February 1, 2018
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Many years ago, I wrote a letter introducing myself to The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist. The quote above was one that I used then and one that feels fitting today. I write now with the firm belief that God continues to lead us in ways we can't imagine. I am writing to inform you that I have been offered a call as Rector for St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dover, NH. With much prayer and discernment, I have accepted the call.
It has been my blessing and privilege to serve as your Rector for the last 11 years. The priest I am today is a direct reflection of the grace, love, and witness of this beloved community. I said on Sunday that it is no exaggeration that St. John's lives every day as though we are splashing water and I know that to be true.
We are all changed by those we meet along the way. You have all changed me. I am changed by having lived and moved and loved among you. We have done amazing things together and you will continue to thrive as you embark on this next stage of your communal life. It is time for me to carry out Gods work in another congregation.
On Sunday, February 11, 2018, Canon Kevin Nichols will be with us to preach and lead our 10:30 worship. He will share the timeline and lay out the process that is ahead of us. The Bishop and his office recognize that this has been a long and grace-filled relationship. With that in mind, they also are committed to being present to you as this process unfolds.
There will be further information and details to follow. Know that the view ahead may not be clear now, but "The Little White Church on the Hill" has the heart and tools for the tasks ahead, and will always continue to long for that expansive grace that is God. Be assured that you will always have a very special place in my heart. Always remember, you are special.
With love and prayers,
Rev. Sue Poulin