoore, Sadie Helgeson, Sarah Wren, and Rebecca Johnston. Not proctored driving the SMUUF van are Gil Fulmer and Jeannie Lewis riding shotgun.

 


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