Pastor Thomas' Blog

January 14, 2009

Update on Land Purchase #3

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 12:28 pm

To All:

I just returned from the State Underwriting Committee Meeting @ the COG State Office in Tampa.

I’m pleased to say that the committee will recommend to the State Council next week that our application for State Underwriting be approved.

If the State Council approves the underwriting, we will be able to move forward with the purchase of the land adjacent to the parsonage.

God is a GOOD GOD!!!

I look forward to seeing each of you tonight for our Mid-Week Service.

Pastor Thomas


January 12, 2009

Another Great Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 9:30 pm

To All:

Today was another great day – Sis. Rebecca volunteered her time today to work in the office – we were able to accomplish a lot in 8 hours!

From answering phones to printing cards and stuffing envelopes – it was a great day!

Tomorrow, I will be mailing out 26 pastor packets to churches in the area announcing an event that is coming up on Thursday, January 29.

On this special Thursday night service, The Shepherds will be ministering in song and Quint Shepherd will be bringing the word!

I’m excited about this special one-night revival.

If you are in the Orlando, FL area, please plan to join us.

Service will begin at 7:30pm!

God Bless!!!!

Pastor Thomas

Quarterly Business Meeting Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 9:26 pm

To All:

Tonight was our Quarterly Business Meeting and it’s now official – we will be launching a Hispanic Ministry at Ocoee Church of God.

Our target date is Sunday, March 1 @ 2pm.

I’m excited about what God is doing and I’m confident that He will continue to bless us in the days and weeks ahead!

Pastor Thomas

Update on Land Purchase #2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 12:02 pm

To All:

Wow! God Is Good!

In an earlier post, I mentioned that we signed a contract to purchase the land adjacent to the parsonage.

The contract price was $86K, down from $210K just 18 months ago.

Well, the certified appraisal came back at $70K.

After speaking with the owners of the property, they have lowered the sale price from $86K to $70K, another savings of $16K.

If all goes as planned, we hope to close soon!

Keep looking up – Jesus has it all in control!

God Bless!

Pastor Thomas

What a great Sunday!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 11:34 am

To All:

Yesterday was a fantastic day!

During the AM Service, God moved in such a mighty way.

In addition to the presence of God, we were honored to have Pastor Raymond, Marisole and Amy with us.

If all things go as planned, Pastor Raymond and his family will be joining us in February as our Hispanic Pastors.

Our tentative launch date for the Hispanic Ministry is Sunday, March 1.

Please continue to pray that God will bless us as we strive to do His will!

Pastor Thomas

January 9, 2009

L.I.G.H.T. Youth Room

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 10:47 am

To All:

Over the last few days, the idea of of having a separate space for our youth (L.I.G.H.T. Youth Ministries) has bubbled to the top again!

There is a possibility that we will be able to have a separate space for them with little cost associated!

I ask that you join me in prayer that God will give us favor and direction in the days ahead!

Pastor Thomas

Hispanic Pastor Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 10:43 am

To All:

On Tuesday of this week I met with a couple that will most likely be the Hispanic Pastors here at Ocoee.

The couple is very passionate about ministry and have a huge heart to see the plan of God brought to pass.

They are excited about the vision that God has for Ocoee and desire to be a part of that plan.

Please continue to pray about the Hispanic Ministry as we are hoping to launch in the month of March!

Until later…

Pastor Thomas

Thursday Night Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 10:40 am

To All:

As many of you know, our church choir (Voices of Victory) went to sing at a revival in Umatilla last night!

I must say – our choir did a FANTASTIC job!

We are thankful to the Umatilla COG for allowing us to come over and invade their space and for how they made us feel so welcomed!

My prayer is that God will continue to bless and direct them (and us) during these last days!

God Bless!

Pastor Thomas

Prayer: The Heartbeat of the Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 10:37 am

To All:

This past Wednesday night I started a sermon series on the topic of Prayer.

I must say, I really enjoyed the message and it has helped me to become a better person!

Over the next few weeks, my goal is to not only create a prayer culture but to get every person in my church involved in a consistent prayer life.

Next week, our topic will be Personal Prayer: Conversations With God (Dealing With Life’s Disappointments)

I’m thankful to the COG for the material that they have provided to the pastors to help with the Prayer Initiative.

I hope that each of us will realize that “Prayer Does Change Things!”

Pastor Thomas

January 7, 2009

Things are moving FORWARD!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas Odom @ 9:09 am

To All:

Parts and pieces of the Vision Plan are already beginning to come together.

1. The COG State Office phoned yesterday – they have received everything that is needed for the underwriting application – I meet with them next Tuesday, January 13 to discuss the details.

2. Today at 10am, I am meeting with the potential Hispanic Pastor – Pastor Raymond. He and his wife will possibly serve as our Hispanic Pastor in the coming weeks!

3. Several folks have contacted me about assisting with several of the other plans listed in the Vision Plan – I’m so excited!

4. Tonight, I am starting a mid-week sermon series on Prayer – something that each pastor was encouraged to do from the International Offices. In our world today, it’s going to take prayer just to make it day-to-day!

5. Our church choir (Voices of Victory) will be singing on Thursday night in a Revival in Umatilla!

God is a GREAT GOD!

Pastor Thomas

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