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Texas Baptist Men will begin Construction of  
Tri-Rivers Retreat Center   
Boyd Chapel on January 14.
Looking for volunteers for:
  • Serving Noon Meals
  • General Construction
  • Roofing
  • Clean Up
To volunteer, contact the Director of Missions Richard Ray at (432) 202-1526 or

Richard Ray: Director of Missions -  
Weekly Update 

 I want to thank everyone who came out on Saturday and enjoyed the 5 th Annual Tri-Rivers
Baptist Area Christmas Party at Eastwood Baptist Church. Thanks to my co-hosts Branton
Tennison and Marissa Armendarez for sharing their talent with us. It was a joy to see the many
families who came out to enjoy the program. May each of you have a very merry Christmas. 
This past week, I had three different occasions to visit and hear the testimonies from
Missionaries from Kenya, Taiwan and Serbia. These missionaries are available to share their
testimony at your church. 
On Sunday, I had the joy to worship with Selden Baptist Church and to pick up donated items
for the Texas Baptist Children's Home. Sunday evening, I had a wonderful time at the
Hamilton Association Christmas Music Festival hosted by Carlton Baptist Church where we
heard some amazing music as we worshipped and praised the Lord. 
I spent a couple of days working at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center preparing for the construction
of the Boyd Chapel. The foundation forms are being laid out with the pouring of the concrete
scheduled for this coming week. 
On Tuesday, I will be attending the Erath Association WMU Gathering hosted by Harvey
Baptist Church in Stephenville. During the week, I will be visiting with several pastors and on
Saturday, I will be attending the Lampasas Association WMU Gathering hosted by Adamsville
Baptist Church. This Sunday, I will be preaching at FBC Gatesville.
I am looking forward to attending the many Area Church Christmas Celebrations and Activities
that I have been invited too. Please take time this Christmas to share your story of the birth of
your Salvation through Christ to someone who is lost. 
Until next week, "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him
Immanuel" which means "God with us". - Matthew 1:23
If you would like to serve as a Tri-Rivers Domestic Violence Advocate, serving those impacted by Domestic Violence please go to the following link to sign up.  Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will provide training and resources.  

We only have 16 left in the
Copperas Cove area.

Our December Meeting will feature: Cindy Wiles - Executive Director for Restore Hope - A Church Base Sending Organization That helps Churches send their people Cross Culturally.

Cindy will be sharing how your church can become more engaged in Evangelism and Missions at Home and Abroad! 
She will also share an Educational piece called Panorama that Restore Hope uses to help Churches train their people!

Cindy is married to Dennis Wiles, Pastor of FBC Arlington. I have had the opportunity to serve with Cindy and Dennis
On Restore Hope's Board for the past 12 years and can attest to her passion for Missional Education and Service and promises to Be an excellent time together.

I want to encourage you to bring another staff person or leader from your Church and to even invite a pastor or Church leader you think Would benefit from a presentation like this!

We will Meet on Tuesday, December 4, at 4:00 in Truett room 221.



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

Tri-Rivers RV Park 
Jerry Stratton Devotion

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
Chuckle: "If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments!!"
Beautiful Prayer: "I believe in Your everlasting love, dear Father, and I accept it. I trust in Your sovereign control over the circumstances of my life, and I will rest in the knowledge that Your character is trustworthy and unchanging. Amen."--Kay Arthur.
 "Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don't turn away from me, or I will die" (Psalm 143:7 NLT). "Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again. . ."(Psalm 5:5 NLT).
Are you suffering from depression, or do you know someone who is? If so, you realize full well the sense of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness depression can bring. If you watch television, you are aware of the many commercials advertising drugs to help people overcome the devastating effects of depression. Depression seems to be an epidemic in our society and there are many approaches to treating this disorder.
I recognize that some suffer depression brought on by physical problems -- chemical imbalances, etc. Those may require professional help. Obviously, I can't offer you help in this area, except to encourage you to seek the help you need. However, I am convinced that many suffer feelings of depression brought on by a spiritual vacuum in their lives. Claiming to be a Christian will not necessarily fill that vacuum. Often we see depressed Christians. Why?
A while back, I read a short sermon in the Religion section of our local newspaper. It was entitled, "When Your Roots Don't Hit the Water." The message dealt with depression and the title was derived from John 7:38 NLT: "If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within." Here, Jesus uses the term "living water" to refer to the Holy Spirit who is always available to believers because he lives within us. It is the Holy Spirit who stands ready to fill every spiritual need we have if we are willing for Him to do so -- not trying to solve our problems on our own.
We can become discouraged, depressed, and worried about what the future may hold. Maybe you are not well and are fearful that death may not be far away. Maybe you are feeling guilty because you are not living the way you know God would desire. Maybe you are feeling deep disappointment and hurt because of a rebellious child or a wayward spouse. Maybe one of your children is suffering from a physical or mental disorder and you feel helpless to change the situation. Maybe you have recently lost a loved one. Any of these circumstances can bring on feelings of depression and despair. But your Heavenly Father is faithful and will sustain you. All too often we find ourselves doubting that God is really in control in our lives and are reluctant to trust him completely to take care of us.
When God is given first place at the center-court of your life, you can be content and sleep in peace. This is because the roots of your being are being nourished in the never-ending living water of life -- the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, when we realize that not every situation will turn out the way we wish, the best we can hope for is a sense of God's peace. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:5-7 NIV). When you feel depressed, read the Bible's accounts of God's goodness, and meditate on them.
Love, Jerry & Dotse

The WMU Mission House located in Stephenville, TX that is used to house Missionaries while on
furlough is in need of some minor repairs. If your church would like to assist in these repairs, contact
your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Office at 254-865-1299 or

Missionary House Repair Needs:
  • Interior Painted
  • Smoke Detector Installed
  • Return Air Vent Repaired
  • Back Door Repair
  • Quarter Round in Two Bathrooms need to be Replaced



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
Bro. Dave Keith and his wife Vicki will be retiring from the Pastoral position at Carlton Baptist Church. His final sermon will be on January 13. They invite everyone to join them on this day to celebrate and worship with them.

          January 8, 1984 was the second Sunday of the year and I preached my first sermon as Pastor of Carlton Baptist Church.  Vicki and I, with sons, Jim, who was three years old, and Matt, who had been born in July of 1983, came to live in the parsonage. Since that Sunday 35  years ago I have probably preached somewhere in the neighborhood of 2000 sermons and Bible studies.
         January 13, 2019 will be our 35th anniversary and last Sunday as Pastor of Carlton Baptist Church. As we retire from the pastorate, we are not leaving anyone behind. Our friends at Carlton Baptist have become family, and although the relationship will shift, our hearts will continue there. We leave with many wonderful memories of lives intersecting with ours. We leave the final resting place of our son Matt and his wife Audrey in the Carlton Cemetery. We leave with the full confidence that God has another Pastor prepared to come and be loved as we have been.
          Our retirement home is in Stephenville, so we will certainly remain in the circle of love in which the Lord has placed us. I intend, God willing, to continue to preach in a role of substituting when a Pastor must be out of the pulpit in places where I am invited. Thanks be to God and all of our family and friends for the love and support over the years by allowing  us to serve at Carlton Baptist Church.
         On Saturday January 12th there will be a reception at the Carlton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from
2-4pm for those whose church commitments preclude visiting on a Sunday.

Bro. Dave Keith, Carlton Baptist Church

FBC Gatesville is in need of a Church Secretary. For more information please visit their site 

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

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

First Baptist Church Kempner is in need of a piano player.  
For more information contact Don Casper
(512) 932-3195  

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