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Weekly Update 
Please Register Online for the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area Annual Meeting of Church for Lampasas, Coryell, Hamilton and Erath Associations hosted by FBC Copperas. We need you to register so that we can be prepared for the amount food needed for the fellowship meal served by Texas Baptist Men. Please go online at and register or by call your area office and let us know approximately how many from your church will be attending.
This past Saturday, I was blessed to attend the 2nd Annual Tri-Rivers Ladies Bible Conference hold at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. The title of the conference was "A Journey to Forgiveness" led by WMU Directors Ponice Hartman and Betty Rials. It was a wonderful time of learning, fellowship and worship.
This week, I will be hosting three DOM/Pastor Luncheons. These luncheons are always a good time of fellowship and sharing. See this newsletter for the time and locations.
On Sunday, I was honored to preach at Pidcoke Baptist Church as pastor Don McConnaughhay recovers from surgery. Be in prayer for this church they begin Revival Services on October 6th as they also celebrate their church anniversary.  
This Wednesday, I have the privilege to speak to students at the Saw You at the Pole Rally at FBC Gatesville and hosted by area churches.
The Tri-Rivers Retreat Center continues to stay busy by hosting the Ladies Bible Conference this last weekend and this week we are hosting/housing the Texas Baptist Men as they serve appreciation meals to the correctional officers who serve in the Gatesville Area. The Tri-Rivers RV Park is at full capacity with pipeline workers/families who are working in the area. This is another great ministry where we can share the message of Christ. Each RV resident receives a Oilfield Bible when they arrive.
Please mark your calendar for the Boyd Chapel Dedication Service scheduled for Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 am at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center. Come help us celebrate how God is using this Chapel and Retreat Center to bring Him Glory as we honor the Estate of Charlie and Elsiedean and FBC Lometa for their generous gift in the construction of the "Boyd Chapel".
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 your ministry needs.
Until next week, "All the believers were together and had everything in common." - Acts 2:44


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God's Daily Word

This blog has dual purposes: To present the gospel message in such a way that people will be drawn by God's love into a
saving relationship with Jesus Christ; and to encourage and strengthen Christians in their journey toward spiritual
Chuckle: When I was little, I often wondered who Richard Stands was. You know: "I pledge allegiance to the flag . . . And to the republic for Richard Stands."
Quote: "Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone." --Karl Barth
"Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared" (Proverbs 3:25-26 NIV). "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him" (Jeremiah 17:7 NIV).
Many images of Jesus are portrayed in Scripture, especially in Revelation, the last book of the Bible. What is your mental image of Jesus? Do you see Him as a mighty King with all authority and power; or do you picture Him as the Good Shepherd gently caring for His sheep? I have seen pictures in churches and homes depicting Him as a gentle shepherd with a lamb in His arms or across His shoulders. However, in ancient times, shepherds were not the gentle type. Their job included fighting off attacks on their sheep from wild animals. They were ready to die to protect their flocks. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is kind and gentle, but also the fierce and mighty warrior who died to win the battle for the eternal souls of people.
If you are a Christian, the battle for your soul has already been won when Jesus died on that cruel cross outside Jerusalem and rose from the dead. But the battle within our hearts is ongoing every day. We must fight against temptation and sin, but it is the Holy Spirit who fights with us every step of the way. Psalm 24:8 asks, "Who is the king of glory?" Then it answers: "The Lord is the King of glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle." In Revelation He is describe as "sitting on a white battle horse, the One who judges and makes war in righteousness." (Revelation 19:11).
Since Jesus has won the battle for our eternal souls, we must hold on to Him in faith even during the worst of times in our struggle with doubt, fear, and temptation, because He holds onto us and will never let us go. Many times Paul refers to the second coming of Christ with a sense that it could happen any minute. New Testament believers lived with great hope and assurance, and they did so in the midst of extreme persecution and trials. Our hope for the future has been made possible by the past sacrifice on the cross and the present work of the Holy Spirit.
If you are living close to God today, you have every justification for being confident about the future. God promised Israel, "The Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard" (Isaiah 52:12). We, too, can be confident that our God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Our hope makes us patient and confident even in the most difficult of times,and causes us to persevere and be devoted to prayer because we are secure in God's love now and forever. Rest in that deep assurance today!
Love, Jerry & Dotse

