Monday, April 8, 2019


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 But in some instances items have been archived in multiple locations and in forms where the quality varies.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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ed Klemmer Memorial Service

A memorial service for Ed Klemmer was held at Community UCC on February 11, 2019. The video of the service is available here in two versions. The first is an edited version which removes all congregational singing and spoken comments from members of the congregation. All words spoken from the pulpit are retained. The second is the complete service. Ed's obituary from the Raleigh News & Observer is further down on this page.

Edited Version (40 minutes) (Also available on Vimeo)

Filmed by Lavon Page

Complete Version (62 minutes) (Also available on Vimeo)

Filmed by Lavon Page

Ed Klemmer Obituary (from the Raleigh N&O)

July 22, 1924 - February 3, 2019


With great sadness the family of Edmund Theophilus Klemmer announces his death, at age 94, at his residence in Glenaire retirement community.

Edmund was born in Boston, MA, and raised in Fair Lawn, NJ; graduating from Eastside HS, Paterson, NJ. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, Glen Cove, NY, and a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University, NY. Edmund served as a fire control officer in the US Navy aboard the USS West Virginia in the Pacific.

Edmund's civilian career began at David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, MD. In 1957, he joined the research team at IBM, Yorktown Heights, NY and then, in 1962 moved to human factors engineering research at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ and Holmdel, NJ. After retiring from Bell Labs in 1982, he worked as an ergonomics consultant to various research firms, and at IBM, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Ed met and married Ruth Anna Rickers at Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, DC. They had two children. The family especially enjoyed travelling and skiing together. Ed also enjoyed playing tennis, organizing new leagues each time the family moved. Working for peace and social justice was a moral imperative for Ed, and he invested great energy and resources toward those objectives.

Edmund was predeceased by his son, Paul Edmund Klemmer, and by his wife of 62 years, Ruth. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Klemmer Brown and her husband Sanford Brown of NJ; granddaughter Kimberly Ruth Brown and her wife Kimberly Borne of NC; grandsons Daniel Walter Brown of DE and Keith Edmund Brown of NJ.

A memorial service will be held on February 11, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Community United Church of Christ, Citizens for Global Solutions, or the charity of your choice.
Published in The News & Observer from Feb. 7 to Feb. 10, 2019