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Congratulations to

Duffau Baptist Church

Celebrating 143 Years of Serving our Lord

Sunday, October 10th

Pastor James McKinney

Congratulations to Pastor Mark and Annette Kemp as they Celebrate their 30th Anniversary of serving the Lord as Pastor at

First Baptist Church Copperas Cove

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Richard Ray – Director of Missions Weekly Update

 

I want to thank everyone who attended the Annual Meeting of Churches Sunday afternoon hosted by FBC Hico. It was a great time of reports, worship and fellowship, and the ministry exhibitors were a blessing. Special thanks to Glen Pearce of the Southern Baptist of TX Convention and Ward Hayes of Texas Baptist and our very own Megan Trotter, BSM Director of Tarleton for sharing and offering a welcome. We honored those who were called home to Glory this past year, while also hearing and viewing a highlight video of your Director of Missions travels throughout Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. Pastor Jaime Lopez was presented the Annual Lee Roy and Betty Rose Williamson Award. Pastor Dace Clifton brought an encouraging message and the church staff did an amazing job of hosting. Thank you Janie Holderman for playing the piano. I want to say a big thank you to chef Ray Storm and his family for providing such a wonderful meal. I also want to thank the following people who worked behind the scenes: Talon Keeney, Josalyne Keeney, Chrissy Ray, David Ray. Enjoy the pics on the Tri-Rivers Facebook page.


Monica and I will be taking a short vacation with my parents this week. Talon Keeney your Ministry Assistant will be in the area office to serve you and he can reach me at anytime.


This Sunday, I will be sharing God's Word during the Revival Services at Fairy Baptist Church (Sunday - Wednesday). Sunday night, I will be attending the Greens Creek Baptist Church Revival Service. This weekend, Christian Women's Job Corp will be hosting a Retreat at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center.

We are still seeking Musicians and Worship Leaders to serve in our Area Churches on Sunday. If you feel led to serve in this area of need, please contact your Area Office at tririversdom@gmail.com or 254-865-1299.


View the latest Classified Ad in this newsletter as we have churches in need of your talents.


I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the Pay-Off of the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. Your contributions are making a difference.


Please take time to view your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Newsletter to remain connected to ministry needs and resources. If you have a ministry need or request, please do not hesitate to call your Area Office as we are here to serve you.


Until next week, “All the Believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44


“We are a Brotherhood of Churches”


Rev Richard Ray

Director of Missions

 

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If your church has scheduled a Revival please email us the following information to tririversdom@gmail.com 

 

Name of Church 

Dates of Revival Services

Evangelist Name 

Worship Leaders Name

 

We are promoting all Revival Dates in the Newsletter an on the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Website


Fairy Baptist Church

October 10 -13

Sunday: 11 am Worship & Fellowship Meal

Monday - Wednesday:

6 pm: Meal 7 pm: Worship

Evangelist: Richard Ray

Worship: Talon Keeney

First Baptist Church Oglesby

October 15 - 17

Evangelist:

Friday at 6 pm: Aaron Tyler

Saturday at 6 pm: Drew Dabbs

Sunday at 11 am: Aaron Tyler

Worship: Talon Keeney

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Ministry Assistant Report – Talon Keeney

 

I am beyond blessed to do what I do! I love getting to travel and meet many of you. This past Sunday we had our 2021 Tri-Rivers Annual Meeting of Churches at FBC Hico and it was an amazing time of fellowship and worship as we looked at all we've accomplished this year. It was a pleasure to see many familiar faces as well as meet new ones.


Throughout September, I served as interim Worship Leader at FBC Hico as they seek their next worship leader. October 3rd was my final Sunday with them and I am now looking for more churches I can serve. I will be available to assist any of our area churches who need a guest worship leader or musician. I am super excited to be leading worship for the Revival Services of both Fairy Baptist Church and FBC Oglesby. I will also be worshiping with Eastwood Baptist Church October 24th.


As many of you know, there is a need for worship leaders and musicians in the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. If you know of anyone looking to use their musical gifts and talents please contact me or your DOM Richard Ray by phone or email.


I am here to serve you in all your ministry needs and it is my joy to do so. I look forward to seeing you as my wife Josalyne and I travel the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area visiting and worshiping with you on Sunday's.


"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10




Talon Keeney

Ministry Assistant

 

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Your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is Gathering from World Relief - North Texas on the potential of this Area Receiving Afghan Refugees and how we as a Church can assist in this Ministry.  


From World Relief - North Texas

 

Thank you Richard for reaching out to us. Thanks so much for your time today -- very grateful for all you do to serve and mobilize churches in TX and excited to be able to serve you as you lead them!

