Upcoming Services - April's Theme is "Becoming"

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April 11, 2021

SMUUF virtual service
Sunday, April 11 @ 11:00am
Soul Matters sermon: "The Road Not Taken" by Rev. Julie Stoneberg
Lay Led Service w/ Brandon and Marissa

Every day we make choices that impact who we are becoming. Yet within each choice is also the lingering possibility of what could have been. This morning reflect on the Intention, Risk, Judgement, Perspective, Gratitude, and Regret of the road not taken.

The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children’s religious education resources. We are a web of support and connection. Companions traveling a new journey together each month. Soul Matters monthly themes focus on a spiritual value that our UU faith has historically honored and calls all of us to embody in our lives. Each monthly theme is framed with the question: “What does it mean to be a people of ____________?” Our theme for April is Becoming.

Rev. Julie Stoneberg is minister of UU Peterborough, ON, Canada. Rev. Julie Stoneberg began her ministry with the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough in August 2007. She grew up as a “preacher’s kid” in the upper Midwest of the U.S., and is part of a large and loving family. Julie obtained a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and before coming to Peterborough, served Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, ON.

Next week - April 18 @ 11:00 - To Be Announced

 

 

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SMUUF Themes for 2020-2021

SMUUF follows along with the Soul Matters Sharing Circle for worship planning.

Here are the upcoming themes for the 2020-2021 congregation year.

The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children’s religious education resources. We are a web of support and connection. Companions traveling a new journey together each month.

Learn more and view the wealth of Soul Matters resources at https://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com/

 

 

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Zoom With Us!

There are multiple ways to join us using Zoom. If you are able to download the app or simply want to participate in a regular browser page (limited capacity), use either of the following links to connect:

https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf

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

 

 
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Announcement

SPRING 2021 UPDATE: SMUUF online extended through August 2021

 

A Message from SMUUF Minister Rev. Krista Weber Huang:

Dear SMUUF Members and Friends,

After taking into account the wellbeing of our community, the Board of Trustees and Rev. Krista agree that we’ll plan for all SMUUF activities to be held virtually until August 2021.While many of us are receiving vaccines, the youngest members of our community are not yet eligible.

We have developed a set of criteria to determine when we can responsibly resume meeting in person and will continue to monitor and reevaluate the situation. We encourage you all to take as many precautions as you can, including continuing to stay home whenever possible. There are no easy answers during this time, and if you are struggling please let myself and/or the caring committee (caring@smuuf.org) know so we can work with you in finding support.

With Compassion and Hope,
Rev. Krista Weber Huang
Minister
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Cell: 515-450-2437 (text ok)
minister@smuuf.org
(she/her)

 

 

Rev. Krista Office Hours

Rev. Krista holds virtual office hours Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf or via phone. If you would like to meet at another time please contact her via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or text or call her cell phone at 515-450-2437.


Are you able to provide assistance during these uncertain times? 

Our Caring team is extending their service to our community by coordinating help to those who need assistance, in particular those of advanced age or who are immunocompromised. Care Coordinators will help match up those in need. To make arrangements email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/smuuf/


SMUUF Meal Train

SMUUF now has an official Meal Train! If you're interested in volunteering or if a few extra meals would help ease your life please contact our Caring Committee through Jeanne Garthwaite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


SMUUF Relief Fund Established

The SMUUF Relief Fund has been established to give temporary support for those who are living out the mission and vision of our Unitarian Universalist faith. This fund was established using 10% of a generous anonymous donation given to our congregation in May of 2020 “to help ensure the continuance of liberal religion in our community” through the challenges of COVID-19. People who find themselves in need of temporary financial assistance are encouraged to reach out to the SMUUF Relief Fund Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The needs of those who have traditionally marginalized identities will be prioritized. Confidentiality will be respected.

The SMUUF Relief Fund Committee
Rev. Krista Weber Huang, Minister
Joel Johnson, President
Rhoda Sterling, Treasurer

 

THIS SUNDAY AT SMUUF

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?

WUUFS welcomes anyone who self-identifies as a woman. Contact WUUFS Leader Jeannie Lewis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872)   

  

Upcoming RE Meetings - If you'd like to schedule an RE, contact Rev. Krista Weber Huang and Admin Marissa Fehler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)   

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.

If you have any questions, contact book group leader Jeanne Garthwaite (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

Second Sunday: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 10: To be announced

WUUFS welcomes anyone who self-identifies as a woman. Contact WUUFS Leader Jeannie Lewis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872)   

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!

Contact Environmental Justice Leader BJ Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.   

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!

 

ChildrensRE

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

Sept: Renewal

Oct: Deep Listening

Nov: Healing

Dec: Stillness

Jan: Imagination

Feb: Beloved Community

Mar: Commitment

April: Becoming

May: Story

June: Play

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
Grades 6-12  YUUTH
 

Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:

    
        

(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)

SEE YOU SUNDAY!!

 

SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

This upcoming week we’re going to test out support groups! All of our Support Groups are open to members, friends, and visitors and will be held in the same SMUUF Zoom we use for Sunday morning worship. Support Groups will start with a reading of our Covenant and Chalice Lighting, followed by Check-in and Reflection Questions. These conversations will not be live streamed or recorded to maintain privacy. Groups with at least 5 participants will continue meeting weekly. If you would like to attend but have a time conflict please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we may make adjustments based on interest and availability. See instructions above on how to access Zoom. 

