Adult Religious Exploration
NO ADULT RE THIS WEEK. THE SCHEDULE WILL VARY DURING THE SUMMER SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR UPDATES.
Adult RE at end of June – Fellowship Forward" Legacy Program
Coffee and childcare is available during adult RE, and all are welcome to attend.
FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)
This week: Shai Yo Grill, 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!
Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday! Searching for new Hospitality Team leader!
Members of Hospitality Team 4 are serving in June. 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.
THERE ARE NO CHILDREN'S RE CLASSES DURING THE SUMMER
WE INVITE THE CHILDREN INTO SERVICE AT 11:00 A.M. THE CHILDREN WILL STILL BE SUNG OUT AFTER THE TIME FOR ALL AGES, AND MAY REMAIN WITH YOU IN SERVICE, OR GO DOWNSTAIRS FOR CHILDCARE.
Dear SMUUF Families with Children,
Starting June 2 we will have childcare, but no RE. In the meantime, check out these events:
RE Summer Camp
Announcing our summer camp theme: "Bats, Bugs, Birds and Bees". We are sure to have a wiggly, giggly good time studying these creatures. Be a part of it on July 21, 28, August 4, 11, @ 11-12 p.m. (during service)
O.W.L. (OUR WHOLE LIVES: LIFESPAN SEXUALITY EDUCATION)
We hope to organize an O.W.L. classes for our young people. We have seven adults training as facilitators for grades K-1, 4-6 and 7-9, 10-12 at First Unitarian Church of Dallas on Friday, July 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm CDT to Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 3:00 pm CDT. Stay posted for information about classes for SMUUF Children and the wider community.
There is an event to be held at UbarU October 4-6 for grades 8-10. I would love for some of our YUUTH to attend this "Coming of Age" retreat. See the flyer:
There is much happening at SMUUF. We look forward to seeing you and your families each Sunday.
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 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 with Laura Haygood|
Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:
|July 12-14||OWL Training in Dallas|
Sun. July 21 & 28;
August 4 & 11
|SMUUF BATS, BUGS, BIRDS & BEES Summer Camp|
|October 4-6||UBarU Coming of Age Retreat|
(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)
SEE YOU SUNDAY!!
Week of Friday, June 14 - Thursday, June 20
Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities
SMUUF to Have Float in Juneteenth Parade on Saturday morning, June 15
As we have participated in the Juneteenth Parade for several years now, we will do so again this year. We need SMUUF people to march along the parade route with our float. It's a fun activity to bring kids to. Bikes, skateboards, pets, noise makers, musical instruments etc., all are welcome. Be sure to wear your yellow SMUUF t-shirts if you have them.
The ten seats on the SMUUF float are already filled but we hope there will be many SMUUFers who want to march alongside our float. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. so be sure to meet up with us well before then. The participants will line up at Dunbar Park. The route will go through downtown and end up near the intersection of Hopkins and C.M. Allen
Our Parade Committee is Jeannie Lewis, Sarah Wren, and Gil Fulmer. Get in touch with any of us if you have further questions. We hope to see a large marching group with us!
Adult RE at end of June – Fellowship Forward" Legacy Program
SMUUF Choir - Join us on Sundays through the summer!
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.
Friday "Talk, Then Walk"
Due to the heat, we will meet at 9 am at Redbud Roasters on fridays in June. Some of us jump in the river after the walk to cool off, so you might want to wear a bathing suit under your clothes.
In July and August, we will meet at 10am at the Lion Club Tube Rental Parking lot to go tubing instead of walking.
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!
Seeking Stories for “The Every Day UU: Now and Then.” Submissions due June 30
We are writing to you to invite you to submit stories for our collection, “The Every Day UU: Now and Then.” As part the UU History Renaissance Module, we were required to create a final project that would connect with what we had learned in the course. It became evident to us that although we have numerous stories that document the achievements of some UUs, many voices are missing. In addition, we noted that there are certain famous UUs that attract our attention for the huge efforts they made. But we don’t have a collection of stories about UUs, who in living their faith, make small differences every day. Moving forward we thought it would be great to begin this process of sharing stories about our congregants from the past and present.
What are we looking for?
Each submission should be between 300-500 words submitted as a Word Document. You may submit as many stories as you like. Please include details about the person and when and where the story took place. Please provide a picture of the person if you can.
The deadline for the initial collection of stories will be June 30, 2019. Depending on the interest in this project, additional collections may be requested in the future.
We envision this collection being used in several ways. Church committees may choose to read a story as inspiration at the beginning of a meeting. Religious Educators may find stories that would work for A Time for All Ages. Congregants might read a story each day as a spiritual practice.
We look forward to receiving your stories. Release form and sample stories here.
