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February 2018
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Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 
This past week, started out with the first of many
DOM/Pastor Luncheons as we gather together to be encouraged through fellowship. We had a wonderful turnout as we met in Copperas Cove. I was able to share updated Tri-Rivers news and we spent time listening and praying for one another. I am looking forward to these future gatherings. We have been busy assisting churches as they begin to seek out a pastor and or music ministers for their church.
Don't forget to sign up for our next workshop for Church Safety on Saturday, February 24 at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. Here you can send members of your church to receive certification in Basic Life Support/AED and License to Carry. We will also be offering informational courses on Active Shooter Neuralization, Surveillance Equipment for Churches, along with providing Background Checks and Child Sexual Awareness Training. To register, continue to scroll down and select Church Safety Workshop Registration.
This Sunday, I will be preaching at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. On Monday, I will be traveling to Orange, TX to serve and check on the Tri-Rivers Laundry Unit.
As of today, the registration link to the Tri-Rivers Pre-Teen and Youth Camps will be active. You will find the link in this newsletter. If you have students that you would like to send, please register early as space is limited.
Until next week, "If you are a stranger to prayer, you are a stranger to the greatest source of power known to human beings." - Billy Sunday

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

Please Register HERE

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

Between Belief and Unbelief

Chuckle: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."
Quote: "There is nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitor." --Frank Clark
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"(Mark 9:24 NIV).
I'm sure there have been times when you needed God to meet a need in your life -- when you knew God had done similar miracles as recorded in the Bible, but somehow you just couldn't quite believe He would do it in your case. Have you prayed for God to do a certain thing, but you really couldn't believe God would do what you asked? Quite often there is a big difference between our believing God can do something and believing He will do something.



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