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On June 14, 1954, Congress created the Pledge of Allegiance that we say today: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
I can tell you first-hand that I cherish the years I served my country. I served during times of peace and during times of war. As like many of you, I have family and friends who have served or are serving in the military today. I believe it is an honor to live in this country and one way I can express that honor is by pledging my allegiance.
Why is it important to Pledge Allegiance? Allegiance is just another word for: Loyalty, Commitment and Faithfulness. So not only do I pledge allegiance to my country, but I also pledge this allegiance to my family, to my wife, to my children and to my faith in Jesus Christ.
Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to honor and show our appreciation for those who have accepted this pledge to the point that they are willing to defend this pledge with their lives if call too. These Veterans have pledge to defend you and I against those who would want to take away our freedom and our liberty. Thank a Veteran today.
This past week, I was blessed to attend the Revival Services at Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville, attend the Executive Board Meeting at Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment in Brownwood as well as the Latham Springs Baptist Encampment. It is always a joy to hear the wonderful things our camps are doing to further the Kingdom of God.
On Sunday, I was blessed to attend Fairy Baptist Church to witness the baptism of a young lady who came to know Christ as her Savior. I along with many others planted seeds of Salvation in her life and to witness her baptism was a blessing.
This week, I will be again meeting with Prison Fellowship Leadership to discuss opportunities to reach others who are incarcerated. I will also be meeting with the leadership of the Texas Baptist Bivocational/Small Church Association to discuss opportunities to serve those who are serving the Lord in the small church mission field. I will be attending a breakfast with community leaders this week. On Sunday, I will travel to Waco to attend the BGCT Annual Meeting.
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

Here are the children in our area this year with Angel Tree.
Copperas Cove          11 
Oglesby                       3 
Purmela                      1 
Lometa                        1 
We need Churches and individuals who are willing and able to purchase and deliver Christmas gifts to these children.  
Please contact your Area Office to find out about the the children in your area, or to request Angel Tree Christmas Cards with the Children's name, wishlist, and caregiver's address for delivery.
If you are unable to deliver the gifts, please bring them back to the area office by December 11 for us to deliver.
Thank you for helping us give Joy to a prisoner's child this Christmas. It all starts with a gift....that leads to the most precious Gift of all - Jesus Christ.
Please take this opportunity to submit your Church Life Report to share how God's church is furthering His kingdom.

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: "You shouldn't criticize your wife's judgment -- look who she married."
Quote: "Marriage is not finding the person whom you can live with, but finding that person you cannot live without."--Howard Hendricks
PRAYERS AND WIVES (Loving husbands make loving fathers)
". . ., you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker (physically) than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. If you don't treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard" (I Peter 3:7 NLT).
If you are a husband, I hope you see your wife as the God-given treasure that she is and treat her accordingly. In Scripture, there are numerous passages that teach husbands to treat their wives with love, honor, respect and kindness. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for her . . . Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself . . . , and each wife must respect her husband" (Ephesians 5:25, 28, 33 NIV).
At the time of this writing by the apostles Peter and Paul, women were often treated as property and were mistreated and abused. 2000 years later, we still hear of husbands mistreating their wives in horrible and cruel ways. The number of battered and abused wives is staggering in our society. Christian husbands have a responsibility not only to our wives but to God to treat our wives with love and respect. You should be sensitive to her needs, and relate to her with courtesy, kindness, consideration, insight, and tact. Otherwise, God will not hear your prayers.
Let's address this concept with this question: Have you ever tried to pray when you have treated your wife unkindly and were angry with her? While in such a state of mind, I suspect praying is the last thing you feel like doing. But if you try to pray, you probably feel as if your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling and going nowhere. If you don't feel like praying, it's not surprising that God doesn't feel like listening. For our worship through prayer to be acceptable to God, we must live in harmonious relationships with others, especially our wives. Life is short and the years husbands and wives have together are extremely precious. Let's treat our wives in such a way that we will not experience regret and guilt later on.
Thomas Carlyle paid many pathetic post-mortem tributes to his deceased wife, whom he sometimes neglected in life. In his diary there is what has been called the saddest sentence in English literature. Carlyle wrote: "Oh, that I had you yet for five minutes by my side that I might tell you all."
Although this message has been primarily for husbands, you wives are not off the hook. Scripture teaches that wives are to love and respect their husbands, as well. In a home where both the husband and wife genuinely love each other, value each other as God's special gifts, and treat each other with respect, children can grow up with an understanding of wholesome husband and wife relationships.
Love, Jerry & Dotse

