Rev. Krista's Office Hours: Now Online via Zoom
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A Note from the Stewardship Team
Along with so many other details of “the new normal” lives we now lead, the Stewardship Team is revising how we’ve asked for pledges during the spring of each year.
First, current payments (for this 2019-2020 year) obviously can’t be put into the collection plate -- there isn’t one! If this has been your way of contributing, please switch to mailing your payment (P.O. Box 1053, San Marcos TX 78667) or contributing online via our smuuf.org website.
Second, pledging for the coming year is very much on the Team’s minds as well. We understand the economic hardships that have been imposed on many -- probably nearly all -- of us. Unfortunately, expenses like rent, salaries, and administrative costs will continue, and as we budget for 2020-2021 we must ask for your generosity as we do every spring to help our Board shape our plans and priorities. Those pledges can be made at https://tithe.ly/pledge/#/campaign/1314559. Want to see how we're all doing with the Stewardship Drive? Just click here for a real-time report.
Our “new normal” means having a continuing conversation all year long about the power of giving and the meaning of stewardship as part of being in community. Everyone should be part of this conversation. Everyone should feel the desire to contribute in a meaningful, predictable way consistent with their means. Let us volunteer and pledge accordingly.
Adult Religious Exploration – 9:30 a.m.
No meeting this week. Please join the via Zoom link around 10:30 a.m. if you'd like to start early in a breakout room.
Childcare available, and coffee as we get closer to service
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!
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!
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.
Dear SMUUF Families with Children,
Children & Youth Check-in
Sunday Mornings 10:30 a.m. before service
Families with kids are invited to login to Zoom early Sunday mornings and join us for a children's check-in before worship. Families will be added to a breakout room from 10:30-10:55 a.m. that will automatically transfer you back to worship when it's finished.
We have completed our first Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) Lifespan Sexual Education classes! 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.
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.
SOUL MATTERS THEMES FOR 2019-20 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
RE Class Time
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:
|November 3 - March 1||O.W.L. Grades 7-9|
|December 15 - March 8||O.W.L. Grades 4-6|
(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)
SEE YOU SUNDAY!!
Week of Friday, May 22 - Thursday, May 28
Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities
Ways to Access Gatherings and Groups using Zoom:
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
SMUUF Congregational Meeting - June 14 via Zoom
Even though we are not meeting in person, the work of the congregation continues, so please mark your calendars for our Congregational Meeting at 12:30pm on Sunday, June 14. We will be discussing and voting on important issues so I encourage you all to attend. Look for more details from the Board of Trustees late in May.
Support Group Meetings
Frontline Fellowship (For people working outside their home to keep our systems going)
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Anyone is welcome. We're always happy to have new Sewing Guild recruits.
*NEW* BIPOC Group
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Marissa Fehler would like to invite those who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) to meet.
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Parents/Caregivers (For people caring for Children)
Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
TGIF Happy Hour
SMUUF Book Group
Join us for the Annual Meeting of the International Women’s Convocation!
Tuesday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. via IWC's Zoom
We invite you to attend the Annual Meeting of the IWC, held on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, on the Zoom online platform (also accessible via phone), for the transaction of the following business:
- Report on the activities of the organization in the past year and plans for the future
- Appointment of new officers and directors
- On its 10th anniversary, IWC will honor its founding executive director, Laura Nagel, with the Rev. Annie Margaret Barr Award.
Joyce Mohr and Linda Lutomia from Acacia in Kenya will speak about their organization and their efforts to provide care and education to young women in western Kenya.
Stay tuned for the Zoom Meeting information and the new slate of directors.
Weekly Events - Meet via Zoom
Meets Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to become a part of the choir, which sings for worship about twice a month.
Meets Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
The SMUUF sewing guild is still working; we are sewing at home, and visiting on Zoom. This last week we just celebrated making our 1001st quilt! We are branching out into masks at this time as well as continuing the quilt project. We would love to have to join us. The Zoom meeting is Wednesdays at 2:00 on the SMUUF Zoom link.
The Sewing Guild has made and delivered over 700 quilts to children in need.
