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SMUUF Meal Train
SMUUF Relief Fund Established
Adult Religious Exploration
First Sunday: Vegan Food Exchange @ 9:30 a.m.
We have a real treat coming up for Sunday's RE! Tami Hay, author, healer and Certified Climate Healer will be on Zoom with us discussing recipes and nutrition and other related topics. We hope to see you. See her website, come and join us!
First Sunday: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 3: 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 October will be announced soon.
Second Sunday: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 10: To be announced
Third Sunday: Vegan Food Exchange @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 17: To be announced
Fourth Sunday: Social Justice/Environmental Justice Forum @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 26: SMUUF RE will have a special guest, Dr. Sailesh K. Rao. Please join us: Title - Colonialism, Carnism and Climate Change.
Abstract: In this presentation, we will examine the central role of Colonialism, the exploitation by one people or power over other people or areas and its core ideology of Carnism, the exploitation by people of animal bodies and their secretions in causing climate change. We will then show that Veganism, the opposite ideology to Carnism, is a very powerful tool for decolonization and for solving climate change.
SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for September: Redwood Community Center, Inc. DBA Centro Esperanza
Redwood Community Center, Inc. dba Centro Esperanza, is a non-profit organization that provides services to the approximately 5000 people that live in the communities of Redwood and Rancho Vista and surrounding areas. The majority of the people living in that area live below the poverty line. They are in Guadalupe County, however, the children living there attend our San Marcos schools. San Marcos is much closer than their county seat of Seguin.
Ellie Stewart, Treasurer of the Board of Centro Esperanza, joined our Zoom SMUUF Worship Service this Sunday, September 5, at 11:00 a.m. to tell us more about the needs of Centro Esperanza.
Ellie says that, "Covid mainly affected our being able to hold classes and large gatherings. Sponsoring the Food Bank distribution has been the main focus and we have been able to get extra food due to the tremendous need. I will enclose a picture of the volunteers getting things organized. We did continue with several events held in the pavilion. The pavilion is available for a very nominal fee for people to hold small parties and get-togethers. This has been helpful to the community. We have also held small bingo parties connected with a health clinic where glucose and blood pressure readings are taken and lunch is served. Clothing distribution is held often. A couple of soccer camps were also held."
Ellie has included a photo of the food distribution at Centro Esperanza. This is what she has to say about it. "The food distribution is indeed one of our major efforts. We have a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. We pay for the delivery, the food is free. Since Redwood is in Guadalupe County, not Hays, the San Antonio Food Bank is the one that covers our area and they have been wonderful. Once a month they send a big 18-wheeler loaded with all kinds of food. It is enough to give about 50 pounds of food to 300 families. Another day they send a smaller truck with commodity boxes specially for Seniors. About once a month they send pet food and diapers. The people have to qualify for the free food and it involves a great many records to be kept. We need about 20 volunteers for each food delivery to sort and distribute the food. The volunteers are mostly from the community. Sometimes we get different organizations who want to help."
Please give generously to PFLAG in the month of September. Go to smuuf.org/giving and click on Donate to SMUUF, then click on Donations and select Donate the Plate.
FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)
Sundays after service
Postponed until further notice.
The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. The FUUDies always welcome new people. Please tell Jeannie before or after the Sunday service if you plan to attend so we can save a seat for you!
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.
Please click here to view our Winter Parents and Caregivers newsletter.
SOUL MATTERS THEMES FOR 2021-22 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
September: Embracing Possibility
October: Cultivating Relationship
November: Holding History
December: Opening to Joy
January: Living with Intention
February: Widening the Circle
March: Renewing Faith
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...
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 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|
Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:
(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)
SEE YOU SUNDAY!!
Week of Friday, September 17 - Thursday, September 23
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
Support Group Meetings
Anyone is welcome. We're always happy to have new Sewing Guild recruits.
TGIF Happy Hour
Transgender Inclusions in Congregations
Fall 2021 at SMUUF
with Rev. Krista and Brandon (Genderfull)
Wednesdays for 7 sessions beginning 6 October 2021
Video lesson 5:00 pm
Discussion 6:30 pm
Being welcoming isn’t something we are, it’s something we do — welcome is a spiritual practice. In order to be fully affirming of the full spectrum of gender identities and experiences, we need to think differently about what the purpose of our spiritual communities is and what it means to truly practice welcome.
“This is really about building relationships, not just about growing knowledge.” -- The Rev. Mykal Slack, Co-creator, “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations”
“Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” is an online course geared toward people from generally LGBTQ-welcoming congregations or faith groups who want to deepen their understanding of gender and transgender identities in order to build radically welcoming communities and who are invested in creating truly trans-affirming faith communities in which everyone shows up for each other.
There are six video sessions with co-creators Alex and Mykal. Each one includes a 45- to 55-minute lecture, reflection questions, resources to take it deeper, and a short informal quiz.
Rev. Krista and Brandon will facilitate a 1-hour discussion, via Zoom, based on the reflection questions, one lesson a week, with the SMUUF group signed-up for this session.
At the end of this course you will have a number of practices, frameworks, and tools that to help create an action plan for being radically welcoming, especially to trans/non-binary people, in your congregation or faith group/space and beyond.
Sessions begin Wednesday, 6 October 2021 and will be each Wednesday for 7 Wednesdays, culminating 17 November 2021.
From 5:00pm-6:00pm, Rev. Krista and Brandon will make the video lesson available via the SMUUF zoom room for group viewing. You may also, after signing up with Rev. Krista and/or Brandon, view the video lesson on your own ahead of time. From 6:30pm-7:30pm, the group will gather on the SMUUF Zoom to participate in a guided discussion of the day’s video.
