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Richard Ray: Director of Missions -  
Weekly Update 

I pray each of you had a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend. I was blessed over the weekend to visit my daughter Josalyne Ray who is a first-year teacher in Corpus Christi. She has also surrendered to the ministry while serving at her church. I was also double blessed to be able to take two of my grandchildren with me. My wife and I had a wonderful time just being grandparents over the long weekend.
SOMETHING NEW! Each week, I will publish a weekly video
"Director of Missions One Minute Report"
DOM Richard Ray Weekly One Minute Report
Over the next 40 days we will be preparing for the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Annual Meeting of Churches hosted by Cottonwood Baptist Church of Dublin on Sunday, October 14th. If you haven't registered for the Annual Meeting (Hamilton, Erath, Coryell and Lampasas Associations) I encourage you to register as soon as possible to help us plan and prepare for this amazing time of God's Children coming together. You will experience: Texas Baptist Men feeding those in attendance, Amazing Worship Service with the partaking of The Lord Supper as well as wonderful reports, highlights videos, ministry vendors and a memorial tribute to those who have been called home to Glory this past year. Guest, Church Members and Messengers please register. You can find the registration information in this newsletter.
October 7th is HOPE SUNDAY . I am asking each church member within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area to give only $4.00 per person in the Ministry of Hope. This money will go in support of the Tri-Rivers Ministries of: Domestic Violence, Free Preteen/Youth Retreats, Disaster Relief and Churches Helping Churches. Please pray, give and participate in these valuable ministries that cannot be accomplished by a single church, but together we can accomplish much for the Lord. At the Annual Meeting of Church - October 14th, I will announce how much HOPE was raised in support of meeting the needs of those who are hurting and in need.
Your Tri-Rivers Domestic Violence Team is seeking potential Advocates to serve. If you are interested in serving please register online or call your Area Office. We have scheduled an Advocate Orientation/Information Meeting on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 pm hosted at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. Please see this newsletter for additional information and registration link.
Until next week, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:6-8

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.  



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: One woman said to another: "My husband is absolutely no good at fixing anything, so everything in our house works."
Quote: "The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice."--George Eliot
". . . until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13 NIV).
Without growth we will not appear as authentic Christians. We will have nothing meaningful to say to others, either in words or deeds. Without growth, I become stagnant - I have no excitement - no joy - no out-flowing - nothing that reflects a relationship with Jesus Christ. A real deal Christian is a growing Christian. Here, Paul addresses lack of growth in Corinthian Christians.
"Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly -- mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid (spiritual) food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed you are still not ready. You are still worldly" (1 Corinthians 3:1 NIV).
No one listens to the advice or wisdom of babies - but only the mature - those who are growing - those who have something to offer. Our lives reflect the evidence of spiritual growth. It's true that only 10% of an iceberg is visible above the water and 90 percent is beneath the water. Growing Christians are like this. What you see is the result of depth in Christ. Many are all surface, with no underlying growth, maturity, and stability. The secret (90%) of a Christian life is spent with God - time in His Word - time in prayer. This is where spiritual growth occurs. As we grow:
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching . . . Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head (of the church), that is Christ"(Ephesians 4:14-15 NIV).
With many claiming to be born again Christians, why don't we impact our communities more? Why doesn't our presence become salt and light as Jesus admonished us to be? Perhaps it's because too many of us are light-weights - we're not growing - we're not concentrating on the spiritual nourishment and exercise necessary for growth. People who make a difference put down roots deep into the soil of God's Word. The resulting growth makes them effective as tools of the Holy Spirit.
A tree with shallow roots cannot take the strong wind. For quality growth, it's roots must reach deep into the soil which gives it life and strength. If we have no growth, we are not effective for Christ. Christians who are growing are working, ministering, moving, doing, praying, etc. When we are growing in Christ, we will experience the full joy of our relationship with Him.
Love, Jerry & Dotse

Hope Sunday Promotional Video


Open House
Thursday, September 6th
6:30 pm
True Vine Fellowship
18040 N Hwy 281, Hico, TX

Come see why we are celebrating. There is no need to struggle alone, 
we are open to all hurts, habits and hangups.
There will be sandwiches, chips, dips with good fellowship and door prizes!
For more information, call Greg Weatherly (817) 614-9624


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

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

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

The Tarleton BSM would like our help in helping them get a new chair rack as theirs broke. Below is a link to the one they have:

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