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Dotse M. Stratton

MAY 15, 1934 - MARCH 10, 2021

In Loving Memory of Dotse Stratton 1934 - 2021


Click here to view her Obituary

Richard Ray: Director of Missions -  
Weekly Update
Registration is Now Open for the following Ministry Events. Registration Links can be found in this newsletter or on the website: You can also register by calling your Area Office at 254-865-1299.
  • WMU Missions Gathering on Saturday on March 27th hosted at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. You can register as a church or individual. We have Pickup and Dropoff locations if you need a ride to this Gathering or if you just want to follow the ride to the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. For more information call your Area Office or see this newsletter.
  • Youth Worker Retreat. Scheduled for April 23 - 24, hosted at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. To Register and see full schedule and sessions view this newsletter or on website.
  • Pastors Only Retreat. Scheduled for April 30 - May 1 hosted at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. This Two-Day Conference will be for Pastor's only regardless of the size of their church. See complete schedule and registration link in this newsletter.
  • Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Free Summer Preteen/Youth Camps. Register Early as Space is Limited. You can find more information with registration link in this newsletter and on website: We do not need the names of the students at this time, we just need the church to tell us how many students may attend these camps based on grade level. Note: Tri-Rivers Baptist Area will provide sponsors for each camp.
  • Female Ministers & Wife Retreat - In the Planning Stages.
  • Ministers Kids Retreat - In the Planning Stages.
Special Thanks to FBC Kempner for donating a 15-passenger van to Tri-Rivers Baptist Area to serve churches within the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. This van will be made available to on April 1 st to serve Area Churches in ministry related activities. Go to the Tri-Rivers Website to view the inventory of equipment you can borrow for your ministry needs and view the Bible Studies Resources that you can check out for your church or small group.

The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center is receiving reservation on a weekly basis and the calendar is quickly filling up as we serve Area Church and ministries. Remember there is no cost to use your Tri-Rivers Retreat Center because of your support. Make your reservations at

The Payoff of the Retreat Center in Pledges and Gifts have totaled $14,500 received from Area Churches and Individuals. We (Area Churches) purchased this facility for $420,000 in September 2017 and as of March 1 we owe approximately $170,000. When the Retreat Center is paid off it will allow these funds to be released to serve our Area Churches. You can view the Goal Calculator and those who have given or pledged on the Tri-Rivers website:

This past Sunday, I was blessed to worship with Duffau Baptist Church of Erath Baptist Association with Pastor James McKinney. This Sunday, I am looking forward to worshipping with Northside Baptist Church of Lampasas Baptist Association.

Please take time to view the newsletter for additional ministry and mission opportunities. It is always a joy to serve you so please do not hesitate to contact your Tri-Rivers Area office if you need assistance or information regarding all your ministry needs.
Until next week, "All the believers were together and had everything in common." - Acts 2:44

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Welcome Pastor Mark Rich and his family as he comes to serve FBC Gatesville as senior pastor.
Pastor Mark served as a youth pastor before being called to First Baptist Church Gatesville as Senior Pastor.  He is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Mark's wife, Christi, is a certified Church Administrator and is homeschooling their son, Drew.  Mark enjoys hunting, camping, and hiking with his family. He can also be seen grabbing a cup of coffee, as well as having conversations with friends, both old and new. He is passionate about growing God's kingdom by helping individuals understand the love and grace that God has for their lives and the fact that we don't need to be perfect to receive this gift.
 To Register, Click Here
, go to our website, or contact your area office at
(254) 865-1299 or
Registration is open through April 30 
 Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Website:
Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Website: 
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
Free Face Masks for Community Health
Baylor Scott and White Health's Faith In Action Initiatives has a stock of KN95 face masks we would like to give away for free to our local congregations.  If you would like some of these masks they come in cases of 600, so let us know how many you would like and we will do our best to fulfill those wish lists.  You can contact Kenneth McNeil at our Second Life Resource Center (2911 Herring Ave. Waco, Texas) at or call him directly at 254-202-1280 to place your request for masks.  Thank you so very much for all you do in care for the people of our communities!   
For Our Mission Together,
Matthew Hoffman, MA, BCC
Manager of Faith in Action Initiatives and Pastoral Care
Baylor Scott and White Health

Click Here to register  
Righteous Roots is putting on our first local Women's Conference soon!
This conference is a free event this year, though we will accept donations to go towards next year's conference.
Gatesville Civic Center
Saturday, March 20, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ages 13+
No childcare
There will be a 1 hour lunch break and food trucks on site.
PLEASE forward to all of your church contacts ASAP so we can spread the word and get it announced during their Sunday Services.
I am attaching a flier with more information.
Ladies should register at
We are SO excited to see what the Lord does at this conference!!! It's going to be great!
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.


