Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ruth Rickers Klemmer (1926-2018)

Ruth was born August 29, 1926 in Rochester, NY to Johanna and Paul Rickers. Ruth earned a BA with honors from the University of Rochester and became a certified Occupational Therapist at the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the U.S. Army as an occupational therapist, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1955.

Ruth met and married her husband, Edmund T. Klemmer, at Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, DC while she was working at Walter Reed Army Hospital. She enjoyed tennis, skiing and travelling as a family.

She retired from her professional career to care for her family, but kept abreast of advances in Occupational Therapy through volunteer work. Throughout her life she served in many volunteer capacities including active participation in: several chapters of the League of Women Voters; the American Association of University Women; the United Nations Association, Wake County, NC, Chapter; Friends of Residents in Long Term Care, at Springmoor; as well as many church boards and Parent Teacher Organizations.

Ruth was a Master Gardener whose green thumb propagated a great abundance of plants and cuttings that she enjoyed sharing. She enjoyed arts, crafts, sewing and needlework of all kinds, but she especially enjoyed painting and taking classes to improve her skills, so that she could capture the beauty around her.

Ruth was preceded in death by her brother Leslie Rickers, and her son Paul Edmund Klemmer. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edmund; daughter, Karen Klemmer Brown and her husband Sanford Brown of Bridgewater, NJ; granddaughter Kimberly Ruth Brown of Black Mountain, NC; grandson Daniel Walter Brown of Reston, VA; and grandson Keith Edmund Brown of Bridgewater, NJ.

A memorial service for Ruth was held at Community UCC on April 28, 2018. The service (complete except for hymns and transitions) is available in two parts below.
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Part 1 (33 min.)

Filmed by Lavon Page
Part 2 (22 min.)

Filmed by Lavon Page

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Youth Sunday - April 22, 2018

This is a video of the Youth Sunday program presented on April 22, 2018, by the Community UCC Youth Group. The program was created by the youth under the direction of Youth Education Coordinator Śānti Matthews, and filmed by Lavon Page at Śānti's request.

Music from Youth Sunday - April 22, 2018

The video clips shown in this post are excerpts from the worship service presented by the youth of the church on April 22, 2018. The entire service on video is also available in a separate post. The program was planned and directed by the youth and Śānti Matthews, the Youth Education Coordinator. The video was made by Lavon Page at Śānti's request.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award

On July 3, 2012, the Church Council voted to establish the Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award as a repeating event. Subsequently, the award has been given annually by the Social Justice Ministry.

The text of the resolution passed by Council is given here.

Resolution establishing the Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award


2012:  Carolyn and Cyrus King, inaugural winners and award namesakes

2013:  Sandy and Deane Irving; Marjorie Eckels

2014:   Bill Towe; Slater Newman; Peg and Mac Hulslander

2015:  Judy Occhetti-Klohr and Leo Klohr; Rev. Collins Kilburn

2016:  Patrick O'Neal and Mary Rider; Jane Hunt

2017:  Alan and Ruth Reberg; Joan McAllister

2018:  Lib Hutchby; Adrienne and John Little; John Paar

2019:  to be announced Sunday, May 26, 10:30am during worship