Upcoming Services

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August 1, 2021

SMUUF virtual service
Sunday, August 1 @ 11:00am
Rev. Maggie Lovins
"Living Unitarian Universalism Intentionally"

What does it mean to intentionally live our Unitarian Universalist values? How might we take steps together to see our Faiths values lived out in our community and what could it mean to the world? Drawing from her work with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Southern Region and her own ministry, Rev. Lovins will share her own experiences and challenge us to dream what it all could be when we live our values daily.

Rev. Maggie Lovins serves as the Community Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola. She resides in Pensacola with her partner in ministry, and service animal, Daisy Dog, her partner Chad and two loving felines. She feels that Unitarian Universalism is truly a life saving faith and it is her mission to spread the good news that you are loved, valued and worthy just as you are!

Rev. Maggie started her calling in Unitarian Universalism by serving as her home congregation’s Office Administrator and Children’s Religious Education Coordinator along with many other roles and titles. As a lay leader, she also served the Mid-South District as Board Secretary, one of the UUA’s Ministerial Settlement Representatives and the Southern Region as a Smart Church Consultant and Leadership Experience facilitator before becoming Unitarian Universalist Association staff.

Maggie attended Starr King School for the Ministry where she completed her Master of Arts in Social Change with a Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies.

We are better together, we can only change the world together, and every day is a new chance to live fully in to those ideals, embrace our diversity and join in building the Beloved Community together!

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SMUUF Themes for 2020-2021 (We are carrying "Play" over through July)

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 On Holiday in July

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

Fourth Sunday: Environmental Justice Forum @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 25: This week’s RE will be a K-12 teacher’s view of a newly published peer reviewed report, stating Animal Agriculture is the Leading Cause of Climate Change. If Animal Agriculture is responsible for 87% of greenhouse gases as stated in this new paper, where should our climate actions be focused? Our UU member Becky Allen will be presenting, followed by a discussion. Come see the published chart of which she's so proud.

Link to the published paper: https://3209a1b2-3bad-4874-bf51-8fc2702ffa6c.filesusr.com/ugd/8654c5_7c6128c4df8741ad876709bc81afcfca.pdf

Link to the position paper on the ClimateHealers.Org website: https://climatehealers.org/the-science/animal-agriculture-position-paper/

Welcome all. Bring a friend.

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

 

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, August 1: 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 August is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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, August 8: The SMUUF Womens UU Friendship Society (WUUFS) Discussion Leader will be Nancy Russell, DrPH and SMUUF Member, who will lead us in a discussion of "Reliable Sources of Health Information." Nancy is a Doctor of Public Health with 30 years experience at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. This is a very relevant and current topic in light of the latest reliable health information we need regarding the pandemic, and our other health issues. Bring your questions and suggestions to share.

Questions to think about prior to the meeting:

  • What are your usual sources of health information? Primary care physician? Family member? Friend? TV or radio news? Facebook? Specific websites? Other?
  • What do all of these sources have in common? Are they secondary sources that report information gathered from primary sources?
  • What are the underlying primary sources?
  • How can we access primary sources or, at least, reliable reporting of these sources?
  • What other questions or suggestions do you have?

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) or Priscilla Leder (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Third Sunday: Vegan Food Exchange @ 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, August 15: To be announced

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, August 22: To be announced


SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for July: San Marcos River Foundation

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The San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF) has been an annual recipient for SMUUF's Donate-the-Plate collection for many years. Our congregation has a strong commitment to environmental protection and the San Marcos River is close to our hearts. SMRF's Executive Director, Virginia Condie, visited our Zoom Worship Service on Sunday, July 11 to give us an update on SMRF.

SMRF was established in 1985 to protect public access and preserve the San Marcos River, focusing on protecting the flow from aquifer-fed springs, improving the water quality and protecting the beauty of the area with parks and annual clean-ups, and more.