  November Calendar of Events and Opportunities to Serve



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 The Gatesville Care Center will be having their annual Food Drive on Friday, November 22 at the Gatesville Fire Station starting at 6 AM until 8 PM

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



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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

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

Live Oak Baptist Church in Gatesville is searching for a youth minister. This will be a part-time position, hired by committee.

    1. The Youth Minister has full authority to plan, organize, lead, and implement all aspects of the youth ministry, including disbursement of funds and calendaring of events. The Youth Minister is expected to do so in a trustworthy, cooperative manner while adhering to those by-laws and policies, especially those having to do with youth ministry and activities.
    2. The Youth Minister is under the leadership of the Pastor and is expected to participate in staff meetings and other meetings as may be deemed necessary by the Pastor or the church. Consideration will be given for other job obligations.
    3. The Youth Minister shall become familiar with and adhere to all church policies, especially those having to do with youth ministry and activities.
  2.   Among other responsibilities.
    1. The Youth Minister has given testimony and evidence of genuine Christian conversion. Therefore, it is expected that the Youth Minister consistently lives in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both privately and publicly, and that they give diligence to satisfy the Biblical standards which this ministry position requires.
    2. The job requires up to 20 hours per week, with the exception of not more than 2 weeks of 40 hours for camp or a mission trip. The starting rate of pay will be $16.00 per hour.
    3. All scheduled absences and time off requests must be approved in advance by the Pastor.
    4. The Youth Minister must maintain a good driving record.
    5. If any parent/guardian or church member has a problem arise, they will be referred to the Personnel Policy, Section IV-Resolution of Differences as stated on Page II-3 of the Church Policy Manual.
    6. The conditions of employment are to be reviewed at least annually by the Personnel Committee.
    7. This part-time employee is not eligible for insurance or retirement benefits.

  3. For full job description click HERE.

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.

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 

First Baptist Church Evant is looking for a pianist for their Sunday Services. 
If you are interested please contact Pastor Dane Barron
(254) 206-1119

First Baptist Church Hamilton is looking for a pianist for their Sunday Services. They also need to be available Wednesday evenings for choir practice. They will need to be able to accompany the choir on Sundays as well.
If you are interested please contact Kayla Chadwick 

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

Cottonwood 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 Evant
Jonesboro Baptist Church
Pidcoke Baptist Church
School Creak Baptist Church
Northside Baptist Church
White Hall Bapitst Church
Trinity Baptist Church
Purmela Batist Church
Copperas Cove Korean Church English Missions
Providence Baptist Church
Hay Valley Baptist Church
Mountain Baptist Church
True Vine 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
Cowboy Church of Erath
Clear Creek Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist Church
FBC Kempner
FBC Copperas Cove
Mountain Baptist Church
Morgan Mill Baptist church
Coryell Community Church
Cove Korean English Misson
Clairette Baptist Church
FBC Stephenville
Live Oak Baptist Church
Purves Baptist Church
Jonesboro Baptist Church
FBC  Hamilton
True Vine Fellowship
Northside Baptist Church
Cottonwood Baptist Church

Eagle Springs Baptist Church
Providence Baptist Church
Purmela Baptist Church
Seldon Baptist Church
Double N Cowboy Church
Calvary Baptist Church
FBC Evant
FBC Hamilton
Sweet Home Baptist Church
FBC Hico
FBC Oglesby

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


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