Susan called as next rector for St. Thomas' Church, Richmond, VA
On Sunday, June 22, our rector, the Rev. Susan Buchanan, announced that she has accepted the call to be the next rector for St. Thomas' Church in Richmond, VA. Her last Sunday with us will be July 27, and after taking vacation (moving) in August, she will begin in Richmond on September 1. Here is her letter to the parish:
June 22, 2014
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
I have loved being the rector of Christ Church, and have been blessed to journey with you these past 12 years, but our season and time together in this place is coming to an end. I have accepted the call to be the next rector of St. Thomas’ Church in Richmond, VA. My last Sunday here will be July 27, after which I will take a month’s vacation to move and get settled in Richmond, starting there on September 1.
I had not thought it very likely that I would end up back in Virginia. I had never thought I would end up in a city. But God seems to have other plans, and I believe fully that God has led St. Thomas’ and myself together, in much the same way as 12 years ago I knew that I was supposed to come to North Conway. If you’re curious about where it is I’m going, you can find more out from their website athttp://www.stthomasrichmond.
On Sunday June 29, the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson will be with us for both morning services. She will be here to help you understand what the process is for transitioning to a new rector, how the diocese will be present to support you, and to reassure you that it will be ok. She will be available after each service to answer your individual questions. Then we will have the great parish potluck picnic on Saturday, July 19 at 5 pm which will be a good opportunity to spend some relaxed time together in fellowship a week before my final opportunity to gather with you in worship. The Rev. Randy Dales will be with you most of the weeks in August. And the vestry will be in touch later in the summer about who will be leading you in worship during the interim period before you call a new rector.
I pray that this time of transition will not be a time of place-holding here at Christ Church, but that instead you use it as a time to continue to move forward. To move forward in the ways you connect worship and service. To move forward in the ways you connect the specificity of Christ Church, North Conway with the variety of expressions of God at work in the Mt Washington Valley (including ecumenically). To move forward with a sense of joy.
I will miss each of you. I will miss being a part of what God is doing here at Christ Church. I will continue to hold you in prayer, and trust that God will lead the right person to you to be blessed by being a part of this community of faith, for I personally know what a blessing that is indeed.