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March 9, 2023

The registration deadline
is Wednesday, March 15th!

Disciple Now is a weekend retreat designed to help middle and high school students connect with God and grow in their relationship with Him.
Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st.

• $40 per student.
• This covers, t-shirt, devotional journal and food!

Please make your check out to Tri-Area Baptist Association and mail it to:

Tri-Area Baptist Association
1100 W. Manana
Clovis, NM 88101

• Bible, journal, pen/pencil.
• Clothes, Jacket, etc.
• Athletic wear.
• Electronics are discouraged.
• Toiletries, Towel.
• Bedding, pillow, sleeping bag.
• Water Bottle.

Depending on your church, students will stay at church member Host Homes. That’s where your small group will eat and sleep.


On the campus of the New Mexico’s Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, NM.


There are few things more powerful than witnessing someone throw all of themselves after a cause or a commitment. When we as people get behind something with all our energy and focus, it’s remarkable what we can do.

The opposite is true as well. So often we see the broken results of someone giving only a portion of their focus and energy to something – a cause, a task, a relationship. Half-hearted commitment is really no commitment at all.

This is especially true when it comes to our faith. The Bible is clear: God expects and deserves our undivided affection and commitment. Anything less falls short of who we are called to be as Christ-followers. With God’s power we can experience an undivided devotion to God, that will bring us life everlasting.



Garrett lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Rachel and his sons Graham and Grayson. He has traveled 18+ years nationally and globally and spoken at outreach events, BCNM camps, conferences, etc. Garrett seeks to advance the Gospel from generation to generation through passionate proclamation.


Austin lives in Santo, Texas with his wife Ellyn and his daughter Taya. He has served in ministry for 10+ years in youth, worship, and now family pastor roles at FBC Santo and is a physical therapist on the side.

Friday Night
5:30 PM - Drop off at Host Homes
6:00 PM - Dinner at Host Homes
7:00 PM - Check-In at Event Site (BCH)
7:00 - 7:25 PM - Mingle and play games
7:30 PM - Session 1: Evening Worship
9:15 PM - Head back to Host Homes
10:00 PM - Boys/Girls Small Group #1
11:00 PM - Lights Out

Saturday Morning
7:30 AM - Breakfast at Host Homes
8:00 AM - Boys/Girls Small Group #2
9:00 AM - Doors open at the event site
9:00 - 9:25 AM - Mingle and play games
9:30 AM - Session 2: Morning Worship
11:00 AM - Church Group
11:30 AM - Mingle and play games
12:00 PM - Lunch 12:45 PM - Break Out Session
1:30- 5:30 PM - Recreation/Free Time

Saturday Night
6:00 PM - Dinner at the Host Home
7:00 - 7:25 PM - Mingle and play games
7:30 PM - Session 3: Evening Worship
9:15 PM - Head back to Host Homes
10:00 PM - Boys/Girls Small Group #3
11:00 PM - Lights Out


Church groups sign up by clicking HERE.
David Aguirre has recorded a promo video about DNOW for Youth Leaders. You can watch or download it by clicking on the picture below:
Click HERE to download and print off a tri-fold flyer about DNOW to give to your students and/or their parents.

FBC Portales had a special workday this past Saturday, March 4th, starting at 9 a.m. The purpose was to do clean up after the February 26th wind storm had torn the roof off their children's building. 35 people showed up to help, including about half a dozen people from sister churches, who had been notified about the need to do some clean up work at the church.

After Cyndi Brooks (pictured above left) gave the group instructions and organized them into teams, they went to the damaged Children's Building to remove ceiling tiles and insulation; and cover up classroom furniture and supplies to protect them from being damaged in case of rain. The damage to the roof left the contents of the upper rooms exposed.

Pictured above is one of the many teams who worked on the clean up effort: Brian and Alvonna Arnold and ENMU student, Zoe Hutcherson.

The church held services in their Fellowship Hall this past Sunday. They were unable to conduct Sunday school or provide childcare during the service. Because of electrical issues, they will be unable to use their main building for a while, but will continue to meet for worship in their Fellowship Hall.

Prince Street Baptist Church in Clovis, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, and Conchas Baptist Church are sharing the evangelist team of Paul and Vanessa Cherry (pictured above).

According to their website, the Cherrys average 40 revivals each year plus concerts. Their goal during revival meetings is to challenge Christians to live a life that exemplifies Christ every day, and the music and/or messages are aimed at lifting up Christ, so He may draw men to Himself.

