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March 2018
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Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 

This past Saturday, the Texas Baptist Men hosted a Yellow Cap Training and Laundry/Shower Unit Training for those interested in serving during times of disaster. I appreciate FBC Lampasas for hosting this training. On Sunday, I attended Duffau Baptist Church for their morning worship service, that afternoon I was honored to attend and take part in the Deacon Ordination Service at FBC Stephenville. On Monday, Leah Spence attended the Lampasas Association WMU Gathering at FBC Lampasas, while I attended the planning meeting for the upcoming Tri-Rivers Ladies Conference at FBC Hico. On Tuesday, I was blessed to visit with the Mission Team of Selden Baptist Church of Erath Association. On Wednesday, I was honored to speak at the Gatesville Lions Club on the mission and vision of Tri-Rivers Baptist Area.
Please be in prayer for those taking mission trips during spring break to include the students of BSM of Tarleton along with the many college students throughout Texas who will be reaching the lost for Christ through Beach Reach Ministries.
The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center is staying very active with church groups, staff retreats and conferences. I will be sending a Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Report to all Area Churches in the coming weeks that you can put in your church bulletin to share with your congregations, along with some promotional material for all upcoming ministry to include: Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Appreciation Luncheon and Open House, Tri-Rivers Annual Golf Tournament and Tri-Rivers Ladies Conference.
The pre-registration link to the Tri-Rivers Pre-Teen and Youth Camps is active. You will find the pre-registration links in this newsletter. Spots are limited and are filling up fast. If you have students that you would like to send, please register soon.
Please review this newsletter for more information and opportunities to serve.
Until next week, "Christ not only died for all: He died for each." - Billy Graham

Take a moment and check out the new
Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Website!

The Laundry Unit is still in use and has been moved to the Naval Reserve Base in Orange, TX to serve the first responders in that area. It will most likely be there until sometime in March.   
US Naval Reserve
905 Pier Rd
Orange, TX 77630 
If you would like to serve on the Laundry Unit and you are Yellow Cap Trained contact the Area Office.
Seeking 8-12 individuals who would like to serve as a Prison Fellowship Volunteer in Gatesville in the "Hope for the Heart" program.  
Starting in June
Crane Unit
Thursday Nights from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Training Provided
For more information contact Tri-Rivers Area Office at 254-865-1299 or

Jerry Stratton (Former Tri-Rivers DOM):

A complete set of three daily devotional books (God's Daily Word) by Jerry Stratton is now available. Book 1 includes January through April; Book 2, May through August; Book 3, September through December.  They can be ordered singly for $14.99 or as a set of 3 for $29.99.  Here is the link where the books can be viewed and ordered: .  Then click on Books/Devotionals.  
The books can also be ordered from

Why Should We Love God?

Chuckle: Kid's answer to test question: "What is terminal illness? When you get sick at the airport."
Quote: "Love without returned love is like a question without an answer."--Unknown
Jesus said, " the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy" (Mark 12:30 The Message). "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" (NIV).
As we consider God's great gift who came into the world as the Babe of Bethlehem, we are once again reminded of God's indescribable love for us. That is as it should be; however, Scripture tells us that God's greatest desire is for us to love Him in return. We are reminded that what God wants from you more than anything else today is your love. But loving God is much more than just an emotion -- it is always demonstrated by our actions. God knew that merely telling us of His love would not be sufficient -- He had to show it by His actions. God's love for us was demonstrated by His sending Jesus to Earth. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son" (John 3:16).


Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Concert Time: 5PM

Concert Location: Fairview Community Church, 1202 Veterans Ave. Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

The Mark Dubbeld Family from Moneta Virginia, are renowned for inspired originally penned songs, family harmony, and a sincere desire to communicate the Gospel through their music and testimony. They have been making a significant impact in Gospel Music and impacting lives with a song to sing, a word to write, and a call to answer. The Family consists of Mark and Janene along with their children Elena 21yrs, Channing 16yrs and Britton 13yrs old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry.





Would you like to be apart of Celebrate Recovery? 
Would your church like to host a Celebrate Recovery Program?
Are you in need of Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ.  The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.

Message from Wick Warren:

If you would like to be a part of Celebrate Recovery serving as a leader, encourager, training coach, praise and worship, greeter or providing a meal, contact your Area Office for more details.

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

Celebrate Recovery already meets at Coryell Community Church in Gatesville every Tuesday at 6:00 pm.
For more information about CCC's
Celebrate Recovery Meetings contact:
Eloise Smith
Coryell Community Church

Central Texas Hospitality House is Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the following days and areas:

Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 12pm 
--Light cleaning 
-- Making Beds 
-- Cleaning Restrooms 
-- Greeters

Mondays 8:30am - 10:30am 
-- Cleaning

Saturdays 5pm 
-- Provide a meal & serve

For More Information Contact:
James or Martha Parrish
708 Hwy 36 W.
Gatesville, TX 76528

Adamsville Baptist Church is raising  funding for mission development and a covered pavilion. Cook books can be mailed, or delivered within an average distance.
$19 + $6 for mailing.

This is my third cookbook to help publish. Lots of varied, wonderful recipes, and history of the church, and, uniqueness added to the authors.

My name is pastor Joe Levine and I am wanting to donate 10 benches to any church that needs them if you know any please let them contact me on my phone 210-849-8491 or email me 

Pidcoke Methodist Church would like to donate a Vicount F10 Organ with many features some of which are headphone jack, tape player input, and built in speaker.  If interested please contact Rich Miller at (254) 415-0353

Jonesboro Cowboy Church is collecting folding chairs for Mexico Missions.  A new church is being started now and we are in need of 100 folding chairs.  They can picked up by calling Curtis or Cindy Bankston at 254-865-6028


Oakalla Baptist Church is looking for a pianist for their Sunday Services.
They are willing to pay a honorarium.
If you are interested please contact Bro. Clay Cole: or (254) 681-7397 


Cove Korean Baptist Church - English Missions is in need of a piano player. For more information contact Bro. Fisher

Cove Korean Baptist Church is looking for a used 15 passenger van. If you or your church has one please contact your area office:
254-865-1299 or

Mountain Baptist Church is seeking a part-time music Minister for Sunday mornings. If you are interested contact Kurt Fuessel 254-865-7528 

Visit our website to view associational constitution and bylaws, pulpit supply list, area office resources, calendar events, and much more!!

Tri-Rivers Ministry Fund Supporting Churches
The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Strategic Plan for 2018

Carlton Baptist Church
The Church at Blue Ridge
Eastwood Baptist Church
Fairy Baptist Church
Turnersville Baptist Church
Edna Hill Baptist Church
College Ave Baptist Church Clear Creek Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist Church
First Baptist Church Kempner
FBC Copperas Cove
Levita Bible Fellowship
Morgan Mill Baptist church
Coryell Community Church
Cove Korean English Misson
Clairette Baptist Church
First Baptist Stephenville
Live Oak Baptist Church
First Baptist Church Purves
Jonesboro Baptist Church
First Baptist Church  Hamilton
True Vine Fellowship
Hispana de Gatesville

If your church would like to participate contact your director of missions, Richard Ray:

Office Hours:

Monday           9:30am-3:30pm
Tuesday          9:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday     9:30am-3:30pm
Thursday         9:30am-3:30pm


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area
502 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX  |  254.865.1299