This week’s spotlight is on Reese McCurry.
Which worship service and Sunday School
class do you attend? I attend the beginning of both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services before leaving with His Kids, but prior to joining the staff, I attended the 11:00 a.m. service and also sang in the Chancel Choir. Will and I are members of the Greene class.
How long have you been a member of the church? My family began attending and eventually joined Vineville in 1990 after moving to Macon. Jim Rush was the pastor at the time. I officially became a member in 1994 through confirmation. Will joined the church after we married in 2005.
What are some things you like to do/what are your hobbies? I love music of all kinds and love to sing. It’s been too long since I’ve been in a stage production and I miss it! I enjoy reading, watching and “researching” about events in history, particularly the colonial period. I love sports, especially college football, and can’t wait for Auburn football season to get here. War Eagle! On the weekends, my family and I love exploring and soaking up all that Macon has to offer, especially in the downtown area. And, of course, I really enjoy being a mother to my two girls, and watching them participate in things they love.
Tell us a little about yourself. I have been married to Will for 12 years, and we have two daughters, Stuart, 10, and Louise, 8, who attend ACE. We have a Bichon (dog) named Daisy and a cat named Gumbo. My parents, Lea and Elbert McQueen, and my brother and his wife and child, Hays, Anne and Holmes, also are members of Vineville. I graduated from UGA and was a high school English teacher at Stratford before children came along.
What’s the best vacation you’ve been on? Hands down, the most memorable trip I’ve had was our honeymoon to Mexico when we were stuck in a hurricane shelter! However, the best two vacations I’ve been on were a trip to Disney World with Will and the girls and a family trip in high school to Boston and the New England area. Watching the joy erupt over the girls’ faces at Disney was truly, as they say, magical. And the history in Boston and New England just fascinates me, so I loved every minute of that trip!
What is your favorite thing about Vineville? What I love most is the sense of family at Vineville. I love seeing some of the same faces on Sundays that I’ve been seeing since third grade! However, I also think Vineville is a very friendly church, and I love watching our greeters and members welcoming new faces to the church!
Do you have any good family traditions? On Christmas Eve, we always go to my parents’ house for dinner after attending the 6:00 service. We have passed on to the girls and my nephew the tradition of letting the kids open one present on Christmas Eve. On the first Saturday of football season, we set up a “tailgate” at home to welcome the season. Louise and Will smoke ribs, we put on our team colors (orange and blue or red and black), and we turn on College Gameday.
If you could choose anything to do for a day, what would it be? This answer could vary from week to week, but today, a dream day would be exploring a city and its museums and then ending the day with dinner and a show.
What are your favorite books and/or movies? This is a tough question because I have several. Some of my favorite books are Fahrenheit 451, the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help (love the movie, too), anything by Flannery O’Conner, and for quick reads, Elin Hildebrand books. Some of my favorite movies are Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Elf.