Reverend Susan Hanson has been serving churches since December 19, 1993, when she delivered her first sermon to her first congregation. Since then, Pastor Susan has served in 12 different settings of churches as an interim pastor and to nursing homes as a chaplain, primarily helping to heal hurting congregations and institutions so they could recover and start anew. Reverend Hanson came to St. Vincent UCC in 2013 - her lucky number 13, as she says - and has been with us ever since. How lucky we are because on Sunday, April 8, 2018, Pastor Susan was officially installed by the PA Southeast Conference of the UCC as St. Vincent UCC’s permanent pastor!
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Florida State University; a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary; and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary. She was ordained in her home church, St. John’s UCC in Lansdale, PA, on January 9, 1994.
Susan and her husband, the Reverend Doug Hanson, pastor of St. Peter’s Pikeland UCC, live in Chester Springs. They have a daughter and son-in-law who live in Alabama with Pastor Susan’s two grandchildren, a daughter and a son who live locally, and a Golden Doodle. In addition to meeting new people, Pastor Susan enjoys reading a good book, taking walks in nature, and visiting with family and friends.
In her Statement on Ministry, Reverend Hanson says that “a pastor assists the congregation in living out our call to be the heart and hands and voice of God here on earth in our own particular time and place. We can be assured that all of God’s hopes and dreams for us will be realized when we allow God’s Spirit to work within our own lives, and through us, to help others as we seek to do God’s will in the world. Together, we celebrate that when good people seek to make a positive difference in the world, it is there that real ministry happens.”
Feel free to contact Pastor Susan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at 610.393.6971.
This picture and poem were given to me at Christmastime and I liked it so much, I wanted to share it with you in this month when we'll be talking a lot about what lies in our hearts and how our hearts are meant to guide us in all things. I hope you like it too ...
One white and wintry Christmas Eve in a village long ago,
A young child took a journey, leaving footprints in the snow.
Clutched within her tiny hand, she carried a small tattered heart,
Fashioned from some scraps of cloth, wrapped in the charm of childlike art.
A manger scene of wood and straw was the child's destination.
Her only Christmas wish, to join Christ's birthday celebration.
She placed her precious handmade gift upon the straw with care,
And before she turned to leave, whispered a simple prayer.
The villagers who stood nearby recall that night with awe,
Retelling every detail of the miracle they saw …
A second set of footprints appeared next to the girl's own,
They seemed to walk right by her side to see her safely home.
But there's no mystery in the presence of this unseen friend -
For once God's touched your heart, you'll never walk alone again.
A sweet little story that is just right for sharing in the month of February. Feel free to share it with someone you know would like it too. May it inspire us all to bring our hearts to Jesus now and always.
Blessings on you and all those whom you love,
Love, Pastor Susan
But why would you want to? Simple – interesting topics to discuss and
breakfast snacks and beverages to enjoy. Attendance is totally optional!
Each gathering begins at 9:30am and runs about an hour.
We'll meet in the church basement.
February 8th - Bible Blessings
Bring your Bible (or borrow one from the Pews) and let's explore together what we can find in that really old book that gives meaning to our modern lives today.
March 7th - Spiritual Spring Cleaning
“How To” Instructions on conducting a House Blessing and even tips on how to get rid of “cobwebs” in your own spiritual self.
April 4th - Journey Through Holy Week
This session is geared toward the children to help them get a sense of what happened in the life of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Easter morning.
May 2nd - Christian Reiki?
What is it and how can it help us get closer to God. Come find out!
Hope to see you!