Upcoming Services


October 14, 2018

“Food: An Ethical Exploration”

Pastor Jaime Bouzard

The explosion of interest in food and the emergence of a whole new human genus called "Foodies" raises important ethical questions in a world where population, pollution, and global warming all threaten our food supply. What could "ethical eating" look like in this context?

James Bouzard is beginning his 12th year as director of Christ Chapel, a campus ministry in the Welcoming Church movement, supported by Lutherans and Episcopalians from around the country. He has served as a parish pastor for 20 years prior to working with college students and is married for the last 38 years to Gayle Gordon Bouzard, the associate chair of Texas State's Department of Sociology. They have one son, Zane, who is a video creator and developer for Alamo Draft House. Besides his work, James enjoys gardening, playing the guitar, opera, boxing, cooking, reading, and the company of his dog of a dubious lineage.


October 21, 2018

“Turning Deadly Sins into Lively Virtues”

Rev. Karl Brown

Are there insights implied in the traditional list of the Seven Deadly Sins that may be a resource in understanding, resisting and transforming what are described in our culture as the emerging “new normal” and the weaponizing of victimhood? For many centuries it has been thought that there are lively virtues to be found within each of the deadly sins that can be points of light in building a beloved community. Primary sources include Robin Meyers, noted Congregational (UCC) minister, author of numerous books and articles, and professor at Oklahoma City University, and Trevor Noah, a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. Looking into sin can be fun!

Rev. Karl Brown is a retired ordained United Methodist Minister. Most of his career was spent in ecumenical campus ministry, especially at Texas State University. Among the highlights of his career are: teaching university courses in religion; developing programs for faculty and students; working in missions to Mexico, Russia, and Vietnam; serving three terms on San Marcos City Council; speaking or teaching in a variety of settings such as at UT Austin, Protestant and Unitarian Churches, St. Mark's School of Wisdom, student retreats, clergy seminars, and Social Work classes. Formal education: B.S. in Chemistry (UT Austin); M.Th. (Perkins School of Theology - SMU); post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His family includes his wife, Dr. Karen Brown, four children, three in-laws, and four granddaughters.


1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future


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In preparation for our Día de los Muertos service on Sunday, October 28, Romelia Escamilla has been collecting stories about our dearly departed minister, Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson. At service on Sunday, there will be pink sheets of paper, on which you can write a brief memory or story about Scottie. You can also send an email to Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your memory. We would like to read these during service on Sunday, October 28, and would like to eventually compile these in a book. Pink was Rev. Scottie's favorite color.

Adult Religious Exploration

9:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall


Please join us for coffee and conversation, if you want to come 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 filling an RE spot on any Sunday.

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

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

KAPSDonate the Plate - Katherine Anne Porter School (KAPS)

SMUUF will be donating our collection plate to Katherine Anne Porter School (KAPS) in Wimberley this Sunday. KAPS particularly caters to children who do not fit well in traditional schools and allows them to gain a quality education. Their mission is to educate and empower their students with knowledge, skills, and practices to be successful and compassionate in school and life. Their website is https://www.kapschool.org. KAPS will use our donated funds to support their At Risk youth, especially those who are designated as "homeless." Erin Flynn, SMUUF member and KAPS Principal, will be present to tell us more about KAPS.  Teresa Smetzer, SMUUF member who plays bass each Sunday, is a teacher at KAPS and some of her children attended there.

FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)Rogelios

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

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

Travel down Guadalupe Street toward IH-35 and turn left at Love Street at the light. Rogelio's is at the next corner at LBJ.

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

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

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

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

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


Hello families!

If you haven't come back to RE since summer vacation, come see what is going on. Lots of new friends to make!

October's theme is Perspective/Reframing.

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Trunk or Treat is coming!

Come participate in the fun at our Annual Trunk or Treat Event held on the Mendez Elementary campus (1805 Peter Garza Drive). Come dressed in costume ready for fun and candy!

The event was successful last year, so this year they are inviting the entire school. We expect to have four times the attendance of last year. SMUUF member were generous with donations last year. This year we need donations to help us serve 583 children:

  • Candy
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Healthy snacks
  • Run activities (SMUUF is in charge of Face Painting and making musical shakers)
  • Park vehicles with decorated trunks and hand out candy

Halloween Fun in Wimberley at Pioneer Town

Our SMUUF DRE, Laura Haygood has been working in a scary situation. She has been haunting Pioneer Town in Wimberley. It is open for scary fun Oct. 26-28. The haunt is active 7-10 PM Friday and Saturday and 7-9 PM Sunday. During the day on Saturday (10 AM-4 PM) and Sunday (1-4PM) there will be a Fall Festival atmosphere with activities for younger children. Come join in the fun and support Wimberley Players and Pioneer Town.