The Cherry's just finished a week at Prince Street. They will next be at Pleasant Hill this coming week and then at Conchas Baptist the following week.

This past Saturday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tri-Area hosted a VBS & Children's Ministry Workshop, sponsored by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. The event was moved to Calvary Portales after the wind storm did damage to FBC's building. Calvary's willingness to step up at the last minute was greatly appreciated.

The meeting began in the worship center with a greeting from Katy Parker, Children’s and Women’s Ministry Strategist with the BCNM. Then the group tried to do the motions associated with a song that will be used in VBS. Afterward, they were dismissed to attend one of five options: Directors Meeting, led by Larry Evans; Bible Study Leaders Meeting, led by Kerry Vivian; Music Rotation, led by Cynthia Evans; Craft Rotation, led by Kary Parker; and Recreation/Missions Rotation, led by Joe Vivian.

In the second part of the training, participants attended one of five more offerings: Follow Up, led by Larry Evans; Classroom Management, led by Kerry Vivian; Essentials for a Leader's Backpack, led by Cynthia Evans; Safety and Security, led by Katy Parker; and Leading a Child to Christ, by Joe Vivian.

After the training was completed, those in attendance enjoyed a baked potato bar, prepared by Donna McFadden. 49 people from 11 Tri-Area churches participated.

Stanley Jones, Director of the Foundations of Faith Dairy Ministry, reports that this past Wednesday, Chaplain Arturo Villa visited a new calf ranch that has recently opened up to the ministry. Arturo led a Bible study where six workers gave their lives to Christ!

Additionally, Stanley says they are working to establish ministry with a part-time chaplain in the Veguita, New Mexico area, among the daires there. Please pray for progress to be made there.
As part of their participation in the IMB Connect Campaign organized by Tri-Area a couple of years ago, FBC Melrose collected a love offering for IMB missionaries with New Mexico ties. Two of those missionaries were Bob and Vicki Butler, who serve in Cambodia. Not long ago, Bob sent a report about how part of those funds had been used to plant a church. Recently Bob sent this follow-up report to the Melrose church:

"We have used the last portion of the funds you sent us to purchase Bibles and hymnals for a new work just started in a district called Malai. A layman named Sophal started this work by just sharing the Gospel. Many have believed and are being trained by him. We hope he will become the pastor in this new church.

Last Sunday we went to worship with them and support them. There were over 50 adults, youth and children there, none of whom have been baptized yet. They are just learning the basics of faith and discipleship. We plan to continue to travel to help them about 2 hours from our house. It is so exciting to see the Holy Spirit at work and to let you be part of it. They want to rent a house for a permanent place for ministry and for the pastor to live.

Please pray for the church in Malai. Thanks for your gifts of mercy."


Submit a resume by sending it to the following mailing address:

First Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

321 E Center Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico  88401
First Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

102 W. Wisconsin

PO Box 335
Melrose, New Mexico  88124

Highland Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

2201 N. Main St.
Clovis, NM  88101

Iglesia Bautista Belen
Senior Pastor Position
820 N. Reid
PO Box 2046
Clovis, New Mexico  88102

15 folks gathered for the quarterly Hispanic pastor and wives fellowship this past Tuesday at noon at Los Agaves restaurant in Portales. Ricardo Rivera, and his wife, Lillian, hosted the gathering, which was sponsored by the BCNM.

Different announcements were made about various events coming up that the churches should be aware of, including the upcoming Tri-Area DNOW. David Aguirre, from FBC Portales, was invited to share about this event with the pastors. Also in attendance was the new regional Hispanic representative for BCNM, Mario Navarro, and his wife, Marlen. Tri-Area DOM, Dave McFadden, and his wife, Donna, were also in attendance.

Four Spanish language churches from Tri-Area were represented. Jesus Espinoza and his wife, Martha, came from Iglesia Bautista Bethel; Rafael Marin and his wife, Lilia, came from Iglesia Bautista Maranatha; Candelario Renova and his wife, Olivia, came from Iglesia Bautista El Divino Salvador, and Arturo Villa and his wife, Margarita, came from Iglesia Bautista Cristo es la Puerta.
As Pastor Sam Duncan has announced his intended retirement at Conchas, the congregation is treasuring every Sunday they have left with him as pastor. This past Sunday was an expescially memorable day, since Pastor Sam baptized five new believers during the service. In the picture below, Pastor Sam is introducing the baptismal candidates to the congregation.

