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January 21, 2018

World Religions Day

In 1950, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States established World Religion Day. This day is meant to promote unity among diverse faiths and to encourage interfaith understanding. All of the world's major religions share common messages and values. Today we will hear short reflections from a Muslim, a Unitarian Universalist, a Baha'i, and a Catholic

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January 28, 2018

"Catharsis & Cleansing"

Rev. Amelia Fulbright

Rev. Fulbright's sermon is inspired by the Gospel of Mark, Mark 1:21-28. This passage is rich and many-layered, pointing out the link between private "demons" and public disorder and distrust. It wrestles with the nature of true authority, and it reminds us of the connection between our own spiritual health and our work for justice in the world. I look forward to exploring this connection with you and wondering together: If 2017 was a year of national catharsis, can 2018 be a year for communal healing?

Rev. Amelia Fulbright is the founding minister and Executive Director of Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry, a progressive Christian community at UT Austin. College was an important period of spiritual growth and awakening for Amelia, and she hopes to create safe space for students to experience a similar kind of awakening in their lives—through theological exploration, community-building, and social justice action. In addition to her work as a pastor, Amelia serves on the Advisory Committee for Just Texas, a grassroots organization devoted to changing the statewide conversation about reproductive justice, one faith community at a time. Amelia has a wide range of interests, including a special affinity for feminist theologies, contemplative spiritual practices, holistic medicine, and bluegrass music. She also is happily married and enjoys being a mother to her daughter, Vivienne.


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

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

SMUUF Women's (WUUUFS) and Men's (MUUS) Groups

Once again the women's and men's group will meet together. We'll discuss the last three UU Principles:

• The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
• The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
• Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

What do each of these Principles mean for our personal behavior and for the actions of our congregation? How do any of them differ from the actions and policies of other faith communities? Is there something you would wish to change about any of them?

Discussion Leader will be Adult RE Coordinator, Jim Johnson, with assistance from WUUFS Coordinator, Jeannie Lewis. This is the last in a series of the two groups meeting together to discuss our UU Principles. In February, we will be meeting separately in the women's (WUUFS) and men's (MUUS - Male UUs) group.

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 - Bring donations on January 21st

Donations of any amount qualify you for membership in the UUSC. Donations of $125 or more will be matched dollar for dollar by the UU congregation of Shelter Rock. Cydney Henderson plans to collect all the donations on Sunday, Jan. 21 and send them in together. Please make your check payable to UUSC, not our congregation, with "GAYT" in the memo line.

The UUSC will send you an acknowledgement letter from your check address, so you will know they received your donation. If you have forget your donation on Sunday and want to make it on your own, here is the address:
Guest at Your Table - UUSC
Box 808
Newark, NJ 07101-0808

Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)Italian Garden

Approximately 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

Every Sunday at various restaurants 

This week: Italian Garden, 415 N LBJ Dr, 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 Children’s RE in January will be leadership.

Children will learn about leaders in the world and in UU. They will also examine how to be leaders themselves.



 “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


Jan. 14th - We will not meet.

Jan. 21st -  SMUUF will have our combined service with the local Bahaí members. We will also have the Crockett musical kids performing that Sunday. YUUTH are asked to attend.

Jan. 28th - Diana Garcia will share information about the Bahaí 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, January 12 - Thursday, January 18

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities


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Sewing Guild

Wednesday, January 17 (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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Wednesday, January 17 (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, January 19 (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.

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.)


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Peace Pie Social (Hosted by SMUUF)IMG 0911

Monday, January 15
9:30 a.m.
Greater Bethel Baptist Church, 726 Centre St, San Marcos

It has become a tradition for several years for SMUUF to host the Peace Pie Social following the MLK Day March celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. We work with co-sponsors Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church and Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos.

MLK Day SMUUF Marchers will meet at the LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial at the corner of LBJ Drive and MLK Drive at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 15, for a laying on of the wreath ceremony. Wear your yellow SMUUF tee-shirts and carry our SMUUF banner. You may park in the parking lot there. Then march to Greater Bethel Baptist Church. Following the March, SMUUF will host a Peace Pie Social at Greater Bethel Baptist Church for all the marchers.

Schedule of events for MLK Day
Wreath Laying Ceremony -- 9:30am -- LBJ/MLK Crossroads
MLK Jr Silent March -- 10:00am to Greater Bethel Baptist Church
Peace Pie Social -- 10:15 a.m. -- Greater Bethel Baptist Church
MLK Jr Program -- 10:30am -- Greater Bethel Baptist Church
Entertainment Hour -- 11:30am -- Greater Bethel Baptist Church
Games~ Movies ~ Fun -- 1-4pm -- Greater Bethel Baptist Church


League of Women Voters Hosts Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event

Thursday, January 25
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Quail Creek Country Club, 2701 Airport Highway 21, San Marcos, TX

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.



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

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​.

2018 Fiber Arts weekend at UBarU

February 16-19, 2018
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center
277 U-Bar-U Dr., Mountain Home, TX 78058

Our 2nd Annual Fiber Arts weekend has been extended to include Monday, President's Day to offer more time for sharing, working on your projects, relaxing and enjoying time with each other.

Register here at www.ubaru.org

You may stay 2 or 3 nights (your choice) which will include meals and a Stash contest. Fiber artists of all levels, abilities and experiences are welcome!

Check-in on Friday Feb 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. Check-out on Monday Feb 19 at 10:30 a.m.



  • Sarah Wren was discharged from the hospital Tuesday. She is home and doing much better.

  • Karen Brown had back surgery Wednesday. The prognosis is good and she expects to come home Friday.

  • SMUUF Donate-the-Plate to Head Start Home Visiting Program = $825

    Program Supervisor and SMUUF Member, Alex Mylius, was very pleased at the generosity of our congregation. The funds will be used to help fund Youth Fest — an event to serve low income families in Hays County with children age birth to five and pregnant women.

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Jeff Rasco, SMUUF Finance Chair; Alex Mylius, Head Start Home Visiting Program Supervisor; son Leon; and Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair; proudly display the "Big Check" representing our donation.


  • Celebration of Life Service for Nicci Harrison

SMUUF Member Nicci Harrison, 92, died at home in her sleep on December 26 surrounded by her loved ones. Her Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, January 20, at 3:00 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street. All who knew and loved Nicci are invited to attend.


  • Hospitality Team update

The fabulous December hospitality team provided and served dinner to approximately 45 at Southside Community Center as well as setting up cots for overnight clients. December was a busy month for hospitality with the evening service of lessons and carols, the Angel Tree event for Community Action Inc., and the 5th Sunday potluck. Thanks to all who participated! The team consisted of Judy Telford, Ann Allen, Earlene Graham, Ken Burks, Laura and Marc Haygood, and Myles Mylius.


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PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667
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