Our Mission Statement: To locate the lost, bring them to Christ, and to help all Christians grow into the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Each one of us are honored to serve our Lord and you in this capacity. This is a great congregation with good members that love each other and want to serve our God in many ways. You make it a joy to be an elder of this congregation. In any position of leadership there are joys, moments of celebration and of course troublesome times. It comes with the job.
Being a part of the family at Thomaston Road is one of the most wonderful events one can experience this side of the Great Beyond. If you have not become a part of it, we encourage you to do so.
This year has been the most challenging the church has faced in this country, in our life time. COVID-19 came on the scene and it was like nothing our country has experienced. We all have our different beliefs and attitudes toward what or how this thing should have or should be handled. Even among the men serving as elders, we each have different perspectives that range from being cautious to this thing is a conspiracy.
From the beginning, we have tried to determine what to do to keep our members safe. How do we respond in moments of uncertainty? There have been reports from the medical community that contradicts themselves. News from the Government that contradicts itself. Recommendations from various outlets on how to handle this or what to do that make no sense or produce counter recommendations.
It becomes very difficult to make decisions when data is not pure. We have heard from many of you. Some wanting to come back to the assembly. Some warning that this is not a good idea. All have good arguments. Many have gone back to the Romans 14 position we used early on and said that does not apply. That eating meat and wearing masks are not the same thing. We agree. But that was not the position we made with that scripture. The position is that we respect each other, no matter our position on this matter because it is not a matter of salvation. Our intent using that scripture was that this event, no matter how we look at it, should not cause division in our congregation. We still stand by that position.
Because of the inconsistent data, in recent days we have examined ourselves, our decisions and our position on these matters ... After considering all that we have heard, read and know; we decided to begin this assembly again. We are looking at how to become fully functional. That being said, we know this can be a serious situation for some. If you feel like you could be or know you are affected by this virus, please worship with us on line. If you do not feel good… PLEASE STAY HOME!!!
While the physical is a concern, we, the elders, need to concentrate and find ways to help this congregation spiritually. To be the leaders that carry out the call of the Lord.
We have decided to assemble to allow those that wish to attend the opportunity to do so. We still feel that we should respect each other…respect the masked seating area and keep our distance.
It is our prayer that this whole situation will soon end ... You have to be the judge as to rather you can or should attend.
We solicit your prayers as we try to be the men God has called us to be. We often fail but we will do our best to follow God’s will.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you in this capacity.
ELDERS AT THOMASTON ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST: From left to right: Tom Behel, Walter Calhoun, Todd Van Etten, and Bryan Rogers.
From the Elders:
Thank you for your interest in Thomaston Road Church of Christ, in Macon, GA. We consider you our honored guest. Through our website, we hope you will find out a little more about who we are, but more importantly about the God we serve. Please feel free to explore our webpage and we hope that you will visit our congregation soon!
We are a nondenominational church committed to being genuine followers of Jesus. We strive to be a church full of hope, faith, and love. We want to be a “Family of God” in the deepest sense.
You can expect to find all kinds of people from all walks of life here at Thomaston Road Church of Christ. We are a diverse group, coming from varied backgrounds, and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth. Whether you are just traveling though or looking for a home church, we hope you will come and visit our family here at Thomaston Road Church of Christ. Service and Bible Study Times are listed below.
Dear Thomaston Road Family,
It is such an honor to begin serving as your preacher and minister. I covet your prayers as I undertake the continuing work of the Lord through providing powerful preaching and teaching that Thomaston Road both deserves and expects. My goals are to be a vessel in the mission of God, and to build community through fellowship and sound teaching. I hope and pray my words will be more a communion with the Words of Christ than simply communication that fills the passage of time.
I am confident of the tremendous blessing it is to be a part of this great church family. I know we are blessed with strong leadership, involved members, great facilities, and a church family that deeply loves and cares for each other.
Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” God has called us into a mission field and the opportunities are endless. With endless opportunities comes potential for limitless growth. I believe the Lord will continue to bless Thomaston Road with this type of growth, but we must embrace the opportunity and challenge. Count the cost and be the follower Jesus calls us to be (Luke 14:25-33), love God (Mark 12:28-34), go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and show the world we are disciples by how we love one another (John 13:34-35).
I am so excited to be here at Thomaston Road and I look forward to advancing the Lord’s kingdom with you all. Let us always strive to view all we say, think, and do through the lens of our faith in Christ Jesus our Lord! Thank you sincerely for giving me the opportunity and blessing of being your preacher!
Todd J. (rTj)
We love getting together and making memories. From Secret Sisters, Valentine Banquets, Birthday Celebrations, Ice Cream Social, etc., we love to participate in events of joy. We also want to be there for each other in times of grief.
Romans 12:15-16, "Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep."
We love planning and implementing special events for children, like Vacation Bible School, Holiday parties, Camp Canaan, etc.
Deuteronomy 11:19, "You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
We have camp grounds that we use for helping children celebrate national holidays in a safe environments. We also use it for a week long day camp each summer (Camp Canaan) and for congregational cookouts. Sunday evening services are held at the camp sometimes with a fellowship after the worship time.
Philippians 2:4, "do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."
We have Bible classes for nursery through adults. By the time our babies are ready for the toddler classroom, they are already learning about Jesus and His love for us.
Psalm 78:4, "We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done."
Our middle schoolers, teens, young professionals, and senior citizens strive to spread God's Word and to encourage one another through service projects and spending time together.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12, "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! … And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
We are a praying church. We spend time each month at a member's home thanking God for His goodness and mercy and going before His throne with our concerns. Once a year our Triple L group (senior members) host a prayer brunch for the congregation to come together for a special time in fellowship and in prayer. We firmly believe that a church that prays together stays together.
1 Timothy 2:1-2, "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."
During this pandemic, we are worshiping AS FOLLOWS:
BIBLE STUDY: ADULT CLASS ONLY ON "Thomaston road church of Christ (trcoc) facebook live" on sundays at 9 am with dave sparrow.
10:30 am worship IN THE GYM (There is an entrance and seating area for those who wish to wear a mask and an entrance and seating area for those who do not wish to wear a mask. at the door, temps will be taken and communion packets handed out). please refrain from hand shaking, hugging, or kissing inside the building.
Wednesday connection on trcoc facebook live at 7 pm
and POOLside chats with the eldership SATURDAY AT 2 PM.