Upcoming Services - January's Theme is "Living With Intention"

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January 30, 2022

SMUUF Zoom Service
Sunday, January 30 @ 1:00pm
Rev. Karl Brown

SMUUF welcomes Rev. Karl Brown back into the (virtual) pulpit.

Rev. Karl Brown is an ordained Methodist minister, former Director of the CCC, and has been a part-time minister for SMUUF for nearly 25 years. In addition, his wife Karen is a SMUUF member. We view Karl as kind of a “father” of SMUUF and are always glad to see him back in our pulpit. Long may he serve!

NEXT WEEK: February 6, 2022 "Thirty Days of Love"

SMUUF follows along with the Soul Matters Sharing Circle for worship planning.

The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children’s religious education resources. We are a web of support and connection. Companions traveling a new journey together each month.

Learn more and view the wealth of Soul Matters resources at https://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com/

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Zoom With Us!

There are multiple ways to join us using Zoom. If you are able to download the app or simply want to participate in a regular browser page (limited capacity), use either of the following links to connect:

https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf

Or by calling in to any of the phone numbers below and enter the meeting ID

Meeting ID: 849 653 9395
+1 346 248 7799
+1 669 900 6833
+1 646 876 9923
+1 253 215 8782
+1 301 715 8592
+1 312 626 6799

 

 
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Announcement

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE: SMUUF returns to ONLINE-ONLY SERVICES

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the policy that we set, we are going to return to holding Church online through Zoom. We will let you know when our county falls below our set level for covid infections. You can visit covidactnow.org, as well, to keep updated. When Hays County returns to below “very high risk” we will gently transition back to hybrid services following our Covid policy. Church will continue to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays via Zoom.

We will get through this. We are very thankful for you and wish you a joyful new year!

Please be patient and extend grace to all who are pouring their hearts, minds, and bodies into navigating this transition. If you would like to be volunteer in small or big ways please reach out to Rev. Krista.

With Compassion and Hope,

Rev. Krista Weber Huang
Minister
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Cell: 515-450-2437 (text ok)
minister@smuuf.org
(she/her)

 

 

Are you able to provide assistance during these uncertain times? 

Our Caring team is extending their service to our community by coordinating help to those who need assistance, in particular those of advanced age or who are immunocompromised. Care Coordinators will help match up those in need. To make arrangements email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/smuuf/


SMUUF Meal Train

SMUUF now has an official Meal Train! If you're interested in volunteering or if a few extra meals would help ease your life please contact our Caring Committee through Jeanne Garthwaite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SMUUF Relief Fund Established

The SMUUF Relief Fund has been established to give temporary support for those who are living out the mission and vision of our Unitarian Universalist faith. This fund was established using 10% of a generous anonymous donation given to our congregation in May of 2020 “to help ensure the continuance of liberal religion in our community” through the challenges of COVID-19. People who find themselves in need of temporary financial assistance are encouraged to reach out to the SMUUF Relief Fund Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The needs of those who have traditionally marginalized identities will be prioritized. Confidentiality will be respected.

The SMUUF Relief Fund Committee
Rev. Krista Weber Huang, Minister
Joel Johnson, President
Rhoda Sterling, Treasurer

 

THIS SUNDAY AT SMUUF

Adult Religious Exploration

4th Sunday Morning: Climate Education class, “Ruminating on Ruminants” @ 9:00 a.m. with Wildflower UU

January 23: The WildEarth Climate Action Team WCAT of the Wildflower UU Church invites SMUUF to their RE. We’re presenting a Climate Education class, “Ruminating on Ruminants”, this Sunday, 9 a.m.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98413033586?pwd=dUdMRWU2bUF1UkR3aSt4KzdGZi9FZz09
Phone connection: 346-248-7799; Meeting ID: 984 1303 3586; Passcode: 990069

We all eat food, every day, and often wonder how our choices can have an impact on climate change. The call to eat less meat or be vegan is well known, yet a faction argues that grass-fed cattle harms the climate less, or can even be managed to create a net climate benefit while improving grasslands and their soils. The debate is in full swing. We will watch a short video that refutes the managed-grazing claims, and review a respectfully argued counterpoint to that. We will allow ample discussion time as we try to reach beyond oversimplifications.

