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Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 

This week, we are preparing the
Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for the upcoming pre-teen and youth camps that we will be hosting beginning on Monday, June 18 th. Please be in prayer for the leaders, sponsors, speakers and worship leader as they share the Word of God with these students in such a way that each student life will be impacted for all eternity.
I want to thank the RA's (Royal Ambassador's) of FBC Oglesby, RA Sponsor Monty Sanders, RA Johnny Gomez and RA Couper Wulfkuhle for improving the landscape of the Retreat Center by removing some old fencing. They did an amazing job.
This Father's Day, I will be preaching at Littleville Baptist Church of Hamilton and Sunday Evening I will be cooking steaks for the Father's and their families at Fairy Baptist Church.
I want to wish all the men who are raising God's children in such a way that they are building a foundation of faith in each of their lives "Happy Father's Day". "The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him." - Proverbs 23:24
Please take the opportunity to view the video below to learn more about a new ministry from Tri-Rivers Baptist Area in the Area of Domestic Violence. More detailed information will be coming to your church in the weeks to come.
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.
Until next week: "Fathers, don't stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:4




There are still a few spots available!

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

Marks of a Mature Christian

Chuckle: "Age makes you take twice as long to rest and half as long to get tired."
Quote: "Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character: Sow a character, reap a destiny."-- Reade
". . . let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity" (Hebrews 6:1 NIV).In 2 Peter 3:18 NIV, we are told to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Do you see yourself as mature in Christ? Or, do you say with the apostle Paul, "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have been made perfect (mature), but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me" (Philippians 3:12 NIV). God brings about Spiritual growth in our lives if we are willing. A mature Christian:
Deals wisely with life's problems. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything" (James 1:2-4 NIV). The mature Christian knows problems and trials will come and prays. "Lord, I know you will use these difficult times to help me grow and mature." How about you? Do you recognize trials and problems in your life as opportunities to test your faith and to help you develop perseverance -- and become mature and complete?


Visit for more information
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!
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 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

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 (817-219-9731)

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.

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 


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

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