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SMUUF Meal Train
SMUUF Relief Fund Established
Adult Religious Exploration
Third Sunday Morning: Vegan Food, Discussion and Q&A @ 9:30 a.m.
The RE will be on looking at great resources for recipes, support and how to use Trello to access some of the best speeches ever on Climate Change, Health, Plant-based foods and creating a Vegan World. Join us on the SMUUF Zoom link.
Third Sunday Afternoon: Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group @ 2:30 p.m.
The next meeting of the Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group will be after service at 2:30 p.m. The Group will discuss "Grace, Forgiveness, and Beloved Community".
First Sunday Morning: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 6: The book group will meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 for chatting and start discussion of book at 9:45. The book selection for February is Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.
First Sunday Afternoon: Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group @ 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 6: The next meeting of the Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group will be after service at 2:30 p.m. The subject will be announced before the meeting.
Second Sunday Morning: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 13: To be announced
Third Sunday Morning: Vegan Food, Discussion and Q&A @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 20: We will talk about meal substitutions and anything you would like to talk about regarding plant-based foods.
Third Sunday Afternoon: Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group @ 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 20: The next meeting of the Spiritual Exploration Adult RE Group will be after service at 2:30 p.m. The subject will be announced before the meeting.
Fourth Sunday Morning: Social Justice/Environmental Justice Forum @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 23: To be announced
Fifth Sunday Morning: Screening of They're Trying to Kill Us @ 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, January 30: Since our SMUUF Congregational meetings are at 1:00 pm on Sundays, we have a great opportunity to watch the 11:00 am screening of They're Trying to Kill Us on January 30, 2022. It is hard to find anywhere online at this point.
The film is being shown as part of V-COP Vegan Conference, along with 40 on demand movies and documentaries and 40 speakers, from Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shephard to physicians, talks on spirituality to science.
Register here. There will be an email with a link to each event you decide to participate in or view. Hope to see you at They're Trying to Kill Us at 11:00 am and throughout the convergence! Dr. Skyller Walkes, Director of the Calaboose African American Museum in San Marcos said the documentary was incredible. I agree!
SMUUF Donate-the-Plate for January: Calaboose African American History Museum
SMUUF has long been a supportive partner of the local Calaboose African American History Museum (CAAHM), and that relationship will continue in 2022. Dr. Skyller Walkes, President of the Board of Calaboose, will be with us on Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, to tell us more about Calaboose and how our donation will be used. Meanwhile, you can donate online all month by following these directions:
- Go to smuuf.org/giving
- Fill out form with drop down menu on right to "Donate the Plate"
- Be sure at bottom bar it shows your donation
Or you can mail your donation to SMUUF, P.O. Box 1053, San Marcos, TX 78667. Please give generously to this worthy organization!
Dr. Walkes reminds us that, "The Calaboose offers programs for all ages and backgrounds in support of our mission to educate and inform all citizens of the history and contributions of African Americans in Hays County. This includes ages as young as 3 to older adults. Our programming events are intentionally diverse to support the educational and cultural awareness needs / interests of school-aged children and up."
A children's art activity conducted by Calaboose volunteers: Board member Rebecca Rockeymore (also a SMUUF Board member), and junior docents Christine Irving (head down) and Anaya Washington.
Dr. Walkes continued, "The focus of the museum has been on the history of African American citizens of Hays County but many of these people have had a global impact in their respective fields of music (Eddie Durham), art (Bill Hutson), and sports (Lucious Jackson). Conversely, global people and events affect the citizens of Hays County and are presented through CAAHM programs such as a recent exhibit, Blackface Reimagined. The latest Calaboose exhibit on display spotlights local black entrepreneurs and a new exhibit in the Cephas House presents images of the 1921 massacre at Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK. By connecting the micro to the macro, Calaboose reaches all ages, races, and nationalities. The wealth of Calaboose online offerings extends our reach beyond our city, state, and even the nation."
Dr. Walkes also pointed out, "Specifically, these donated funds from SMUUF would help us source bookcases of high quality for our non-lending research library housed in the Cephas House. Currently, we have a collection of roughly 350 books and displaying them for use and access on bookcases that align with the beautifully preserved wood of the Cephas House would be integral to getting the non-lending research library functional for the public."
