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NO TOPIC THIS WEEK
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.
Donate 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)
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.
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.
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:
- 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|
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FROM THE FELLOWSHIP TO HELP.
TALK TO LAURA HAYGOOD (DRE) TO SCHEDULE A SUNDAY OR A ROTATING SLOT TO SPEND TIME WITH THE CHILDREN.
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
Thanksgiving - Intergenerational Service
Hanukkah - Led Service
(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)
SEE YOU SUNDAY!!
Week of Friday, October 19 - Thursday, October 25
Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities
The Sewing Guild meets at the Allen Family home in Martindale on Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
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!
Local Voters Guides from the nonpartisan League of Woman Voters will be available in the UCM Fellowship Hall Sunday morning.
Vote 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.
CIAF Meet the Candidates Meeting - Non-partisan accountability session with candidates running for office in Hays County
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
- 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!
SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available