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June 2017 
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Save the Date:

Save the Date for Tri-Rivers Annual Meeting of Churches
(Erath, Hamilton, Lampasas & Coryell Associations)
on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at FBC Hamilton

Richard Ray: Director of Missions - Weekly Update 

This past week has been busy serving our Area Vacation Bible Schools and assisting churches as they send their students to camp. We are excited about the Tri-Rivers Laundry Unit that will soon be unveiled for all to see and use. You can take a sneak peak of the Laundry Unit in this newsletter. We are also excited about the potential purchase of the Flying P Ranch that would provide the supporting churches of Tri-Rivers Baptist Area the opportunity of a Retreat Facility at no cost. Check out the "Flying P Ranch Tab" on our website for additional information and how you can become an investor in this ministry. As always, please take a moment and scroll down this newsletter to view opportunities in ministry within our Tri-Rivers Area and take time to check out our Facebook pages listed at the top of this newsletter to see how your church can be involved in missions. This past Sunday I had the honor to preach and worship with Carlton Baptist Church, while spending Sunday Evening listening to the wonderful testimony and report of those who went to Belize on Mission. This Sunday is Father's Day and I will be leading the Worship Service for FBC Hico. As always, it is our privilege to assist you and serve you in the ministry. Until next week,
"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase." - Proverbs 3: 9

Sneak peak of what's coming soon......


View from the Pew...
  Myths People Believe about Their Pastor

Their children should be better than other people's kids and be the spiritual leaders in youth group.
Actually, Paul explains that the pastor is responsible to be godly and influential with his/her children, but there are no demands placed upon the children other than the instruction to obey their parents, which applies to all kids. Unfortunately, when pastors' kids navigate the dangerous waters of growing up, they have to do it in a fishbowl. Sadly, 94 percent of pastors feel the pressure of needing a
"perfect family." (1 Timothy 3:4, Titus 1:6, Ephesians 6:1)

They are more responsible to reach the lost than other people.
Each believer is responsible before God to share the gospel and use his/her spiritual gifts in the church. We all have different spiritual gifts, but we are all commanded to share the good news. (Matthew 28:19-20 , Romans 12:3-8)

Pastors, honor your calling to serve the Lord


"College students and seminary students who have just graduated can now exhale and begin to serve the Lord in their true calling." Every May, I get this response from both professors and students.
When I was in college, a professor told our class, "Once you start pastoring in a church made of bricks, it will be then you will know you have made it." It is as if he were saying pastoring a small church is only for pastoral training or it is a place where you do you your time to be commended later for serving in a small church.
We have pastors leaving small churches only because they feel outside pressure to leave small churches for greener pastures of larger churches.
Reasons for moving
Research shows 12 percent of Southern Baptist pastors believe the move to another church or being called by God to another church is God's will, while 11 percent move to another church for better pay and/or benefits. Relatively few pastors-4 percent-have left a church position because they wanted to pastor a smaller church.
Most ministers take a job with a different church for reasons such as wanting to move to a different community, wanting to lead a larger church and getting promoted to a higher position-not simply because they feel God calling them to a different church, according to a study conducted for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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

Faith is Obeying When I Don't Understand

Chuckle: A little girl told her grandfather she was writing a story on his word processor. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
Quote: "The act of faith is more than a bare statement of belief, it is a turning to the face of the living God." --Christopher Bryant
"It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he is going" (Hebrews 11:8 NLT).
If we received such a call from God, most of us would want to know exactly where God is sending us, how long will it take us to get there, what will it be like when we get there, what are the risks to me and my family, and exactly who is going to provide for my needs? But the Bible tells us that Abraham obeyed without question based on God's call and single promise that He would bless him greatly and give him the land that God would show him as an inheritance. 


Attention Church Leaders! Summer is approaching fast which means Children/Youth Camps, VBS and Mission Trips. Get your Background Checks and Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training completed for free. Contact your Tri-Rivers Area Office for more information.

Link to TRBA Website/Background Form


Save the Date:
Children's Sunday School Workshop
Saturday, Aug 5th at 9am-12pm @ FBC Hico


2 Day Church Security and Intruder Awareness/Response Training  

Strategos International

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8am - 4pm

Many churches have taken comfort in the thought that "it could never happen here." But headlines and a steadily-growing body of statistical evidence demonstrate that violence in faith-based organizations is not an if, but a when. The Church Security Planning and Intruder Awareness training will equip your staff and key volunteers to create a personalized security plan that protects your congregation while maintaining a welcoming environment. You can choose from a 1- or 2-day option, but both days are recommended and the subjects interrelate.
Day 1 Overview: Church Security Planning

* Intruder response
* Lockdown
* Offering collection, protection, and transport
* Nursery security
* Medical response
* Volunteer selection
* Armed vs. unarmed security
* Protecting the pastor
* The role of ushers and greeters
Who should attend? Pastors, church staff, administrators and facility managers, children and student ministry directors, security team members, deacons. Recommended: Bring note-taking materials.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8am - 3pm

* Creating a culture of awareness
* Lockdown
* Recognizing suspicious behavior
* Approaching suspicious or armed individuals
* Verbal conflict management & de-escalation
* The role of ushers, greeters and other frontline team members
Who should attend? Ushers, greeters, church leaders, security volunteers, deacons and other staff and volunteers in frequent contact with congregation and visitors. Recommended: Bring note-taking materials.

Live Oak Baptist Church, Gatesville, TX

Register HERE

Aim4India is challenging you to help sponsor 100 children in India! For more information CLICK HERE.


Tri-Rivers is looking for a Volunteer Architect  
to help with church additions.

Contact our office if interested
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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Sponsored Celebrate Recovery Training
True Vine Fellowship
18040 N US Highway 281, Hico TX 76457
Starts Wednesday, July 12
6:30 pm

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 Items
-Metal folding chairs
-2 old pulpits
-10 small metal/hard plastic kids' chairs
-stand podiums
-older TVs
-some other random stuff

For more information contact:

Kevin Miles
254.965.3187 - office
254.485.6765 - cell

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 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 

School Creek Baptist Church is looking for a new home for this organ.

If you are interested please contact:
School Creek Baptist Church


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