PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW RECTOR, THE REVEREND
SUZANNE POULIN TO ST. THOMAS'
Dear Parishioners of St. Thomas’,
I have some exciting news to share with you today! As you all know, our Profile and Search Committees, together with our Vestry, have been doing a lot of good work over the past months to prepare us to call a new Rector. Well – we have just made that call.
Please join me in welcoming to St. Thomas’ our new Rector, The Reverend Suzanne Poulin. She will begin her tenure with us on March 11, and I can tell you that she can’t wait to begin meeting and getting to know everyone here. Sue is looking forward to becoming an active member of our thriving Dover community and plans to relocate as soon as possible from Wolfeboro to Dover with her wife, a fourth grade school teacher.
Our profile team created a document listing all the capabilities we sought in a rector and Rev. Sue totally hit the mark! Rev. Sue comes to us from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Sanbornville, NH, where she’s been the much-beloved parish priest for the past eleven years. She has a passion for the Liturgy and uses her sermons to weave the Gospel’s lessons into stories that connect to our daily lives. Her reputation precedes her and she comes to us with several strong endorsements. She is a skilled and patient listener with an infectious sense of humor.
Sue began her clergy work in 2003 and was ordained to the Priesthood in 2006. Prior to that, she spent 18 years as a therapist, counseling youth and adults, and also spent several years teaching middle-school children. In many ways, we believe that all of those experiences has prepared her “divinely”, if you will, for the work that she now does. She is a true “people person” who believes strongly in building relationships brick-by-brick.
This is a special time for St. Thomas’, and how appropriate, as we approach Lent – our season of Renewal. As we prepare for this transition, let us take a moment to reflect with love and gratitude on all that has been achieved with us and through us by our outgoing Rector, Rev. Gail Avery. We have been so blessed to have Gail’s leadership and fellowship during our interim years, and we celebrate with her as she begins her own next adventure with the Diocese of NH.
Let us also express our gratitude for the thoughtful, dedicated work of the Profile and Search Committees, who accepted with gladness the great responsibility which has led to this joyous announcement. And finally, as always, let us give thanks to God - may we continue to listen with open hearts and to welcome with open arms. Amen.
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I've never been to church before! I'm not sure I even believe in all this stuff!
That's okay... it never starts with belief anyway... it starts with relationships. When you start a new thing, say painting, you form a relationship with people... maybe you join a class. Then you start doing... following... getting help from others who know the craft. It is out of the doing... painting things... that you may find that you start to draw some conclusions about things. That's the way it works: form a relationship... do things together... beliefs will follow. So come wherever you are on your journey, and we'll start by getting to know one another.
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St. Thomas' Episcopal Church is located at 5 Hale Street, Dover, NH