Upcoming Services


September 23, 2018

“The Great Divide - How can we ever heal the separation?”

Fr. Phil Mason

In our present days we find ourselves divided over issues so intense that we cannot seem to communicate over the chasm between without shouting and hurling insults. Could we possibly find something inside ourselves that could draw us a little closer so we might talk softly to “the others” of peace and reconciliation?

Fr. Phil Mason is a native of Austin, Texas and a graduate of The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in the class of 1996. He was ordained in the Diocese of Colorado and served there as priest and rector for 13 years. On retirement in 2009 he and his wife Susan moved back to Texas and built a home near San Marcos and Wimberley. Since returning “home” Rev. Mason has served as Interim Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Llano, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brady. Obviously Phil has flunked retirement and continues to serve as “supply clergy” throughout the diocese as well as speaking at UU churches in San Marcos, New Braunfels and Kerrville.


September 30, 2018

“Did You Bring Joy?”

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Happiness and joy are two separate things. Happiness is transitory always passing through, but Joy is foundational, the stuff of our essence. Ancient Egyptians saw Joy as a sacred responsibility, believing that upon death, the God Osiris would ask two questions: "Did you bring Joy?" and "Did you find Joy?" You may not be concerned about journeying into the afterlife, but can you answer yes to these two questions?

Reverend Addae Ama Kraba is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister serving the Unitarian Universalist New Braunfels congregation. She earned a Master’s of Divinity from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California immediately after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Prior to ministry, she spent over twenty years in the field of mental health that led to employment in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, and the Hawaiian Islands.


1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future



Adult Religious Exploration

9:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

Environmental Justice Forum

We are glad to have Becky Allen leading discussion. We will hear from Solote Soqo via a video recording of UUA Green Sanctuary Program & UU Ministry for Earth's Environmental Justice Practitioners Network Webinar Series. Salote Soqo is the Senior Program Leader of Environmental Justice and Climate Action of UUSC. She shares about Climate Forced Displacement and the impact on indigenous people of Alaska and the Pacific Islands. Please join us.

Coffee and childcare will be available, and all are welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees Meeting

12:30 p.m.
UCM Downstairs Conference Room

SMUUF Board of Trustees will meet this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Click to view the agenda and minutes from the August meeting. All are welcome to attend.

SMUUF 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 click here to access the 2017-2018 minutes on Google Drive. If you have trouble accessing Google Drive, please email Board Secretary Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can assist or send to you directly.

FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)Grinslogo

After service, usually 12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Every Sunday at various restaurants 

This week: Grin’s Restaurant, 802 N. LBJ Drive, 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! 

Next Sunday: 5th Sunday Potluck

In keeping with our tradition, we will have a lunch potluck on the 5th Sunday of the month, September 30. Please bring a favorite dish to share.

It is helpful to note ingredients used, and identify meals as vegan, vegetarian or not.

Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday! We need more people to join our teams!

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. 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.)


Hello families!

Trunk or Treat is coming! I met with leaders of other churches in San Marcos last Sunday to plan the event to be held at Mendez Elementary on Oct. 28th. The event was successful last year, so this year they are inviting the entire school. We expect to have four times the attendance of last year. SMUUF member were generous with donations last year. This year we need donations to help us serve 583 children:

  • Candy
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Healthy snacks
  • Run activities (SMUUF is in charge of Face Painting and making musical shakers)
  • Park vehicles with decorated trunks and hand out candy

RE is in full swing. Children meet downstairs right after "Time for All Ages". Parents are asked to help children pick up their name tag at the top of the stairs and go into service. Children are welcomed into service in order to help them link with our larger community. They will be sung out after the story and met by teachers to go downstairs.

Room and Teacher Assignments:

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





Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:

October 28th @ 4:00 p.m. (3:30 set up)   

Trunk or Treat at Mendez Elementary

November 18th   

Thanksgiving - Intergenerational Service

December 2nd

Hanukkah -  Led Service

(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)



Week of Friday, September 21 - Thursday, September 27

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities




Wednesday, September 26 (and every Wednesday) at 7:00 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.)

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Sewing Guild

Following a break in July and August, we will resume meeting in the fall.

The Sewing Guild meets at the Allen Family home in Martindale on Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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


Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

For July and August, we will probably make weekly plans or have a hiatus due to the heat. Please feel free to email Garrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy 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!




SMTX Mermaid SOcietyJoin SMUUF in the Downtown Mermaid Promenade tomorrow!

Saturday, September 22
Meet at the corner of CM Allen and Cheatham Street, parade ends with Mermaid Aqua Faire
San Marcos Main Park Plaza from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

We need people to ride on the float and march alongside. This Parade was the longest and most watched parade in San Marcos history last year. The Mermaid Society embraces a vibrant and prosperous community united by the empowering symbol of the Mermaid; celebrating our arts, culture and heritage, progressing towards our future well-being, and fostering river guardianship.

We'll meet at Jim Johnson's house at 119 S. Johnson Ave. at 9:00 a.m. sharp then travel to C.M. Allen Street and Cheatham St. The float is far back in the grassy ally beside Jim's house.

Contact Jeannie Lewis (512) 353-2872 or Sarah Wren (512) 392-4151 if you plan to ride on the float or march beside.

The 2nd Annual Fall River Clean Up

Saturday, October 6
Registration will start at 8:30am
Clean up will start at 9am
Lunch will start at Noon

Please sign up here to help us determine the amount of food and shirts needed.


Alan Lummus TXUUJM General Assembly 2019 Legislative Training

Saturday, October 13
Wildflower UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 1314 E. Oltorf St., Austin, TX 78704

Join the Texas UU Justice Ministry for our statewide General Assembly and 2019 legislative training.

This event brings together UU activists from across Texas to:

  • discuss our key issues
  • learn about what to expect from the upcoming legislative session
  • find out how to effectively represent UU values to state legislators

Lunch will be provided. A $10 cash donation to cover the cost of food is requested.

Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alan-lummus-txuujm-general-assembly-2019-legislative-training-registration-50151163480

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events

There are some fun events coming up at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center! For more details and to register please go to www.ubaru.org. If you want to rent a cottage for a quiet weekend not during a retreat, email Robyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

October 5-7: Women's retreat

October 19-21: Men's retreat

Dec 18-31: Winter Family Camp - Come and enjoy a winter holiday weekend in the Texas Hill Country. We will have both kid and adult programming as well as multi-generational activities.  Winter holiday rituals and camp fires are a must as we enjoy the celebrating the end of the year together.

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We will swim in the beautiful limestone swimming tank, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and take field trips to enjoy the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. And of course, we spend some time having fun while we deepen our UU faith.



Bookcase donations requested for downstairs room

We are in search of bookcases for the room that will be the conference room / ministers office / library. We'd like to reach out to see if anyone has anything to get rid of before we look into buying new ones.

We could use bookcases that are no more than four feet high so they will fit under the existing wall-mounted bookshelves in that room, but if someone has a really good bookcase that is taller we'll find a place for it. We have approximately 47 linear feet of books in boxes that need shelfspace. The color of the bookcases doesn't matter, but they do need to be in decent shape.

If anyone has a bookcase they don't need and can donate it to SMUUF, please take a picture of it and send it to Grounds and Facilities Chair Dan Gibson for approval before bringing it to church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Podcast Icon 75  Sermon Podcasts

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.)


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