Friends at Selma & New Burlington,
I want to thank you all for allowing me to be your pastor these past two years. We have
laughed together, shared tears, grown closer to one another in the church, and
deepened our faith. It has been a true joy serving with you.
While I’m excited about my move to Rensselaer Trinity and the ministry opportunities
awaiting me, it is bittersweet to leave Selma and New Burlington churches (especially
with not being able to see many of you due to Covid-19). We have done much together
to further the Kingdom. We have reorganizing our churches structure so we can be
more fruitful. We have a clear vision that will lead us through the next several years of
ministry. At Selma we have updated the front of our sanctuary. At New Burlington
we’ve worked on the outside of the church, grounds, and added a whole new look to the
inside. And we’ve all learned how to worship outside the box.
Do know that I love you all, and I’ve enjoyed serving with you. Thank you for your
friendship in Christ, and the love you have shared with me and my family. I trust that
you will be open and welcoming to your new pastor, “Rev. Edward Armantrout” as he
begins to lead you as your new pastor in July.
The Apostle Paul shared these words in Colossians 3:12-17. These words resonate
well with my soul, as I think of you and my final words: “Since God chose you to be the
holy people he loves, clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility,
gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone
who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above
all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let
the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you
are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each
other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God
with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
Blessings, Pastor Andy Martin