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November 2017
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Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 
This week has been emotional for all as we pray for our brothers and sister of
FBC Sutherland Springs. As I stated last week our office has set up internal account for those who would like to
donate funds to this church for funeral cost, medical expense, church cleanup/repair and on-going counseling. If you will send your donated funds to your Area Office with the designation marked for FBC Sutherland Springs, we will forward those funds to the church.
This week has been busy visiting with churches concerned for the safety of their congregations. Your Area Office has recruited two police officers who have a heart for God's Churches who will serve as your Church Safety Consultant. Continue to read this newsletter to see how your church can have these officers conduct a church safety assessment. Your Area Office also has available training material on "Active Shooter Neutralization and Lock Down Drills" as well as a "Church Safety Ministry Kit". We will also be hosting our third License To Carry Class soon. If you are interested in any of these classes or information, please contact your Area Office.
This past weekend, I attended the 32nd Annual Bivocational/Small Church Association Conference hosted by Mountain Baptist Church in Gatesville. It was an amazing time of education and edification. On Sunday, I was blessed to worship with the congregation of Selden Baptist Church. Sunday afternoon and evening, I was able to visit with several churches concerning church safety. On Monday, I was able to attend the BGCT Annual Meeting.
This week, I will be visiting with some area pastors concerning church administration and financial management. We are also preparing the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for operation. We will be cleaning the lodge on Thursday and on Saturday we are having another workday to trim trees. If you would like to volunteer at the Retreat Center, please contact your Area Office. This Friday, I will be taking DPS Officer Dallon McKay to three of our Area Churches to conduct a Church Safety Assessment. On Saturday at 2 pm there will be a 2018 Belize Mission Information Meeting hosted at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. You can find more information on the Retreat Center at
Reminders: Yellow Cap Orientation Training has been scheduled on Saturday, November 18 from 9 am - Noon hosted by FBC Stephenville. To register scroll down this newsletter for the registration link.
If you are Yellow Cap Trained and would like to receive training for Specializing in Shower/Laundry it will be on Saturday, November 18 at Hyde Park CLC at The Quarries 11400 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78759. To register scroll down this newsletter for the registration link.
As always, please take a moment and scroll down this newsletter to view opportunities in ministry within our Tri-Rivers Area. Until next week, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" - 1 Peter 4:10

Belize Mission Trip Interest Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 pm, Tri-Rivers Retreat Center  
If you would like to help sponsor someone on the trip or contribute to our building material fund, let me know.
We will set the dates for the trip to Belize in February and talk about the planned work. We could really use a Spanish speaker to preach at a couple of churches, if you know someone send them to the meeting or let me know.
Directions: from US 281 about mid-way between Hamilton and Hico at the blinking light, take FM 219 east toward Cranfills Gap 10.3 miles, turn south on CR 227 0.9 mile, the center is at 950 CR 227 on the right.
RSVP by calling 254-865-1299 or email

Tri-Rivers is looking for chainsaw volunteers to help at the TRBA Retreat Center. 
If you are interested in serving call:
254-865-1299 or email

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.   
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.
Mandatory -- Online registration required.  

Yellow Cap Training Opportunity at FBC Stephenville
Shower Unit / Specialty Training Opportunity in Austin, TX

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

Eye for an Eye

Chuckle: I ate one time at a Pizzeria. That's a weird name. Sounds more like something you would get from eating bad pizza!"
Good Quote: "Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on itself recoils."--John Milton
"You have heard that the law of Moses says, 'If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it. But I say, don't resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other too" (Matthew 5:38-39 NLT).
As long as I can remember, I have heard the phrase, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." The phrase has it's origin in the law that was given by God to the judges of the Old Testament. In effect, the law said: "Make the punishment fit the crime." Although it was not intended to approve the exacting of revenge on someone, some were using it to justify vendettas against other people. To this day, people try to justify their acts of reprisal and revenge with words like, "I was just treating him the way he treated me."  

Small Churches Solving Big Challenges

Small Churches Solving Big Challenges

Small Churches Sol

  Michael James and Dylan Mathis are two young men from the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area who have a heart for missions.  They both are in need of your support for 2018 as they partner with The World Race in ministering to 11 countries in 11 months.  You can learn more about them and how you can support their ministry by going to:

Small Churches Solving Big Challenges

ALLTogether Rally
ALLTogether Rally

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

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


FBC Hico is seeking a Music Minister.  
Please contact FBC Hico at: 254-796-4238  

FBC Moody is seeking a part time minister to youth. Chairman of the search committee is Kenneth Henager, phone number is 254-541-7522 

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 

We would love to have a Full time Piano player, but are not at a financial point to do so, but will be able to provide fuel for their travel time to and from. We pray that God will provide us with someone who wants to praise his name with their musical talent.

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 2017

Pleasant Valley
Carlton Baptist Church Eastwood Baptist Church
Fairy Baptist Church
Clairette Baptist Church
Fairview Community Church
College Ave Baptist Church Clear Creek Baptist Church
Community Baptist Church
Cottonwood Baptist Church
FBC Copperas Cove
Levita Bible Fellowship
Morgan Mill Baptist church
Sweet Home Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist church
Turnersville Baptist Church
Olin Baptist Church
First Baptist Church Kempner
Trinity Baptist Church
FBC Gatesville
Coryell Community Church
Cove Korean English Misson
First Baptist Church  Hamilton
Greens Creek Baptist Church

Hispana de Gatesville
Jonesboro Baptist Chruch
Live Oak Baptist Churh
Morgan Mill Baptist Church
Olin Baptist Church
White Hall Baptist Chruch
The Church at Blue Ridge
Cove Korean Church

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