 

And so, wanted to send over some info for you to have on hand, as you communicate with your pastors and leaders. 


Current Situation


World Relief is the largest Christian organization serving Afghan's state-side. We've received more Afghan arrivals than any other resettlement agency -- over 9k to date -- and that number is up ticking FAST.

 

The Pentagon has shared plans to move 5-10k people per day (US Citizens and Afghans) from Afghanistan, and the DOD is saying that they estimate getting between 20-30,000 Afghans out of the country to US bases where they will be processed.  We currently have staff deployed to these bases -- including Ft. Bliss in El Paso -- and our 17 US Offices have been welcoming families around the clock! 

 

We'd love for you all to join us as we welcome! 

Here is how you can help:

 

Donations! I have attached a couple of lists of items that we need. The more donations for apartment setups that we can get for families, the more cash we can give them for rent and food. Donation drop offs can be coordinated through Lorrie Demers - ldemers@wr.org 

 

Walmart Gift Cards! We will need to buy everything on the Material Needs list that is not donated for every family that is arriving. We want to be able to use gift cards to directly help each family. Again, this allows their money to last longer for rent and food.

 

Volunteers! Folks can go to the North Texas website and fill out the online application. We need volunteers to help our caseworkers as case aids, family friends, apartment set-ups, airport pick-ups, donation pick-ups, Good Neighbor Teams, ESL tutors and teachers, conversation partners, and more!

 

GIVE!  People and churches can support our efforts by donating through our website. We have recently been informed that many Afghans will be arriving under the status of "Parolee". What this means is that while they are no longer in eminent danger, they are not eligible to receive any benefits/funding from the US government. We estimate that it will cost $15k to meet the needs of a family of 4 for their first 90 days here in the US. Every gift given is truly a blessing and will provide vital services for newly arriving families. 

 

Pray! Pray for the Afghan families as they come that they would be surrounded by churches and volunteers that would build just and welcoming communities. Pray for World Relief North Texas and our volunteers as we provide vital services for the new families with low staff and lots of families coming each week. Pray as World Relief North Texas engages the church and volunteers in bringing people together. 

 

Warehouse Space! World Relief North Texas has warehouse space, but it is far from the apartment complex where most of our clients are being placed, it is not adequate for our needs as our number increase. If you have or know of space for storage, we want to know!


Thanks again, Richard! 

Grateful to be connected with you and looking forward to seeing how God might lead us to partner. 

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CALLA PARKER

Strategic Partnership Director - World Relief

516.425.7947 | worldrelief.org


To Learn more about World Relief Go HERE


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Participant Registration | Conclave NextGen

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Website: https://tri-riversbaptistarea.com/

 

Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Website: https://tririversretreatcenter.com/

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Disaster Relief Orientation

This is where TBM Disaster Relief training begins. All TBM Disaster Relief volunteers must complete this training as well as a background check in order to serve. This class provides the fundamentals for serving in the wake of disasters. 

Specialty Trainings: All participants must have first taken the orientation class.

Food Handling Training

A warm meal warms the soul after a disaster. You can provide that critical meal through TBM feeding teams.

Fire and Flood Recovery Training

Fires and floods can ruin everything a person owns in a few short hours. Learn how you can deliver help, hope and healing after these disasters. 

Box Unit Training

When people lose everything in a disaster, they will begin the painful process of trying to salvage their items. Through TBM box ministry, you can walk alongside them in that process. 

Shower/Laundry Training

After a disaster, a hot shower and clean laundry are an immense blessing. You can provide that through TBM shower/laundry teams. 

Rebuild Training

This course empowers you to rebuild homes after disasters.


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Galveston Convention Center

Learn More HERE:  

Annual Meeting | Texas Baptists

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Churches that Support Texas Baptist Convention (BGCT) the Annual Church Profile is Due

November 30, 2021

To Learn More Go to:

Annual Church Profile | Texas Baptists


Your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Office will be mailing out the ACP Booklet for those Churches that choose to mail their Report Next Week.

If you need Assistance in Completing the ACP, 

please Contact your Director of Missions Richard Ray


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Annual Meeting (Flint)

November 8 - November 9


Flint Baptist Church, 11131 FM 2868W

Flint, TX 75762 United States


For More Information Go HERE:

Annual Meeting - Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (sbtexas.com)


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For Those Churches that Support the Southern


 Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) 


The 2020-2021 Annual Church Profile is Due 


no later than February 28, 2022.