ABOUT CLIMATE EDUCATION: This Adult Education class is usually presented by the WildEarth Climate Action Team; or sometimes by Mike Ignatowski as a climate-focused “Ideas Worth Contemplating” style class. Occasionally we’ll take advantage of virtual learning to join San Marcos UU Fellowship’s environmental justice RE classes at close to the same time frame. Watch for special instructions at such times. Normally, however, we meet on: Fourth Sundays, 9 a.m., at the link above.

Contact Environmental Justice Leader BJ Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

  

Upcoming RE Meetings - If you'd like to schedule an RE, contact Rev. Krista Weber Huang and Admin Marissa Fehler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)   

First Sunday Morning: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 6: The book group will meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 for chatting and start discussion of book at 9:45. The book selection for February is Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.

If you have any questions, contact book group leader Jeanne Garthwaite (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

First Sunday Afternoon: Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group @ 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 6: The next meeting of the Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group will be after service at 2:30 p.m. The subject will be announced before the meeting.

Contact group leader Mike Russett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

 

Second Sunday Morning: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 13: To be announced

WUUFS welcomes anyone who self-identifies as a woman. Contact WUUFS Leader Jeannie Lewis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872).  

 

Third Sunday Morning: Vegan Food, Discussion and Q&A @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 20: We will talk about meal substitutions and anything you would like to talk about regarding plant-based foods.

Contact Environmental Justice Leader BJ Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

Third Sunday Afternoon: Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group @ 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 20: The next meeting of the Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group will be after service at 2:30 p.m. The subject will be announced before the meeting.

Contact group leader Mike Russett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

 

Fourth Sunday Morning: Social Justice/Environmental Justice Forum @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 27: To be announced

Contact Environmental Justice Leader BJ Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

 

Fifth Sunday Morning: Screening of They're Trying to Kill Us @ 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 30: Since our SMUUF Congregational meetings are at 1:00 pm on Sundays, we have a great opportunity to watch the 11:00 am screening of They're Trying to Kill Us on January 30, 2022. It is hard to find anywhere online at this point.

The film is being shown as part of V-COP Vegan Conference, along with 40 on demand movies and documentaries and 40 speakers, from Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shephard to physicians, talks on spirituality to science.

Register here. There will be an email with a link to each event you decide to participate in or view. Hope to see you at They're Trying to Kill Us at 11:00 am and throughout the convergence! Dr. Skyller Walkes, Director of the Calaboose African American Museum in San Marcos said the documentary was incredible. I agree! 

Contact BJ Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 512-787-8390 for questions or more information.

 

If you'd like to schedule an RE, contact Rev. Krista Weber Huang and Admin Marissa Fehler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for January: Calaboose African American History Museum

SMUUF has long been a supportive partner of the local Calaboose African American History Museum (CAAHM), and that relationship will continue in 2022. Dr. Skyller Walkes, President of the Board of Calaboose, will be with us on Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, to tell us more about Calaboose and how our donation will be used. Meanwhile, you can donate online all month by following these directions:

  • Go to smuuf.org/giving
  • Fill out form with drop down menu on right to "Donate the Plate"
  • Be sure at bottom bar it shows your donation

Or you can mail your donation to SMUUF, P.O. Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667. Please give generously to this worthy organization!

Dr. Walkes reminds us that, "The Calaboose offers programs for all ages and backgrounds in support of our mission to educate and inform all citizens of the history and contributions of African Americans in Hays County. This includes ages as young as 3 to older adults. Our programming events are intentionally diverse to support the educational and cultural awareness needs / interests of school-aged children and up."

 

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A children's art activity conducted by Calaboose volunteers: Board member Rebecca Rockeymore (also a SMUUF Board member), and junior docents Christine Irving (head down) and Anaya Washington.

 

Dr. Walkes continued, "The focus of the museum has been on the history of African American citizens of Hays County but many of these people have had a global impact in their respective fields of music (Eddie Durham), art (Bill Hutson), and sports (Lucious Jackson). Conversely, global people and events affect the citizens of Hays County and are presented through CAAHM programs such as a recent exhibit, Blackface Reimagined. The latest Calaboose exhibit on display spotlights local black entrepreneurs and a new exhibit in the Cephas House presents images of the 1921 massacre at Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK. By connecting the micro to the macro, Calaboose reaches all ages, races, and nationalities. The wealth of Calaboose online offerings extends our reach beyond our city, state, and even the nation."

