Upcoming Services


February 24, 2019

Rev. Art Severance

“Love-Mystery, Myth, Mess: The Meaning of Life”

This sermon is based on one of Art's old sermons on the the history of Valentine's Day and the meaning of love for today! He's always enjoyed digging into and behind the myths and metaphors behind the "Holy Days" that have often been lost over the millennium. Usually they are a matter of the Church trying to "pave over paganism" with new meanings related to the Church!

Rev. Art Severance, formerly minister of First UU Church in San Antonio, has also served UU congregations in Kirkland, OH, Boulder, CO; Stockton, CA; and Amherst, NY. After his recent retirement, he and his wife moved back to San Antonio to be near their three daughters and grandchildren who live there and in Austin. Art is also a gifted singer/songwriter and will provide the music, as well as preaching, for this service.

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Adult Religious Exploration

9:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

No topic this week - Please join us for coffee and conversation, if you want to come visit a little early anyway.

Please contact Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in upcoming RE. We will be revising the schedule in the New Year! 

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

Donate-the-Plate to Head Start Home Visiting Program 

Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas conducts a Texas Home Visiting - Hays County Program through their Head Start Program. Their Home Visiting Program Coordinator, Alex Mylius (and SMUUF Member), will be at Sunday's service to explain what the Home Visiting Program does and how the funds will be used. 

Alex says, "The primary goals of Texas Home Visiting-Hays County (THV) are to enhance maternal and child outcomes and to increase school readiness for children. To accomplish these goals, THV includes two primary components: (a) provision of evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents/caregivers of children birth to age five; and, (b) development/enhancement of early childhood coalitions that effectively coordinate services and address broad, community-level issues that impact young children and families."

Donated monies will be used to purchase HEB gift cards that can be given to families in crises to purchase diapers, gas, etc. Please give generously. Make checks out to SMUUF with Home Visiting on the Memo Line.


FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)

Every Sunday at various restaurants 
After service, usually 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

This week: Rogelio's Restaurant, 625 S. LBJ Drive, San Marcos

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

uusc ellipse logoGuest At Your Table – COLLECT DONATIONS UNTIL FEBRUARY 24

This is a gentle, little reminder that you/your family has until our Sunday service of Feb. 24 to donate funds to this year's fund-raising drive.

We are donating to support our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's work to create "Justice Across Borders". The funds raised will help fund various grassroots networks & civil organizations & local activists in places like Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador.

We have all heard many sad & wrenching stories about the immigration situation our country is struggling to deal with. Many of us can't do much actual work on this issue due to life commitments. However, we CAN support the UUSC's work with our financial contributions.

You can make a check out to UUSC and put it into the collection plate, where it will be separated out and mailed. If you'd like to just do this on your own, the address to mail the check is: Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101.

Talk to Jeanne G. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions you may have about donations. And many thanks for being a part of helping protect human rights and create social justice across borders. All of our donations put together will help make a big difference.

Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday! 

Members of Hospitality Team 8 are serving in February. Thanks to these folks for making coffee, providing refreshments, greeting, and generally making the church ready for worship and fellowship!

A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 7 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. It's a wonderful way to meet other SMUUF members and get right into service with us.

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

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




Dear SMUUF Families with Children,

It was joyous to dedicate 10 children this past Sunday. Thanks to all who participated in the ceremony.

To maintain safety in our program, our teachers are certified in CPR. It is time for us to recertify, so we are having a training on Saturday, February 23 9:30-11:30am. We invite any members of the congregation who wish to be certified to join us. The cost is $50. Contact Laura Haygood This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to sign up.


YUUTH!!!! CongrUUity (our YUUTH overnight with youth from our region) is on March 1-3. SMUUF will be hosting this event. We will watch Yakona ( a film about our San Marcos River ). We will help the River Foundation with a River Clean up and ride the Glass Bottom Boats. It will be a great time for our youth to meet with other UU youth from the region. I hope for all of our YUUTH to attend. The deadline to register is Feb. 21. The cost is $30. (Packing lists and emergency forms are in your email)

Register your YUUTH at https://smuufellowship.typeform.com/to/UtG77B

Light and love,

Laura Haygood, DRE

RE Class Time

Children meet downstairs right after "Time for All Ages". Parents are asked to help children pick up their name tag at the top of the stairs and go into service. Children are welcomed into service in order to help them link with our larger community. They will be sung out after the story and met by teachers to go downstairs.

Room and Teacher Assignments:

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

Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:

March 1-3   

CongrUUity (middle school student conference) hosted by SMUUF @ UCM Wesley



(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)




Week of Friday, February 15 - Thursday, February 21

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities



CPR Training Offered – Sat. February 23

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
UCM Downstairs Chapel

All RE teachers at SMUUF are going through a CPR training on Feb. 23 9:30am-11:30am. Members of the congregation are invited to join in the training. The cost is $50. Contact Laura Haygood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to join us.