Sewing Guild

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Anyone is welcome. We're always happy to have new Sewing Guild recruits.
 

Vulnerable Populations

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
 

SMUUF Choir

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

TGIF Happy Hour

Every Friday at 5:00 p.m.
This group of SMUUF members and friends has been meeting every Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Cafe on the Square for many years. Now we are meeting on Zoom. All are welcome to join us for conversation — fun and serious — wherever it goes.

SMUUF Programs

I hope you will join us in these opportunities to "journey together toward spiritual wholeness in working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community!" Contact SMUUF Minister Rev. Krista Weber Huang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Trans Inclusion in Congregations - Saturday morning session

Saturday Mornings: March 6 - April 17
Group Discussion @ 9:00-10:00 a.m., (Optional) Live Screening 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Please pre-register by emailing Rev. Krista as we may limit spots. (Another session will be added as needed)
 
Contact Rev. Krista at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in joining or getting more information.

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

To register for the course or if you would like to engage with the material but are unable to attend the scheduled groups please email Rev. Krista at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Soul Matters Small Groups

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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.


Other Events

 

Upcoming Central Texas Interfaith Events

 

 

The International Convocation of UU Women Meetings

Tuesdays: April 13 and 27 @ 9:00 a.m.

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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
Password: 385478
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/283947380?pwd=Y2lndllPNFVPQktuUnl0b045TjVtQT09
Or via phone --- find your local number here: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsBxNyMX8

I hope to see you there! For more information contact Jeannie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

UUAGA2021

Unitarian Universalist Association Virtual General Assembly
June 23-27, 2021

Registration is now open: https://www.uua.org/ga/registration
Contact Rev. Krista at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to serve as a SMUUF delegate, or need to discuss financial assistance.
More information on the delegate process at https://www.uua.org/ga/congregations/delegates

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.


Weekly EventsSMUUFChoir

SMUUF Choir - Zoom meetings resume weekly

Every Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.

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.

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

 


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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.

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


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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.

Contact: Garrie Borden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS INFORMATION

 

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 

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. All meetings will be virtual, on Zoom. If you have questions, please contact Shernaz García at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Homeless Coalition of Hays County (formerly Local Homeless Coalition [LHC])

HCHCLogoNext meeting: Friday, May 7 @ 10:00 a.m.
Connect via Zoom: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/99457340539 (same link through Dec. 2021)

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.

Contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are willing to volunteer or want more information.

 

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.

If you are willing to help, contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or get in touch with Jeannie Lewis, Homeless Coalition board member and SMUUF Social Justice Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872, and she can put you in touch with the right person.

SMUUF is a member in good standing of the Homeless Coalition of Hays County.

 

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SAHRING AND CARING 

Joys and Concerns

Send your Joys and Concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 

SMUUF Member Jon Cradit Elected San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance Board

CraditJonLong-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!

 

SMUUF Sewing Guild Donates Quilts to Central Texas Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

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."

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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

SMUUF Members stay active, representing our congregation at many UU, national, and local meetings and events. Check out the most recent updates below. If you attend any events that you would like to share with our members and friends, send an email to SMUUF Admin Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.

The Calaboose African American History Museum – Jan. 10

H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach, Mitigation, and Emergency) Center of Central Texas – Feb. 14

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

Redwood Community Center, Inc., dba Centro Esperanza – Aug. 8

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 

Some local parents have compiled a list of local Black-owned businesses, with additions by many others in the community. Lamar Hankins and Ramika Adams have added some more names of Black-owned businesses to the list. We encourage you to patronize these businesses and to spread the word. For more information, contact Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Food

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

Clothing/accessories

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

Bath/body products

Adina Johnson’s Treasures - Facebook page

Services

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

Ramika Adams Realtor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Mae Watts Parish, Realtor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spot Barbershop on Hopkins Street

Healthcare

Aminatu Akande, MD Live Oak Health Partners

Booka Baby Doula - Facebook page

Education

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

 

Our cottages are available for personal and family retreats. Enjoy the UBarU campus, dark sky and morning sun at your leisure. Email Robyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange your stay.

Thank you for your support- past, present and future!

If you have any questions, I am happy to be in touch. Please email Robyn Stout, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 830-460-6002.

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For more information or questions regarding Membership please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For pastoral care concerns please contact our Caring Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have joys or sorrows, church or community news you would like printed in the Flash, or Sunday announcements, email the SMUUF Admin email account at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Need a SMUUF Name Badge?

Are you new and haven't been given a badge? Have you lost yours? Had a name change? Need a correction? Moved? Would like to list your pronoun preferences? Let us know, and we'll fix you up! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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

For information about how to join, contact Colleen Lane-Rafferty and Daniel Rafferty () or Kayla and Tynan McGuire (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!

 

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.

By signing up to be on the email distribution list, you are not obligated to volunteer for any activity, but it will help to keep you informed of some of the needs in our community. To be added to the SMUUF Social Action Alert Team Email Distribution List, send your name, your email address, and your phone number to Jeannie Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.)

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 email Admin Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can send to you directly. 
Suggestion Box

Have an idea for a service? A guest speaker or topic? Want to leave a comment for our minister or the Board? If you have anything you'd like to share, please click here to use our online Suggestion Box.

Contact Info

Mailing address:
PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667
Phone: (512) 847-2110
Click here to e-mail for more information

Announcements

Send your news to the Communications Team for the weekly email announcements and/or for inclusion in Sunday’s Order of Service. Submit an Announcement.