Tuesday, May 1, 2018


A video narrative of the church (1 hour) in 4 parts is available
The purpose of the CUCC Archive is to preserve the history and the story of Community UCC in Raleigh. This includes the written history, the photographic history, the oral history, and the arts and culture of the church.

This will by necessity be an ongoing project, as the story of CUCC is a continuing saga. So all that this project can hope to accomplish is to document and record some of the steps in this ongoing process.

The archive is split into the groupings represented by the tabs at the top ...

Collections - The "Collections" include two scrapbooks, one assembled around 1959 and the other in 1981. In addition, "Remembrances" dates from 1981 and consists of transcriptions of interviews with most active church members in 1981 conducted by church historian Ann Elleman. The video narrative of the church was put together by Lavon Page in spring 2016. And there are two photo collections, one from the 1940s and one from the 1980s and 1990s.

Pulpit - Features many sermons (video mostly) as well as other presentations during worship in the church sanctuary

Music - Audio and video recordings of musical performances at CUCC. Many of these are by the choir, but many are by ordinary church members who are simply sharing their voices or skills in various church settings. The musical heritage is immense. It includes children’s songs and many instrumental pieces by church members, and massive renditions by the CUCC Choir of such jewels as the Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart Requiem (not to mention the joyful songs of numerous Christmas parties).

People - Lots of stories about people in the church, including news articles, celebrations, and obituaries.

Stories - This is a highly varied batch of audio and video treasures. It includes true works of art such as Geraldine Bryan’s creative stories that prod our imaginations and enrich our souls. It includes numerous structured and ad hoc stories, from the short stories of Bernie Brown to presentations from the CUCC Sunday Forum, and from the radio commentaries of Nancy Keppel to the recorded poems of Keith Petersen.

Documents - Church records, newspaper articles about the church, letters, sermons, written histories, etc. This differs from the "Collections" tab in that these items have been stored over the years as individual items rather than having been assembled into some larger collection. But in some instances items have been archived in multiple locations and in forms where the quality varies. For example, some newspaper clippings are scans of the original, and in other instances scans of photocopies of the originals.

Community - Community UCC and its ancestors (going back at least 100 years) have long involved themselves in the life of the community. Find some of these stories in this portion of the archive.

Special Events - Youth Sundays, Confirmation Services, Christmas pageants, plays, skits, and other non-musical performances or programs.

Explore and Enjoy! It’s your church heritage.

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