SMUUF Donate-the-Plate Recipients for 2022
The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team is composed of Rev. Krista Weber Huang (Ex Officio), Jeannie Lewis (Chair), Becky Allen, Gil Fulmer, Jordan Buckley, Rev. Karl Brown, Kate Clayton, and Mike Russet. D-T-P applications were sent out to non-profit nominees in the fall of 2021. Completed applications were received and reviewed by the Executive Team. Unanimous decisions were reached to accept all the following recipients.
Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund – April
San Marcos River Foundation – July
PFLAG San Marcos – August
UU Office at the United Nations – October
Open - November
Texas UU Justice Ministry – December
The SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team has notified all the Donate-the-Plate recipients who were selected for the 2022 year — and we have heard back from them. Their expressions of gratitude are so heart-warming and uplifting, I want to share them with you. See some of their wonderful quotes below.
From: Zsofia Sztranyiczki, Executive Director of International Women's Convocation
"Wonderful news! Thank you, Jeannie, for all your efforts to make this happen!"
From: Dr. Skyller Walkes, President of the Board of Directors of Calaboose African American History Museum
"Thank you so very much for sharing this news! This is such a wonderful and welcome surprise! Please accept our sincerest thanks to you and our beautiful SMUUF community. Your support of the Calaboose African American History Museum has been and continues to be a genuine blessing to us. We cannot thank you enough for this gift … Thank you and the generous SMUUF members for your kindness and thoughtful support. The Donate the Plate gift will make a tremendous difference in the work we espouse, and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting our efforts to further inclusive, social justice work. We remain genuinely humbled by the blessing. Best wishes for a wonderful rest of your day and the happiest of holidays!"
From: Ellie Stewart, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Redwood Community Center
"Thank you so much for giving us the good news that SMUUF has picked Redwood Community Center to be a recipient of Donate the Plate for 2022. Your sponsorship means so much to us! ... I think your Donate the Plate program is wonderful and am so happy that we will be one of the recipients."
From: Dr. Aaron Pyle, Financial Officer for The Indigenous Cultures Institute
"Many thanks to you and the other members of the SMUUF team for this invitation! We are honored to participate … Thank you again for the generosity of your congregation and for your commitment to investing in the San Marcos community."
From: Virginia Condie, Executive Director of San Marcos River Foundation
"Thank you Jeannie! We are ecstatic!"
From: Rev. Erin Walter, Acting Executive Director of Texas UU Justice Ministry
"Thank you so much. TXUUJM and I greatly appreciate SMUUF's support and we will be working hard for justice in Texas alongside your congregation. With deepest gratitude."
From: June Hankins, Hays County Child Protection Board
"We are honored to be chosen again by SMUUF to be a recipient of Donate-the-Plate. This donation will make a difference to children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Thank you so very much! … Many, many thanks to the Social Justice Executive Committee and to the SMUUF congregation for supporting our work."
From: Allison Hess, International Engagement Associate at the UU Office at the United Nations
"This is great news! So glad to hear! Thanks so much to you for ushering this process along and to the SMUUF team for supporting our inclusion as a Donate the Plate recipient!"
From: Jim Pendergast, Treasurer of PFLC San Marcos
"Again, we are so very grateful for SMUUF’s continued support. Many thanks to the entire Fellowship."
Dear SMUUF Families with Children,
Thank you for being a part of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and for bringing your children to church! Our congregation is greatly blessed by their presence among us. While there is no formal children's program at the moment, please join us on Zoom before Sunday service around 10:30 a.m. for a Time for Children with our amazing teachers. There will also be small group breakouts during our time for sharing Joys and Concerns every Sunday, and we offer our families their own space to share.
SOUL MATTERS THEMES FOR 2021-22 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
September: Embracing Possibility
October: Cultivating Relationship
November: Holding History
December: Opening to Joy
January: Living with Intention
February: Widening the Circle
March: Renewing Faith
May: Nurturing Beauty
June: Celebrating Blessings
We completed our first Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) Lifespan Sexual Education classes in Spring 2020! Thanks to teachers, families and young people in grades 7-9 and grades 4-6 that participated. We are excited to offer this program to our community again in the future.
RE Class Time – On hold for now...
We will soon be making adjustments within our new space at First Christian Church! We will remain online for now, please join one of our teachers befoe service at 12:30 p.m. for a story before the service.