WildEarth Climate Action Friday Film Series
SMUUF, Live Oak and First UU have been invited to a film series by the WildEarth Climate Action Team of the Wildflower UU Church. Please save the dates.
The WildEarth Climate Action Team offers a series of documentaries focusing on the World-wide Water Crisis and some of the solutions that are being applied or explored. Starting October 1, then every other Friday, four evenings of film viewing and discussion will be hosted. Following are the dates and films; details on the films and Zoom links will be provided in the next few weeks.
10/01 – Endgame 2050: Discusses a wide variety of climate change issues: mass extinction; ocean acidification; plastics; population growth; deforestation; and, renewable energies.
10/15 – The Shadow of Drought: When California droughts end, people tend to return to apathy about conserving H20. This is no longer an option.
Israel's Solution for a Water Starved World: In the middle of a desert, Israel applies planning, sound infrastructure and technology innovation to attain water self-sufficiency.
10/29 – The Last Drop: National Geographic film explores the growing water scarcity crisis in the U.S., especially the west, from public and personal action perspectives
The World's Water Crisis: Examines the looming global water crisis, asking hard questions about how it is managed or commodified, and how access may be ensured as a human
11/12 – Dark Hobby: Dark Hobby, a beautiful expose, follows Hawaiian Elders, conservationists and scientists who fight the devastation to species and reefs caused by the aquarium trade.
Young Adult Revival Network (YARN) Worship and Vespers Services
YARN will be continuing to host their 3rd Sunday worship service, and have added a first Thursday of the Month Vespers service as well. Come to one or both as we join our beloved community and nurture our spirits together twice a month. More information is below: and as always, if you would like to join our Worship teams, we are always recruiting new leaders. See you in Worship and Vespers!
Fall is a time of change: changing trees and leaves, changing norms in society with the pandemic, and changing ourselves. In YARN's September services, we will explore how our covenants and commitments are changing. In the worship service, you can see YARN's new covenant, and in the vespers service, you'll have an opportunity to work on a personal covenant for yourself.
Thursday, October 7 @ 07:00 p.m. CT
Register in advance for this meeting: Here
Please note, this is the 2nd Thursday in September to provide more lead time for our team to create a service. In October, we will start hosting Vespers on 1st Thursday.
YARN 3rd Sunday Worship:
Sunday, September 19 @ 07:00 p.m. CT
Register in advance for this meeting: Here
Upcoming Central Texas Interfaith Events
The International Convocation of UU Women Meetings
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. Meetings are expected to continue through the fall. Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, has been meeting every week with this group on Zoom for the past three months of the coronavirus pandemic.
It has been so comforting and inspiring to meet with these 25 or so women from all over the U.S. and other countries to discuss what we and our congregations are doing to deal with this crisis. I hope some more SMUUF women will join in.
See the link below to join this meeting in August:
Zoom Meeting ID: 283 947 380
Or via phone --- find your local number here: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsBxNyMX8
SMUUF Choir - Meetings paused through the summer
Sewing Guild - Meet via Zoom
Meets Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
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.
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.
Social Justice Actions
Homeless Coalition of Hays County (formerly Local Homeless Coalition [LHC])
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.
SMTX Mental Health Coalition Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97688705224?pwd=WFRpTmEyTzlVUWdydElVT1RSSXFxQT09
You can access the agenda for the next coalition meeting here. At the next meeting we will be discussing the following item: Mental Health Summit. In preparation for the discussion please complete the short survey this will help the group with our discussion for the meeting.
Joys and Concerns
Our Donate-the-Plate in August was to one of our favorite organizations that we have supported each year for many years — PFLAG San Marcos!
When Jim Pendergast, PFLAG Treasurer, heard the news he sent this email:
"We at PFLAG San Marcos are so very grateful for the continuous and generous support that we have received from the SMUUF Fellowship. Your advocacy and financial contributions have made a real difference in our ability to carry out our mission on behalf of the LGBTQIA community in San Marcos."
SMUUF appreciates and is glad to support the good work of PFLAG in our community. Thank you SMUUF congregation for your continued generosity to our Donate-the-Plate local non-profit organizations doing the work that aligns with our UU values!
SMUUF Past Meeting Reports
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!
Donate-the-Plate Recipients for 2021
The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team met on Saturday, December 12, 2020, to select Donate-the-Plate recipients for 2021. The members of the SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team include: Jeannie Lewis, Chair; Rev. Krista Weber Huang, Ex Officio; Becky Allen, Diana Garcia, Gil Fulmer, Jordan Buckley, Rev. Karl Brown, Kate Clayton, and Mike Russett. All were present for the Zoom meeting.
We had received 14 applications and could only select 10. We always like to leave two months open for contingencies, and we always fill them. The choices were difficult because all the non-profits are worthy. But we agreed on the final 10. The Donate-the-Plate representative is regularly scheduled to visit our SMUUF Worship Service on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Immune Boosters of Central Texas – Mar. 14
Donate the Plate Contingency Fund – April
Indigenous Cultures Institute – May 9
Hays County Child Protective Board – June 13
San Marcos River Foundation – July 11
PFLAG San Marcos – Aug. 1
UU Office at the United Nations – Oct. 24 (UN Sunday)
Nov. – Open
Dec. – Open
Texas UU Justice Ministry – Postponed
San Marcos Area Black Owned Businesses – Updated July 2020
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
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
Adina Johnson’s Treasures - Facebook page
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
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
Spot Barbershop on Hopkins Street
Aminatu Akande, MD Live Oak Health Partners
Booka Baby Doula - Facebook page
Calaboose African American History Museum
Fathers in Hays County - Facebook page
UBarU Events Update
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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.
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.
- 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.
- You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
- 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.