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SMUUF Meal Train
SMUUF Relief Fund Established
Adult Religious Exploration
First Sunday: WUUFS Group @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 11: "Claiming Our Space" - discussion leader Priscilla Leder, SMUUF member and retired English professor. The discussion will focus on women's personal and public space. Priscilla will draw on two books: Virginia Woolf's 1928 classic, A Room of One's Own, and Paulina Bren's recently published history, The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free. The Barbizon was a residential hotel for women that opened in 1928. It housed aspiring writers, actors, models, and administrative assistants, including Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Grace Kelly, and Ali McGraw, allowing them to seek success in New York, but also confining them.
Questions to think about before our meeting:
- How and why have women been restricted to certain spaces?
- What have they done to claim and create their own space?
- What spaces have confined you?
- How have you claimed and created your own space?
First Sunday: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 2: 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 May is Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Rabbi Naomi Levy.
Second Sunday: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 10: To be announced
Third Sunday: Vegan Food Exchange @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 18: 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, April 25: To be announced
SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for April: Donate-the-Plate Contingency Fund
For the month of April we are asking our congregation to Donate-the-Plate to a D-T-P Contingency Fund — a reserve of money set aside to cover possible unforeseen future expenses. This Fund would only be used to assist nonprofit organizations in immediate need in our community or to deal with unexpected circumstances in the wider community. It would not be used for any SMUUF expenses. Any funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year will be retained and carried over into the next year. This Fund gives SMUUF the ability to provide an immediate resource to help those in need.
Please give generously to the D-T-P Contingency Fund in the month of April. 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 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, April 9 - Thursday, April 15
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
Save the Date – SMUUF Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 23 following SMUUF Sunday Service
Via Zoom - ID: 849 653 9395
Mark your calendar as SMUUF will be holding our Annual Congregational Meeting virtually after regular worship that afternoon. The Board of Trustees will recap the year, present next year's Budget and Board Members to be voted on, and present their vision for the next year. Please set this date aside on your calendar as it is crucial that we have at least 30% of the members in attendance or voting by email/proxy to pass the items on the agenda. The budget and slate of prospective board members will be emailed to the congregation 14 days prior to the meeting.
Support Group Meetings
Anyone is welcome. We're always happy to have new Sewing Guild recruits.
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Weekly SMUUF Choir meetings are held on Zoom every Thursday. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join us.
TGIF Happy Hour
Trans Inclusion in Congregations - Saturday morning session
Group Discussion @ 9:00-10:00 a.m., (Optional) Live Screening 7:30-8:30 a.m.
We’re launching a 6-Session Adult Religious Education course (open to SMUUF members, select friends and teens who have completed an OWL course) called “Trans Inclusion in Congregations” which we have purchased for our use as a congregation from the Transforming Hearts Collective. In this course we will “deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation.” It includes 6 recorded sessions, additional reflection material, and conversation guides. There will be multiple ways to engage this material over the coming year and beyond, and we are particularly excited that one of the course’s creators will be leading worship with us this coming February.
We’ll run a reflection group, starting with a live stream of the session lecture, followed by a ~30min break, and then group reflection for an hour. While we are able to make the content available to members and friends for individual engagement or for viewing ahead of time, we strongly encourage you to join one of the groups and we ask that you do not share the exclusive materials created by the Transforming Hearts Collective outside of the SMUUF community.
For more information visit https://transforming-hearts-collective.teachable.com
Soul Matters Small Groups
This is a monthly small group program to reflect more deeply and listen to one another’s stories around our Soul Matters theme of the month. For November, we reflected on the question “What does it mean to be a people of Healing?” These sessions will be a time for us to put our deep listening skills into practice as well as experience the power of being listened to. These small groups are open to anyone so please share with folks who you feel might benefit from joining us. The dates and topics will change each month so keep an eye out in the News Flash.
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 April:
Zoom Meeting ID: 283 947 380
Or via phone --- find your local number here: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsBxNyMX8
Unitarian Universalist Association Virtual General Assembly
June 23-27, 2021
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.
SMUUF Choir - Zoom meetings resume weekly
Regular choir Zoom meetings will resume this Thursday. All singers are invited to become a part of the choir.
Please contact Gayle Gaston if you would like to receive email notifications about choir activities.
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.