Please give generously to the San Marcos River Foundation in the month of July. 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 2021-22 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

June: Play

September: Embracing Possibility

October: Cultivating Relationship

November: Holding History

December: Opening to Joy

January: Living with Intention

February: Widening the Circle

March: Renewing Faith

April: Awakening

May: Nurturing Beauty

June: Celebrating Blessings

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, July 23 - Thursday, July 29

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


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 1:00 p.m.
Each week SMUUF's support group for folks who self identify as part of a vulnerable population meet for deep check-ins and reflection time. Going forward, we will continue meeting on Thursdays via our standard SMUUF Zoom link but now at 1:00pm Central Time. This is a welcoming group where we share our fears, struggles, hopes, and joys. If you are in need of connection or just a compassionate listening space please join us.

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.

Other Events

 

 

Upcoming Central Texas Interfaith Events

 

 

The International Convocation of UU Women Meetings

Tuesdays: July 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 July:

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..

 

 

YARNYARN Open Houses

Date/Time: Various, See Below
Leader: Joe Chapot, Founder and Staff Person, YARN
RSVP by either completing the registration form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Revival Network is open for new leadership! YARN is a revolutionary project to rebuild the continental UU young adult network and is made up of numerous lay and professional leaders. Each leader is deeply inspired by this project and contributes in ways that work for them, their lives, and their passions. If you want to be a YARN leader, either as a volunteer or in your capacity as a religious professional, then please attend one of our open houses or schedule a meeting with YARN Founder and Staff Person Joe Chapot - Calendly

Dates of Open Houses

  • Monday, July 12 at 5:00pm ET/ 4CT/ 3MT/ 2PT
  • Wednesday, July 14 at 8:00pm ET/ 7CT/ 6MT/ 5PT
  • Saturday, July 17 at 12:00pm ET/ 11:00am CT/ 10MT/ 9PT
  • Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00pm ET/ 6CT/ 5MT/ 4PT
  • Thursday, July 22 at 1:00pm ET/ 12CT/ 11:00am MT/ 10PT
  • Sunday, July 25 at 4:30pm ET/ 3:30CT/ 2:30MT/ 1:30PT

How can I contribute?
YARN is now composed into three “Area of Responsibility”; Ministries, Steering, and Staffing.

  • The Ministries Team is responsible for the programs and events that we put on for the public (e.g. monthly worships, small group programs.) New leaders can either support an existing ministry or pitch an idea for a new one. For those who love or want to learn how do ministry.
  • The Steering Team is responsible for the ongoing development of YARN as a project and future UU organization (e.g. by-law writing, fundraising.) For those who love or want to learn the work of governance and building organizations.
  • The Staffing Team are people who work on YARN as part of their official duties at another UU organizations (i.e. Joe Chapot, who is employed by UU San Francisco and uses staff time to coordinate YARN’s activities.) For UU staff people who want to support this essential ministry.

Don’t know how you want to contribute? Attend an open house and we’ll work with you to discover ways to contribute that inspires you!

Can’t make an open house? Schedule a meeting with Joe Chapot - Calendly

None of their times work? Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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SMUUF Choir - Meetings paused through the summer

The choir will take a break for the summer and resume meeting in the fall. 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

 

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

HCHCLogoNext meeting: Friday, August 6 @ 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.

 

 

SMTX Mental Health Coalition Meeting

Next Meeting: TBA
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97688705224?pwd=WFRpTmEyTzlVUWdydElVT1RSSXFxQT09
Passcode: 291045

You can access the agenda for the next coalition meeting here. At the next meeting we will be discussing the following item: Mental Health Summit. In preparation for the discussion please complete the short survey this will help the group with our discussion for the meeting.

