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Ordination Service

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This Sunday City Church Del Rio will have the privilege of ordaining 4 pastors into the gospel ministry. 2 of the pastors are on the ministerial staff of City Church, while one is on the mission field, yet very active at City Church, and the other pastor is an interim pastor in Eagle Pass.

in the short history of City Church Del Rio, we have been blessed with so many opportunities to honor God and this is just one more. Ordination of these 4 men will be a milestone for us, and I believe will set City Church up as a church who recognizes the gifts God has already bestowed upon those going into the ministry and those already in the ministry.

I will be preaching from Ephesians 4:11-16, titled Set Apart to Equip the Saints.

E.V. Hill, pastor of Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA. for 42 years before he died in 2003, said this: “I had one of those purple haired older widow ladies that was always sitting up front at every church service.” She was always speaking back to me as I preached. She would say things like ‘Amen, and Alleluia, and preach it.’ But the one thing that I admired about her was this. Whenever I decided to get off the path of keeping Jesus lifted up, she let me know. This is what she would say: “Get Him Up There, now Get Him Up there.”

As pastors we are to “Get Him Up There,” which means that we make sure Jesus is the One being exalted, and no-one else.

As you minister where you are I pray you always have someone in your life to remind you to “Get Him Up There.”

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Community

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Community is one of those buzz words churches use today. I believe with all my heart many churches do want to do church as community, but really don’t know how to do it. We are by no means experts at it, but as we continue to seek opportunities to be the presence of Christ, this was one of those times. We partnered together with the community man himself, Mr. Hector Guerra in the 10th annual Back to School Health fair and backpack giveaway. Over 2,400 people came through and to our table.

One question I asked as the families came through was this: Do you currently go to church? If they answered yes, then I encouraged them to keep on going. I never want other churches to think we want them to come to our church instead. There are plenty of non-church going people in our community that we can invite to church. As I would ask that question, I did receive some expressions indicating why I wouldn’t invite them or talk about City Church if they indeed were going to a church already.

I am friends and co-laborers with many of the pastors at our sister churches. We are all doing the same work. We are all in the same business. We are all on the same team. We are all trying to figure out how to make church relevant to a current generation that sees church as irrelevant. that is why we need to be out in the community among the people.

Thom Rainer recently posted on his blog:

The nine signs of a community-focused church are:

  1. Reaches out to community leaders
  2. Intentionality about being where the people are
  3. The community of eating out and coffee houses
  4. Helping where the community says they need it
  5. Intentionally evangelistic
  6. Intentionally invitational
  7. In the key civic groups
  8. In key political meetings
  9. In the schools

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Married for Life

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On May 24, 2016,  my wife Lucy and I celebrated our 33rd year of marriage. It is hard to imagine where all the time has gone. We have had a great life together. God has truly blessed our marriage.

When we met in 1982 as two young teenagers. We could have never known what God had in store for us. We have had the privilege of serving our country for 7 years in the U.S. Army. We were stationed in El Paso, Alaska, and Indiana. After that I worked for the Department of Defense for 8 years in Indiana and at Ft. Hood, Texas.

When we started to get serious about our relationship with God, He started to get serious with us and ministry. After a few years of back and forth with God, we finally surrendered to that call to serve Him in vocational ministry. We sold our house, belongings, and left much of what we considered comfort for the call to ministry. We started by going to school at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. The rest has been service to God and His people in many churches throughout Texas. First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cleburne, First Baptist Church of Azle, First Baptist Church of Spearman, Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Weatherford, First Baptist Church of Del Rio, and currently City Church Del Rio.

Through it all, my beautiful bride has been there by my side. 3 children, and 3 grandchildren later, I couldn’t be in a more loving, healthy, and awesome marriage. God has been good to me. Thank you Luz Esther Sierra-Floyd for 33 years of wonderful bliss!

Just for kicks here is a picture more than a few pounds ago and a current pic as well!

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Stay in The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Acuna, Mexico, 1 year after the tornado of 2015

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On May 24, 2016, A small team from Texas Tech University traveled to Acuna with our Missions Pastor, Shon Young, my family, and Arvin Mendez, the Pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista Acuna, MX. We are photographed here standing one on of the devastated areas, but now it is a beautiful park area.

We haven’t forgotten the people or the community of Acuna. We have continued to be in prayer and give support to those in need.

Monday, May 25, 2015 was not your typical Monday. The day began with heavy thunderstorms with a magnificent lightning show. The smell of coffee began to permeate the house, and breakfast was about to begin, when I was asked from a friend via text if we had power on at our house, since they had not. I said we did and we invited them over for coffee and breakfast. As we finished up around 9 am, I received notice if I seen the pictures of the tornado damage in Acuna, Mexico which is 6 miles to the south of us. I had not, so we started an internet search and the pictures were very alarming.

13 people had been confirmed dead, and many more hundreds were injured. Reports were coming in and there were missing people. As I was there I was interviewed by a Mexican news station. I was able to speak with a few of those who lost everything and they conveyed to me that the tornado lasted a brief 10 seconds. I later found out that it was only 6 seconds, and it was in fact an F5 magnitude.

Here are some pictures from that day:

May Jesus be the King of Acuna, as recovery is still taking place.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Vacation Bible School

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Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! We at City Church are excited for all of you coming this year to our sports themed VBS. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so HERE

Hope to see you there!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Who Moved My Pulpit?

Today, I want to inform you of a new book by Thom Rainer. If you want to make a difference with your ministry team, then this book can help you to become the change agents of the church. Change will not happen without the pastor, staff, and elders leading the charge.

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Who Moved My Pulpit? may not be the exact question you’re asking. But you’re certainly asking questions about change in the church—where it’s coming from, why it’s happening, and how you’re supposed to hang on and follow God through it—even get out ahead of it so your church is faithfully meeting its timeless calling and serving the new opportunities of this age.

Based on conversations with thousands of pastors, combined with on-the-ground research from more than 50,000 churches, best-selling author Thom S. Rainer shares an eight-stage roadmap to leading change in your church. Not by changing doctrine. Not by changing biblical foundations. But by changing methodologies and approaches for reaching a rapidly changing culture.

You are the pastor. You are the church staff person. You are an elder. You are a deacon. You are a key lay leader in the church. This is the book that will equip you to celebrate and lead change no matter the cost.

The time is now.

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Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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What a Week

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This is the week that we have all been waiting for. Holy Week. There is no other week quite like Holy Week because of all of the impact this week will have on the entire world. Jesus will be the talk of the nations all week. Some will claim His risen status for themselves, while others will deny that He even existed. Jesus is asking you the same question He asked His disciples; Who do you say I am?

At City Church Del Rio, we will be looking at what the resurrection and it’s power mean to us a people of God. We have 3 opportunities for you to worship with us, and 2 other opportunities for your family to enjoy as well. Here is the schedule for this coming Easter Sunday: 7 am – Bilingual Sunrise Service, 8 am – Breakfast, 9 am – Servicio En Espanol, 10 am – Easter Egg Hunt for Kids thru 5th grade, and 11 am – Contemporary English Worship Service. 

I pray that you will invite someone to church, as you well know that many that do not participate in regular worship services are more than willing to go on Easter.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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