UUA Common Read Discussion Group (Strand for BIPOC affinity community members)
Hosted by Wildflower Church - Unitarian Universalist congregation in Austin, TX
Beginning Monday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Wildflower Church invites UUs/friends who self-identify as Black/African American, Indigenous, or other Persons of Color (BIPOC) to join in reading and discussing this year's UUA Common Read, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, by Imani Perry. Simultaneously a meditation, memoir, lament, prayer, and celebration of life, Perry’s book is an invitation for reflection, an inspiration for empathy, and a call to action. Visit uua.org/read to learn more about the program and this year's book. This 3-session program is scheduled for April 26, May 10, and May 24, from 7-8:30 pm. We will focus on one chapter at each session, to allow time for a deeper discussion and reflection. BIPOC UUs/friends in the Central Texas area are invited to participate. Participants must register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIof-6rrz4iH9fzsjnX6wJOilpsB2S5QQf
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.
Grant Writer Volunteer Needed for the Homeless Coalition of Hays County
The Homeless Coalition of Hays County is in need of a volunteer to research, find, and apply for grants to help support the organization. The Coalition through the HME Center is especially in need of paid staff, so they need a dependable source of funds to help them do that.
SMUUF is a member in good standing of the Homeless Coalition of Hays County.
Joys and Concerns
SMUUF Member Jon Cradit Elected San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance Board
Long-time SMUUF Member Jon Cradit was elected to the Board of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance at their Virtual Annual Meeting on March 28. Jon Cradit was raised in Martindale, running up and down the river and swimming in it with every chance. He grew up knowing how important the river is and learned how fragile the natural system that supports it is. As a kid he enjoyed camping with the local scout troop and eventually became a scoutmaster and a committee chair. A graduate of Southwest Texas State, with a degree in environmental management, he worked several years for Texas environmental regulatory agencies, and then moved to the Edwards Aquifer Authority, where he conducted karst studies and groundwater flow research from Uvalde to Kyle.
Jon earned a state license as a Professional Geoscientist and a Registered Sanitarian. His main pastime is caving. He’s a member of the state caving organization and a Fellow in the national caving association. He has caved throughout the US and Mexico, enjoying the karst systems from the inside. He and his wife, Lisa, were early members of SMGA and SMRF. Jon has served as a director of SMRF and currently works as part of SMGA’s Trail Crew.
SMUUF is proud of the work Jon does for our community!
The SMUUF Sewing Guild delivered 30 small handmade lap quilts to SMUUF Member Alex Mylius to use with Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Alex is the Early Childhood Program Deputy Director in charge of the Home Visiting and Community Partnerships Program with Community Action, Inc.
Alex explained, "We serve low-income families with children from birth to age five. The quilts will be given to families enrolled in our program; often families are living in housing with inadequate heat, and these quilts will provide some warmth for the children. Our staff can determine which of the families we serve who have the most acute need. Our staff and families are grateful to the SMUUF Sewing Guild for this generous donation of quilts. Sharing the literal and figurative warmth of our Fellowship feels especially important now when we can’t physically be together."
Alex Mylius loading the the 30 small lap quilts in her car for delivery to the children in the Home Visiting Program. Her son Leon is demonstrating one of the quilts wrapped around him.
The SMUUF Sewing Guild has been gathering weekly for several years at Ann Allen's home in Martindale to sew handmade small lap quilts and other items to donate to mothers and children at the border, for people in nursing homes suffering from Alzheimer's, and now to young children in San Marcos served by the Home Visiting Program. Since the pandemic, the Sewing Guild has not been able to meet as a group and sew together, but have continued to meet via SMUUF Zoom each week to keep in touch. Some members have sewn at their own home and a few have met outside on Ann Allen's back porch to sew. The SMUUF Sewing Guild is composed of Ann Allen (leader), Barbara Jacobson, Becky Allen, Betty Dewsnap, Betty Watkins, Carolyn Robinson, Janet Wallgren, Jeanne Garthwaite, Jeannie Lewis, Judy Telford, Kate Clayton, and Rhoda Sterling.
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
Texas UU Justice Ministry – Apr. 11
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
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
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center continues to offer e-events via Zoom to help you stay connected with camp and each other. Go to http://ubaru.org/home/e-events for all the details. The events are offered free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted at https://ubaru.org/home/Support.
We are planning to host Fiber Arts weekend Feb 12-15 with COVID precautions in place. Details and registration at https://ubaru.org/home/FiberArts
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.