Dr. Walkes also pointed out, "Specifically, these donated funds from SMUUF would help us source bookcases of high quality for our non-lending research library housed in the Cephas House. Currently, we have a collection of roughly 350 books and displaying them for use and access on bookcases that align with the beautifully preserved wood of the Cephas House would be integral to getting the non-lending research library functional for the public."


SMUUF Donate-the-Plate Recipients for 2022

The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team is composed of Rev. Krista Weber Huang (Ex Officio), Jeannie Lewis (Chair), Becky Allen, Gil Fulmer, Jordan Buckley, Rev. Karl Brown, Kate Clayton, and Mike Russet. D-T-P applications were sent out to non-profit nominees in the fall of 2021. Completed applications were received and reviewed by the Executive Team. Unanimous decisions were reached to accept all the following recipients.

The Calaboose African American History Museum – January

H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach, Mitigation, and Emergency) Center of Central Texas – February

International Women’s Convocation – March

Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund – April

Indigenous Cultures Institute – May

Hays County Child Protective Board – June

San Marcos River Foundation – July

PFLAG San Marcos – August

Redwood Community Center, Inc., dba Centro Esperanza – September

UU Office at the United Nations – October

Open - November

Texas UU Justice Ministry – December

 

The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team has notified all the Donate-the-Plate recipients who were selected for the 2022 year — and we have heard back from them. Their expressions of gratitude are so heart-warming and uplifting, I want to share them with you. See some of their wonderful quotes below.

From: Zsofia Sztranyiczki, Executive Director of International Women's Convocation
"Wonderful news! Thank you, Jeannie, for all your efforts to make this happen!"

From: Dr. Skyller Walkes, President of the Board of Directors of Calaboose African American History Museum
"Thank you so very much for sharing this news! This is such a wonderful and welcome surprise! Please accept our sincerest thanks to you and our beautiful SMUUF community. Your support of the Calaboose African American History Museum has been and continues to be a genuine blessing to us. We cannot thank you enough for this gift … Thank you and the generous SMUUF members for your kindness and thoughtful support. The Donate the Plate gift will make a tremendous difference in the work we espouse, and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting our efforts to further inclusive, social justice work. We remain genuinely humbled by the blessing. Best wishes for a wonderful rest of your day and the happiest of holidays!"

From: Ellie Stewart, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Redwood Community Center
"Thank you so much for giving us the good news that SMUUF has picked Redwood Community Center to be a recipient of Donate the Plate for 2022. Your sponsorship means so much to us! ... I think your Donate the Plate program is wonderful and am so happy that we will be one of the recipients."

From: Dr. Aaron Pyle, Financial Officer for The Indigenous Cultures Institute
"Many thanks to you and the other members of the SMUUF team for this invitation! We are honored to participate … Thank you again for the generosity of your congregation and for your commitment to investing in the San Marcos community."

From: Virginia Condie, Executive Director of San Marcos River Foundation
"Thank you Jeannie! We are ecstatic!"

From: Rev. Erin Walter, Acting Executive Director of Texas UU Justice Ministry
"Thank you so much. TXUUJM and I greatly appreciate SMUUF's support and we will be working hard for justice in Texas alongside your congregation. With deepest gratitude."

From: June Hankins, Hays County Child Protection Board
"We are honored to be chosen again by SMUUF to be a recipient of Donate-the-Plate. This donation will make a difference to children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Thank you so very much! … Many, many thanks to the Social Justice Executive Committee and to the SMUUF congregation for supporting our work."

From: Allison Hess, International Engagement Associate at the UU Office at the United Nations
"This is great news! So glad to hear! Thanks so much to you for ushering this process along and to the SMUUF team for supporting our inclusion as a Donate the Plate recipient!"

From: Jim Pendergast, Treasurer of PFLC San Marcos
"Again, we are so very grateful for SMUUF’s continued support. Many thanks to the entire Fellowship."


ChildrensRE

Dear SMUUF Families with Children,

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. While there is no formal children's program at the moment, please join us on Zoom before Sunday service around 10:30 a.m. for a Time for Children with our amazing teachers. There will also be small group breakouts during our time for sharing Joys and Concerns every Sunday, and we offer our families their own space to share.