To Learn More Go Here:  

Annual Church Profile (ACP) - Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (sbtexas.com)

If you Need Assistance in Completing the ACP Contact your Director of Missions Richard Ray


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is seeking a Volunteer to add a propane gas line (approximately 8 feet) to our outside laundry unit at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. If interested please contact your Director of Missions Richard Ray at 432-202-1526.

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To view the list of Bible Studies Available at your Area Office, go to our website tri-riversbaptistarea.com or click Here

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is partnering with Restoration Advocates, Inc. as we continue to minister to victims of Domestic Violence. 


Restoration Advocates exists to provide the care and support necessary for women, and their dependent children, who are victims of domestic violence and other dangers that place them at risk of life or physical harm and/or deprive them of their overall safety and sense of well-being. Our mission is for every woman in an unsafe home to have the confidence, as well as the resources, to independently support herself and her children.  

 

To that end, we have established a safe haven called Restoration Place, where survivors of family violence can live in safety as they restore their lives to health and happiness. Restoration Place provides emergency housing for women and children in crisis and we also offer transitional housing for a period of up to two years if that is needed for the family to be fully independent and self-supporting. Learn More HERE 

  

  


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 Newsletter, Summer 2021                            July 19, 2021

           

      Usually in the newsletter I focus on the activities at Restoration Place. Providing safe shelter for women in unsafe homes is important, but that is not all we do. 

             

             We work with other agencies in the area to fight against domestic abuse and to promote healthy relationships. We give presentations to civic groups of all kinds to help the community gain knowledge about the problem of abuse, the need for help in our area, and the resources we provide.

 

             Last year I responded to a request on Facebook from a woman who needed furniture. I found that she had fled an abuser and had been living with her parents. She rented a place of her own but had no furnishings. My husband and I met her at the RA storage building which contains donations we have not needed at the shelter and loaded our pickup and her car with furniture and kitchen supplies and took everything to her new home.

 

             When we get all from a woman in need of help, we pay for a motel for one or two nights as we listen to her story, discuss her options, and tell her about Restoration Place. Sometimes during that time, the abuser promises to make changes and a woman will decide to go back to her home to try to reconcile. We determine to never judge and are clear that we will support her in every way we can. This service has been valuable. As one woman put it, "This cooling off period has been a God send for me. I can't thank you guys enough for coming thru for me. It means the world when you feel like you have nobody. Thank you for all you are doing! I truly cannot express that enough." She headed back home with the assurance that we are available if she needs us again.

 

             We have phone calls from women who are not ready to leave an abusive situation but want to get information and we are happy to help out in that way. Some have questions about the process and resources that are available to them. Many have questions about their legal rights. We are careful to not advise beyond our knowledge or ability, but we can give the women basic information such as the fact that their children will not be taken from them if they leave, or that they will not lose everything if they walk out. A few months ago, I had a call from a woman who said, "I know I need to leave my husband, but I don't know how." We discussed her options and I helped her devise a plan. She was working but did not have control of finances. With permission from her husband, she began to put aside cash to save "for a family vacation," which she kept in a safe place. She applied for and was hired at a new job without her husband's knowledge. She hired a lawyer. She rented a house and and was able to take her children and, with some help moved into her new home. 

             

             The hardest question to hear is, "Will God forgive me if I divorce my husband?" My answer comes quickly and without reservation, "God forgives you for everything. BUT leaving your abusive husband is not something that requires forgiveness." The understanding of these women is that God declared marriage to be permanent and commanded his people to not divorce except in cases of adultery. People sometimes quote a verse in the Bible, Malachi 2:16, "God hates divorce." But that is not the entire verse. This is what God says in that verse. "I hate divorce. I hate the person who covers himself with violence...Be careful not to be unfaithful." God is speaking very specifically to men who were unfaithful to their wives, then sent them away by divorce. His purpose in speaking about divorce was to protect women who were being abandoned without any means of support. God does not want any of his daughters to live in violence, under threat, being controlled and demeaned. Does God value marriage? Yes, absolutely. God does not value marriage more than women, more than children. God desires that every woman be valued and cherished. Restoration Advocates agrees that women are of great value and should live in freedom and safety and that is why we are here. Thank you for partnering with us in that mission.

 

             Since we opened Restoration Place last year, we have provided shelter for thirteen women and eleven children. Thank you for your support. Your donations have made possible everything we do.