Pictured above from right to left are: Pastor Sam Duncan, Matthew Berryhill, Rick and Kathy Ortega, and siblings, Daniel and Jennifer Barkdoll.

The National Goal is $70 million.
The Week of Prayer for North American Missions is March 5-12, 2023.
The theme for this year's Young Lives Ablaze is GLOW!
The Tri-Area Young Lives Ablaze is set for Saturday, April 22nd, at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The association will provide the lunch (pizza) and every kid will get a free t-shirt. Groups need to register by Thursday, April 20th.

The speaker for this year's event will be Pastor Larry Evans (below left) from FBC Cloudcroft and Joe and Kerry Vivian (below right), who have been featured the past several years. The Vivians will be doing special object lessons like they have done in the past.
Cody Bilbrey from FBC Elida will lead worship, Amanda Kenyon from Forrest Community Church will lead Bible Study, and T.J. Cathey from FBC Elida, who also does recreation at Kids Mission Camp at Inlow each year, will be leading our recreation on that Saturday. Wayne Boydston, pastor of Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis will lead the decision time for the event.

Young Lives Ablaze is designed for kids 3rd grade through 6th to reach the unsaved and excite the saved to share their faith. Click
HERE to register your church group for this fun-filled, faith-building event!
Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
at Central Baptist Clovis.

Sandia Baptist Church has recently completed it new member class and as a result, they have had four new members join their church family! Three joined by transfer of membership from a sister church and one came professing faith in Christ and following the Lord in baptism this past Sunday.

The church is working hard on collecting items for their backpack give-a-way to Sandia Elementary School in July. Help us check more stuff off their list!

Listed below are the number of items that Sandia is seeking to collect to fill 400 backpacks for Sandia Elementary school. We will update the list as items are donated by individuals, partners, or churches. Partners and churches will be listed by name, while individual donations will simply say "individual". Items that are checked and in bold have been donated. You may donate a specific item or simply make a contribution that the church can use to purchase what they need.

If you think you want donate, contact Dezra Turvaville at 575-760-3986.

Backpack no wheels (small pre-K & K) - 87 - BCNM
Backpack no wheels (med 1 & 2 grade) - 124 - BCNM
Backpack no wheels (3, 4, 5 grade) - 186 - BCNM
Binders 1 inch - 87 - FBC Moriarty

Binders 1 1/2 inch - 124
Bottle of glue - 434
Coffee Filters pkg - 25 pkgs - Parkland
Composition Notebook - 372
Composition Notebook (Primary) - 25
Colored Pencils (12 pack) - 372 pkgs
Crayon (24 count box) - 620 boxes - FBC Elida

Dividers - 62 pkgs
Dry Erase Markers (box of 4 assorted) - 273 boxes = 1092 markers
Dry Erase Markers (box of 4 Black) - 62 boxes = 248 markers - Parkland

Extra Set of Clothing (preschool boy) - 13 (pants, shirt, socks, underwear)
Extra Set of Clothing (preschool girl) - 13 (pants, shirt, socks, underwear)
Folder (with pockets and brads) - 1364
Gallon size Ziplock bags - 25 boxes - Sandia
Glue Sticks - 1586
Highlighters 4 packs - 155 pkgs = 620 highlighters
Highlighters 4 pack Yellow - 62 pkgs = 248 highlighters
Index Cards (3 x 5) pkg - 248 pkgs
Markers (Washable) pkg - 434 pkgs
Nap Pad 1 inch - 87
Notebook Paper Wide pkg - 434 pkgs
Pencils pkg - 434 pkgs = 5208 pencils - Calvary Portales
Pencil Pouch - 124
Pens Blue - 620
Pens Green - 620
Pens Red - 744
Pink Erasers - 55
Pull-ups pkg - 25 pkgs - Sandia
Scissors 5 inch round tip - 124
Scissors 5 inch sharp tip - 248
Spiral Wide Ruled - 1116
Supply Box Plastic - 372
Ruler 12 inch - 248 - FBC Moriarty
Water Bottles (reusable) 8-12 oz - 154 - Sandia
Water Bottles (reusable) 12-24 oz - 248 - Sandia
Wet Wipes pkg - 25 pkgs - Sandia

Central Baptist Church and Great Big Family Productions present the "Songs & Stories Tour" featuring Dove Award winning band Sidewalk Prophets.

