The Catoctin Church of Christ is a family of Christians. Together we strive to serve as a light to the community of Thurmont, Maryland, and the surrounding area. Many of us have answered the call and have been baptized into the body of the one and only savior, Jesus Christ. Together as a body of believers, we strive to serve God. We regularly meet to study the Bible (God’s inspired word), to worship God, pray, and encourage one another. You are not only welcome at any of our services, but will be our honored guests.
Sunday AM Bible Study- 9:00 AM
Sunday AM Worship- 10:00 AM
Sunday PM Worship- 6:00 PM
Wednesday PM Bible Study- 7:00 PM
Other studies and events are noted in the Events page!
The Bible is Our Guide:
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and our only authority. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 3:17). We not only believe that the scriptures are inspired, but we are also convicted that the New Testament must be the ONLY guide. While many things have changed in the twenty first century, the teachings of Jesus and His apostles have not. God's word frequently warns against changing the divine message. (Galatians 1:6-9). Truth is absolute and unchangeable. God's word is truth (John 17:17) and can save today as surely as it did in the first century if applied in the same way. "The truth will make you free" (John 8:32).
The churches of Christ:
The church of Christ was established in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost (27 A.D.) after the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts 2). The congregations, of which we are a part, are usually named "church of Christ." The Bible says, "All the churches of Christ greet you" (Romans 16:16). However, it is just as correct to describe the church of which we read in the Bible as "the church of God" (1 Corinthians 1:2), "the body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:27), "the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10), or the Way (Acts 9:2). These are not proper names, but descriptions that show how the church is related to Christ and His Father.
How to be Saved:
The Bible teaches us that we are saved by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-10). This includes: faith in Christ as taught in the gospel (Romans 10:17); repentance from sin (Luke 24:47); confession that Jesus Christ is Lord and was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-10); and baptism (immersion in water) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-5). By obeying God’s plan for salvation we are blessed with God’s grace, as well as, forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, membership in the church of Christ, and the hope of an eternal life in heaven. These acts of obedience are what makes us a Christians.
Our Invitation to You:
Come join us! We are always willing to answer questions about our faith and meet your needs whether they be spiritual, emotional or physical. We look forward to your visit.
Jason Dill, Rick Durbin, Greg Elspas, John McAlevy, Don Serra, and Flint Wolfes
Richard was born in Fairmont, West Virginia in 1944 and was baptized at age 12 at the Washington Street Church of Christ in Fairmont. He attended college at Fairmont State where he graduated in 1967 with a degree in Business Education and History. He received his Master's degree in Business Management from Frostburg State in 1972. He married Deborah DeGarmo in February of 1967 and they moved to Westminster, MD, where he taught business for 36 years at Francis Scott Key High School. He also coached basketball for 11 years and baseball for 25. In 1980 they moved to a farm in Sabillasville, MD, where they presently live. He has preached for the Catoctin congregation since it was started as a missionary work in March of 1996. They have one son, Eric, and his wife, Hope, with grandchildren, Hunter and Tucker.
The Catoctin church of Christ in Thurmont, Maryland, is seeking a full-time minister and evangelist. We are a congregation of approximately 80 souls who love the Lord and are seasoned in the scriptures, sound in his teaching and preaching, willingly foster discipleship and grow the congregation, and support and participate in community outreach programs. The candidate must work under the leadership of five (5) elders. We desire a family-oriented minister to help us know, show, and share Jesus Christ. Interested parties, please submit your resume via email.
Competitive salary and benefits will be commensurate with knowledge and experience.