On Nov. 1, Toccoa Falls College hosted a Third Day concert sponsored by Carriage Automotive. Tickets sold out relatively quickly for this popular Christian band. Students and the community have been looking forward to this event for weeks. To add to the anticipation, Carriage Automotive was giving away a new 2015 automobile. One of the ticket holders would go home with a new car for a year. People started lining up well before 5:30 p.m. to get a quality seat when the doors opened at 6 p.m. Commotion and chatter started when the hoard of people began moving closer to the door. Seats were quickly filled with excited Third Day fans of young and old.
TFC students volunteered in multiple positions with servant-like attitudes. It was quite cold outside but Meredith Ringwalt and Emily Kresman went up and down the line making sure everyone standing in the cold had a ticket and were where they needed to be for VIP. Kayla Cappo was one of the students who helped at the ticketing table outside Grace Chapel. Hope Windsor and Ana Willis were decked out in Third Day shirts as they worked at the merchandise table. Carlos Ramirez was handing out information to those who were interested in attending TFC. Rachel Johnson helped on the production team, working to make sure Third Day had all the help they needed. Each TFC student who volunteered, named and unnamed, made sure the event took place without complications, and for that we are thankful.
For the chance to win the car everyone in the audience filled out an information card and that were collected and put into a container. Half way through the concert, Dr. Bob picked out ten audience members’ names from the container to participate in the contest. Each of the audience members were to stand in front of a key fob on the floor. One of the ten fobs would start the Kia Soul that was on stage. The tension was high as each of the key fobs left us in suspense. Finally, the sixth fob brought life to the car. Kent Thomason, a community member, won the coveted prize. However, none of the contestants left empty handed. Each of the audience members brought up on stage went home with a guitar autographed by the members of Third Day.
Third Day played an assortment of songs from multiple albums. “Revelation” and “Miracle” were among their most popular songs on the set list. They played “God of Wonders” and almost every hand was lifted in praise. During “Tunnel” phone flashlights lit up Grace Chapel. Their encore song was “Agnus Dei” and the chapel reverberated with the sounds of voices joining as one in worship. Toccoa Falls was the first show of their new Miracle tour.
Third Day ended their concert with a reminder of who the focus should have been on, Christ. Before their encore, they ended with “Creed”, describing what they believe as Christians and a Christian group. During their encore, they walked off stage and let the crowd sing the chorus a Capella until the some audience members began clapping. The atmosphere was truly one of reflection and worship of the worthy Lamb. It was a beautiful concert and an enjoyable experience.