  September Calendar of Events and Opportunities to Serve



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Jonesboro Baptist Church is having Recovery meeting each Sunday night at 6:00pm


Teresa Rudnick is in need of 150 metal folding chairs, new or used, for use with the Prison Fellowship Ministries.  
Please call or email the area office for more information. or (254) 865-1299



Northside Baptist Church to host a 5th Friday Night Singing
Friday Night, September 27 @ 7:00 pm
Everyone is Invited to Sing and Listen to the Sounds of Worship

My name is Mike Liles and my wife Pat I are full time in missions ministry living in San Antonio. We have been volunteering in Disaster Relief since 2005.  After Hurricane Harvey hit our team continued bringing volunteer groups from all across the nation helping in rebuild.  We are now looking for churches that would be willing to bring a Mission Team to Rockport, TX. We will be working with Rockport Hands of Hope Ministry.  If your church would like to prayerfully consider coming to assist those in need, please contact me. I am including pastors names and numbers who we have served.

In Christ alone,

Mike and Pat Liles


Memorial BC- Pastor Bill-410-971-2095
Promiseland Ministries-Pastor Jean-409-548-3374
Peaceful Rest BC-Pastor Frazier-409-365-5502



Christian Women on a Mission Facebook page 



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  
The Central Texas Hospitality House always welcomes volunteers and is in need of a husband and wife team or a team of two ladies to work either the first or second Sunday morning of each month from 9:00 to 12:30.  The work consists of greeting our day visitors, completing laundry and folding sheets and towels and doing light cleaning in the bathrooms.

For More Information Contact:
James or Martha Parrish
708 Hwy 36 W.
Gatesville, TX 76528

First Baptist Church of Hico has pews to donate.  Contact FBC Hico at 254-796-4238 for additional information.

Lake Victor Baptist Church is looking for a bivocational pastor. Send applications and resumes to the address below or email them to  Must meet qualification set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-4 and Titus 1:5-9

Lake Victor Baptist Church
3030 FM 2340
Lampasas, TX 76550

Contact person - Trisa Smith, treasurer 830-385-2464

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

Northside Baptist Church of Lampasas is seeking a Volunteer Youth Minister.  Please contact Pastor Josh Morrison at to submit resume and for more information.

College Avenue Baptist Church, McGregor is currently looking for a Youth Minister

  • Have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and to have taken the step of believers' baptism.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be spiritually mature, maintaining personal Bible study and prayer to nurture personal walk with Christ.
  • Meet qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
  • Adhere to Baptist doctrine.
  • Be able to communicate effectively and build Godly relationships with youth of Church and community.
  • Have a desire to impact youth in terms of Christian discipleship and moral values.


  • Work under the direction of the Pastor, and in cooperation with the Youth committee, to plan, coordinate, and actively participate in church youth program, including, but not limited to Bible Study, worship, mission education, service projects, recreation camps and fellowships.
  • Prepare and administer Youth Ministry budget, with Youth committee.
  • Coordinate and oversee fundraising for youth activities.
  • Work to lead youth to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and nurture them in their Christian walk, through individual and group discipleship.
  • Attend all scheduled church services. Encourage Youth to attend and participate in Sunday School, Sunday morning and evening services, and Wednesday evening activities. Also encourage Youth of the church to participate in activities within the church, such as VBS, banquets, fellowships, mission activities, etc.
  • Attend Staff and Church Council meetings (and other committee meetings as needed) to communicate youth status and needs. Integrate youth activities with church calendar.
  • Reaching out to the youth of the church and community by personal contact encouraging them and assuring them of the church's interest and concern, using visits, community and school activities, email, phone calls and social media.

Salary - $150.00 a week
Background check will be required.


Selden Baptist Church is seeking a good used organ for their church.
Please contact the church at (254) 485-8593 to donate or for more information.

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  

Mountain Baptist Church is seeking a part-time music Minister for Sunday mornings. If you are interested contact Kurt Fuessel 254-865-7528 


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Tri-Rivers Retreat Fund Supporting Churches
The following churches support the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center for 2019

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