Upcoming Services


November 18, 2018

“Gerund Thanking”

SMUUF DRE Laura Haygood & YUUTH

Rather than a talk, Laura will lead the congregation through a group poetry writng exercise that we will share. The poems will be a way to express our gratitude.

Laura Haygood (SMUUF DRE & member since 2013) retired in 2014 from a 30 year career as a public high school theatre,speech and English teacher. Upon retiring, she moved to Wimberley with her husband Marc. She has continued teaching. She teaches speech at San Antonio College with the Alamo Colleges District and teaches ELA and Speech/Drama at Blanco River Academy. In 2017 she began serving as the Director of Religious Education at San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on a quarter time basis. She enjoys leading this program as it expands to meet the needs of our younger members and friends.


November 25, 2018

“Gone To Texas”

Kiya Heartwood

Gone to Texas: Rev. Mary C. Billings (1825-1904) and Rev. Mariana Thompson Folsom (1845-1909). Stories about two early Universalist ministers in Texas in the 1880's.

Kiya Heartwood is an award-winning roots rock, and folk singer-songwriter. Kiya is the Artistic Director of the People's Orchestra of Austin and a seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry.


1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future


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Adult Religious Exploration

9:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

Women's UU Friendship Society (WUUFS)

The Discussion Leader is Lynn Williams. Topic — "Abortion: Is It Wrong?" Questions to think about: If so, is it always wrong? If not, why not? It is, some people believe, taking a human life. If you are pro-choice, what do you say to someone who is right to life? What, if any, is your personal experience with abortion? If you are pro-choice and have had an abortion, are you willing to bring that up with right to lifers? Finally, should men even be permitted to have a vote in this matter? We hope to see many women attend this critical discussion. 

Please contact Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in filling an RE spot on any Sunday.

The schedule is usually as follows:
1st Sunday - Social Justice Forum
2nd Sunday - Women's Groups - non-binary folx are welcome as they choose
3rd Sunday - open topic
4th Sunday - Environmental Justice
5th Sunday - also usually an open topic

Coffee and childcare is available during adult RE, and all are welcome to attend.

Food Drive

The SMUUF second through fifth graders are conducting a food drive to benefit Wimberley's Crisis Bread Basket. Please bring non-perishables to church every Sunday through December 2nd.

FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)Italian Garden

After service, usually 12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Every Sunday at various restaurants 

This week: Italian Garden, 415 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos

The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. They love to have new folks join them! See Jeannie Lewis or Lee Bricker after worship. They’ll save you a seat! 

Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday! We need more people to join our teams!

A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 7 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.

You may click here to download a copy of the Hospitality Team duties.

For information about how to join, contact Chris Rambo at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Hello families! Our theme for the month of November is “Gratitude”.

Our teachers will develop lessons and activities around that theme. Since the service Nov. 18 is intergenerational, I want to include some of the YUUTH to help with readings. Those YUUTH at church this Sunday will meet downstairs to review the service and practice parts. We will also set up our YUUTH led service on Dec. 2. I hope all of you can be there!

As I reflect on gratitude, I find myself thinking of my SMUUF community. I am so grateful to be a part of this loving, welcoming, action taking community. In addition, I get to serve as the director of the program for our children. What a wonderful gift I have been given.

I also want to thank all those who have volunteered to spend some Sundays downstairs to help with the children. I hope you will enjoy getting to know the youngest members of our congregation.

- Laura Haygood, DRE


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 Robyn Kendrick
4 years-Grade 2           Seuss Room with Deana Piñales & Jillian Whitehead
Grades 3-5 Susan B. Anthony Room with Monica Rasco & Marissa Fehler
Grades 6-12  YUUTH with Laura Haygood




Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:

November 18th   

Thanksgiving - Intergenerational Service

December 2nd

Hanukkah -  Led Service

(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)



Week of Friday, November 9 - Thursday, November 15

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities




Meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
UCM Sanctuary

All singers and musicians are invited to become a part of the choir, which sings for worship about twice a month.

Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Womens Guild 046

Sewing Guild

Meets Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Allen Family home in Martindale

Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Meet Fridays mornings at 10:00 a.m.
Redbud Roasters, 169 South LBJ, San Marcos

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!

For more information, contact Garrie Borden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




SMUUF to Participate in Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday, November 10


Meet at 8:45 a.m. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
Jim Johnson's house on 119 South Johnson Avenue, San Marcos

SMUUF will have a float driven by Gil Fulmer with seats for 10 people on the float and plenty of room for marchers to go alongside. We'll meet at Jim Johnson's house on 119 South Johnson Avenue between San Antonio Street and MLK Drive — the only house facing Johnson Street at that address at 8:45 a.m sharp. Park your cars there and ride on the float or the van to City Hall on Hopkins where we will check in and then get in line to finish decorating the float. After the parade we will return to Jim's house. If you are a veteran or the child of a veteran, we would love to have you ride on our float. Be sure to wear your yellow SMUUF t-shirt. Email or phone Jeannie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512)353-2872 if you plan to join us.

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events

There are some fun events coming up at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center! For more details and to register please go to www.ubaru.org. If you want to rent a cottage for a quiet weekend not during a retreat, email Robyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dec 18-31: Winter Family Camp - Come and enjoy a winter holiday weekend in the Texas Hill Country. We will have both kid and adult programming as well as multi-generational activities. Winter holiday rituals and camp fires are a must as we enjoy the celebrating the end of the year together.

Feb 15-18, 2019: Fiber Arts Weekend

March 1-3, 2019: Astronomy Weekend

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.




Joys and Concerns

- Jeff Rasco received a Facebook message from a friend he's known 15-20 years through their work in the meetings industry, and she's pretty wonderful. She's looking for someone with some extra space she can rent to be closer to family members in need. Her son, in San Marcos has been caregiver to his wife with MS and she needs to be there more and hope to find a "golden girls" room to rent from someone who has more house than needed. She tends to get to Austin and San Antonio for work and can help her kids when they need her if she am between the 2 cities. If you can help, please contact Jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and he will make introductions.

SMUUF Sewing Guild Donates Quilt to Calaboose

A handmade quilt by Ann Allen of the SMUUF Sewing Guild is being donated to the Calaboose African American History Museum. The Bahá'ís bought a few children's picture books to donate to the Calaboose that deal with Black history. Diana Garcia, a SMUUF friend and a Bahá'í, asked Ann Allen of the SMUUF Sewing Guild if they could donate a quilt to the Calaboose for children (and maybe a adult, too) to sit on to look at the books. Ann did so and also created an addition quilt for our own children to sit on for Words for All Ages. Diana could not be at church this Sunday to receive the quilt but she has asked Mark Rockeymoore, as SMUUF President, to receive the quilts during the presentation.

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Our most recent sermons are available on the website under the Past Sermons tab, and as podcasts from iTunes and Stitcher. Click the links to go to the SMUUF channels and subscribe. If you would like to listen to a past service not in the list of podcasts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
  3. 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!

Legacy Society

Leg·a·cy (lĕg′ə-sē) n. pl. leg·a·cies
1. Money or property given to another by will.
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.
If you are interested in learning how you might include SMUUF in your estate planning, whether it be large or small, contact Ivri Messinger (830-832-3572; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available

The SMUUF Board of Trustees meet (most often) on the 4th Sunday of each month, and are open to all. If you would like to stay informed on what happens at board meetings, you are invited to access the Board Meeting minutes at any time. Please click here to access the 2018-2019 minutes on Google Drive. If you have trouble accessing Google Drive, please email Board Secretary Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can assist or send to you directly.

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Mailing address:
PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667
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