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Easter. For us Christians it is the most important date on our calendar. But in comparison to Christmas it can sometimes takes a back seat. This year we want to make sure we are doing all we can to put on the best Easter event yet. Easter is a time of true celebration of the new life we have in Jesus. Is there a better time to invite friends and family to church than Easter? Lets make it a huge party. God knows how to throw great parties therefore we should too! We will have a 4pm service on Easter Sunday then a special Easter Dinner following. Invite cards will be available for you to give out in the coming weeks & Jenny Murtagh will be in contact regarding food!

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A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastors visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday."

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Sunday services are full of life, joy and an inspiring message. Bring your friends and family along, grab a hot beverage before or after the service and Running during our 4pm Church service, we have 3 great programs for all kids crawling meet new people! There is no better place to be than in Gods house! Sunday’s at Echuca College Performing Arts Centre, Butcher St Echuca. to 11 years old. Parents can sign in their baby to the JITTERBUGS (crawling—3 yrs) *Church Services are always at 4 & 6pm unless notified otherwise (e.g. Easter 4pm only) program 15 minutes before the 4pm service. Movers and Shakers will participate in the music during the 4pm service, then will then go out to their respective programs. Each month we want to thank a few people for their contributions and pure awesomeness. We hope the epic kids program is a blessing to your children and family! Thank-you so much to Bec Bullock. Who has continued to make Epic Kids a commitment! Yeah I’m For any more info regarding Epic Kids please contact Libby: 0448275220 Thank-you so much to Will Parry who puts hours into IT. Know one knows what you are doing, but you do it! pumped! (Ps. Don’t forget the massive Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday!) Thank-you so much to Alisha Hartman who has stepped up to help our young girls during our 4pm church service!

… Hi church! The Jesus series continues. It is wonderful to hear so many positive reports on what people are learning & experiencing. Each year @ Christmas (I know it’s Easter), I draw up a treasure map, mark the X, burn the edges, stain it with coffee and scrunch it up so that it feels and looks a bit older and roll it up like a scroll (This is now tradition in the Warren home). I then bury or hide a treasure for my kids and give them the map. I love the look on their faces as the hunt begins, as they try and work out the clues, discussing what it could mean and then taking action. They pursue until they eventually scream with delight at finding their treasure. Psalm 119:162 says, “I rejoice in your word as one who has found great treasure.” So many people tell me that they find it hard to “get into God’s word”. I would like to encourage you to change your thinking. Just like my kids with their treasure hunt…if you choose to hunt, search, pursue, or dig into the Bible you will find your heart rejoicing. Why? Because it is not just a book; it lives! You will find treasure if you look for it…answers to questions, stories that build faith, principles that build your character, encouragement in struggles, unfailing love and devotion of God directly to you…and so much more. Highlight the verse or two when God speaks to you. Memorise it, repeat it to everyone, share it and it will live in you. This simple process will renew your mind and bring greater transformation to your life, and I know that as we do this together, we will all become more like Jesus and His church will be empowered to accomplish it’s purpose and vision. Thanks for the journey Epicentre…you guys are amazing, Pastor Damien Warren

ABOVE: Pastor Damien is pumped for Easter! (please note: drawing is not to scale) We heard recently about some people who had come along to church and although they felt welcomed the first few times, they then decided they didn’t really “connect” with anyone.. Our Sunday services are an awesome place to corporately praise, worship and honour God. We experience great teaching and preaching, can encourage one another, our kids can enjoy the fantastic Kids’ Ministry, etc. Our Sunday services are also a place to start the initial links with others. They are not, however, the best (only) way of building relationships with God’s people – that’s where Links come in! (Imagine if you were just married and you only got to spend time with your new spouse for a couple of hours on a Sunday?!). We all know that every relationship in order to grow needs to have time and effort invested in it. Ps Damien spoke on 20th March, 2011 during the Jesus series about the need for each of us to continue to connect with God – how do we do that? Pray! Our relationships with one another can also be enhanced as we connect through Links. Some of our Links are for specific ages or gender, but there is definitely a welcome mat for anyone who would like to be involved in a Link. Links are about doing life together - showing God’s love in our homes, our communities, workplaces, churches… getting out of our comfort zone to help others in need every day and on purpose! Our Men’s Link is currently studying Mars Hill Church’s Ruth series (and you’d be surprised how many key messages about relationships, applicable to singles and marrieds, are talked about by Ps Mark Driscoll). Two of our Ladies’ Links are just starting Joyce Meyer’s “Love Revolution” series. Arena Links are going off – with over 50 participants at the last Link night! Not to mention all the other Links (you may even read about them on Facebook). If you’re not yet connected or feel God drawing you into leading your own Link, please contact Pastors Paul & Kerry Parry (links@epicentrechurch.com.au). "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." - Romans 12:9,10 (NIV) SPECIAL DATE: Monday, 11th April, 2011, 7.30pm at Parry’s, 10 Westin Place, Echuca Link Leaders (& potential Link Leaders) Training Night.

