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SMUUF Meal Train
SMUUF Relief Fund Established
Adult Religious Exploration
Second Sunday: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 13: Discussion leader: Rhoda Sterling; Topic: “Please Put Your Oxygen Mask on First Before Helping Others”. We will be discussing the importance of self-care.
- What are you currently doing for your physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual self-care?
- Why does the practice of self-care at times get a bad rap for being selfish?
- How can women make self-care less performative and more restorative?
First Sunday: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 4: 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 July will be announced soon.
Second Sunday: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 11: To be announced
Third Sunday: Vegan Food Exchange with Guest Chef @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 20: Come join a few friends to talk about vegan food and share recipes. All are welcome, whether you are a practicing vegan or not!
Fourth Sunday: Social Justice/Environmental Justice Forum @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 27: To be announced
SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for June: Hays County Child Protective Board
This month's Donate the Plate is the Hays County Child Protective Board, a favorite of SMUUF over the years. The Board consists of up to fifteen volunteers appointed by the Hays County Commissioners Court. They support and enhance services to abused and neglected children who are Child Protective Services (CPS) clients. That includes both children in CPS care and children in families under investigation.
Members of the Board will attend our Zoom Worship Service on Sunday, June 13, to tell us more about the Hays County Child Protective Board and how our donation will be used. Meanwhile, you can donate any time during the month of June by going to smuuf.org/giving and following the Donate-the-Plate instructions.
The Board uses almost all of their operating budget, including donations, to fill some of the gaps where the state falters in meeting these children’s needs. Some of these include emergency clothing allowance, summer school tuition, emergency shelter, emergency physical abuse examinations, and many other needs.
The Board provides these resources on an emergency, as-needed basis to supplement resources provided by the state. They meet basic survival needs and sometimes offer opportunities for CPS children to live enriched lives.
Please give generously to the Hays County Child Protective Board in the month of June. Go to smuuf.org/giving and click on Donate to SMUUF, then click on Donations and select Donate the Plate.
General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.
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 2020-21 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Oct: Deep Listening
Feb: Beloved Community
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, June 11 - Thursday, June 17
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
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 June:
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.
Calaboose African American History Museum Reopening
Saturday, June 19 (Juneteenth) @ 10:00 a.m.
Peace Pie Social begins at 2:00 p.m.
160 S. Fredericksburg Street, San Marcos
Co-sponsor opportunities available
Follow the Dunbar Heritage Association on Facebook for more Juneteenth activities
On Juneteenth, the Calaboose African American History Museum will re-open at 10:00 a.m. There will be talks, an exhibits, dominoes, and a Peace Pie Social. SMUUF friend and Calaboose tour guide Diana Garcia wanted to extend an invitation to SMUUF to come to our event, and perhaps to help host the Peace Pie part. We ask SMUUF members to come and bring a pie, or cookies to share. If you can commit to bringing at least 5 pies (store-bought is fine), we will list you as a co-sponsor of the Peace Pie Social (to begin at 2pm). The San Marcos Baha'is are also bringing pies.
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
Jesse Leroy McJohnson, the beloved son of Jeannie Lewis and Bob McJohnson (deceased), died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Jesse was adopted at the age of eight by Jeannie and Bob in Denton, Texas. At the time, he was living in a foster home with his younger brother Larry, who was also adopted by the couple.
The family moved to San Marcos in 1985. Two older adopted children had already become adults and had left home. Jesse attended Goodnight Middle School and graduated from San Marcos High School, where he played drums in the school band. He also played baseball and ran track and field. Jesse had Asperger's Syndrome on the Autism Spectrum. He was highly intelligent and could focus intensely on any topic of interest to him.
After high school, Jesse entered Gary Job Corps where he studied computer science. While he attended Gary, Jesse’s beloved father died of cancer. Jesse was heartbroken, but managed to continue and graduate from Gary with certification in computer science. After graduation, Jesse worked at the San Marcos Daily Record and, then at Dell Computer in Austin for several years. He earned several technical certifications while at Dell.
Jesse was currently working at Ibex in New Braunfels as a Technical Support Agent. Ibex is a Call Center specializing in supportive technical customer service. Jesse had been working from home during the pandemic. Jesse was the “go to” expert for his family and friends who had computer problems.
Jesse loved computer games and played them with friends whenever he could. He was also an expert photographer and was involved in a photography club while working in Austin. One of his photos was featured on the cover of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce annual magazine.
Jesse had a deep interest in all things involving science fiction, and he was an especially big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek. He avidly followed current news and enjoyed talking about what was going on in the world. He cared intensely about injustice in our country and expressed his opinions intelligently.
Jesse was an animal lover and he was particularly fond of a stray cat adopted by the family. It was an orange tabby and Jesse named him Orangey. He would talk to Orangey and hold him on his lap whenever he could. Orangey would talk back and follow Jesse around in the house. Orangey will miss Jesse.
Jesse is survived by his mother Jeannie Lewis; sister Ann Hopper; two brothers, Ernest Phil McJohnson, and Larry McJohnson-Small, and brother-in-law Tommy McJohnson-Small. He is also survived by a close former sister-in-law Jaide Flynn and her husband Stehlin.
