Upcoming Services & Events at SMUUF

Backpacks

August 14, 2022

SMUUF Service Live In Person and on Zoom
This Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
"Blessing of the Backpacks" ~ SMUUF Congregation

This Sunday, SMUUF will host a "Bless the Backpacks" service, a recent tradition in many faiths as the school year approaches. Member Mark Rockeymoore will be our primary speaker with other members also giving reflections on their time at school and we will wish all of our teachers and students a meaningful year. Parents, please bring your kids with their backpack. If your kids can't attend this week, please feel free to bring their backpack yourself. :)

 

Use this link to log into the service if you can't attend in person.

NEXT WEEK: Sunday, August 21, 2022 ~ TBA

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

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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Announcements

SPRING 2022 UPDATE: SMUUF HOLDING MULTIPLATFORM SERVICES!

SMUUF has resumed Multiplatform worship! If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and willing to mask, you're invited to join us at 1:00 p.m. in person in our new rental space in the First Christian Church, 3105 Ranch Rd 12, San Marcos, TX 78666. We will also continue to have worship accessible via Zoom using this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf or Zoom Meeting ID 849 653 9395 if you prefer to or need to join us virtually.

Please be patient and extend grace to all who are pouring their hearts, minds, and bodies into navigating this transition. If you would like to be volunteer in small or big ways please reach out to Rev. Krista at minister@smuuf.org.

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)

 

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
Alex Thompson, President
Teresa Russett, Past President
Mike Russett, Treasurer

 

THIS SUNDAY AT SMUUF

Adult Religious Exploration

Sunday Services and Other Gatherings

Access Virtual Gatherings and Groups using Zoom:
https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf

 Upcoming RE Meetings - If you'd like to schedule an RE, contact  Administrator Joel Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

 

RE Meeting This Week
Member Rebecca Allen will be working at the V-COP10, Vegan- Convergence of the Peoples #10 this Saturday and Sunday, Aug 6 and 7. She invites you to attend any and all sessions .
They will be amazing. Register free here. The schedule is attached and on the registration page.
 
First Sunday Morning: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m. - Postponed until Fall

Sunday, Sept. 4, Time TBA: SMUUF Book Group is taking the Summer off and will start up again in September 4th.

Book: “There’s Nothing for You Here” by Fiona Hill

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.).

 

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 Afternoon: Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group @ 2:30 p.m. Postponed

The next meeting of the Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group has not been scheduled yet.  

Contact group leader Mike Russett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

 

WUUFS Taking Summer Break
The Women's UU Friendship Society (WUUFS) is taking a "Summer Break" and will not meet in July and August.  We'll resume meeting the 2nd Sunday in September — the 11th.  Think about volunteering to be the Discussion Leader in September.  You have two months to think of a topic!  Contact Jeannie Lewis, WUUFS Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872.  WUUFS welcomes anyone who self-identifies as a woman.

 

 


SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for June: PFLAG

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SMUUF has a long association of support for PFLAG and we are pleased to continue that association.  PFLAG originally stood for "Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays" but their service has been expanded to include all sexual and gender orientations.  Nancy Ellis, who is a Board Member of PFLAG, will be with SMUUF in-person at our 1:00 p.m. service on Sunday, August 7, to tell us more about PFLAG.
 
Colton Ashabranner, also a PFLAG Board Member and doing Communications, said, "PFLAG San Marcos is dedicated to supporting, educating and advocating for LGBTQ+ people in the community. We host monthly support group meetings with a different speaker each month. The pandemic has shifted our organization to virtual meetings and has — at times — made it more challenging to allow people to feel open and vulnerable when sharing their experiences. But we are learning and still bringing the community together! "
 
Colton continued, "This donation from SMUUF will be used to continue to replenish our own library, as well as the library for CASA, support digital marketing and, hopefully, bring back in-person events next year."
 
Please give generously to this very worthy organization — in-person and online on August 7 (or before), and online or by mail the rest of August.
 

Instructions for donating:
Go to smuuf.org
Click green button on right "Donate to SMUUF"
Fill out complete form. Click on down arrow on "Give to:"
Select "Donate the Plate"
Be sure to click on bottom "Give $…" bar

Or mail a check made out to SMUUF with Donate-the-Plate in the Memo Line.
Mail to:
SMUUF
P.O. Box 1053
San Marcos, TX 78666


SMUUF Donate-the-Plate Recipients for 2022

The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team is composed of Rev. Krista Weber Huang (Ex Officio), Jeannie Lewis (Chair), Becky Allen, Jordan Buckley, Rev. Karl Brown, Kate Clayton, and Mike Russett. D-T-P applications were sent out to non-profit nominees in the fall of 2021. Completed applications were received and reviewed by the Executive Team. Unanimous decisions were reached to accept all the following recipients.

