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Adult Religious Exploration
No topic this week - Please join us for coffee and conversation, if you want to come visit a little early anyway.
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)
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!
Guest 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.
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.
Dear SMUUF Families with Children,
It was joyous to dedicate 10 children this past Sunday. Thanks to all who participated in the ceremony.
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:
CongrUUity (middle school student conference) hosted by SMUUF @ UCM Wesley
(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)
SEE YOU SUNDAY!!
Week of Friday, February 15 - Thursday, February 21
Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities
CPR Training Offered – Sat. February 23
Meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
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"
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!
Craddock Avenue Median Work Days – Rescheduled for the next TWO weeks!
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
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.
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
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.
San Marcos Library Spelling Bee – Let's form a SMUUF team!
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.
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
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).
Regional Caregiving Conference Southwest
April 9-11, 2019
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
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
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!