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I want to announce that your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Ministry Assistant Leah Spence will be leaving us as she and her family make their move to Jackson, Wyoming. Her final day at the Tri-Rivers Area Office will be Thursday, July 12. I encourage you to give her a call, drop off a card or come by the office to offer your thanks and appreciation for her four years of service to Tri-Rivers as she served our Lord. We will be having an appreciation pot-luck meal on Thursday, July 12 at noon. You are welcomed to attend.
I cannot express enough how important she has been to Tri-Rivers Baptist Area in growing the "Brotherhood of Churches". Her passion to learn on the job, take on new and progressive ministry assignments, to give her time and talent to this office has been a blessing to witness.  
The growth of Tri-Rivers Baptist Area these past four years have been accomplished because of her professionalism in how she performed her work, her passion is how she served and her love of whom she served - Jesus Christ.
We will all miss her and her sweet family, but we also celebrate this new chapter of their lives as the Lord leads them up north. I know the Lord will continue to use her and her family to further the Kingdom of God. Our prayers are with them.
Thank you, Leah Spence, for all you have done in making Tri-Rivers Baptist Area a stronger "Brotherhood of Churches".
God Bless you and your Family,
Rev Richard Ray
Director of Missions

Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 

I pray each of you had a blessed and safe 4th of July as we honor our founding fathers for their courage and fortitude and to all those who have sacrificed and served our country in its time of need to secure the freedom that we enjoy today. This past week, we prepared for the upcoming preteen girls camp that takes place this coming weekend. On Sunday, I had the honor to worship and preach God's Word at Valley Grove Baptist Church in Stephenville while their pastor Ward Hayes was on vacation.  
This Tuesday, I have been asked to speak at Unlimited Partnership Staff and Development Session at Truett Seminary. All Tri-Rivers Area pastors and staff are encouraged to attend. I will be speaking on the topic of "unwavering leadership", discussing how as pastors and servant leaders we can lead our staff, volunteers and congregation with integrity while dealing with the many behaviors of those we serve. For additional information, see the promotional ad in this newsletter.
On Wednesday, I will be visiting with the search committee of Pidcoke Baptist Church as they continue to seek out their next shepherd.  
On Thursday, I will be meeting with the leadership of Prison Fellowship to review and plan for the different ministries that we are in partnership with.
On Friday - Sunday, we will be hosting the #shareyourstory Preteen Girls Camp at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. Be in prayer for each of these preteens as they encounter Christ through Worship, Bible Study, Testimonies with plenty of Fellowship and Fun.
On Sunday, I will be worshipping and preaching at Carlton Baptist Church while pastor Dave Keith is on vacation.
I encourage you to review this newsletter to view church needs, mission and ministry opportunities and to witness all that God is doing through the support of this Brotherhood of Churches. Encourage others to sign up for this newsletter at  
Until next week: "Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!" - Psalm 47:1



July 10th at 4pm  
Truett Seminary
1100 S 3rd St, Waco, TX 76706
Room 221 
Guest Speaker: DOM, Richard Ray
"Unwavering Leadership"
RSVP by July 9
432-202-1526 Cell 

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

Tri-Rivers RV Park

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

Fruit of the Spirit -- Faithfulness

Chuckle: A young couple got the preacher out of bed at 3:00 AM to marry them. The newspaper carried headlines the next morning -- "Preacher ties knot in shirttail!"
Quote: "I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness." --Mother Teresa
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:16,22 NIV). "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart" (Proverbs 3:3 NIV).
Do you apply the same standards of faithfulness to your Christian activities that you expect in other areas of your life? If your car starts once every three times, is it reliable? Is it trustworthy? Is it dependable? Is it faithful? In your Christian life, are you faithful to God and to others just some of the time?  

Texas Baptist Children's Home School Supply List

Please bring your donations to the TRBA office by August 1st
502 E Main St., Gatesville, TX 76528

True Vine Fellowship Church is Hosting a Movie Night
18040 N US Highway 281, Hico, TX 76457 
Saturday, July 14 @ 6:00 pm

School Creek Baptist church invites all Tri-Rivers Area churches to a youth Rally August 11th from 4-6pm. It will feature the Christian Band Beyond Music, a guest speaker and pizza. Please RSVP, with the number of people you will be bringing, by August 1 at either 512-556-6054 or

Save the Date
Pastor Mark and Cherry Brumbelow
of Grace Baptist Church, Wild Peach, TX, will share their amazing story of packing over 16,000 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in the past four years! Their church has 30 members!
Come help fill 100 boxes that day!!
Bring your donations of items
Click HERE for suggested items 
7:00 pm, Monday, August 27th
First Baptist Church of Gatesville
912 E Main Street

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 Rick 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

Lometa FBC  is doing Lifeways Game On VBS this year and would like to donate it when they are done. If your church would like have it for next year or a mission trip, etc. contact

Free Hammond Organ! For more information call Glynda Carpenter 512-556-3702

College Avenue Baptist Church is in search of a Youth Minister. Please submit your resume to

The deadline is June 15, 2018.

Church youth director with experience needed (salaried position - $800 a month) to lead children on Wednesday nights.  Will need to recruit children.  Person hired must become a member of our church, attend Sunday morning services, and be willing to teach Sunday School.  If interested, call Community Baptist Church, Dublin, for an application 254-445-4479.  Background check required.  For questions, e-mail Pastor Judy or call 254-979-1944

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

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


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 Retreat Fund Supporting Churches
The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for 2018

Carlton Baptist Church
Clear Creek Baptist Church
Cowboy Church of Erath Co.
Eastwood Baptist Church
Edna Hills Baptist Church
Fairy Baptist Church
FBC Copperas Cove FBC Gatesville
FBC Kempner
FBC Oglesby
Jonesboro Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist Church
School Creak Baptist Church
Seldon Baptist Church
White Hall Bapitst Church
Trinity Baptist Church

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

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
Cottonwood Baptist Church

Cove Korean Baptist Church
Greens Creek Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist Church
Seldon Baptist Church
Double N Cowboy Church

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

Adopted Ministries of Tri-Rivers

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