SOUL MATTERS THEMES FOR 2021-22 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

June: Play

September: Embracing Possibility

October: Cultivating Relationship

November: Holding History

December: Opening to Joy

January: Living with Intention

February: Widening the Circle

March: Renewing Faith

April: Awakening

May: Nurturing Beauty

June: Celebrating Blessings

We completed our first Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) Lifespan Sexual Education classes in Spring 2020! Thanks to teachers, families and young people in grades 7-9 and grades 4-6 that participated. We are excited to offer this program to our community again in the future.

 


RE Class Time – On hold for now...

We will soon be making adjustments within our new space at First Christian Church! We will remain online for now, please join one of our teachers befoe service at 12:30 p.m. for a story before the service.

Room and Teacher Assignments:

Infant-3 years Beatrix Potter Room with Deana Piñales
4 years-Grade 2           Seuss Room with Robyn Kendrick & Jillian Whitehead
Grades 3-5 Susan B. Anthony Room with Monica Rasco & Marissa Fehler
Grades 6-12  YUUTH 

SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Week of Friday, January 21 - Thursday, January 27

Ways to Access Gatherings and Groups using Zoom: https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf

Or by calling in to 346-248-7799 below and enter the meeting ID 849 653 9395


Small Group Meetings

 

Vulnerable Populations

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Each week SMUUF's support group for folks who self identify as part of a vulnerable population meet for deep check-ins and reflection time. Going forward, we will continue meeting on Thursdays via our standard SMUUF Zoom link but now at 1:00pm Central Time. This is a welcoming group where we share our fears, struggles, hopes, and joys. If you are in need of connection or just a compassionate listening space please join us.

TGIF Happy Hour

Every Friday at 5:00 p.m.
This group of SMUUF members and friends has been meeting every Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Cafe on the Square for many years. Now we are meeting on Zoom. All are welcome to join us for conversation — fun and serious — wherever it goes.

 

 

Other Events

 

Upcoming Central Texas Interfaith Events

 

 

 

The International Convocation of UU Women Meetings

Tuesdays: January 11 and 25 @ 9:00 a.m.

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The International Convocation of UU Women, also called the International Women's Convocation (IWC) will conduct a Zoom meeting at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. 

See the link below to join this meeting in January:

Zoom Meeting ID: 283 947 380
Password: 385478

For more information contact Jeannie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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SMUUF Choir

For information about choir meetings and social gatherings, please contact choir director, Gayle Gaston. All who enjoy singing are welcome!

Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 


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Sewing Guild - No meetings scheduled

The SMUUF sewing group has traditionally made small quilts which have been distributed to various individuals, including to those crossing the Texas/Mexico border in search of a better life. We recently identified another outlet for those quilts and wanted the congregation to know. It is a group called Alzheimer's Texas; they are located in Austin and partner with various care facilities to provide comfort quilts to their residents.

Here is a link to the Alzheimer's Texas most recent newsletter that includes an announcement of our partnership.

Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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Friday "Talk, Then Walk" - Meet in person with social distancing, masks

Meets Friday mornings, text Garrie Borden at 401-793-6435 for meeting info

Join us for a weekly outdoor, socially-distanced meeting and walk in San Marcos' natural areas. Bring a chair, beverage and mask. We meet every friday at 10 am to chat for about a half hour, then go on an approx. 45-minute walk around the river or on our numerous nearby trails.

Garrie sends out a text every Thursday to let you know where to meet. To join the group, text her, and she'll add you to the list.

Contact: Garrie Borden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS INFORMATION

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Coalition PIT Count, January 27

SMUUF is an original member of the Homeless Coalition of Hays County. Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis serves on the Board representing SMUUF. The Homeless Coalition is conducting its annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of the homeless in Hays County on January 27. This Count enable the Coalition to apply for for governmental funds, grants, and other resources to help the homeless.

The Survey Team Volunteers will be sent out in teams of three people on January 27 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Teams are asked to commit to a three hour shift or until their assigned areas have been surveyed. Volunteers are so important for a successful Count and the more we have the easier it will be to cover Hays County. Training for the PIT Count will be held at the San Marcos Public Library

Another great way to help with the Count is to provide some support for other tasks that need to be completed before the count, as well as items to provide for our volunteers and the people we encounter during the day.