For more information, contact Cristal Lopez, MA, Youth Services Director, Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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SAHRING AND CARING 

Joys and Concerns

SMUUF Social Justice Donations on Behalf of Jesse McJohnson

JesseMcJohnsonSMUUF Member Jeannie Lewis' son Jesse McJohnson died unexpectedly in his sleep on May 30, 2021. Since then, donations totaling $320 have been made in Jesse's name to the SMUUF Social Justice Contingency Fund. Jesse was a strong advocate for social justices cause in the world. He kept up on all the news and engaged in frequent discussions about social justice issues with family and friends. This is a fitting tribute to Jesse's memory. If you would like to donate to the SMUUF Social Justice Contingency Fund for Jesse, write a check to SMUUF, PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667 and write Social Justice Contingency Fund for Jesse on the memo line. You may also donate online using Tithe.ly, just choose "Donation" and in the memo field include "Social Justice Contingency Fund for Jesse."

- Sarah Wren is healing from her surgery and wants to express her appreciation for the many acts of kindness she is receiving from her SMUUF family.

- Thank you so much to all the packers, planners, movers, stackers, researchers, donation deliver drivers, vacuumers , cleaners, and oh so much more… y’all rocked the house! We are so blessed and lucky to call you friend. Thank you again for your time! - Teresa Smetzer

 

Donate the Plate gives to Indigenous Cultures Institute

Maria Rocha and Dr. Mario Garza, directors of the Indigenous Cultures Institute, share this letter of appreciation for the SMUUF Donate the Plate in May.

Dear Fellowship Members:

We check our post office box infrequently because of habits formed during the pandemic. And as they
say, imagine our surprise to see your donation of $475.00. This generous contribution is far beyond what could possibly be expected during such difficult times. Your members have been so very kind to us all these year; thank you so much for this donation. We are so grateful for our relationship with your Fellowship.
As you know, our shortfall for this year’s Indigenous Arts Summer Encounter was huge and all of our efforts turned to raising money for our students’ week-long experience to learn about their Native culture, which has been erased from history books and school curriculum. And thanks to groups like your Fellowship, we were able to raise enough money to fully fund this most critical program. 

Thank you for this most generous donation, for your relationship with our Indigenous community, and the support you lend to the work we do for our children. May we all fare well in this new future that shines before us with enormous potential, a world of peace and justice. Please see us as friends upon whom you may call if you ever need our help and support.

 

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Sewing Guild Work Continues

To date, the sewing group has finished 1,051 quilts and is busy working on more!Recently the SMUUF sewing group sent 30 quilts to the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Victoria Salinas (pictured), a co-worker of SMUUF member Alex Mylius, delivered the quilts.

 

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

 

SMUUF Craddock Ave. Cleanup

The team led by Jon Cradit have gotten the three medians cleaned and looking good. On Wednesday, we attacked the overgrowth in the Craddock street medians. Making up the team was Mike, Jordan, Lisa, and Jon. We got a lot of the weeds out. On Thursday, Lisa was able to go back for a couple of hours and finished up the work,  The city came by and picked up the cuttings.

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SMUUF Awarded 2020-2021 Sixth Principle Congregation

We received the announcement below this week from the UU Office at the United Nations:

CONGRATULATIONS!

It is my joy to congratulate San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on becoming a 2020-2021 Sixth Principle Congregation! Well done! On behalf of the UU Office at the United Nations, I offer immense thanks to you and to the congregation for all of your support and committed action over this past year to further our Sixth Principle’s goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

We will be announcing the 2020-2021 Sixth Principle Congregations on our website and social media in June, including via email so you won’t miss it.
In the meantime, we will be making a congratulatory video that can be shared with your congregation in virtual worship service!

Allison Hess :: she/her/hers
International Engagement Associate

Unitarian Universalist Association
International Office
www.uua.org
Contributions from member congregations and individual donors make the missional work of the UUA possible.

 

 

Thanks for Generous Donations to the D-T-P Contingency Fund in April

We were so pleased to receive a total of $750 to our Donate-the-Plate Contingency Fund in the moth of April. This will allow SMUUF to respond quickly to immediate community needs. This is a big part of our mission as a beloved community!