 

Jeannette Maxwell

Executive Director

Donate through Paypal, Venmo, or Zelle to Restoration Advocates

or mail a check to P.O. Box 961, Stephenville TX, 76401

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Churches


Seeking Pastors & Staff


View Church Profile and Submit Resume


HERE


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First Baptist Church of Evant, Texas

is seeking a


Worship Pastor

Youth Pastor


Please Submit Resumes or Questions to 

Pastor Dane Barron 

jd_barron27@yahoo.com

 First Baptist Church of Hico, Texas

is seeking a


Worship Pastor


Please Submit Resumes or Questions to 

fbchico@embarqmail.com

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First Baptist Church in Gatesville, Texas

is seeking either a part-time or full-time Youth Pastor who feels a calling to minister to teenagers of all ages and is able to reach them where they are in life. Individuals interested in this position must have strong communication skills, possess the ability to build and develop strong relationships with both the students and their parents, be able to plan and implement a comprehensive and quality ministry, as well as have an ongoing personal commitment to maintain a vital and growing walk with the Lord through Bible study, prayer and meditation. 


Please send resumes to office@fbcgatesville.org 

Attention Personnel Committee by July 1, 2021.

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 Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville is seeking a part-time

Children's Ministry Director. 


           If you believe that God is calling you to apply for this Ministry Position please contact the Church at lobcfamily@embarqmail.com or 

Chairperson Faye Nichols at fnichols@gatesvilletx.com

You can also call the church at (254) 865-5681 for a complete job description. 


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area is also posting this Ministry Position HERE


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Selden Baptist Church seeks a Paid Nursery Worker to work approximately 6 hours a week.  For additional information or to apply for this position contact Pastor Darrell Wallace at 254-965-4802.


Selden Baptist Church

4209 FM 913

Stephenville, TX 76401


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First Baptist Church Kempner is in need of a piano player. 

For more information contact Don Casper

doncasper932@yahoo.com

(512) 932-3195 

Cross Bearer Baptist Church is in need of a piano player. For more information contact Bro. Fisher

revdillardfisher@yahoo.com

254-462-7865

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:

clay-cole@hot.rr.com or (254) 681-7397

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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 gregjudy56@yahoo.com or call 254-979-1944

Church Registration for On-Site Active Shooter Response Class 

 

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will offer free Certified On-Site Active Shooter Response Class. Bob Ray III is Texas DPS Certified in Active Shooter Response. He is available through your Tri-Rivers Area Office to educate your church safety/security team and congregation. There is no cost to your church.

   

Register your church for the Active Shooter Response Class opportunity by calling your Area Office or register on-line at our website: tri-riversbaptistarea.com

 

 (254) 865-1299

tririversdom@gmail.com 

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Selden Baptist Church has a 1960s Hammond Organ available. 

It has a single locking base and full keyboard. 

Contact Milton at 254-386-7966


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Tri-Rivers Ministry Fund Supporting Churches

The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Strategic Plan for 2021

(Strategic Ministries, Free Student Summer Retreats, Domestic Violence Emergency Safehouse/Hotline, Etc.)


Carlton Baptist Church | Clairette Baptist Church

Coryell Community Church | Cottonwood Baptist Church

Cross Bearers Baptist Church | Cross Community Baptist Church

Eagle Springs Baptist Church | Eastwood Baptist Church

Edna Hill Baptist Church | Fairy Baptist Church

FBC Copperas Cove | FBC Evant

FBC Hamilton | FBC Kempner

FBC Lampasas | FBC Lometa

St. John Baptist Church | Littleville Baptist Church

Live Oak Baptist Church | Morgan Mill Baptist Church

Northside Baptist Church | Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

PIB Catedral de Alabanza | Primera Iglesia Bautista

Providence Baptist Church | Purmela Baptist Church

Purves Baptist Church | Robertson Ave. Baptist Church

Selden Baptist Church | Sweet Home Baptist Church

Trinity Baptist Church | True Vine Fellowship

Turnersville Baptist Church | Valley Grove Baptist Church



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

254-865-1299

tririversdom@gmail.com

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Tri-Rivers Retreat Fund Supporting Churches

The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for 2021



Clear Creek Baptist Church | Cottonwood Baptist Church

Cross Bearers Baptist Church | Eastwood Baptist Church

Fairy Baptist Church | FBC Evant

FBC Gatesville | FBC Kempner

Jonesboro Baptist Church | Northside Baptist Church

Pidcoke Baptist Church | Primera Iglesia Bautista

Providence Baptist Church | Purmela Baptist Church

School Creek Baptist Church | Trinity Baptist Church

White Hall Baptist Church




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

254-865-1299

tririversdom@gmail.com

Office Hours:


Monday      9:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday     9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday  9:30am-3:30pm

Thursday     9:30am-3:30pm



tririversdom@gmail.com

www.tri-riversbaptistarea.com

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Tri-Rivers Baptist Area

502 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX | 254.865.1299

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