The Calaboose African American History Museum – January

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

International Women’s Convocation – March

Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund – April

Indigenous Cultures Institute – May

Hays County Child Protective Board – June

San Marcos River Foundation – July

PFLAG San Marcos – August

Redwood Community Center, Inc., dba Centro Esperanza – September

UU Office at the United Nations – October

Open - November

Texas UU Justice Ministry – December

 

The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team has notified all the Donate-the-Plate recipients who were selected for the 2022 year — and we have heard back from them. Their expressions of gratitude are so heart-warming and uplifting, I want to share them with you. See some of their wonderful quotes below.

From: Zsofia Sztranyiczki, Executive Director of International Women's Convocation
"Wonderful news! Thank you, Jeannie, for all your efforts to make this happen!"

From: Dr. Skyller Walkes, President of the Board of Directors of Calaboose African American History Museum
"Thank you so very much for sharing this news! This is such a wonderful and welcome surprise! Please accept our sincerest thanks to you and our beautiful SMUUF community. Your support of the Calaboose African American History Museum has been and continues to be a genuine blessing to us. We cannot thank you enough for this gift … Thank you and the generous SMUUF members for your kindness and thoughtful support. The Donate the Plate gift will make a tremendous difference in the work we espouse, and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting our efforts to further inclusive, social justice work. We remain genuinely humbled by the blessing. Best wishes for a wonderful rest of your day and the happiest of holidays!"

From: Ellie Stewart, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Redwood Community Center
"Thank you so much for giving us the good news that SMUUF has picked Redwood Community Center to be a recipient of Donate the Plate for 2022. Your sponsorship means so much to us! ... I think your Donate the Plate program is wonderful and am so happy that we will be one of the recipients."

From: Dr. Aaron Pyle, Financial Officer for The Indigenous Cultures Institute
"Many thanks to you and the other members of the SMUUF team for this invitation! We are honored to participate … Thank you again for the generosity of your congregation and for your commitment to investing in the San Marcos community."

From: Virginia Condie, Executive Director of San Marcos River Foundation
"Thank you Jeannie! We are ecstatic!"

From: Rev. Erin Walter, Acting Executive Director of Texas UU Justice Ministry
"Thank you so much. TXUUJM and I greatly appreciate SMUUF's support and we will be working hard for justice in Texas alongside your congregation. With deepest gratitude."

From: June Hankins, Hays County Child Protection Board
"We are honored to be chosen again by SMUUF to be a recipient of Donate-the-Plate. This donation will make a difference to children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Thank you so very much! … Many, many thanks to the Social Justice Executive Committee and to the SMUUF congregation for supporting our work."

From: Allison Hess, International Engagement Associate at the UU Office at the United Nations
"This is great news! So glad to hear! Thanks so much to you for ushering this process along and to the SMUUF team for supporting our inclusion as a Donate the Plate recipient!"

From: Jim Pendergast, Treasurer of PFLC San Marcos
"Again, we are so very grateful for SMUUF’s continued support. Many thanks to the entire Fellowship."


ChildrensRE

Dear SMUUF Families with Children,

We will soon be making adjustments within our new space at First Christian Church! We welcome all children, no matter how playful, to attend our services but are currently asking children to stay with their parents during service.  We have a playground outside and an observation room where parents can hear the service without concern of their child's spirited communication.  This room exists as a choice for those parents if THEY feel more comfortable.  It is not to make the service quieter for others.  We love the sounds of children in our worship services! 

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. We hope to offer this program again in the coming year.

 


RE Class Time – On hold for now...


SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Week of Friday, August 5 - Thursday, August 11

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


Small Group Meetings

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

 UPDATE!!!!

There will be a Summer Break until September 13

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 starting Sept 13.
Join Zoom Meeting via internet:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/283947380?pwd=Y2lndllPNFVPQktuUnl0b045TjVtQT09

Or via phone - find your local number here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsBxNyMX8

Meeting ID: 283 947 380
Password: 385478

IWCWeeklyMeeting

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, starting again on Sept 13th.

