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Association Leadership/WMU Meeting Dates & Locations

Hamilton Baptist Association
Sunday, August 12th
3:00 pm
FBC Hico

Lampasas Baptist Association
Monday, August 13th
6:30 pm
Naruna Baptist Church

Erath Baptist Association
Thursday, August 23
10:00 am
BSM Building, Tarleton University

Coryell Baptist Association
Monday, August 27
6:00 pm
FBC Gatesville

Richard Ray: Director of Missions -  
Weekly Update 

I was honored to worship and sing at Littleville Baptist Church of Hamilton this past Sunday.  I always enjoying spending time with this congregation that loves to worship, serve and share the message of God's Love to the whole world.  Sunday through Tuesday, I attended the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptist (BGCT) hosted at the Arlington Convention Center.  I was blessed to be apart of the Lord Supper Testimonial Video as well as assist in serving the Lord Supper.  I want to thank pastor Jeremy Sanders of FBC Oglesby for assisting me is serving the Lord Supper.  You can find the video and pics of the Annual Meeting on our Facebook page.
This week, I will be attending the Latham Springs Board Meeting.  I am looking forward to hearing the reports of the summer camps and how the Lord continues to use Latham Springs to reach the world for Jesus Christ.  I am blessed to serve on this board.  This weekend, the BSM of Tarleton will be using the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center to hold their Leadership Planning and Preparations Retreat as they prepare to reach college students for the Lord.   
On Sunday, I will be attending Community Baptist Church in Dublin as my father Bob Ray will be baptizing my granddaughter Zoe (his great-granddaughter).  Zoe accepted Christ as her Savior at the Tri-Rivers Preteen Camp.   
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....
"I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought."
- 1 Corinthians 1:10
The Tri-Rivers Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence Team will be presenting additional information to you in August.  Click the Video below to learn more about this new ministry.  
On Sunday, August 5th @ 6pm  
School Creek Baptist
Southern Gospel Concert featuring  
Paul's Journey 
This is a free concert but a love offering will be taken   
Refreshments of sandwiches, cookies to follow

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



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

Responding to New Ownership

Chuckle: "Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on."
Quote: "After we bow our heads seeking Divine Guidance, we often bow our necks in resistance to His will." --William Arthur Ward
". . . you are not your own. For you are bought with a (high) price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are (belong to) God's" (1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV).
When I was about to go away to college, and later to enter the U. S. Army, my dad asked me to remember to whom I belonged -- to God first and then to our family. He counseled me to "keep my feet on the ground," which was his way of saying I should remain rooted in the Christian principles I had learned at home and in church. I should live my live in such a way as to bring honor to my Savior and to my earthly family. This wise counsel helped me to avoid yielding to many temptations and served as a constant reminder of the price Christ paid for my salvation and my inclusion in the family of God.
We live in a society that says "everything is about me and what I want." "I don't belong to anyone and am not obligated to anyone." Our passage refers to slaves being purchased at auction. Using this analogy, Paul reminds us that we have been redeemed from slavery to sin and that the price of that redemption was the life of our Lord freely given on the cruel cross of Calvary. The terrible price paid for our salvation reminds us of God's indescribable love for us and also reminds us of our obligation to serve Him and bring honor to Him by the way we live.
Perhaps now, or sometime in your life, you have lived in a rented apartment or house. While living there, you were obligated to take care of the dwelling and follow the owner's rules because it belonged to someone else. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we become Christians and our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies take on new ownership. We belong to the One who purchased us and tells us that our bodies are the temple (dwelling place) of God's Holy Spirit. In other words, God owns the body (dwelling) in which we live, along with His Holy Spirit.
"Or don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God" (vs. 19). Because of what God has done for us, our sacrifice of obedience is a small price for us to pay. Because our bodies belong to God, we should never violate His standards for holy living. We should take care of our bodies as the temple of God and never forget the One who purchased us and to whom we truly belong.
Love, Jerry & Dotse
Texas Baptist Children's Home School Supply List
If you have supplies to be delivered you may deliver them to your
Tri-Rivers Area Office between the hours of 9 am - 4 pm
on the following dates:  Monday - Wednesday, August 6 - 8. 
If you cannot make these dates, contact me and I will make arrangements for them to be picked up.  Thank you.

502 E Main St., Gatesville, TX 76528

The Church at Blue Ridge
151 Blue Ridge Church Rd., Hamilton, TX 76531

Back to School Spectacular
Vacation Bible School

Saturday, August 11th
9 am - Noon: (Vacation Bible School)
Noon: Lunch and Water Games


Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Prison Ministry is in Need of

Composition Books

These Books will be used as Journals for the multiple Bible Studies, Faith Programs and Classes
that are reaching  
those behind the walls of our Prisons for Christ

If you or your Church would like to donate these Composition Books it would be greatly appreciated.  You can deliver them to your Tri-Rivers Area Office or contact us for pick-up. 
Do Not Miss This Event for... 
Monday, August 27th
7:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Gatesville
912 E. Main Street, Gatesville TX 76528 
Pastor Mark and Cherry Brumbelow
of Grace Baptist Church, Wild Peach, TX,  
will share their amazing story of packing over  
shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child in the  
past four years! Their church has 30 members!
Let's fill-up 100 boxes for  
Operation Christmas Child
Bring your donations of items

Click HERE for suggested items 
Heart of Texas Salute to Warrior Citizens is seeking Prayer Warriors who will Pray for the thousands of Soldiers who come through Fort Hood each year requesting prayer as they serve our country around the world.
If your Church, Sunday School or Group would like to receive the names  
of Military Soldiers who have requested to be lifted up in prayer  
please click the Registration Link below: 


Join us  October 15-17, 2018
for three-in-one training:  
Youth + Family + NextGen Conclave

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