Friday "Talk, Then Walk"
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk. We usually walk about 45 minutes around the San Marcos River, Lower Purgatory, Ring Tail, Spring Preserve and other nature trails. Hope to see you there!
Stand on Every Corner San Marcos - Fridays on the Square
We gather every Friday to protest the present administration, especially it’s mistreatment of emigrants crossing our southern Border.
Our hours are any time from 4:30 till 6:30 at the corner of LBJ and Hopkins, at the statue of Jack Hays. We have water and some extra signs.
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. Please join us Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island for this 5-day immersive experience where we participate in inspirational worship services and informative workshops, reconvene with friends and colleagues, and explore our bustling exhibit hall. GA is an unforgettable experience for the thousands of UUs who attend. Meet us in Providence and you’ll leave with renewed energy and innovative ideas to share with your congregation and community-at-large!
Registration is now open at uua.org/ga. Full-time registration is $400 for adults, $240 for high school youth, and $150 for off-site registrants. Register by March 15 for the lowest rate. Rates will increase on March 16 and again on May 1.
The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to as many attendees as possible. Go to uua.org/ga to learn about scholarships to support participation - particularly of those from marginalized groups - and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).
In addition to a variety of nearby hotels, attendees will also be able to book dormitory-style accommodations at two local universities. Also, UUs from local congregations will serve as host families for Home Hospitality, which is B&B style accommodations. For more information, visit uua.org/ga. Make your hotel reservation beginning March 2 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern at uua.org/ga.
Attending the annual General Assembly as a high school aged youth is an incredible experience. Not only do youth get to worship, witness, learn and connect in a multigenerational continental community, youth can get to know hundreds of other youth and participate in making an impact on the Association through the democratic process.
The theme for General Assembly in June 2020 is Rooted, Inspired, & Ready! We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith, and we are fired up to take action in the wider world.
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events - Check www.ubaru.org for postponements/cancellations
At UBarU, we have canceled events from March through July which includes our 4 weeks of planned summer camps including youth UU camps and Human Sexuality camp. We are sad, the youth who were looking forward to coming are sad. It is disappointing to not be able to be together at camp.
As of right now, camp is closed. Once the Stay Home orders are lifted, it might be an option for families to come to camp and stay in the cottages while taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. We will monitor the advise of local and state public health experts as we make decisions about events planned in August and later. UBarU will update with details as they become available.
San Marcos Contra Dance - 4th Sundays after SMUUF Service
San Marcos "4th Sunday" Contra Dance
All Dances are Prompted by a Caller... and Danced to Live Music!
Beginners Welcome! No Partner Necessary! This is a Family Friendly Event
We dance in the acoustically beautiful UCM Wesley Building. Free parking is available in the facility lot or the first level of the parking garage across the street.
$10 regular admission, with discounts for TAADA members and students.
For more information about Contra Dance: What is "Contra Dance"?
All dances held at:
United Campus Ministry, 510 N Guadalupe, San Marcos, TX
Our Next Dance: Postponed until further notice.
If you haven’t joined or renewed membership in TAADA, please bring the $20 and become a member. In addition to discounts on dances and access to dance reminders, your membership pays for our dance insurance and helps to keep dance prices lower.
Please come fragrance free for our dancers with allergies.
After the dance, some of us go to dinner at Italian Garden 2 blocks away to continue visiting. This is an open invitation and anyone can join us.
For more information and upcoming events, see our website https://sites.google.com/site/smcdtx
Joys and Concerns
- Congratulations to longtime SMUUF friend Diana Garcia for her selection this month by HEB for the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of their Excellence in Education recognition for 2020. Diana won a sizable cash prize for herself, as well as $30,000 for De Zavala Elementary School, where she teaches. The principal has stated the money will likely fund dual-language instruction, at Diana's request. We're proud of you, Diana!
Image: San Marcos CISD Facebook page
SMUUF Donates $850 to Mano Amiga
Despite conducting Sunday morning Worship Services online Zoom since March 15, and unable to actually physically pass the offering plate, the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) is continuing its long-time tradition of Donate-the-Plate once a month to give to a local non-profit that aligns with our religious values.
Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, said, "We didn't collect a Donate-the-Plate over Zoom in March while we figured out how to do this and give our congregation an opportunity to support our local non-profits. But we did begin to start up again in April and gave our congregation at our Sunday Worship Service on April 19 an opportunity to donate online or by snail mail to Mano Amiga or to pay their SMUUF pledges. We thought donations would be way down — but not so. The $850 donation to Mano Amiga is very generous!"
Mano Amiga states its mission as:
"Mano Amiga aims to educate, advocate, coordinate, and organize alongside immigrants and low-income residents in the rural I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin. With our partners in the big cities, we strive to eventually construct an 80-mile-long zone of resistance to racist, anti-immigrant policies, deep in the heart of Texas."
Last year's Donate-the-Plate collection was put toward Mano Amiga's efforts for a Cite and Release Ordinance, helping to pay their staff, and to purchase supplies for community rallies in support of the Ordinance. The organization was recently successful in influencing the San Marcos City Council to pass this Ordinance — the first in Texas!
SMUUF's Donate-the-Plate collection this year will go toward Mano Amiga's efforts this spring to persuade Hays County Commissioners Court to pursue a Public Defender's Office, aimed to provide quality legal representation to low-income individuals.
Karen Muñoz, Chair of Mano Amiga's Board of Directors, and a SMUUF Member said: "Many of Mano Amiga's Board and staff members belong to the SMUUF community, and, in fact, this congregation has supported our work since the earliest days: from showing up outside the county jail to protest Sheriff Cutler's collaboration with ICE, to former Minister Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson's counseling with us, as well as quietly funding our first efforts through her ministerial discretion account. We're thankful for SMUUF's ongoing solidarity and generous support for our mission."
Mano Amiga members celebrate the SMUUF donation of $850. From left to right:
Jordan Buckley, Co-founder of Mano Amiga and SMUUF Board President; Ramika Adams, Mano Amiga Board; Faylita Hicks, Mano Amiga Staff; Dayann Pazmino, Mano Amiga Staff and former SMUUF Children's Religious Educator; Eric Martinez, Mano Amiga Policy Director and SMUUF frequent attendee; and Sofia Córdoba, Mano Amiga Board and SMUUF frequent attendee.
SMUUF Participates in Central Texas Interfaith Town Hall, Tuesday, April 28
Central Texas Interfaith (CTI), formerly Austin Interfaith, sponsored this Town Hall featuring Congressman Loyd Doggett and Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Zoom. About 250 people participated. SMUUF is an automatic member of CTI through our supporting membership in Corridor Interfaith Alliance for Families that is a partner in CTI. SMUUF was listed in the credits as a co-sponsoring organization. SMUUF Social Justice Chair, Jeannie Lewis, attended and some other SMUUF members may have attended, too.
The purpose of the Town Hall was to discuss local and federal responses to COVID-19. They discussed our local COVID-19 Agenda and urge the representatives to address concerns we've heard in our communities such as financial assistance to those left out of the federal stimulus, shelter for those experiencing homelessness, and accessibility of testing and treatment for COVID-19.
Conference Call with the International Convocation of UU Women
Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, is the SMUUF representative to the International Convocation of UU Women. Each month she participates in a Conference Call on Zoom with UU women all over the United States and around the world. This past Tuesday, April 21, was their monthly Zoom meeting. Besides from the United States, there were women from Kenya, Transylvania, Romania, Denmark, France, India, the Netherlands, and Canada. They all spoke English.
We all checked in to tell what our congregations were doing to deal with the coronavirus situation. I explained about all our many SMUUF Zoom meetings.
Then, the moderator spoke about Earth Day — the 50th Anniversary on April 22 this year. It was first begun in 1970 during the Nixon era and 20 million U.S. citizens came out to march and demonstrate — 10% of our population at that time! Now the EPA is under attack by the Trump Administration and greatly underfunded.
We were separated into groups of six each to discuss what we planned to do to help the earth this Earth Day. Most people in my group expressed that they were already doing all they thought they could — and they enumerated. Very impressive! I discussed my own recycling strategies and the support SMUUF gives the River Foundation to keep our hometown river clean.