April was originally scheduled to Donate-the-Plate to Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) when the Executive Director, Rev Chuck Freeman, was due to be our Worship speaker. But health issues prevented him from attending our Zoom service, so we asked for donations to our newly-formed D-T-P Contingency Fund. When Chuck can return to speak to us, we will collect for TXUUJM at that time.

We appreciate the generous contributions from our SMUUF congregation!

 

 

SMUUF Lot Cleanup Crew Achieves Great Results

Jon Cradit and Joel Johnson sent out a call for SMUUF volunteers to help clean up our recently acquired adjoining lot on our Craddock Avenue church property on Monday, April 19, starting at 5:00 p.m. A wonderful hard-working crew showed up and got right to work — Gil Fulmer, Rhoda Sterling, Teresa Smetzer, Mike Russett, Barbara Jacobson, Nancy Russell, Jordan Buckley, Chris Gardner, Jeffery Latimer and leaders Jon Cradit and Joel Johnson.

The lot is in needed a lot of work. It has a dilapidated house that we will need to hire a professional crew to demolish and remediate the property. But we needed a SMUUF crew to first pick up odd pieces of junk. We needed to get stuff out of the way to allow easier access for the professional crew to get to the old house.

The work was mostly picking up odd pieces of junk that were scattered about the ground, and cutting back some of the cane. Everything was staged on-site behind the old carport so it can be hauled off when the house is razed.

The work team filled trash into four rolling trash cans and a couple of smaller ones, disposed of a kids' wading pool, hauled out three refrigerators and one water heater from the house, and cut a big stack of cane. Joel has already contacted someone and they have hauled off the appliances and large scrap metal. Wow! What a team!

One of the workers, Jordan Buckley, expressed the experience this way: "It was a lot of fun, and wonderful to see so many dear souls –– plus, a long-held vision of a space of our own is unmistakably taking root! Hoping it is one of many more outdoor, socially-spaced events we might be able to occasionally hold on our congregation's land in months ahead."

Jordan continued, "Envisioning what may become on this parcel of land (with so many food-bearing trees, from pecan to mulberry to loquat!) –– particularly with the synergy of so many folks' contributions –– was down right inspiring! Thanks to those who planned it and could take part :)"

All help was greatly appreciated. Understandably, everyone was too busy to take photos!

 


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..

 

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Meeting – May 2021

These UU@UNO minutes from this week's meeting might help our congregation learn more about the UU@UNO. We welcome another person becoming an Envoy to the UNO. SMUUF Members Jeannie Lewis and Becky Allen are Envoys representing SMUUF at the UU Office at the United Nations. Below is the latest news from the UN.

A few days ago we recognized the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd. The response last year calling for justice was global, with a resolution passed in June 2020 at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva about "Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers."

This resolution included a request for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to include updates on police brutality against Africans and people of African descent in all her oral updates to the Human Rights Council, which she has been doing.

Increased attention to this issue is critical - and not enough. As part of their efforts to move global police forces towards more accountability and demilitarization, the UUA Office at the United Nations is working to make sure that murders at the hands of police are recognized as one of many forms of "extrajudicial killings" condemned by the United Nations. Read more about this effort on the UUA International Blog.

 


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

Donate the Plate Contingency Fund – April

Indigenous Cultures Institute – May 9

Hays County Child Protective Board – June 13

San Marcos River Foundation – July 11

PFLAG San Marcos – Aug. 1

Redwood Community Center, Inc., dba Centro Esperanza – Sept. 5

UU Office at the United Nations – Oct. 24 (UN Sunday)

Nov. – Open

Dec. – Open

Texas UU Justice Ministry – Postponed


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

Folks are feeling better about getting back together and with all our outside spaces, UBarU is a good place to do that! Go to http://ubaru.org/home/e-events for all the details.

There are spots available for UBarU Youth Summer camps in June or July depending on age of camper. There are spaces for Primary campers (boys>girls), Intermediate (girls>boys) and a few spots in Senior camp. Details and registration are at https://ubaru.org/home/SummerCamp. Join us for a spirit-filled week of fun and friends!

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.