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|
Week of Friday, January 14 - Thursday, January 20
Ways to Access Gatherings and Groups using Zoom: https://uuma.zoom.us/my/smuuf
Or by calling in to 346-248-7799 below and enter the meeting ID 849 653 9395
Small Group Meetings
TGIF Happy Hour
Upcoming Central Texas Interfaith Events
The International Convocation of UU Women Meetings
The International Convocation of UU Women, also called the International Women's Convocation (IWC) will conduct a Zoom meeting at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
See the link below to join this meeting in January:
Zoom Meeting ID: 283 947 380
For information about choir meetings and social gatherings, please contact choir director, Gayle Gaston. All who enjoy singing are welcome!
Sewing Guild - No meetings scheduled
The SMUUF sewing group has traditionally made small quilts which have been distributed to various individuals, including to those crossing the Texas/Mexico border in search of a better life. We recently identified another outlet for those quilts and wanted the congregation to know. It is a group called Alzheimer's Texas; they are located in Austin and partner with various care facilities to provide comfort quilts to their residents.
Here is a link to the Alzheimer's Texas most recent newsletter that includes an announcement of our partnership.
Friday "Talk, Then Walk" - Meet in person with social distancing, masks
Meets Friday mornings, text Garrie Borden at 401-793-6435 for meeting info
Join us for a weekly outdoor, socially-distanced meeting and walk in San Marcos' natural areas. Bring a chair, beverage and mask. We meet every friday at 10 am to chat for about a half hour, then go on an approx. 45-minute walk around the river or on our numerous nearby trails.
Garrie sends out a text every Thursday to let you know where to meet. To join the group, text her, and she'll add you to the list.
Hays County CommonUnity MLK Jr. Festival County-Wide MLK Day Celebration
When: Sunday, January 16 @ 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where: Hays County Historic Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos, TX 78666
The Dunbar Heritage Association (DHA) is collaborating with the Office of the Hays County Judge to bring an MLK Day celebration onto the courthouse lawn on Sunday, January 16, from 4-7 p.m. This will be the first annual “Hays County CommonUnity MLK Jr. Festival!”
The Hays County CommonUnity MLK Jr. Festival will feature vendors, local businesses, and entertainment that will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Other events include:
MLK Kid’s Event, Saturday, January 15
Ages 3-Teens. Spaces are limited, register on Eventbrite.
MLK March & Celebration, Monday, January 17 @ 9:30 a.m.
Wreath-laying ceremony, 9:30 am at the LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial
March thru downtown to Dunbar
Celebration continues at 801 MLK Dr. San Marcos, TX 78666
Children’s Writing and Art Contest: subject “What Equality Means to Me.”
Submissions for The Children’s Writing and Art Contest are due by Monday, January 10.
The essay winners will be allowed to read their essay at the CommonUnity Festival and the artwork will be displayed in the rotunda from January 16 through Black History Month. The submissions will be judged by a joint committee of volunteers.
Written submissions should be no longer than one page in length.
All submissions should include the student’s name, age, & grade, and school name
All submissions should also include the parent’s name, phone number, and email address
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Coalition PIT Count, January 27
SMUUF is an original member of the Homeless Coalition of Hays County. Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis serves on the Board representing SMUUF. The Homeless Coalition is conducting its annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of the homeless in Hays County on January 27. This Count enable the Coalition to apply for for governmental funds, grants, and other resources to help the homeless.
The Survey Team Volunteers will be sent out in teams of three people on January 27 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Teams are asked to commit to a three hour shift or until their assigned areas have been surveyed. Volunteers are so important for a successful Count and the more we have the easier it will be to cover Hays County. Training for the PIT Count will be held at the San Marcos Public Library
Another great way to help with the Count is to provide some support for other tasks that need to be completed before the count, as well as items to provide for our volunteers and the people we encounter during the day.
Homeless Coalition of Hays County (formerly Local Homeless Coalition [LHC])
Coalition bylaws can be found here.
Want to speak or present at a coalition meeting? Please fill out this quick form to be considered for placement on the agenda.
Youth Services SMTX Mental Health Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, December 16 @ 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97688705224?pwd=WFRpTmEyTzlVUWdydElVT1RSSXFxQT09
Meeting ID: 976 8870 5224
The agenda for next week's meeting is available here. We will have two guest speakers.