This night is truly one of the most intimate concerts Sidewalk Prophets has assembled. Watch the band tour as a trio, with each member playing multiple instruments throughout the night, and lead singer Dave Frey shares powerful & inspiring stories from life, and the road. The set includes the band's popular radio hits, deep album cuts, and brand new never performed music.

Ticketing options include an early entry devotional with the band and the fan-favorite VIP Pre-show Party which gives you a unique up-close experience with the band.

4:15PM VIP Pre-Show Party
5:30PM Early Entry/Devotional
6:15PM General Admission Doors Open

To purchase tickets, click

First Baptist Church in Portales is organizing a mission trip to Latvia in September. The group will leave on Sunday, September 10th and return on Wednesday, September 20th. Mike and Bev Howard are the mission trip leaders. The group will be serving with IMB missionary Audrey Whitfield, who is from New Mexico.
The Howards report that so far, three more individuals have signed up to join them on this trip. So they are five persons toward having the desired twelve people for this mission endeavor.

Concerning this trip, the IMB says that it will involve doing literature distribution and evangelism in the city of Riga.

The Latvian culture is a northern Slavic culture. The Latvians are considered contemplative and quiet. Latvians take time to build relationships with newcomers, but once a relationship is established they are fast friends. The Russian speakers are a minority in Latvia making up about 40% of the total population. The Russian speakers are also from a Slavic background, also take time to build trust, and also tend to be more quiet and distanced from newcomers. Americans coming to serve amongst Slavic peoples should be mindful of these cultural tendencies.

People tend to dress more business casual. T-shirts and shorts are great for outdoor activities, but during meetings and other indoor activities dress is expected to be business casual. Personal hygiene is also important to Latvian culture.

Participants are encouraged to pack clothes that can be worn for warm outdoor activities and also for indoor and cooler evening activities. The wind in Riga can be quite strong as the city is situated near the Baltic Sea, so bring a windbreaker or raincoat to be prepared for unpredictable rainy weather and windy conditions.

This trip will involve extensive walking, so if you have a difficulty with a lot of walking or climbing stairs, this assignment is probably not for you. If you have dietary restrictions they will need to know in advance to be sure to accommodate you.

The Howards are hoping to organize a team of 12 people to go on this trip. If you are interested, you may call them at 575-562-9819 or email them at
This past Saturday, Dave and Donna spent time preparing for the VBS/Children's Ministry workshop at Calvary. They were especially appreciative of JR and Shelia Owen, who helped them find their way around Calvary's kitchen.

Dave and Donna worshiped this past Sunday with Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales. They enjoyed the worship led by Sammy Espinoza and the band and the message brought by pastor Jesus Espinoza (pictured above with Dave). Dave was blessed and honored by Pastor Jesus asking him to preach at the church's special Easter weekend services on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. Jesus will preach on Friday evening, the 7th, at 6 p.m. and Dave will preach on Saturday evening, the 8th, at 6 p.m. Dave will also preach the Sunday morning service, the 9th, at 11 a.m. Jesus' son, Sammy, will provide the translation for Dave's sermons that weekend.

On Tuesday, Dave and Donna met with the Spanish language pastors and their wives (who were able to attend) for their quarterly fellowship, hosted by Ricardo Rivera and his wife, Lillian. Later on that same day, Dave and Donna met Ricardo and Lillian for dinner, as well. On Wednesday, Dave joined Clovis area pastors for their monthly fellowship at noon at Mi Cocina restaurant in Clovis.

The rest of the week was spent having one-on-one meetings with pastors and ministry leaders. Dave also did some work on the association website, the newsletter, of course, and advised some churches dealing with special ministry questions.
Click HERE to check out the Good Books section of our website. We also have a Spanish version called Buenos Libros which you can check out by clicking HERE.
The book of the week this week is Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., and is recommended by Dave McFadden, Tri-Area DOM. It is listed in the Good Books section of the Tri-Area website in the category, Books of the Old Testament, under Proverbs.


How exactly does one become wise? With the overwhelming flood of information and opinion in our times--much of it a mixture of spin, sound bites, and trivialities--it is crucial we turn back to the Bible and pay close attention to the deep insights that have stood the test of time.

