The harvest truly is plenteous,
  but the labourers are few . . .
                              Matthew 9:37


First Baptist Church
of Southwest Broward


Pastor Thomas J. Odom
9910 NW 29th Court
Hollywood, FL 33024

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August 6th - 8th Pastor & Mrs. Odom took the teens & young adults
to Gulf Coast Baptist Church's annual Youth Conference.

Wednesday night, July 8th, the Harris Family, Missionaries to Peru,
presented their ministry to our church, sang, and Bro. Jon preached for us.

A large number of backpacks and school supplies were
donated to our church. Sunday, July 5th, we distributed one backpack
full of school supplies to every K5 to 6th grade student in attendance.

Our 4th of July picnic was a lot of fun. We had sno-cones,
cotton candy, and an 18' inflatable slide for the kids
(and kids at heart) to enjoy. After the cookout, a brief
devotional, and some games for the adults, the kids
had an indoor snowball fight -- in July!

The theme for Vacation Bible School for 2009 was "Let Freedom Ring!"
We had over 50 every night (July 1st - 3rd) and 14 were saved
as a result of VBS -- we're looking forward to next year!

Pastor Odom preached at Victory Baptist Church in Homestead, FL
for their special speakers' series on Thursday, June 25th. It was a
blessing to meet other believers in south Florida and see how well
that work is progressing.

For Fathers' Day, our annual Mens' & Boys' activity was
a Marlins / Yankees baseball game on Friday, June 19th.

The Ladies' Fellowship was June 16th: "Sowing Seeds of Kindness"

Pastor Odom preached at Ocean View Baptist Church in
West Palm Beach on Thursday, June 11th while their Pastor was
out of town. Quite a few of our members went up for the service.

Our teens attended the Youth Conference at Westgate Baptist
in Tampa, FL, the weekend of April 10th and 11th.

Sunday, March 29th, was Pastor & Mrs. Odom's first anniversary.
Dr. Russell Anderson preached for our special services.

March is Missions month!
Our annual missions conference was held each night from
March 11th to 15th. Here's an alphabetical list of our guests:
Michael Barone to Italy
Frank Booher to the Navajo Indians
Dr. Charles Couey Evangelist
Pastor Ricardo Lees Liberty Baptist Church,
Nassau, Bahamas
(National pastor with H.E.L.P. Ministries)
Zach Polyak with Global Church Planters
Glenn Sebast with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry
T.J. Tilley with H.E.L.P. Ministries

February 1st, Uncle Bob-o and Aunt Alice of
Clowns for Christ presented the Gospel
to our Children's Ministries in Junior Church.

January was Stewardship Month:
Time -- January 4th
Talent -- January 11th
Treasure -- January 18th
Commitment Sunday &
Vision Banquet (6:00pm) -- January 25th

DVD cover art: Facing the Giants *We held our regularly scheduled Wednesday night service on New Year's Eve.

Immediately after the service everyone came together for a pot-luck fellowship dinner, followed by games and then a presentation of Sherwood Baptist Church's second release, "Facing the Giants." When the DVD ended, we prayed in the New Year.

*We praised the Lord that one young man, Sergio (a visitor), was saved on the way to the service and made a public profession of salvation during the invitation!

*The Pastor was out of town on Christmas Eve. Brother Dave Williamson, a BIMI Missionary to the Military, preached for our special Candlelight Service.

*We held our Christmas program, Christ Has Come for All, on Sunday evening, December 21st, at six pm.

The short, half hour music presentation by our ensemble and children's choir was followed by a Christmas message from Pastor Odom.

*Turnout was tremendous; we had to put out a few dozen extra chairs. Final count for attendance was one hundred twenty-nine (including two nursery workers and the eight children entrusted to their care).
Artwork for 2008 Christmas Program: Christ Has Come For All.

*The annual church Christmas party was held at the Pastor's home Saturday evening, December 20th. We fellowshipped, ate, and had a white elephant gift exchange.
*Marvin graciously volunteered to be the "Keeper of the Elephant" until next year.
2008 Church Christmas Party at the Odoms.

*The Ladies' Fellowship Christmas cookie exchange was held at the Ramirez's home Thursday evening, December 11th.
*The cookies were yummy.

*The church's annual Turkey Bowl was held at Brian Piccolo Park Saturday morning, December 6th.
Annual Turkey Bowl: flag football.

*The first Ladies' Fellowship was held at church Thursday evening, November 20th.
First Ladies Fellowship

*The ladies traveled to Gulf Coast Baptist Church's
Phebe Fellowship 6th annual Ladies Conference,
October 10th & 11th.

*Contact us if you're interested in attending next year.

*We enjoyed Gulf Coast Baptist Church's
Treasures of the Heart Youth Conference August 7-9th.

*Lives were changed, and decisions were made for the Lord!

*Pastor Odom's Father-in-Law, Sonny Wilkins, went to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, July 27. The funeral was held the following Tuesday (29th), at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee.
*In lieu of flowers, donations to the church will be used to offset medical expenses.

*We enjoyed Brother Patrick Hayes' presentation of Berean Ministries.
Many of those in attendance on July 20, 2008 were in this picture.

*March 30, 2008, Brother Tom Odom was called by the church to become our new Pastor.
*He had been assisting Dr. Proctor for several months by filling our pulpit. He has continued to hold to the same fundamentals of the faith that were taught here for the last 30+ years by Dr. Proctor.

*March 2, 2008, our former Pastor, Dr. Michie Proctor, Ph.D., was called home after a nine year struggle with cancer.

It was his desire that the church faithfully serve the Lord, reach our local community for Christ, and continue to advance world-wide evangelism in the years to come.

*In lieu of flowers, or as a memorial, donations
to the church can be made at any time in his name.

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