SWUUWCon 2022: Southwest UU Women's Conference
March 4-6, 2022
Embassy Suites DFW North Hotel, Grapevine, Texas
Register and view conference info here
We’re excited to present our conference registration brochure for SWUUWCon 2022 in Grapevine, Texas (conveniently located between Fort Worth and Dallas.) There will be a full weekend of conference activities including our Friday night In-Gathering, Saturday Worship, Conference Musician, Keynote Speaker, three Workshop sections, SWUUW Business Meeting, Red Tent Room, Vendors, Saturday night Banquet and Entertainment, Quilt Auction, Closing Ceremony and Spiral Dance, plus more of what we’ve come to know and love at our SWUUW conferences.
Our chosen theme - For The Beauty of The Earth - represents women’s lives in action and harmony with our UU 7th principle - Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We’ll also acknowledge and celebrate our 35th year holding an annual in-person Southwest Unitarian Universalist Women’s conference.
Because we are still experiencing life in a pandemic with COVID-19 continuing its worldwide spread, we’ve instituted measures that our Board feels are necessary for an added measure of safety. We are requiring proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 in order to attend the annual SWUUW Conference in 2022. There is a space on the registration for you to upload a photo of your vaccination card. If you are unable to show proof of vaccination, we ask you to present at registration a negative COVID-19 test result dated no earlier than March 1, 2022.
If after registering to attend the conference you find it necessary to cancel due to illness from COVID-19 or the need to quarantine, a refund will be issued based upon a case by case determination. And, you will also need to contact the hotel separately in order to cancel your room reservation.
The reservation line is open now for you to book your room online. Please make your reservation no later than Feb. 11, 2022 in order to secure your room at the group discount for SWUUW at this link.
Follow this link to view the conference brochure, registration for all activities, scholarship information, and payment. If you plan to apply for a scholarship, please wait to register until after you have heard from our Scholarship Committee so that a scholarship discount can be applied during registration, if applicable. Note that early registration at the rate of $190 will be available until Jan. 28 after which the regular registration rate of $200 will start to apply.
We look forward to convening with you all again soon!
2022 UUA General Assembly Calls for GA Music Coordinator and GA Worship Coordinator
The UUA Office of General Assembly and Conference Services welcomes applications for the following positions for our first ever multi-platform General Assembly (online or in-person in Portland, Oregon) from June 22– 26, 2022.
GA MUSIC COORDINATOR – One of the highlights and most beloved aspects of General Assembly are the musical performances. The GA Music Coordinator provides music leadership, general oversight, coordination, communication, and support for all aspects of music production during General Assembly. Please review the job description (PDF).
GA WORSHIP COORDINATOR – General Assembly, like Unitarian Universalism, offers a wealth of theological diversity. A variety of worship choices are offered throughout GA. The GA Worship Coordinator is an administrative role supporting GA worship leaders with preparation for worship at GA. This includes communicating and managing completion of all production, accessibility and inclusion, and music-related guidelines. Please review the job description (PDF).
Low Cost Tele-health for Addition Recovery
During the pandemic, the environment may have created a more difficult time for those dealing with addition. Rehab and other addition recovery programs can be expensive. Now the Be Well Texas Clinic run by UT Health Science Center in San Antonio has developed a new tele-health low cost or free addiction recovery program. Their website is www.bewelltexasclinic.org. Their phone number is (833) 778-2571.
Joys and Concerns
Each year in January the Homeless Coalition of Hays County conducts a "Point in Time Count" (PIT Count) of the homeless population in Hays County. An accurate count provides the opportunity to obtain governmental funding, organizational grants and donations, and other resources to serve the homeless. The PIT Count will take place on January 27 in 2022 by Homeless Coalition volunteers. SMUUF is a member of the Homeless Coalition and SMUUF Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis is a Board Member of the Coalition representing SMUUF.
The SMUUF Sewing Guild has generously volunteered to sew identifying vests for the volunteers to wear so the homeless population will recognize them. The vests will be red with the words "Point in Time Count" on the front. See the photo for a similar example. Purchase of all materials and supplies will be funded by the SMUUF Social Justice Contingency Fund.
Members of the SMUUF Sewing Guild are: Ann Allen (Coordinator), Barbara Jacobson, Carolyn Robinson, Janet Wallgren, Jeanne Garthwaite, Jeannie Lewis, Judy Telford, Kate Clayton, and Rhoda Sterling.