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

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

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

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Sewing Guild

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

The Sewing Guild has made and delivered over 700 quilts to children in need.

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


Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Meet at Redbud Roasters, 169 South LBJ Drive @ 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk. We usually walk about 45 minutes around the San Marcos River, Lower Purgatory, Ring Tail, Spring Preserve and other nature trails. Hope to see you there!

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




Craddock Avenue Median Work Days – Rescheduled for the next TWO weeks!

Saturday, February 16 and 23 at 9:00-10:00 a.m.

The City of San Marcos has scheduled work days to make up for cold and rainy weather, for those involved in the median landscaping on Craddock Avenue. Some members of SMUUF have previously been involved in working on the sections in front of the land owned by SMUUF and that is where the work will take place.

The weather forecast is much better for this Saturday, February 16th, than it is for the following Saturday, February 23rd, but there are not very many people who are available. More volunteers are available on the 23rd, but the weather forecast for that day includes rain and colder temperatures.

For either day, we'll need volunteers who aren't members of the Committee, and try to do as much as we can in one hour or so. 

Those interested should be prepared with gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, hats, etc. If people can bring some basic garden tools, such as trowels, small rakes etc., that would be helpful.

UUJEC Monthly Webinar – Harvest of Shame, with Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Thursday, February 21, 2019
8:00 PM ET with Immokalee Workers

 The Coalition of Immokalee Workers joins UU's for a Just Economic Community this month speaking Uncovering and Changing the Working Conditions of the Farmworkers who Feed the World's Richest Nation.

During the webinar, a farmworker from the CIW will speak on the conditions that farmworkers face in the fields. Also, where Wendy's is purchasing and how Unitarian Universalist communities have supported the CIW's cause in the past. Learn how you can do so today.

The direct link to our webinars is: http://www.uujec.com/webinars.

UUJEC host monthly webinars. Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) is a vibrant progressive organization committed to economic justice for all. Our philosophy is rooted in the UU liberal religious tradition - to create a world of justice, equity, and compassion. Our work contributes to a broader movement for social change, in collaboration with the UUA, UU Service Committee and grassroots organizations. We seek to inspire UUs to study our society’s economic and social systems and to become advocates for justice.

4th Annual Celebrating Families! Conference – initiative of the Early Childhood Coalition of Hays County

Saturday, February 23 @ 10:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.CelebratingFamilies4th

You and your family or organizations may also be interested in the 4th Annual “Celebrating Families! Conference”. This is an initiative of the Early Childhood Coalition of Hays County and the theme this year is “Becoming My Best Me,” with panels and speakers focusing on mental health and emotional wellness. For more info, check out the website.


First UU San Antonio's Rainbow Inclusion Committee events

First Unitarian Universalist Church, Rainbow Inclusion Committee
7150 West Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78213

First UU San Antonio's Rainbow Inclusion Committee has an upcoming event they wanted UU folks to know about. Click the event name to view the poster.

Coffeehouse with Kiya Heartwood, Starr King seminarian and Live Oak UU intern in Austin, Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Kiya is an award winning roots rock/folk singer songwriter, composer and change artist, a modern day troubadour who writes smart, funny and poignant songs about legends of America. Kiya is the Artistic Director of the People's orchestra of Austin.

All are welcome to our Sunday morning service at 11 a.m.!

Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women’s Conference


The Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women’s conference is coming up February 22-24 in Hot Springs, AR. These conferences offer an enjoyable and inspiring opportunity to learn, expand, relax, and connect with other UU women from all over our region. Hot Springs is a colorful and vibrant tourist destination, and we can carpool to make the trip easier and less expensive (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The deadline for early registration is Jan 10; Feb. 6 for all registration. Click this link for all the details! https://www.swuuw.org/conferences/2019

Save the Date – River Cleanup, Saturday March 2nd

We will have sign up information flyers for the church within the next couple of weeks for those interested. SMUUF has been active in helping with the Sink Creek Watershed cleanup (where our property is located) for the past two years and has had an impressive showing of volunteers.

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Wednesday, March 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

Our SMUUF member Deborah Carter organizes the 2019 Spelling Bee to benefit the Friends of the San Marcos Public Library. SMUUF can field a team, have fun, and support the library. It takes 3 people for a team, and we have more good spellers than that! Priscilla Leder will have a sign-up sheet at Sunday's service, so be thinking about it.

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Texas State Counselors for Social Justice presents: Day of Learning

March 9 @ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LBJ Student Center at Texas State University, San Marcos

The Day of Learning is an event hosted by Counselors for Social Justice - Texas State University to bring together graduate students in counseling, licensed professionals, and others in the community who are interested in counseling and advancing the welfare of diverse populations. The website for more information is https://www.counselorsforsocialjusticetx.org/

Spiritual Activism 101

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Sunday, March 10, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Soma Vida, 2324 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702

A soulful anti-racism workshop led by Rachel Ricketts, racial justice advocate, international speaker and writer.