Contact Nancy Heintz, PIT Count Organizer, to volunteer or for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 936-443-4990. Nancy writes: "On behalf of the Coalition, I would like to thank the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sewing Guild for their generous donation of 20 hand sewn vests for our PIT Count Team volunteers. We appreciate the time and talent they are sharing in creating these vests." 

 

 

Homeless Coalition of Hays County (formerly Local Homeless Coalition [LHC])

HCHCLogoNext meeting: Friday, February  @ 10:00 a.m.

Coalition bylaws can be found here.

Want to speak or present at a coalition meeting? Please fill out this quick form to be considered for placement on the agenda.

Contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are willing to volunteer or want more information.

  

 

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SWUUWCon 2022: Southwest UU Women's Conference

March 4-6, 2022
Embassy Suites DFW North Hotel, Grapevine, Texas
Register and view conference info here

We’re excited to present our conference registration brochure for SWUUWCon 2022 in Grapevine, Texas (conveniently located between Fort Worth and Dallas.) There will be a full weekend of conference activities including our Friday night In-Gathering, Saturday Worship, Conference Musician, Keynote Speaker, three Workshop sections, SWUUW Business Meeting, Red Tent Room, Vendors, Saturday night Banquet and Entertainment, Quilt Auction, Closing Ceremony and Spiral Dance, plus more of what we’ve come to know and love at our SWUUW conferences.

Our chosen theme - For The Beauty of The Earth - represents women’s lives in action and harmony with our UU 7th principle - Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We’ll also acknowledge and celebrate our 35th year holding an annual in-person Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women’s conference.

Because we are still experiencing life in a pandemic with COVID-19 continuing its worldwide spread, we’ve instituted measures that our Board feels are necessary for an added measure of safety. We are requiring proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 in order to attend the annual SWUUW Conference in 2022. There is a space on the registration for you to upload a photo of your vaccination card. If you are unable to show proof of vaccination, we ask you to present at registration a negative COVID-19 test result dated no earlier than March 1, 2022.

If after registering to attend the conference you find it necessary to cancel due to illness from COVID-19 or the need to quarantine, a refund will be issued based upon a case by case determination. And, you will also need to contact the hotel separately in order to cancel your room reservation.

The reservation line is open now for you to book your room online. Please make your reservation no later than Feb. 11, 2022 in order to secure your room at the group discount for SWUUW at this link.

Follow this link to view the conference brochure, registration for all activities, scholarship information, and payment. If you plan to apply for a scholarship, please wait to register until after you have heard from our Scholarship Committee so that a scholarship discount can be applied during registration, if applicable. Note that early registration at the rate of $190 will be available until Jan. 28 after which the regular registration rate of $200 will start to apply.

We look forward to convening with you all again soon!

 

 

 

2022 UUA General Assembly Calls for GA Music Coordinator and GA Worship Coordinator 

The UUA Office of General Assembly and Conference Services welcomes applications for the following positions for our first ever multi-platform General Assembly (online or in-person in Portland, Oregon) from June 22– 26, 2022.

GA MUSIC COORDINATOR – One of the highlights and most beloved aspects of General Assembly are the musical performances. The GA Music Coordinator provides music leadership, general oversight, coordination, communication, and support for all aspects of music production during General Assembly. Please review the job description (PDF).

GA WORSHIP COORDINATOR – General Assembly, like Unitarian Universalism, offers a wealth of theological diversity. A variety of worship choices are offered throughout GA. The GA Worship Coordinator is an administrative role supporting GA worship leaders with preparation for worship at GA. This includes communicating and managing completion of all production, accessibility and inclusion, and music-related guidelines. Please review the job description (PDF).

If you are interested in applying for either position please submit a cover letter and resume to LaTonya Richardson, Director, General Assembly & Conference Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Low Cost Tele-health for Addition Recovery

During the pandemic, the environment may have created a more difficult time for those dealing with addition. Rehab and other addition recovery programs can be expensive. Now the Be Well Texas Clinic run by UT Health Science Center in San Antonio has developed a new tele-health low cost or free addiction recovery program. Their website is www.bewelltexasclinic.org. Their phone number is (833) 778-2571.

