Upcoming Services

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March 25, 2018

Justice Sunday "'Migrant Hope': Denial, Apocalypticism, and the Paralysis of Climate Doubt"

Andy Gerhart
UU Seminarian

Justice Sunday is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC) annual day of support and action tied to one of our core program areas. This year’s focus is Environmental Justice & Climate Action

Climate change disproportionately impacts indigenous and small island communities, widening inequalities and threatening basic human rights and dignities. UUSC’s Environmental Justice & Climate Action program works to protect and advance the rights of populations at risk of forced displacement from slow-onset climate impacts, such as sea level rise and glacial melt.

Together with 11 grassroots partners in Alaska and the Pacific, UUSC is supporting local activism and advocacy, locally-led mitigation strategies, and, when necessary, community-led relocations to higher ground.

Andy Gerhart was born in Austin and raised in Austin and Colorado. He has a PhD in environmental history from Stanford University, and is a second year MDiv student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This fall he and his spouse Erin welcomed their daughter, Leah, into the world.


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


SMUUF Annual Stewardship Campaign Successful Start!

Almost three weeks into our pledge drive, we're off to a nice start. We know many people like to wait until the last Sunday and drop their cards in the basket, but so far 17 people have either completed the online pledge form or turned in their cards. Four of those had never pledged before, and more than half indicated it was a "Fair Share" pledge (contact Mark Rumple at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're not sure what that means, or if you need any stewardship information). Although we've gotten out of the gate well, we still have most of the race left to run. We're at about 20% of our projected pledges and stewardship funds.

This year we've added a new level of convenience, online donations you control yourself. You just click the "Donate to SMUUF" button on your phone, tablet or computer, and select your gift. It can be set up as a recurring gift by credit card (rack up those rewards points!) or direct deposit from your bank.

The campaign ends April 15 with a service by Natalie Briscoe, acting co-lead of our UUA Southern Region Congregational Life Staff. Watch this space for more Stewardship news in the days to come, and thank you!



Adult Religious Exploration

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

Topic: TBD

All are invited to attend. Coffee and childcare are available. Please pick up your children (age 3 and older) following RE to join us in the worship service.

Donate the Plate Sunday - SMTX Pride and PFLAG

This Sunday, March 18, SMUUF will take up a collection to benefit SMTX Pride and PFLAG. SMTX Pride sponsors the Pride Festival weekend and the Pride Parade, which SMUUF has donated to each year from the beginning. SMUUF helped sponsor PFLAG when they first opened a chapter in San Marcos. PFLAG meets at the UCM and SMUUF has a liaison who meets with them. SMUUF aims to support community endeavors that advance the rights and agency of members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning community. Write your checks to SMUUF with SMTX Pride/PFLAG in the Memo Line. Please give generously!

Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)

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

This week: Nostimo's Mediterranean Cafe, 206 W. San Antonio Street, 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 March will be Spring/Easter. 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

Reflection on CongrUUity 2018

The SMUUF YUUTH shared some information on their experience at the CONGRUUITY 2018 in Corpus Christi last weekend.

Last weekend, 5 SMUUF YUUTH members traveled to Corpus Christi for CongrUUity. Grady Johnson, Iain Al-Anzi, Miles Mylius, Rowan Gardner, and Sadie Helgeson were the YUUTH members that made up the group led by the DRE, Laura Haygood. The theme for the weekend was “Be the Change”.

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Friday, March 2 the YUUTH left and arrived in Corpus Christi around 10 PM and participated in the opening circle. The next morning the group made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 5 different UU Churches in our H.O.T. (Heart of Texas) Cluster, packed lunches and drove 45 minutes to Rockport for our service project. Rockport was hit especially hard by Hurricane Harvey and is still very much recovering. On our way there, we saw pile after pile of trash sitting in the median of the highway. We were helping multiple churches clean up their trash in order to have it picked up during the “trash to curb” weekend. We worked for about three hours and the churches really appreciated it.

Then we decided to explore Rockport a little bit, going to “The Big Tree” and climbing a little bit there, and looking at the nearby beach. We headed back to Corpus, played some games, watched a movie, had a taco bar dinner and a closing worship service, and all of our exhausted selves went to sleep.

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The next day, after our closing circle we left and headed back home. It was a really cool experience for us. It made us realize that even though there isn’t a raging hurricane right now the port cities still need help. Donating money can only do so much. What they really need is donated time, and since we had some we chose to help out. We want to thank Ms. Laura for being our Advisor and driving us all there. It was so much fun and we really hope we can do it again next year. - SMUUF YUUTH


A few YUUTH announcements: 

Day Camps this Summer at First UU Austin

CampUU/Hogwarts registration is NOW OPEN for returning campers (ages 6-11 or rising 1st-6th graders) and all prefects (ages 12-17). Register here!

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin continues the annual tradition of transforming into a magical castle of fun and adventure from July 23-27, 2018.

Students will have the opportunity to play Quidditch and Wizard Chess, as well as pursue studies of Herbology, Potions, Magical Creatures, and more! Afternoon activities include social action projects and field trips to local muggle sites. Most importantly, we will relate and practice our UU values and traditions to the rich story of bravery, loyalty, and love in the Harry Potter series.

Due to construction at the church, camp enrollment will be smaller than in past years. Registration for new campers will open March 8.


Scholarships for the UBarU youth summer camps are available!

Our future is now! UBarU Camp & Retreat Center wants all kids to be able to come to our inclusive, welcoming camp where we strive to live our Principles and be our best selves. For families needing some financial assistance, a scholarship can make all the difference. With your generous donation, they will come! The future is bright!


UBarU Camp & Retreat Center has 4 weeks of summer youth camp for kids ages 8-18. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, peaceful place for spiritual, educational and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles. During their week at camp, they live inclusion. They live covenant and learn how to return to their covenant. They learn leadership and conflict-resolution from their camp chaplain, adult counselors and each other. Youth camps offer opportunities for formal spiritual growth with interactive worship, small group ministry, and by living our Principles while learning about the stars, bees, the land and themselves.

Of course, there is swimming, hiking, games and fun. Having a shared camp experience with new friends and familiar friends can be a powerful experience for our youth and our faith! We are building our future together by helping our youth grow as UU's beyond their church and their homes. The future is bright! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


Dates for the 2018 Camps are:

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​.


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.

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, March 16 - Thursday, March 22

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities


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Sewing Guild

Wednesday, March 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, March 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.)

Membership & Caring Team Meeting

Thursday, March 22nd
10:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

Anyone interested is Welcome! Contact: Bev Stokes ( ).

Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Friday, March 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.).

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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.

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.)



Active Shooter Response Training at UCM Building

Tuesday, March 20
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
UCM Sanctuary

The SMUUF Board of Trustees has scheduled a church safety presentation to prepare members of our congregation for the possibility of an "active shooter" event at our church. Corporal Laray Taylor of the San Marcos Police Department will make that presentation on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. All community members who occupy the building are welcome to attend. Childcare will be provided.

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.



  • Needed: Volunteers to count Sunday donations
    Qualifications: Willing members
    Pay: Eternal gratitude and coffee delivered to your place of work
    When: Every Sunday

    SMUUF Board of Trustees Treasurer Judy Telford needs volunteers to count the plate every Sunday. Please email Judy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to assist this Sunday, or in the future.


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