This past Sunday, Dec 5, we introduced our newest Community United Church of Christ members to the congregation.
We welcome Libby, Jason, Sandy, and Vicki to CUCC!
I spend my days shuttling my two kids around, working on projects for the PTA, taking art classes (recently pottery), watering my many house plants, and dabbling in different craft projects. I am a Raleigh native! Go Wolfpack! I learned about CUCC through our friends the Powells/Nichols and I was attracted to the social justice mission and inclusivity of the church community here. My passions include my career as a social worker and working with people in the intellectual and developmental disability community, creating fun gatherings for friends and family, and anything artistic. I am interested in diversity and racial equity work. I enjoyed putting together fun gatherings PRE-COVID. Not so much anymore, but I’m hopeful.
I like to spend my days hustling and dreaming. I have lived in Raleigh in total almost 20 years; 1996-2008 and 2014-present. I came to CUCC because of the welcoming and inclusive nature of the church and its commitment to social, racial, and climate justice issues. My passions and interests are family, movies, music, the beach, and Wolfpack sports.
After looking for a church community since relocating to Raleigh last Spring, Sandy Reuschling is happy and excited to find a spiritual home at Community UCC. Sandy and her partner, Vic, have been visiting since late September and felt instantly welcomed by the kind and warm people of the congregation. Sandy is a former Special Education and English teacher who is enjoying her second career as a behavior analyst and therapist for children. She is an avid reader who is fond of DIY projects, knitting, baking, and antiquing. Patience, compassion, and a commitment to advocacy for others are important to Sandy. In addition to her partner and her family, Sandy counts among her greatest blessings from God the opportunities she’s had, and continues to have, to touch the lives of children who experience challenges. She thanks God for so many chances to make a difference.
Vicki Urben, known as Vic to friends, family, and in their community, felt immediately at home after the first visit to Community UCC and is looking forward to becoming a part of the church community here. Vic grew up in upstate New York and recently relocated to Raleigh after having lived in the Washington DC area for just over ten years and is loving North Carolina. Until a recent career change, Vic worked as an assistant teacher in special education. They are now working remotely in the technology field, which is a longtime area of great interest and source of fun. Vic enjoys computer repair, games, DIY projects at home, and has recently begun volunteer work with Saving Grace here in Raleigh. Vic also spends their time with their partner Sandy, their growing pet brood, and trying to manage Sandy’s collections of spices, teas, and yarn. Vic describes their greatest blessing from God as the gift of second chances in life, for which they are ever grateful.