RE is in full swing

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:

October 28th @ 4:00 p.m. (3:30 set up)   

Trunk or Treat at Mendez Elementary

November 18th   

Thanksgiving - Intergenerational Service

December 2nd

Hanukkah -  Led Service

(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)



Week of Friday, October 19 - Thursday, October 25

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities




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

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

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

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Sewing Guild

The Sewing Guild meets at the Allen Family home in Martindale on Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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


Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Meet on Fridays at 10am at Redbud Roasters, 169 South LBJ, San Marcos

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

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




Local Voters Guides from the nonpartisan League of Woman Voters will be available in the UCM Fellowship Hall Sunday morning.

pip logo line sm.dc730724Vote to Restore the Historic First Baptist Church in San Marcos

Please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/voteyourmainstreet/ to vote for the Historic First Baptist Church in San Marcos. Constructed in 1908, the Old First Baptist Church was once a meeting place for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. This project will support renovation of the historic First Baptist Church, located in the Dunbar neighborhood. 

You can vote five times a day for a Main Street that you want to see receive a share of $2 million in American Express funding for preservation projects.

After you vote, enter for a chance to win either a weekly prize drawing or a grand prize drawing from National Geographic.


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CIAF Meet the Candidates Meeting - Non-partisan accountability session with candidates running for office in Hays County

Sunday, October 21

You are invited to a candidates' meeting sponsored by the Corridor Interfaith Alliance for Families (CIAF), of which SMUUF is a member.

The Accountability Meeting is to inform candidates about the issues selected by CIAF as issues we are interested in. The meeting is nonpartisan as far as candidates or parties are concerned. CIAF does not support or oppose any candidate or party, but it does support selected issues and we want to know where the candidates stand on those issues.

See the attached flyer for the address and the list of candidates invited and the list of issues CIAF supports.

Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, has participated with CIAF to identify issues of concern. Anyone is invited and no RSVP is necessary. But please let Jeannie know if you plan to attend.

Just remember, CIAF shares through our member institutions or from sign-ups, not public announcements such as Facebook or the newspaper. 

Let Jeannie know if you have any questions or comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (512) 353-2872.

Fall Gathering Flyer 2018DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) Annual Retreat

Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, 7150 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78213

As a congregation located in relatively close proximity to where we are gathering this year, we hope that any and all people of color within the congregation join us! Like all DRUUMM gatherings in the past, this convening is especially crafted for renewal, resiliency, and connection among UUs of Color!

We are also happy to share at this time that there are resources available to support travel and registration costs if needed. Additional information about this year's gathering, scholarship opportunities, and how to register can be located through this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/druumm-annual-retreat-tickets-50021887813

Here is a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/261682191073286.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the Steering Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

People of the Global Majority and Community Altar

Saturday, October 27, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Wildflower Church, 1304 E. Oltorf St., Austin, 78704

 Come and join us in community as we dine together and build a community altar to honor the memory of our dearly departed.

Bring a picture of your loved one(s) and something they enjoyed eating or consuming in life, potluck style.

ChataquaSeries400Chautauqua Seminar Series

Saturday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. - 1:30pm
Lampasas Building, N Edward Gary St, San Marcos, TX 78666

The Honors College at Texas State University would like to invite you to our Chautauqua Seminar Series, an event inspired by a gathering facilitating the exchange of ideas by providing public lectures, concerts, or dramatic performances that has occurred in San Marcos on Chautauqua Hill since the 1890s.

We would really love to see community members here! More information and the registration form is found here.

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events

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

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

Feb 15-18, 2019: Fiber Arts Weekend

March 1-3, 2019: Astronomy Weekend

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




Joys and Concerns

- Jan Burks is healing well from her recent surgery, but still has a way to go. She hopes to be back at SMUUF in the next week or two. Thanks for the calls, cards, prayers and positive energy!

- Susan Mason, wife of frequent guest minister Father Phil Mason, had surgery for an aortic aneurysm recently then suffered a mild stroke after surgery. She is at home and recovering well. She will be undergoing rehab for her arm and leg. 

Bookcase donations requested for downstairs room

We are in search of bookcases for the room that will be the conference room / ministers office / library. We'd like to reach out to see if anyone has anything to get rid of before we look into buying new ones.

We could use bookcases that are no more than four feet high so they will fit under the existing wall-mounted bookshelves in that room, but if someone has a really good bookcase that is taller we'll find a place for it. We have approximately 47 linear feet of books in boxes that need shelfspace. The color of the bookcases doesn't matter, but they do need to be in decent shape.

If anyone has a bookcase they don't need and can donate it to SMUUF, please take a picture of it and send it to Grounds and Facilities Chair Dan Gibson for approval before bringing it to church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Podcast Icon 75  Sermon Podcasts

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

Automate Your Pledge

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

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

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

Legacy Society

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

SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available

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

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

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
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