Texas UU Justice Ministry Monthly Call – February 25, 2020
Jeannie Lewis, on the Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) Advisory Council, participated in a Conference Call on Tuesday, February 25, with other Advisory Council members from UU congregations across the state. Rev. Chuck Freeman, TXUUJM Executive Director, moderated the call.
Chuck announced that TXUUJM will receive a $10k grant in April to work with the UUSC and Esto'k Gna (Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas)!! TXUUJM will will hire a program coordinator to aid in the collaboration. If interested, contact Jeannie Lewis.
We also discussed the UUA's campaign UU The Vote. Congregations can apply for a $500 grant while the funds last. If you are interested in applying for SMUUF, contact Jeannie Lewis.
TXUUJM is involved with migrants in Nuevo Laredo, helping to provide homes for those being held in Mexico while waiting to get clearance to enter the US. There may be the possibility of a UUSC grant.
TXUUJM is looking for PRN (as needed) Administrator/Membership Development person — 5 hours a month or so. Pay $15/hour. They are interviewing candidates now, so let Jeannie know ASAP if you are interested.
We ended the call with our usual congregational sharing.
UU-UNO Monthly Call Summary and Minutes – February 18, 2020
Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, and Becky Allen, SMUUF Environmental Justice Coordinator, are Envoys to the UU-United Nations Office (UU-UNO) in New York City. We are invited to participate in a monthly Conference Call with other UU Envoys around the United Sates. Jeannie recently participated in the February 18 Conference Call with Allison Hess, International Engagement Associate, and Bruce Knotts, UU-UNO Director, as moderators.
Bruce Knotts updated us on the situation at the United Nations. Things at the UN are not that happy, despite going into the 75-year anniversary of the UN, which should be a time to celebrate. Instead, they’re dealing with a lack of commitment globally to multilateralism as well as a lack of countries paying their dues to the United Nations.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Conference is at the UN in mid-March. The UU Office is hosting a panel on March 10 on protecting trans rights in health care, on March 17 about doulas in vulnerable communities, and co-sponsoring a panel along with IWC on March 19 about women’s leadership for peaceful sustainability. All are open to the public and at least the first two will be recorded and shared on UU-UNO’s YouTube page.
Since the subject being discussed was women's issues, Jeannie informed those on the Conference Call that there was a movement within SMUUF to "discontinue" the women's group (which was an inaccurate characterization in the overall discussion of gender identity). She asked if any other churches were experiencing this. None were.
There is an Intergenerational Spring Seminar in NYC April 16-18 on “All In For Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet." The Keynote Speaker is Xiye Bastida! The Theme Panel will be streamed live on UN Web TV and the recording will remain accessible online. Many congregations hold a special screenings and discussions of the Theme Panel for folks who were not able to make it for the Seminar. (Probably screen the recording as the live event takes place on a Friday morning, 10:30-12pm EST, April 17).
UU-UNO is hosting a workshop on engagement with the United Nations at the UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI June 24-28. UUA’s International Office is hosting two workshops & UNO will hopefully be doing a poster presentation. More details to come! We’ll have an Envoy gathering and a reception!
After Envoys shared what was happening in their congregations, the Conference Call was adjourned.
SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team Selects D-T-P Recipients for 2020
The Social Justice Executive Team met Sunday, November 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the UCM Fellowship Hall to examine and discuss the many applications received from prospective Donate-the-Plate recipients for the year 2020. We usually only select 10 recipients and save two open months for unexpected contingencies that seem to always occur. But for 2020, we decided to accept 11 and only leave one month open. We usually conduct D-T-P on the 3rd Sunday of the month unless the recipient organization requests another date that is best for them.