 

 

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SAHRING AND CARING 

Joys and Concerns

SMUUF Sewing Guild Takes on New Project for the Homeless Coalition of Hays County

SMUUF Sewing Guild Takes on New Project for the Homeless Coalition of Hays County

Each year in January, the Homeless Coalition of Hays County conducts a "Point in Time Count" (PIT Count) of the homeless population in Hays County. An accurate count provides the opportunity to obtain governmental funding, organizational grants and donations, and other resources to serve the homeless. The PIT Count will take place on January 27 in 2022 by Homeless Coalition volunteers. SMUUF is a member of the Homeless Coalition and SMUUF Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis is a Board Member of the Coalition representing SMUUF.

PITVest

The SMUUF Sewing Guild has generously volunteered to sew identifying vests for the volunteers to wear so the homeless population will recognize them. The vests will be red with the words "Point in Time Count" on the front. See the attached photo of some Sewing Guild members modeling them. Purchase of all materials and supplies will be funded by the SMUUF Social Justice Contingency Fund. A total of 29 vests are completed and ready to be delivered to the Homeless Coalition.

The Manager of the Point in Time Count for the Homeless Coalition, Nancy Heintz, sent the following expression of gratitude to the SMUUF Sewing Guild:

"I want to thank you all for meeting the Coalition’s need for some type of special team garment. Your vests will help identify each of them as volunteers working on our Annual Point in Time Count of unsheltered Hays County residents who can be located on January 27th. I speak on behalf of the PIT leadership team when I say thank you for your generous contribution of your time, your talents and your financial support. We will definitely share photos of our vested volunteers on the day of the Count. Sincerely, Nancy Heintz"

 

SMUUF Congregation Gives $600 in Donate-the-Plate to TXUUJM in December 2021

Rev. Erin Walter, the Acting Executive Director of TXUUJM, sends the Thank You note below:

Dear SMUUF,

Thank you so much for your generous support of the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry! The $600 you collected will be amplified by the collective organizing of Unitarian Universalists around the state, coordinating our fight for democracy, liberation, and UU principles in public policy.

The TXUUJM Board and I aim to improve communication tools, build capacity and staffing, energize our Get Out the Vote efforts, and return to in-person Legislative Lobby Day in 2023, among other projects. We are also excited to be connecting with Mano Amiga, an organization close to your hearts at SMUUF.

In this time of transition and envisioning the next chapter of TXUUJM — a time when we know UU activism is needed more than ever in Texas — the generous financial support of San Marcos UU Fellowship has touched my heart deeply. Thank you again and I hope to see you soon and in action for justice!

Rev. Erin Walter, TXUUJM Acting Executive Director


SMUUF Past Meeting Reports

SMUUF Members stay active, representing our congregation at many UU, national, and local meetings and events. Check out the most recent updates below. If you attend any events that you would like to share with our members and friends, send an email to SMUUF Admin Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

UN UNO Meeting - Tuesday, October 19

SMUUF Members BJ Allen and Jeannie Lewis serves as envoys to the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN). BJ shares minutes from the last meeting here.


Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) Announces Texas Legislative Issues for 2021-2022

After a 10 week process of nominations and voting 25 Texas UU congregations (including SMUUF) we have chosen these top issues for us to work on collectively from 2020-2022!

1. Racial Justice
2. Environmental Justice
3. Healthcare Access
4. Economic Justice
5. Voting Rights

After the results of the November elections and we see more clearly the makeup of the legislature we will begin to plot strategies on our top issues.


We WILL Bend Texas and America Toward Justice Together!


San Marcos Area Black Owned Businesses – Updated July 2020 

Some local parents have compiled a list of local Black-owned businesses, with additions by many others in the community. Lamar Hankins and Ramika Adams have added some more names of Black-owned businesses to the list. We encourage you to patronize these businesses and to spread the word. For more information, contact Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Food

Soulful Creations - Wonder World Park, 1000 Prospect St.

Binge Kitchen - 121 N. Fredericksburg (210) 442-8126

Hurry Back Catering - (512) 766-5515 and Facebook page

Krab Kingz food truck - 128 Guadalupe St.