*NOTE: NO LEADERSHIP TRAINING ON THE 6TH OF APRIL AS PASTOR DAMIEN IS IN AFRICA MON 11TH APRIL // LINK LEADERS TRAINING NIGHT 7.30PM @ THE PARRYS // SEE PAUL OR KERRY PARRY TUES 12TH - FRI 15TH APRIL // PLANETSHAKERS IN MELBOURNE // RSVP TO LUKAS: 0413668261 SUN 24TH APRIL // SPECIAL EASTER SERVICE // 4PM SERVICE ONLY WITH DINNER FOLLOWING TUES MAY 17TH // HILLSONG CONFERENCE ONE DAY // MELBOURNE $20 DAY & NIGHT // INFO: HILLSONGCONFERENCE.COM/ONEDAY FRI 27TH - SAT 28TH MAY // ADORE WOMENS CONFERENCE // INFO: WWW.ADORECONFERENCE.COM If you have any photos of yourself or past church events that you think would be great to add to this publication please email them to dylan@epicentrechurch.com.au

7.30-9.00PM // THURSDAY FORTNIGHTS // 53 SCHEOFFEL DR. ECHUCA //

Youth is exploding at the moment! It is amazing to here what is happening. Get amongst it!

FRIDAY 7PM // ECHUCA COLLEGE GYM // COLLEGE DR CONTACT LUKAS ON 0413668261 // WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ARENAYOUTH *Planetshakers is just around the corner! Register Today!


ECHUCA / 75 OGILVIE AVE / 54802116 MOAMA / 44 MENINYA ST / 54800344 Both Echuca & Moama stores are going fantastic. Drop in to either or both stores and say G’day, you never know what you may find! There are 3 ways that you can support our stores. 1. Volunteer a few hours in either of our stores. 2. Donate good quality goods for us to sell. 3. Shop in our stores and snap up a bargain!

Have you ever wanted to do a course at Bible College? Learn more about church history or the Bible? Well now you can in the comfort of your own local church. If you are wanting to learn more about the various courses offered, time commitments or costs, please contact Phillip for more information on 0447437155.You wont regret it! Next intake is later in the year...

Link Week

This year we are believing God to do something huge through our annual miracle offering! Our miracle offering will be going towards our new facility as we build the Kingdom of God here in Echuca. As individuals and families that make up our church, lets start to prayerfully consider what we will contribute. And then lets put our plans into action so that by July we’re all ready to see God do a miracle, not only in the life of our church, but our lives as well! Wouldn’t it be amazing if by July we had our own facility? Please continue to pray for our future church facility!

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Axis Dance is a group of young passionate people who love to express their creativity through dance. Each week members get together to choreograph new dances and work on existing ones. Performances at various events around the community are often happening. For more info on Axis please call Danya on 0437037650

A convenient and easy way of giving. If you use internet banking & would like to set up a one off direct deposit or regular giving to Epicentre Church, our details are:

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Account Name: Epicentre Church BSB: 063 511 Account Number: 10325679 Please state ‘tithes’ or another allocated department in the description field with your financial institution.

75 Ogilvie Ave, Echuca Vic 3564 Echuca College Performing Arts Centre, Butcher St Echuca 54802517 info@epicentrechurch.com.au www.epicentrechurch.com.au www.facebook.com/epicentrechurch www.twitter.com/epicentre_

For more information regarding anything you’ve read in this update, please speak to one of our friendly team at Church on a Sunday or contact our church office on 54802517. Alternately if you are in need some kind of assistance, support or prayer we would be happy to help, just give us a call.

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On the 10th of this month we are privileged to have Pastor CJ Frazier who is the Lead Pastor of Paint This Town Red Ministries from Pampa Texas. CJ is a very funny guy and you will be blessed by his ministry. He loves his wife Micki, his 4 dogs and his best friend (our very own) Mr. Tyler Hudson!

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Office Address: Church Address: Phone: Email: Website: Facebook: Twitter:

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EVERY TUESDAY // ANGLICAN CHURCH HALL // 4-6PM // $3 SUNDAY JULY 31ST 2011

New Life.

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Arpil 2011 Update