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Adult Religious Exploration
RE will be postponed until further notice.
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!
Members of Hospitality Team 5 are serving in March. Thanks to these folks for 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,
We are postponing our Sunday RE lessons until further notice. We invite families to join us for Sunday services via Zoom at 11:00 a.m.
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, March 27 - Thursday, April 3
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
Support Group Meetings
Frontline Fellowship (For people working outside their home to keep our systems going)
Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, 9:00 a.m.
Adult Caregivers (For people caring for Adults)
Wednesday, April 1, 3:00 p.m.
General Support Group
Thursday, April 2, 9:00 a.m.
Parents/Caregivers (For people caring for Children)
Thursday, April 2, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Arts Show and Tell
Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.
This all ages time will be an opportunity to share art you've been working on recently. Each person will have up to 2 minutes total to show and tell everyone what inspired your art and/or how it makes you feel. There will also be an opportunity to ask for feedback on your art if you'd like it.
Wednesday, April 1, 3:00 p.m.
Just drop in and say hello!
Non-Pet owners and Pet owners alike of all ages join in a little therapeutic sharing! Pick one pet (or one group such as your fish) and come prepared to share a fun fact and/or a time your pet made you laugh. Please limit sharing to less than 1 minute. No pets? No worries! Feel free to simply enjoy the stories or... get creative: imagine an invisible pet, play dress up, draw or craft a pet, the possibilities are endless! We’ll conclude with a Blessing of the Animals then leave the line open for free sharing. More than one pet? Don’t worry, we’ll do this again soon.
Central Texas Interfaith - Leaders Virtual Meeting
This will be an opportunity to share how the COVID-19 situation is impacting you, your civic or religious institution, and your community, and to become part of actions to address it. PLEASE RSVP TO THIS LINK and we will send you the logistics of how to join by video or conference call. Additionally, our Strategy Team, Boards, Clergy, and Action Teams are all meeting by video and teleconferencing over the next week to reorganize CTI’s work to meet this COVID-19 crisis. As we move forward, CTI will begin to provide our ongoing leadership development trainings, civic academies, and house meeting through these platforms.
Weekly Events - All postponed until further notice
SMUUF Choir – Check-in via Zoom - Thu. April 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m
Meets Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to become a part of the choir, which sings for worship about twice a month. Please contact Gayle for directions.
Meets Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Allen Family home in Martindale
The Sewing Guild has made and delivered over 700 quilts to children in need.
Friday "Talk, Then Walk"
Meet at 10:00 a.m. @ Redbud Roasters for coffee, then a walk around the river or on a nearby hiking trail.
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
April 17-19 - Women-Aligned Retreat
May 1-3 - Writer’s Weekend
May 22-25 - Family Camp
June & July - Summer Youth camps (based on age)
July 12-18 - Human Sexuality Camp (base on the values of OWL) for rising 8-9th graders
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.
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
SMUUF Volunteers Work on Craddock Avenue Median Landscaping Maintenance
The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMMUF) volunteered to take care of keeping the landscape maintained on the two medians at the southern end of Craddock Avenue as part of the City's plan to ask volunteers to adopt medians the length of the Craddock Avenue from Bishop Street to Old Ranch Road 12. One of the medians that SMUUF adopted is adjacent to SMUUF owned property there that is planned as our future church home of SMUUF.
Dan Gibson, Leader of the Facilities and Grounds Committee, said, "We pulled weeds, pruned, spread mulch, and picked up trash to fill many bags. This work will continue several weekends each quarter to get the job done."
Much thanks to all the SMUUF volunteers who turned out Saturday to help with this tough job!
From left to right: The SMUUF Team working on the Craddock Avenue medians Saturday are Front Row: Barbara Jacobson, Lisa Arceneaux, and Dan Gibson. Back Row: Gil Fulmer, Lynn Williams, Jordan Buckley, Kate Clayton, Jon Cradit, and Lisa Cradit.
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
PFLAG San Marcos - March 15
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcoss - April 19
Indigenous Cultures Institute - May 17
Mano Amiga - August 16
Southside Community Center - September 20
Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas (New) - October 18
Redwood Community Center (New) - November 15
December - 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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