Jesse had several nieces and nephews: Matt Lee (and wife Megan and daughter Peyton); Andrew Lee; Bobby Hopper; Tara Woeller (and husband Jesse and children Gabe, Warren, Titan, and Freya); Ryan Brown; Cynthia McJohnson-McAuley (and husband Shaun and son Conor); and Thomas McJohnson.
Memorial services for Jesse will be announced at a later date. Meanwhile, family and friends have this to say to Jesse, “May the Force be with you!”
SMUUF Craddock Ave. Cleanup
The team led by Jon Cradit have gotten the three medians cleaned and looking good. On Wednesday, we attacked the overgrowth in the Craddock street medians. Making up the team was Mike, Jordan, Lisa, and Jon. We got a lot of the weeds out. On Thursday, Lisa was able to go back for a couple of hours and finished up the work, The city came by and picked up the cuttings.
We received the announcement below this week from the UU Office at the United Nations:
It is my joy to congratulate San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on becoming a 2020-2021 Sixth Principle Congregation! Well done! On behalf of the UU Office at the United Nations, I offer immense thanks to you and to the congregation for all of your support and committed action over this past year to further our Sixth Principle’s goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We will be announcing the 2020-2021 Sixth Principle Congregations on our website and social media in June, including via email so you won’t miss it.
In the meantime, we will be making a congratulatory video that can be shared with your congregation in virtual worship service!
Allison Hess :: she/her/hers
International Engagement Associate
Unitarian Universalist Association
Contributions from member congregations and individual donors make the missional work of the UUA possible.
We were so pleased to receive a total of $750 to our Donate-the-Plate Contingency Fund in the moth of April. This will allow SMUUF to respond quickly to immediate community needs. This is a big part of our mission as a beloved community!
April was originally scheduled to Donate-the-Plate to Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) when the Executive Director, Rev Chuck Freeman, was due to be our Worship speaker. But health issues prevented him from attending our Zoom service, so we asked for donations to our newly-formed D-T-P Contingency Fund. When Chuck can return to speak to us, we will collect for TXUUJM at that time.
We appreciate the generous contributions from our SMUUF congregation!
Jon Cradit and Joel Johnson sent out a call for SMUUF volunteers to help clean up our recently acquired adjoining lot on our Craddock Avenue church property on Monday, April 19, starting at 5:00 p.m. A wonderful hard-working crew showed up and got right to work — Gil Fulmer, Rhoda Sterling, Teresa Smetzer, Mike Russett, Barbara Jacobson, Nancy Russell, Jordan Buckley, Chris Gardner, Jeffery Latimer and leaders Jon Cradit and Joel Johnson.
The lot is in needed a lot of work. It has a dilapidated house that we will need to hire a professional crew to demolish and remediate the property. But we needed a SMUUF crew to first pick up odd pieces of junk. We needed to get stuff out of the way to allow easier access for the professional crew to get to the old house.
The work was mostly picking up odd pieces of junk that were scattered about the ground, and cutting back some of the cane. Everything was staged on-site behind the old carport so it can be hauled off when the house is razed.
The work team filled trash into four rolling trash cans and a couple of smaller ones, disposed of a kids' wading pool, hauled out three refrigerators and one water heater from the house, and cut a big stack of cane. Joel has already contacted someone and they have hauled off the appliances and large scrap metal. Wow! What a team!
One of the workers, Jordan Buckley, expressed the experience this way: "It was a lot of fun, and wonderful to see so many dear souls –– plus, a long-held vision of a space of our own is unmistakably taking root! Hoping it is one of many more outdoor, socially-spaced events we might be able to occasionally hold on our congregation's land in months ahead."
Jordan continued, "Envisioning what may become on this parcel of land (with so many food-bearing trees, from pecan to mulberry to loquat!) –– particularly with the synergy of so many folks' contributions –– was down right inspiring! Thanks to those who planned it and could take part :)"
All help was greatly appreciated. Understandably, everyone was too busy to take photos!
SMUUF Past Meeting Reports
These UU@UNO minutes from this week's meeting might help our congregation learn more about the UU@UNO. We welcome another person becoming an Envoy to the UNO. SMUUF Members Jeannie Lewis and Becky Allen are Envoys representing SMUUF at the UU Office at the United Nations. Below is the latest news from the UN.
A few days ago we recognized the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd. The response last year calling for justice was global, with a resolution passed in June 2020 at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about "Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers."
This resolution included a request for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to include updates on police brutality against Africans and people of African descent in all her oral updates to the Human Rights Council, which she has been doing.
Increased attention to this issue is critical - and not enough. As part of their efforts to move global police forces towards more accountability and demilitarization, the UUA Office at the United Nations is working to make sure that murders at the hands of police are recognized as one of many forms of "extrajudicial killings" condemned by the United Nations. Read more about this effort on the UUA International Blog.
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 – Sept. 12
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
Folks are feeling better about getting back together and with all our outside spaces, UBarU is a good place to do that! Go to http://ubaru.org/home/e-events for all the details.
There are spots available for UBarU Youth Summer camps in June or July depending on age of camper. There are spaces for Primary campers (boys>girls), Intermediate (girls>boys) and a few spots in Senior camp. Details and registration are at https://ubaru.org/home/SummerCamp. Join us for a spirit-filled week of fun and friends!
Thank you for your support- past, present and future!
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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.