Proverbs 1:20 tells us that "Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice." The wisdom of God does not stand aloof, but instead graciously moves toward us, into the world where we live and struggle day by day--offering us her very best, if we will only listen.

Pastor and teacher Ray Ortlund unpacks the book of Proverbs in twenty-one straightforward sermons, providing a biblical worldview on everything from money, sex, and power to that of the daily routines of an average life. Drawing relevant parallels from ancient culture to present day, he helps us understand how the book of Proverbs is practical help for ordinary people going through everyday life.

Most importantly, Ortlund shows how the Proverbs point to Jesus and his counsel for the perplexed, his strength for the defeated, his warning to the proud, his mercy for the broken. With careful treatment of the Scriptures and uncomplicated language, Proverbs: Wisdom that Works bridges the gap between real-life experience and the scholarly depth of many commentaries.

Preaching the Word commentaries are written by pastors for pastors, as well as for all who teach or study God's word. With pastor R. Kent Hughes as the series editor, experienced pastors and teachers model expository preaching and practical application. This series is noted for its steadfast commitment to biblical authority, clear exposition of Scripture, and readability. It is widely accessible for seasoned and new pastors, as well as men and women hungering to read the Bible in a fresh way.

Click HERE if you want to purchase this book from Other book sellers may have it available, too.

University Baptist Church Portales is hiring childcare workers to care for children birth through 3 years old (mostly on Sundays).

Call 575-356-4501 or email to obtain an application or ask questions.

Forrest Heights Baptist Church Clovis is needing volunteers to help with their Children's Sunday school program.

Call 575-791-3612 if you have interest or want to learn more.

Emmanuel Baptist Church Portales is needing to fill a worship leader position, and a youth leader position.

Call 806-240-2445 if you have interest or want to learn more. 

For February, 2023
Please make any checks payable to the Tri-Area Baptist Association and mail them to 1100 W. Mañana Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico 88101.

Join our text team which allows you to receive requests for prayer. The purpose is to pass along prayer needs submitted by our churches. Requests are sent to you via text message.

You can join our Prayer Team by simply texting your name and the message, “I want to join the prayer team,” to 575-607-5495. Our DOM will then send you an invitation to join the team.

Have an event coming up at your church? Email us at: or
send us a text message at 575-714-7788.

March 2023 -
14th - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
18th - Disaster Relief Training - Central Clovis
20th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
31st - Tri-Area DNOW

April 2023 -
1st - Tri-Area DNOW
3rd - Tri-Area Executive Board meeting
4th - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
11th - La Puerta Advisory Team meeting
12th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
17th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
22nd - Tri-Area Young Lives Ablaze

May 2023 - 
2nd - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
6th - Church Financial Workshop with Gerald Farley
10th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
15th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon

June 2023 - 
1-4 - Ute Lake Camp Meeting
5-9 - BCNM StuCamp 1.0 Sivells
6-9 - Hispanic Family Camp Inlow
6th - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
14th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
12-16 - BCNM Kids Camp Inlow
12-16 - BCNM StuCamp 2.0 Sivells
13-14 SBC Annual Meeting New Orleans LA
19-23 - Indian Family Camp Inlow
19-23 - BCNM Kids Camp Sivells
19th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
26-30 - BCNM StuCamp 3.0 Inlow

July 2023 - 
4th - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
12th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
10-14 - Worship4Life Camp Inlow
17th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
17-21 - Children's Music Camp Inlow
24-28 - Children's Mission Camp Inlow

Got a question about any of the above events? Call Dave at 575-607-5495.

New or updated requests appear in bold type.

Pray for the success of the CPR initiative between Sandia Baptist in Clovis, Tri-Area, and the BCNM.

Pray for Foundations of Faith Dairy Ministry.

Pray for our pastorless churches: Iglesia Bautista Belen in Clovis, FBC Melrose, Highland Clovis, and FBC Tucumcari.

Pray for our church plant in Portales, Iglesia Bautista Cristo es la Puerta.

Pray for the Christian Challenge ministry at Eastern.

Pray for the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home and their search for a new President/Executive Director. 

Pray for all our pastors and other ministerial staff and leaders.

Sign up to receive a monthly prayer list from International Mission Board missionaries who have ties to New Mexico. You can do so by simply emailing Karen Pilgreen and requesting to be added to her email list. You may do so by clicking HERE.
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