Joanne Dingus Director of Religious Education, Newport News, VA
Twinks Hastings, Children and Youth Ministries Director, Brewster, MA
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
May 17-19 - Work Bee weekend
May 25-28 - Summer Family Camp
June 9-29 - Youth summer camps (dates based on age)
July 28-Aug 3 - Sky & Earth youth science camp
Aug 4-10 - Human Sexuality camp based on OWL values - for rising 8-9th graders
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering a Human Sexuality camp this summer. It is based on the values of Our Whole Lives targeted content for rising 8-9th graders (13-14 year olds) from Aug 4-10, 2019. Thank you for sharing this information with your families. Click here to view the informational flyer.
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
SMUUF Wins Food Bank's Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge
Whitney Lewis, Development & Special Events Coordinator for Hays County Food Bank, informed us this week that SMUUF will be awarded the trophy for being most consistent and bringing in the most healthy foods! Our consistency was that we brought in and contributed food each week of the month long challenge. Thanks to Gil Fulmer for delivering the foods to the Food Bank each week.
Among the healthy foods was also produce from the Food Bank plots at Alamo Community Gardens. SMUUF helps to support the Food Bank's garden, providing seeds, seedlings, fertilizer, insect control, mulch, tools, and whatever else is needed to maintain their garden.
We are very pleased with this award and will display the trophy when it is engraved with SMUUF's name. Thanks to all who contributed from this generous congregation!
From left to right: SMUUF Member Gil Fulmer, SMUUF Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis, Food Bank Development & Special Events Coordinator Whitney Lewis, SMUUF President-Elect Joel Johnson and his two daughters holding the Food Bank trophy, SMUUF Minister Krista Weber Huang.
SMUUF Minister and Social Justice Chair Participate in TXUUJM Advisory Council Conference Call
The Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) Advisory Council is composed of representatives of UU congregations across the state of Texas. Executive Director of TXUUJM, Chuck Freemen, hosts a conference call with the Advisory Council on the 4th Tuesday if each month at 7:00 p.m.
The stated mission of TXUUJM "is a statewide justice ministry that raises the voice of Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena and seeks to have those values enacted into legislation and promulgated in public policy. Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles, TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations, in order to advocate effectively for public policies."
On Tuesday, May 28, SMUUF Minister Krista Weber Huang and Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis participated in a conference call with other Advisory Council members and Church Freeman. Chuck described some good and bad actions that occurred in the legislative session just ended. Good was tax relief and the education bill. Also, that SB9, which would negatively affect voting rights, was not successful.
Bad was SB22 affecting Planned Parenthood, the Chick-fil-A Bill affecting discrimination against LGBTQ folks, and the penalties for pipeline protestors.
Chuck announced that TXUUJM has received a $10,000 grant from the UUA to continue our work with Sanctuary Networks. He pointed out the TXUUJM is a 501 c(4) organization and can participate in election issues. TXUUJM's goal is to work on positive bills. He urged us to look for and get behind local positive legislation.
At the end of the call when Chuck asked us to share social justice work in our congregations, Krista shared in detail our Adult RE series on Racial Justice.
SMUUF Donate the Plate to Indigenous Cultures Institute
Sunday, May 19, SMUUF took up a Donate-the-Plate collection during our morning Worship Service for the Indigenous Cultures Institute. We donated $750 to help fund their Indigenous Arts Summer Encounter. This summer program is a week long ceremonial experience teaching students ages 9 to 13 about the indigenous identity of people mislabeled Hispanic/Latino, using the arts as a powerful vehicle for knowledge. We are very pleased to help support this inspiring and informative program. Thank you SMUUF for your continued generosity!
Photo caption: From left to right - Jeannie Lewis (SMUUF Social Justice Chair), Dr. Mario Garza (Indigenous Cultures Institute Board of Elders Chair), Rebecca Johnston (SMUUF Member), Mark Rockeymoore (SMUUF Board President).
Call for Volunteers at Respite Center at the Texas border
The Sacred Heart Respite Center in McAllen is in desperate need of volunteers. This the Center to which our Sewing Guild has sent over 800 blankets. Volunteers and staff work with families seeking asylum. It is located at 209 W. Hackberry Ave, McAllen, TX 78501.
If you are interested in making a financial donation go to the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley Website for information on how to do so.
If you are interested in volunteering contact:
Hermi Forsaghe, Volunteer Coordinator
956 458 3331
The Interfaith Welcome Coalition in San Antonio is another volunteer opportunity. Volunteers meet families who are seeking asylum at the airport or bus station and help them make connections to their next destination. These families have been assisted at the border at one of the Respite Centers there. You can reach the Coalition by email:
Volunteer coordinators are:
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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