See the link below to join this meeting:

Zoom Meeting ID: 283 947 380
Password: 385478

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


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SMUUF Choir

Choir will take the Summer off and return to rehearsals in August.  More details to come. For information about choir meetings and social gatherings, please contact choir director, Gayle Gaston. All who enjoy singing are welcome!

Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be added to the SMUUF Choir email list.

 


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SMUUF Sewing Guild Meets Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
 
Ann Allen, Sewing Guild Organizer, welcomes the Guild into her home and sewing room every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in Martindale at 20 Riverside Lane.  The Sewing Guild has traditionally made small hand-sewn lap quilts for donation to non-profit organizations.  The Guild has donated to those crossing the Texas/Mexico border in search of a better life, to the local Hays Caldwell Women's Center, to Head Star Home Visiting Program, to Alzheimer patients, and now to the Uvalde families suffering after the school mass shooting.
 
For more information, contact Ann Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 357-2515.

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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, TBA @ 10:00 a.m.

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.

 

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

 SAHRING AND CARING

Joys and Concerns

- Update on Sarah Wren:
Long-time SMUUF member Sarah Wren is recovering at home after undergoing surgery for brain cancer earlier this year.  Lynn Williams is helping Sarah as a personal assistant.  If you have a few minutes to send a card, an email, or call, or visit, Sarah would deeply appreciate the well wishes and the conversation.  Or you can reach out to Lynn.
 
Sarah's direct contact information:       
1001 Perkins                        
San Marcos, TX 78666                
(512) 5571484
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Lynn's direct contact information:
(512) 357-2049
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TXUUJM

- SMUUF Member Elaine Cardenas Volunteers to be "Postcard Captain" in TXUUJM's GOTV Campaign

Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) is applying for a grant to support Texas UU congregations in our Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts. SMUUF will be eligible for $500 for postcards and postage. TXUUJM will organize and order the supplies. Our own Elaine Cardenas has stepped up to be the point person, to organize a Postcard Writing Party on a Sunday afternoon after church in the summer.

For more information or to get involved, contact Texas UU Justice Ministry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

SMUUF Sewing Guild Donates Comfort Quilts to Uvalde Families
 
The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) Sewing Guild has designed and sewed 60 small lap-size Comfort Quilts to donate to the families affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.  
 
Ann Allen, Sewing Guild Organizer, said, "Our Sewing Guild has been meeting once a week for several years and we have donated these small comfort quilts to many organizations.  When asylum seekers were allowed to come across the Texas border to wait, we donated about 1000 quilts to women and children who would be riding cold busses to various locations in the U.S. to their host families."
 
Ann continued, "We've also donated quilts to the Hays Caldwell Women's Center, to the local Head Start program, to Alzheimer's patients, and at the end of this month to the Child Protective Board to give to children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect and are sent to foster homes, often with only the clothes on their back."
 
Ann summed up her comments, "The colors and patterns of these quilts we delivered to Uvalde are so beautiful, we hope the families will experience some measure of comfort, compassion, and love that we have sewn into each one!"
 
Ann's daughter, Becky Allen, and son, Pony Allen, delivered the quilts to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde on Friday, June 10.  Becky said, "Cynthia in the church office accepted our gifts graciously. We had a short conversation with Cynthia about the love they were receiving from all around."  
 
Becky added,  "Walking on the square, among all the photos and toys and flowers, the love and caring was very evident.  Seeing the sweet little children's photos and the books left for them was very moving! One book in particular stood out. I could not hold back the tears —  'When I grow up, I want to be…' It made my heart ache!"
 
Pony said, "I am so pleased that the Sewing Guild could get these quilts together so quickly!  I am glad that Becky and I were able to deliver them to Uvalde.  It was such a gratifying experience for both of us!"
 
Sewing Guild members include: Ann Allen (Organizer), Barbara Jacobson, Becky Allen, Carolyn Robinson, Janet Walgren, Jeanne Garthwaite, Judy Telford, Kate Clayton and Jeannie Lewis on Communication.
 
For more information about SMUUF or the Sewing Guild, visit their website at www.smuuf.org or  contact Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872.
 
 
Uvalde Quilts

SMUUF Sewing Guild Comfort Quilts for Uvalde families tied in bundles of 10 each with a note to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde.
 

 

 
 
  

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!


UBarU Events Update

There are lots of opportunities at UBarU this summer! Star Party Aug 25-28. Registration and details at https://www.ubaru.org

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.

 


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 get you in contact with the Board of Trustees. 
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
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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.