Open to all hue-mans, especially White folks wanting to learn how they can better support POCs, POCs seeking help healing internalized oppression and all those seeking spiritual tools + practices to assist in committing to anti-racism.

If you want to dive deep into how to commit to anti-racist efforts and get comfortable with your discomfort around discussing and addressing race and racism, join us for SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM 101.

The 101 workshop is an opportunity to come together to have sacred and spiritual conversation about race and racism, acknowledge white privilege, prioritize POC voices and actively contribute to lasting, effective social change.

The evening includes:

  • curated discussion and education on anti-racism, internalized oppression and addressing whiteness/white supremacy,
  • brave space to share our hurts/struggles/frustration regarding race and gender,
  • intentional journalling + groupwork to unpack our blind spots,
  • transformative breathwork to release and let go, and
  • guided meditation to ground.

Folks will leave feeling supported and empowered in their journey to better show up for themselves and the collective, and most importantly, in supporting people of colour (particularly Black and Indigenous folks).

All sales are to help us recoup costs and provide scholarships to organizations supporting Black or Indigenous womxn.

Bring your journal, pen and a mat or cushion. Dress code is comfy casual, and a warm layer is recommended. We will be doing transformative breath work to close out the workshop (no prior experience required).

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Register for tickets here on Eventbrite.

RegionalCaregivingConferenceRegional Caregiving Conference Southwest

April 9-11, 2019
Wimberley, TX

What's it like to care for a family member or friend due to aging, chronic disease, or disability? We understand how stressful and difficult caregiving is. JOIN US to help and support you deserve.

Early bird registration for main event April 6th ends February 28th, 2019.

Visit caregiving.com/southwest $20 Early Bird, $40 Regular Price


Spokane, Washington | June 19-23, 2019

General Assembly is an unforgettable experience for the thousands of Unitarian Universalists that attend each June. Attendees leave with a renewed sense of energy, inspiration, and innovative ideas to take back to their congregations and communities. GA is even more enjoyable if experienced with a delegation of congregational peers who can share expenses and meals and provide mutual support during the conference. This year, in addition to Theme-Based Programming, the schedule will feature Role-Based Track Programming, including time for discussion among attendees, sharing inspiring models and stories, and concrete suggestions for how to further the work or "take it home."

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events

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

Feb 15-18, 2019: Fiber Arts Weekend

March 1-3, 2019: Astronomy Weekend

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We will swim in the beautiful limestone swimming tank, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and take field trips to enjoy the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. And of course, we spend some time having fun while we deepen our UU faith.



Joys and Concerns

Calaboose African American History Museum Offered a Reserved Table for Eight for SMUUF Members at their 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday, February 9

To express their gratitude for our Donate-the-Plate collections and support for the Calaboose over they years, they generously offered our members a reserved table for eight at their Gala this year. Thanks you, Calaboose! The SMUUF members thankfully accepting were: Rhoda Sterling, Kate Clayton, Sarah Wren, Ivri Messinger, Mark Rumple, and Karen and Karl Brown. (Becky Tomblin planned to attend but had a car accident that day that prevented her from attending. She's OK and attended church last Sunday). Those attending had a good time! There were several other SMUUF members who attended the Gala who had already bought their individual tickets before we heard about this offer. SMUUF had a good showing at this event!

SMUUF Social Justice Team Selects Donate-the-Plate Recipients for 2019

The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team met Sunday morning, December 16, to review the applications for Donate-the-Plate recipients for next year. There were 18 applications for only 10 slots. We usually leave two months open for unexpected situations like Hurricane Harvey, which we donated to and the backpacks for the homeless that we are donating to for December.

We were actually able to select 11 recipients because we combined PFLAG (San Marcos) and WFLAG (Wimberley) to share one Sunday and split the donation 50/50. The recipients selected were:

The recipients are all very grateful. We are busy now trying to schedule them into months that are best for their schedule.

This Donate-the-Plate monthly giving program in SMUUF has created strong alliances with local nonprofits and gained great respect in the community. I frequently hear from community members that they appreciate what we do in the community! -Submitted by Jeannie Lewis, Social Justice Chair

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

Automate Your Pledge

Tired of writing checks for your pledges? There are three ways you can avoid check writing, and never miss a monthly gift.

  1. If your bank has bill pay, you can set up an automatic monthly check to SMUUF directly from your bank. It's simple, and it costs you and SMUUF nothing, it should be a free service if offered by your bank.
  2. You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
  3. You can authorize a regular charge on a credit card that SMUUF can process.

For the latter two options, use our donation app to set up recurring payments either by credit card or direct deposit. It's painless!

Legacy Society

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

Board Meeting Minutes available

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

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

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Contact Info

Mailing address:
PO Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667
Phone: (512) 847-2110
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