This is the tentative D-T-P schedule for 2020, subject to change:
Wimberley Pride (New) - February 16
Postponed - March 15
Mano Amiga - April 19
Indigenous Cultures Institute - May 17
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos- August 16
Southside Community Center - September 20
Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas (New) - October 18
Redwood Community Center (New) - November 15
PFLAG San Marcos - Open
SMUUF Social Justice Activities - 2019
SMUUF Social Justice Activities – 2019
in Addition to Donate-the-Plate Collections:
- Testify with CIAF Before Hays County Commissioners Court (Capital Idea)
- Affordable Housing Workshop & Testify Before City Council
- SMUUF Delegation to Central Texas Interfaith
- Food Bank Healthy Spring Harvest Challenge
- Financial Support for Food Bank Plots at Alamo Gardens
- Sewing Guild – 800 Quilts to the Border
- Social Justice Adult RE – 1st Sundays
- Environmental Justice Adult RE --- 4th Sundays
- Homeless Backpacks
- Parades – MLK Day, Juneteenth, Pride, Mermaid, Veterans Day
- Peace Pie Social --- Maybe 2020
- Immigrant & Criminal Justice Protests & Testimony
- Median Cleanups
- River Cleanups
- Action Alerts
- Petitions, Letters/Cards/Phone Calls – Currently Gun Safety
- Concert at Jim Berry’s for Crockett Elementary
- Volunteering at the Border
Congrats to Rev. Krista Weber Huang!
We are so glad to have helped to ordain our minister Reverend Krista Weber Huang into the Unitarian Universalist ministry! We are thankful for all of the guests that attended, especially Rev. Krista's family and our local UU ministers and regional staff.
As a congregationally based tradition, all power in Unitarian Universalist churches comes up through the congregation and is bestowed upon the leaders—including the ordained leaders—to carry out specific service for the good of the whole.
In our Unitarian Universalist faith, the stole is a symbol of ministry only worn once a minister has been ordained. It is a symbol of all of the hard work, reflection, and dedication that go into becoming a minister as well as the responsibilities that come with accepting the title of Reverend.
This stole, was lovingly created by the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sewing Guild with particular effort from Ann Allen. The fabric was chosen as a representation of the sacred waters that flow through San Marcos as well as a reminder of the Unitarian Universalist tradition of Water Communion where we recognize the way our lives come together like the streams to rivers to the ocean.
This tradition of ordination ends with a "laying of the hands" in which all of Rev. Krista's family, UU ministers, SMUUF family and friends join together signifying the deeper connections to all.
Central Texas Interfaith Launches with 320 Institutionally Embedded Delegates
Building on a successful 32-year history of broad-based organizing, Austin Interfaith officially renamed and re-founded itself as Central Texas Interfaith (CTI) with over 320 leaders from Bastrop, Comal, Hays, Travis, McLennan (Waco) and Williamson counties.
Emerging leaders told impactful stories that informed a revised agenda of issues, and delegates from an expanded 10-county region committed to a broadened identity, fundraising goals, and Get Out the Vote strategy to promote the affirmed agenda.
SMUUF Delegates were Mike Russett, Gil Fulmer, Judy Telford, Lisa Cradit, Marissa Fehler, Ben Fehler, and Becky Allen.
2020 Agenda of Issues (Abbreviated - full document linked here)
- Support Workforce Development and Living Wages
- Support Affordable Housing and Develop a Comprehensive Strategy to End Homeloessness in Central Texas
- Improve Safety in our Community
- Promote Sustainability and Fight Climate Change
- Support Immigration Reform
- Improve Access to and Affordability of Healthcare
- Improve Education Quality
- Expanded membership will give a better voice at the State and Federal levels (currently most effective with city/county).
- Membership will also expand to Brazos County (Bryan/College Station - Whoop!)
2020 Fundraising Goals
- 25% increase in institutional contributions (presumably through expanded membership)
- $50,000 in private donations. See http://www.austininterfaith.org. (Recommended donation is one hour's pay per month.)
Call for Volunteers at Respite Center at the Texas border
The Sacred Heart Respite Center in McAllen is in desperate need of volunteers. This the Center to which our Sewing Guild has sent over 800 blankets. Volunteers and staff work with families seeking asylum. It is located at 209 W. Hackberry Ave, McAllen, TX 78501.
If you are interested in making a financial donation go to the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley Website for information on how to do so.
If you are interested in volunteering contact:
Hermi Forsaghe, Volunteer Coordinator
956 458 3331
The Interfaith Welcome Coalition in San Antonio is another volunteer opportunity. Volunteers meet families who are seeking asylum at the airport or bus station and help them make connections to their next destination. These families have been assisted at the border at one of the Respite Centers there. You can reach the Coalition by email:
Volunteer coordinators are:
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