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Richard Ray: Director of Missions -  
Weekly Update 
These past four weeks your Tri-Rivers Baptist Area has hosted Youth Girls, Preteen Girls, Preteen Boys and Youth Boys Camps. These camps are offered at no cost to the students because of your faithful giving to the Tri-Rivers Strategic Ministry Fund. We hosted 109 students/sponsors in these four camps while witnessing 28 come to know Christ as their Savior while equipping and encouraging the saved to share their story of Christ to others.  
I want to thank all those who volunteer their time: Camp Nurse - Patsy Sowell of Fairy Baptist Church, Worship Team - Branton Tennison of FBC Gatesville, Talon Kenney of Eastwood Baptist Church, Alison of Eastwood Baptist Church, Laura Gehring of School Creek Baptist Church, Chef Ray Storm of Eastwood Baptist Church and Riley Smallridge - Ministry Assistant. I also want to thank the WMU Ladies of Fairy Baptist Church for providing the Spa Day for the preteen and youth Girls Camp. You can view camp pictures on our Facebook page.

This past Sunday I was blessed to preach at Hay Valley Baptist Church in Gatesville. This is an amazing church that loves to fellowship and serve the Lord. This Sunday, I am looking forward to worshipping and preaching at FBC Hamilton.
I spent some time this past week working at the Boyd Chapel at the Tri-Rivers Retreat Center with pastor Miles Miears finishing out the trim work. We continue to provide free background checks and Ministry Safe Training for many of our leaders within the Tri-Rivers Area who are attending camps throughout the state, hosting Vacation Bible Schools, while also serving all your ministry needs in assisting churches and leadership in reaching the Tri-Rivers Area for Christ. Be in prayer for the many church groups traveling throughout the country and abroad on mission trips.    
This week, I will be working with our Area Churches that are pastorless, while also spending time with church leadership as they prepare for the many back to school ministries.
Please review the newsletter for the upcoming Pastor/Staff/Leadership Seminar featuring Tony Bidwell on August 5 and the Tri-Rivers Sunday School Workshop on August 24.
Please contact your Tri-Rivers Area office if you need assistance or information regarding your ministry needs.
Until next week, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12
Please take this opportunity to submit your June 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: "College: a four-year period when parents have access to the phone."
Quote: "O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, May we know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly: For ever and ever." --Sir Richard of Chichester
Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:21-22 NIV).
No doubt you have felt inadequate for the tasks our Lord has given us, e.g., Matthew 28:19-20. These feelings are directly from Satan who desperately wants you to see yourself as a failure in serving your Lord. He wants you to "throw in the towel" and give up. However, if we truly have the desire to be obedient to our Lord, we will search the Scriptures prayerfully, in the power of the Spirit, to find the strength to make obedience not only possible, but the source of unspeakable peace and joy.
Our passage records Jesus' appearance to His disciples after His resurrection. Once again, Jesus identified Himself with the Father who provided the authority for everything He had done. Then an amazing and powerful commissioning ceremony occurs. With three simple, yet amazing, statements, Jesus equips the disciples/us with everything they/we would ever need to carry out the mission given them and us.
First, Jesus gave them His peace."Peace be with you!" Here, Jesus reiterated a promise He had made previously, just prior to His crucifixion. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you . . . do not be afraid" (John 14:27 NIV). Paul describes this peace as a supernatural peace"which transcends all understanding and will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 4:7 NIV). With this kind of peace all fear, doubt, and uncertainty are removed.
Second, Jesus gave them His purpose . "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."
Jesus affirms that their authority in carrying out the mission given them comes directly from Him. Jesus demonstrated how they/we are to go about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with a lost world. He has told us what to do and showed us how to do it with love, mercy and compassion.
Third, Jesus gave them His power. . . he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." Here, Jesus gave His closest disciples an early gift of the same Holy Spirit that was made available to all Christians on the day of Pentecost. "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly" (Acts 4:31 NIV). The guidance and power of the Holy Spirit are necessities in everything we try to do for our Lord. When we try to do God's work in our own strength, we will fail at every turn. Jesus said, "If a man (person) remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me (my Spirit) you can do nothing" (John 15:5 NIV).
Do you have His peace? Have you accepted His purpose as your own? Have you accessed the power source (Holy Spirit) to make it all possible? I pray you have answered each of these questions with an unequivocal "YES," for the glory of God.
Love, Jerry & Dotse

  July Calendar of Events and Opportunities to Serve



  For the Retreat Center Calendar


Seeking male sponsor to attend church camp July 15-19  at Pineywoods Baptist Encampment in Woodlake, TX.  Below are the main details about going.  Contact Donna Trusty at 903-556-0136 for more information or to volunteer to be a sponsor. 
  1. Must be 19 or older
  2. No cost for the camp the church will pay your way. You will need money for offering and extra spending money
  3. Attend sponsor meeting in the mornings.
  4. Lead family group during Power group. (I can explain it more when we talk.)
  5. Take care of the boys. Mainly that they are where they need to be and encourage them to participate in events.
  6. Will need to do a background check on you (need copy of drivers license)
  7. You will need to take a child protection exam. (The information is online)
Items can be delivered to the Tri-Rivers Area Office until August 7th

We are excited to announce our 2019 FBC Marriage Conference!   
The dates are July 26-27, 2019 (Friday-Saturday).  Did I mention that it is FREE?!!!!  We are starting to get the word out about the conference this year!   
We will have Dr. John & Donna Avant with us leading the sessions.  Dr. Avant was here last November with Thirst Conference and we saw God do some amazing things!   Whether couples have been married a few month or 70 years -- they will not want to miss this exciting weekend!  
Doors open at 6:00pm on Friday night!  Sessions are:  Friday Night ( 6:30pm-9:00pm), Saturday Morning ( 9:30am-noon) & Saturday Afternoon ( 2:00-5:00pm).   -- July 26-27, 2019
Click here to register:

Monday, August 5, from 11:30-2:00
Lunch provided
Coryell Community Church
115 N. Levita Road
Gatesville, TX 76528

Tri-Rivers Baptist Area 
Effective Teaching Tools Seminar
FBC Gatesville  
Saturday, August 24
9 am - Noon
FBC Gatesville
912 E Main St, Gatesville, Texas 
Classes Offered 
JH/High School
Young Adult
Senior Adult
Sunday School Director/General Officers 




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

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.



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 


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 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