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December 16, 2018

“Dimming the Lights”

Minister Krista Weber Huang

This week we look for the wisdom in darkness as we approach the longest night of the year. We’ll explore the stars, creativity, and mental health as Krista shares some of her insights from living with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sometimes we need to turn down the lights and sit in darkness to see what’s most important in our lives.

SMUUF Minister Krista Weber Huang is a UU Candidate for Ministry and Meadville Lombard graduate who recently spent a year working as a Resident Hospital Chaplain in San Antonio, TX. She considers herself a life long learner who is excited by exploring how different disciplines intersect and how we can live out our UU values on a daily basis. In her free time she plays cooperative board games, engages in various forms of art and movement, and is a science fiction/fantasy fan. She and her spouse, Eric, just welcomed their first child, Lenny, at the end of August.

 
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THIS SUNDAY AT SMUUF

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 filling an RE spot on any Sunday.

The schedule is usually as follows:
1st Sunday - Social Justice Forum
2nd Sunday - Women'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.


Children's RE Food Drive

The SMUUF second through fifth graders are conducting a food drive to benefit Wimberley's Crisis Bread Basket. Please bring non-perishables to church every Sunday through December 2nd.


FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)Komal logo

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

This week: Komal Latin Kitchen + Bar, 2550 Hunter Road, #1106, 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! 


100 Day Celebration for baby Huang/potluck on Sunday, Dec 9

More information coming soon!


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.)

ChildrensRE

Hello Families!

This Sunday, Dec. 2 there will be a YUUTH led service. Children are invited to stay in the service at that time. The service is on the first day of Hanukkah, so we will examine the meaning of lighting the Menorah and how we shine our light out into the community. If YUUTH want to participate, they should report to the church at 10:30 am on Dec. 2 with a story of how they let their light shine.

Sometime during the holidays, I would like to get children together for a game night/holiday party. Talk to me Sunday about a time that works for you.

SEE YOU SUNDAY!!

Together in 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:

December 2nd

Hanukkah -  YUUTH Led Service

March 1-3

CongrUUity (middle school student conference) hosted by SMUUF

(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)

SEE YOU SUNDAY!!

SMUUF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Week of Friday, November 30 - Thursday, December 6

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities

 

 

SMUUF ChoirSMUUFChoir

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

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

TalkThenWalk

Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

Meet Fridays mornings at 10:00 a.m.
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..

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS INFORMATION

Angel Tree2Texas Home Visiting-Hays County Volunteer Holiday Party Dinner – Volunteers needed!

Friday, December 14
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
American Legion, 1705 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666

Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas is a local non-profit that seeks to transition families out of poverty. Last year, SMUUF volunteers supported us in hosting a full Holiday dinner with all the trimmings for the low-income families enrolled in our parenting program, and would love to do the same this year. Our enrollment continues to grow, we expect the party attendance to be around 125 people. As you can imagine, we don't have a budget to have a professional catering so we need your help! If you are willing to help us by cooking food, delivering it to the venue and/or serving hot food at the event please sign-up below!

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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.

 

SAHRING AND CARING

 

Joys and Concerns

- One of our SMUUF friends had her car repossessed and is unable to drive her usual Uber job. She is hoping to find extra odd jobs during this time to assist with getting back on track.


SMUUF Represented in Veteran's Day Parade November 10

Several SMUUF members participated in the Saturday morning Veteran's Day Parade on November 10. It stopped raining just in time! Much thanks to all those pictured who braved the cold weather and rain. We worked together to decorate the float and undecorated it at the end of the parade.

 

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Pictured: Sarah Wren, Jeannie Lewis, Michael Hannon, and Mark Rockeymoore.

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Pictured: Gil Fulmer, Rebecca Johnston, and the McCartys with their grandson Joey. Not pictured is Billy Stokes, who is taking the photo.


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.


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