J & W Honeybuns ( & donuts) on Fb, (830) 888-0574

Wright’s Emporium - 225 S. Main St, Kyle

Wayne’s Wings @wayneswings Instagram

Bar Jarz - Facebook page

Clothing/accessories

Zeal by Zakiya online boutique

Wallaby Clothing Co. - Facebook page

Visionary’s Peace @visionaryspeace Instagram

MOGUL women’s clothing, 5007 Parkcrest Dr., San Antonio, Tx

MacioTees - San Antonio @maciotees Instagram

Bath/body products

Adina Johnson’s Treasures - Facebook page

Services

Tay's Lawn Care - Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TaysLawn/

Mountain Movers - moving company

STR8 Training - gym

Hai Tarot - Tarot, readings, farmer's market

Mo Betta Cutz on LBJ in SMTX - barber

Raven Zachary - hairdresser

Simply Texas Vinyl - Facebook page

MJWoodCo etsy shop - woodowrking and home decor

Arrondi Creative Productions & Hoodwitch book - Facebook page

Ramika Adams Realtor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Merry Mascots & Party Rentals

District 35 Security & Investigations, LLC

San Marcos Electric Services - Joseph Matthews (512) 644-6362

Xclusive Hair Salon on RR12

Bottom Line Tax Services on Hwy 123

Mae Watts Parish, Realtor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spot Barbershop on Hopkins Street

Healthcare

Aminatu Akande, MD Live Oak Health Partners

Booka Baby Doula - Facebook page

Education

Calaboose African American History Museum

Fathers in Hays County -  Facebook page


UBarU Events Update

There are lots of opportunities at UBarU this fall! We have cottages for your personal use, Women-aligned retreat Oct 15-17 with a few spaces left, Winter Family Camp to ring in the New Year - Dec 31-Jan 2. All the details are at https://www.ubaru.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See you at camp!

Our cottages are available for personal and family retreats. Enjoy the UBarU campus, dark sky and morning sun at your leisure. Email Robyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange your stay.

Thank you for your support- past, present and future!

If you have any questions, I am happy to be in touch. Please email Robyn Stout, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 830-460-6002.

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For more information or questions regarding Membership please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For pastoral care concerns please contact our Caring Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have joys or sorrows, church or community news you would like printed in the Flash, or Sunday announcements, email the SMUUF Admin email account at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Need a SMUUF Name Badge?

Are you new and haven't been given a badge? Have you lost yours? Had a name change? Need a correction? Moved? Would like to list your pronoun preferences? Let us know, and we'll fix you up! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join the Hospitality team!

Thanks to the Hospitality Teams, these folks do a great job making coffee, providing refreshments, greeting, and generally making the church ready for worship and fellowship! Our teams are still working to help out with our virtual services.

A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 8 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. 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 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!

 

To make a pledge or general donation at any time:


Join the SMUUF Social Justice Action Alert Team

Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, maintains a Social Justice Action Alert Email Distribution List to communicate with SMUUF members and friends who have volunteered to receive notices of social justice opportunities in our community. This is an invitation for you to sign up to receive those notices. An email may be sent out once a week or even less often, so there is not a flood of emails sent out.

Most opportunities are in our community or can be done from home. Examples are monitoring (at home) phone calls about homelessness; phone calls, emails, or post cards to the Legislature and other entities to advocate for social justice issues; attending social justice Zoom meetings on local homelessness, Interfaith coalitions performing area social justice work, and other Zoom meetings; and several other area opportunities.

By signing up to be on the email distribution list, you are not obligated to volunteer for any activity, but it will help to keep you informed of some of the needs in our community. To be added to the SMUUF Social Action Alert Team Email Distribution List, send your name, your email address, and your phone number to Jeannie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.)

Board Meeting Minutes available

The SMUUF Board of Trustees meet (most often) on the 4th Sunday of each month, and are open to all. If you would like to stay informed on what happens at board meetings, you are invited to access the Board Meeting minutes at any time. Please email Admin Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can get you in contact with the Board of Trustees. 
Suggestion Box

Have an idea for a service? A guest speaker or topic? Want to leave a comment for our minister or the Board? If you have anything you'd like to share, please click here to use our online Suggestion Box.

Contact Info

Mailing address:
PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667
Phone: (512) 847-2110
Click here to e-mail for more information

Announcements

Send your news to the Communications Team for the weekly email announcements and/or for inclusion in Sunday’s Order of Service. Submit an Announcement.