April, 16-17, 2021 | First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas

1001 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080


  March Calendar of Events and Opportunities to Serve



  For the Retreat Center Calendar


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.
To view the list of Bible Studies Available at your Area Office, go to our website or click Here 
Donation of Church Building
First Baptist Church of Dublin, Texas acquired an old First Christian Church many years ago and it is/was scheduled for demolition to make room for the expansion of our preschool play yard and future play ground equipment. They recently found out the church was rebuilt in 1958 using some of the salvaged lumber, hardware and stained glass from the original church back in 1889. Wanting to preserve its history and save it from demolition, they are seeking to donated it to be moved at the new owner's expense.  
The main structure is approximately 43' x 60' and on pier and beam, making it easier to move. There is another portion on pier and beam available if interested. Part of the structure was bricked in 1977 which means there's likely wood siding underneath if the brick were to be removed. Water and gas have already been cut off, but power is still hooked up. If anyone is interested, it can be viewed by appointment only.  
Contact FBC Dublin Office at (254) 445-2435 to schedule an appointment.
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
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:
 (254) 865-1299 

Purmela Baptist Church has a copy machine they would like to donate. Contact your Area Office if interested 
(254) 865-1299 

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

 Free piano, must be picked up.
Contact your Tri-Rivers Area Office if interested.
 Yamaha Upright Piano Available.  Contact your Tri-Rivers Area Office if interested.
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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 

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 

Cross Bearer Baptist Church 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  

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 2020
(Strategic Ministries, Free Student Summer Retreats, Domestic Violence Emergency Safehouse/Hotline, Etc.)

The Church at Blue Ridge
Calvary Baptist Church
Carlton Baptist Church
Clairette Baptist Church
Coryell Community Church
Cottonwood Baptist Church
Cross Bearers Baptist Church
Cross Community Baptist Church
Cowboy Church of Erath County
Eagle Springs Baptist Church
Eastwood Baptist Church
Edna Hill Baptist Church
FBC Copperas Cove
FBC Hamilton
FBC Kempner
Lake Victor Baptist Church
Live Oak Baptist Church
Morgan Mill Baptist Church
Mountain Baptist Church
Northside Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist Church
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
Purmela Baptist Church
Purves Baptist Church
Selden Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist Church
True Vine Fellowship
Turnersville Baptist Church

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

Tri-Rivers Retreat Fund Supporting Churches
The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for 2020

Clear Creek Baptist Church
Cottonwood Baptist Church
Eastwood Baptist Church
Edna Hill Baptist Church
Fairy Baptist Church
FBC Gatesville
FBC Kempner
Jonesboro Baptist Church
Mountain Baptist Church
Northside Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist Church
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:

Tri-Rivers Retreat Fund Supporting Churches
The following churches/individuals donated/pledged towards the 2021  
Tri-Rivers Retreat Center Note Payoff Fund 
(Seeking 80 Church/Individuals donating $2,000 by October 2021)

Fairy Baptist Church
Charlie and MaryAlice Wise
Marilyn Pettijohn
Pidcoke Baptist Church
Richard & Monica Ray
The Mustard Seed Christian Video Service

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

Tri-Rivers ANNUAL HOPE Offering Supporting Churches
The following churches support the Tri-Rivers HOPE OFFERING for 2020

Adamsville Baptist ChurchClairette Baptist Church
Cove Korean Baptist Church
Fairy Baptist Church
FBC Evant
FBC LampasasFBC Stephenville
Jonesboro Baptist Church
Littleville Baptist Church
Live Oak Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist ChurchPleasant Valley Baptist Church
Mound 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