The Manager of the Point in Time Count for the Homeless Coalition, Nancy Heintz, sent the following expression of gratitude to the SMUUF Sewing Guild:
"I want to thank you all for meeting the Coalition’s need for some type of special team garment. Your vests will help identify each of them as volunteers working on our Annual Point in Time Count of unsheltered Hays County residents who can be located on January 27th. I speak on behalf of the PIT leadership team when I say thank you for your generous contribution of your time, your talents and your financial support. We will definitely share photos of our vested volunteers on the day of the Count. Sincerely, Nancy Heintz"
Rev. Erin Walter, the Acting Executive Director of TXUUJM, sends the Thank You note below:
Thank you so much for your generous support of the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry! The $600 you collected will be amplified by the collective organizing of Unitarian Universalists around the state, coordinating our fight for democracy, liberation, and UU principles in public policy.
The TXUUJM Board and I aim to improve communication tools, build capacity and staffing, energize our Get Out the Vote efforts, and return to in-person Legislative Lobby Day in 2023, among other projects. We are also excited to be connecting with Mano Amiga, an organization close to your hearts at SMUUF.
In this time of transition and envisioning the next chapter of TXUUJM — a time when we know UU activism is needed more than ever in Texas — the generous financial support of San Marcos UU Fellowship has touched my heart deeply. Thank you again and I hope to see you soon and in action for justice!
Rev. Erin Walter, TXUUJM Acting Executive Director
UN UNO Meeting - Tuesday, October 19
Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) Announces Texas Legislative Issues for 2021-2022
After a 10 week process of nominations and voting 25 Texas UU congregations (including SMUUF) we have chosen these top issues for us to work on collectively from 2020-2022!
1. Racial Justice
2. Environmental Justice
3. Healthcare Access
4. Economic Justice
5. Voting Rights
After the results of the November elections and we see more clearly the makeup of the legislature we will begin to plot strategies on our top issues.
We WILL Bend Texas and America Toward Justice Together!
San Marcos Area Black Owned Businesses – Updated July 2020
Soulful Creations - Wonder World Park, 1000 Prospect St.
Binge Kitchen - 121 N. Fredericksburg (210) 442-8126
Hurry Back Catering - (512) 766-5515 and Facebook page
Krab Kingz food truck - 128 Guadalupe St.
J & W Honeybuns ( & donuts) on Fb, (830) 888-0574
Wright’s Emporium - 225 S. Main St, Kyle
Wayne’s Wings @wayneswings Instagram
Bar Jarz - Facebook page
Zeal by Zakiya online boutique
Wallaby Clothing Co. - Facebook page
Visionary’s Peace @visionaryspeace Instagram
MOGUL women’s clothing, 5007 Parkcrest Dr., San Antonio, Tx
MacioTees - San Antonio @maciotees Instagram
Adina Johnson’s Treasures - Facebook page
Tay's Lawn Care - Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TaysLawn/
Mountain Movers - moving company
STR8 Training - gym
Hai Tarot - Tarot, readings, farmer's market
Mo Betta Cutz on LBJ in SMTX - barber
Raven Zachary - hairdresser
Simply Texas Vinyl - Facebook page
MJWoodCo etsy shop - woodowrking and home decor
Arrondi Creative Productions & Hoodwitch book - Facebook page
Merry Mascots & Party Rentals
District 35 Security & Investigations, LLC
San Marcos Electric Services - Joseph Matthews (512) 644-6362
Xclusive Hair Salon on RR12
Bottom Line Tax Services on Hwy 123
Spot Barbershop on Hopkins Street
Aminatu Akande, MD Live Oak Health Partners
Booka Baby Doula - Facebook page
Calaboose African American History Museum
Fathers in Hays County - Facebook page
UBarU Events Update
Thank you for your support- past, present and future!
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Join the Hospitality team!
Thanks to the Hospitality Teams, these folks do a great job making coffee, providing refreshments, greeting, and generally making the church ready for worship and fellowship! Our teams are still working to help out with our virtual services.
A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 8 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.
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!
To make a pledge or general donation at any time:
Join the SMUUF Social Justice Action Alert Team
Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, maintains a Social Justice Action Alert Email Distribution List to communicate with SMUUF members and friends who have volunteered to receive notices of social justice opportunities in our community. This is an invitation for you to sign up to receive those notices. An email may be sent out once a week or even less often, so there is not a flood of emails sent out.
Most opportunities are in our community or can be done from home. Examples are monitoring (at home) phone calls about homelessness; phone calls, emails, or post cards to the Legislature and other entities to advocate for social justice issues; attending social justice Zoom meetings on local homelessness, Interfaith coalitions performing area social justice work, and other Zoom meetings; and several other area opportunities.