Upcoming Services


December 17, 2017

Child Dedication Service "Each night a child is born is a holy night"

DRE Laura Haygood and the children of SMUUF

This service is led by the youth and children and looks at children and light in the winter holy days

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

"Lessons & Carols of Christmas"


This is our annual evening Christmas service. It is a recent tradition of SMUUF to gather for a ceremony in which nine readings and nine carols are performed by some of our many talented members, including a number of the children in our congregation, our Choir, BLUUGRASS and the SMUUF Fellowship Brass Quartet. Cider will be served after and please bring some cookies to share! Children are encouraged to attend this short service, as well. Gathering together in the evening at UCM Wesley just FEELS like Christmas.


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30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future



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




Adult Religious Exploration


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

SMUUF Environmental Justice

Please join us for a discussion of the first three chapters of Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies by Sailesh Rao, Ph.D. Dr. Rao has spoken at the Paris Climate Conference, the European Union and UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016. He is the CEO of Climate Healers and is working on other projects to help heal the earth. This book is a call to action. The following six chapters will be discussed the last two Sundays on December.

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

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Guest At Your Table

Guest at Your Table is an annual fundraising and education program that supports the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)’s human rights work. Guest at Your Table is designed to help participants learn about human rights issues and UUSC’s unique approach to solving them. This year Guest at Your Table highlights the empowerment of refugees and displaced people. As UUSC celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Cydney Henderson and the YUUTH will lead the charge 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's 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.)

 SMUUF Board of Trustees Meeting

12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
UCM Downstairs Board Room

SMUUF Board of Trustees will meet this Sunday. Please click here to download the Agenda, and Minutes from the last meeting. All are welcome to attend. To facilitate an efficient meeting, we ask that all guest comments are held until adjournment.

Contact: Jeanne Garthwaithe (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.

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. 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


Sunday, Dec. 17 - Child Dedication Service, YUUTH will lead (SMUUF YUUTH attendance is crucial to carrying out this service)

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.

Children of any age - from infants through teens - may be dedicated and 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.

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.)



Week of Friday, December 15 - Thursday, December 21 

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities


SMUUF Holiday Party

Saturday, December 16
4:00 p.m.

Please join us for a holiday potluck at Ann, Brad and CiCi Allen’s home on the San Marcos River. This is a potluck so bring something to share if you can, if not there will be plenty of food as usual. The Allen’s will be cooking up a pot of beans and some rice. Also, bring your beverage of choice. 

The party starts at 4:00 pm so you can visit the goats, peacocks, chickens and the River while it is still light outside. After dark, there is an outdoor fireplace to enjoy on their back deck.

Games, singing, good fellowship, great food -- - fun for the whole family!

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Sewing Guild

Wednesday, December 20 (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.)


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Regular rehearsals will resume on January 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the UCM sanctuary. Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Friday, December 22 (and every Friday)
10:00 a.m.
Meet at Redbud Roasters Coffee Shop
169 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

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 Redbud Roasters, where we will begin for coffee.
Come on along and wear your walking shoes! 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.).

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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.)


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Thursday, January 25
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Quail Creek Country Club

The League of Women Voters of Hays County will host their 30th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting. This is their only fundraising event of the year to support their nonpartisan Candidates Debates and Voters Guides.

Jeannie Lewis, League Candidates Debate Coordinator, said, "The community really depends on the League to provide unbiased voter information before each election. This is a fun event and a great way to support the League."

Five Texas wineries will be featured and four Texas breweries. That's nine tastings, and you can go back for seconds! Plus, there will be delicious appetizers and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $20. See Jeannie Lewis for tickets. See the attached flyer for more information.



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
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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​


  • Member Kate Clayton noted the death of her long-time friend and coworker, Bill. RIP Bill, we will miss you. 

  • Member Marissa Fehler noted her dear friend's miscarriage at 16 weeks. We wish the family healing, and will miss baby Alice, whose time was too short. 
  • Congrats to the new UUA Southern Region co-leads

As of January 1, UUA has appointed Natalie Briscoe and Connie Goodbread to serve as Co-Leads of the Southern Region. As Co-Leads, they will share the duties of the regional staff lead, responsible for overseeing the Southern Region staff team, events and programs, and upholding the UUA’s relationships with congregations in the region. Connie and Natalie will be acting co-leads through June 2019, in order to give staff and regional leaders the space and opportunity to set a new path forward.


  • SMUUF Donates to School-Age Parenting Program

SMUUF took up a Donate-the-Plate collection Sunday for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD) School-Age Parenting Program (SAPP). We collected $900 for the School-Age Parenting Program during our worship service, then after the check was already written, two anonymous donors gave $50 each, making it actually $1000!

From Jennifer Vogel, SAPP Program Coordinator: SMUUF has played a valuable role in the San Marcos CISD Community being a leader and a voice to helping a community understand the impact of the lack of Sex Education for young people. SMUUF has given support in helping the SMCISD community develop sensitivity training to meet the needs of all students but especially the LBGTQ community of young people. The training this past fall attended by SMCISD educators had the lunch provided by SMUUF in partnership with The Root Cellar. SMUUF's generous donation will help us continue to reduce the rate of repeat pregnancies, and help young people complete their high school education.


Photo caption: Presenting a donation to the School-Age Parenting Program are Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair; Jennifer Vogel, SAPP Program Coordinator; Jeanne Garthwaite, SMUUF President; and Teresa Smetzer, SMUUF musician.

  • Free futon available

This queen futon is really too big for the room. It’s quite sturdy and the mattress is pretty comfortable; there are extra covers with it. It’s yours if you can use it and can take it (we don’t have a truck anymore). Contact: Priscilla & José This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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