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October 25, 2013

Echo Church to celebrate second birthday

NORMAN — Members of Echo Church, 1370 N. Interstate Drive, have been busily preparing for its upcoming birthday bash, all while reminiscing over the past two years.

To celebrate, the church will have two services at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Echo’s pastor, Phil Scowden, will begin a series titled “Don’t Waste Your Life.” Following the second service, there will be inflatables and food.

“This past year has been exciting. We took a team of 20 to Corinto, Nicaragua, to build a dormitory for families and children who are living on the streets there,” Scowden said. “At last year’s birthday celebration, we had a goal of $15,000 and, with God’s help, our people raised $17,000.

“It was a huge feat and a big priority for us because we wanted to provide a home for someone else before our church began to look for our future home.”

In the past year, Echo Church members have participated in the Norman Christmas parade and took more than 150 people to an Echo Thunder Night, where Scowden prayed before the game on the court and church member’s kids got to high five the players.

“We hosted a glow-in-the-dark Easter event last March 31, put on an uplifting community carnival in Moore after the tornado called Freedom Fest and had our second vacation Bible school, which doubled in size,” Scowden said. “We are currently looking at where God would have us in the future. Our lease is up in December 2014. That is a major priority right now.”

Scowden said the church has grown significantly in all age groups, and on Sunday, three more members will be baptized.

Scowden said the church is hosting its second Pumpkins N Stuff event Tuesday. Last year, more than 300 attended. He predicted that close to 500 could attend this year.

He said more than 20 members are going to Nicaragua in March, looking to help the orphans and families the church provided for last year.

For more information, visit echonorman.com or call 365-1833.

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