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January Meeting Dates

Lampasas Association Meeting:  Monday, January 8, 6:30 pm - Oakalla Baptist Church

Hamilton Association Meeting: Sunday, January 14, 3:00 pm - FBC Hico

Coryell Association Meeting:  Monday, January 22, 6 pm - Trinity Baptist Church

Erath Association Meeting:  Thursday, January 25, 10 am - BSM Building Tarleton Campus

January 2017
Click on calendar to view it on website

Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 
Happy New Year! I am excited for how Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will assist the 80 churches we serve to further the Kingdom of God through the many ministry resources we provide, edification through equipping and encouragement. Next week each church will be receiving promotional material for the first annual Tri-Rivers Pre-Teen and Youth Camps this summer hosted at the newly purchased Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. We are excited to have Dwayne Stowe serving as the Retreat Center Maintenance Staff. Dwayne is a member of Eastwood Baptist Church and has a heart and vision for the Retreat Center.
I am also excited to announce that the Tri-Rivers Laundry Unit will remain in Orange, TX through March to assist in the rebuild for those effected by the hurricanes. If you would like to serve the Lord through this ministry, please contact your Area Office. I want to thank all those who have served in this unique and needed ministry.
As 2018 begins and as your church starts or renews ministry to reach the community God has placed your church to impact, let your Tri-Rivers Area Office assist you in fulfilling God's call on your church, whether it is through promotional material, Bible Studies, administration, financial, publications, etc. We are here to serve you to assist you in furthering the Kingdom of God.
I am also looking forward to hosting several Tri-Rivers Fellowships throughout the year that are designed to bringing pastors and their families together, church leadership and congregations together so that God's family understands that we are not alone in serving the Lord and that together we can impact the Kingdom of God greatly. 2018 will be an exciting year of seeing souls saved and lives reborn and renewed all for the Glory of God.
Please continue to scroll down this newsletter to see all that God is doing through your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area.
Until next week, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center is asking for
donations of the following items:
-Pole Saw
-Zero Turn Mower
-Push Mower
-Weed Eater

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.

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

More New Year Thoughts

Chuckle: "If absence makes the heart grow fonder," said a minister, "a lot of folks must really love our church."
Quote: "No one is in charge of your happiness, except you." --Regina Brett
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you"(Ephesians 4:32). "First, go and be reconciled to your brother/sister; then come and give your gift" (Matthew 5:24).
Avoid Holding Grudges: "God would have us learn to forgive and forget. A person is not only what he remembers, but also what he forgets. A wise old man once said: "There ain't no burden so heavy as carrying a grudge." Anger and bitterness are poisons like strychnine. They build up slowly in you until they eventually destroy you emotionally and spiritually. If Jesus could forgive those who crucified him, surely his Spirit in us will give us the strength to forgive and put all grudges aside.Don't drag into the new year your resentments, hard feelings, hates, frustrations, disappointments, or regrets. If you want this to be a great year, forgive and forget.   

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The trip will start Monday, February 5th, we'll go to Punta Gorda (PG) and stay until Saturday,February 10th. From PG we travel to Santa Elena and stay until Friday, February 16th. This will be an easy, no stress trip.

The plan is to paint and rehab churches in both towns. There are a bunch of Baptist hymnals in (English and Spanish) and Bibles to take down. I'll check with Pastors Pop and Manny to see if they have any special requests. If we have one or more pastors along, they will have plenty of opportunities to preach. It would be really good to have a Spanish speaking pastor along. We will need some funds for paint and building materials If you or your church would like to donate let me know.

I hope to get a confirmations as soon as December 15th. We need to get our tickets and reservations made around the first of the year. It will still be possible to get in on the trip right up until the plane leaves, if the plane is not full. I get you more information when I have it.

If you know someone who might be interested in the trip, please forward this email to them. If you would like to help sponsor someone on the trip or contribute to our building material fund, let me know. If you need help with funding and you want to go on this trip, contact me and I'll see if there is some help available. 

JM TAYLOR  phone 254-785-2270

Missionaries to Kenya, 
James and Mary Ndungu, are available to come speak at your church upon request. See information below:

Would you bear with me as I share a great burden?  Like the man from Macedonia we 'hear' believers crying out for help in their Christian lives.  Yearning to know the depths of His word and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.  They have trusted in Christ but very few who can help them grow.  We have written a short piece called "Come over and help us" based on Acts 16:9 and you click here to see it.  There you will see the USA has approximately 100 million evangelicals and 230 Christian institutions of higher learning.  Africa has three times that many believers but only a fraction (15%) of the institutions.  Kenya is only a slightly better off than Africa and also is in dire need.

You may have read of the recent elections in Kenya.  It was a re-election actually.  Well, the prime minister now in office, we believe, is the one who will not stifle our efforts.  That is good news indeed.  But the task is a big one and we are asking for your help.  Many pastors rotate between several churches so they are not in the same James and Mary Ndungucongregation each week.  These pastors are real shepherds but know so very little of the Word themselves.  I am reminded of Jesus' words to Peter "Feed my sheep".  That's what we are called to do so these leaders can in turn "Feed the sheep." 

Please check out this link "Come over and help us".

Your co-workers for the kingdom.

James and Mary Ndungu

Click here to partner with us today in reaching Africa for Christ through training and discipleship.

James (214) 335-2118 cell
Mary   (817) 733-6735 cell
Our web site is here.  Click the "Info" menu for more details.


Joann Loughlin, a member of First Baptist Church in McKinney is working on a project, with the blessings  of the Texas Baptist Historical Collection, to photograph church baptistery paintings in Texas Baptist churches and record their history. One challenge she faces is locating these congregations. Most of the churches that still have these Jordan River scenes in their baptisteries are smaller-membership congregations. If you know of a church that has one of these baptistery paintings please contact Joann Loughlin at

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Texas Baptists Counseling Services

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  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:

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

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.

Clear Creek Baptist Church:
We have collected some of our old Sunday school literature from mostly adults classes if you know a church that may be able to use this please let us know if not we will dispose of it thanks.


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 

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