Bulletin Announcements

May 29, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: Galatians 1:6: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.”  The Bible uses the image of “turning” to another gospel, or to another god, to show us the seriousness of sin.  When we are tempted to follow some sinful course of action, we are being told to turn our backs on God.  But the Lord calls upon us to turn away from sin and turn toward Him – where we will find a Father’s smiling face and loving embrace.  In our stewardship, let us not turn toward greed in fear, but toward our Lord in humility and faith.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR TODAY focuses on the story of “Jesus and the Little Children.”  In our sin, we are like small children: helpless, dependent, and needy.  So Jesus came to bestow His love and eternal gifts upon us.  Parents could discuss, “How did Jesus show His compassion on these little children?  How does Jesus shower His compassion on us?”

FROM THE OFFICE:  Tomorrow, May 30th, is Memorial Day and the church office will be closed.  Thank you.

ATTENTION YOUTH:  You are invited to join us for a new Bible Study beginning next Sunday, June 5th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Conference Room.  The title is: “Real Deal – It’s A Big Deal”.  Faith Related Issues such as Faith Challenges, Worship, Other Religions, and Religious Rights, etc.  If you have any questions please see or call Mary Anne Kirchner at (309) 532-2582.  

ON SUNDAY, June 12th, we will have door Offering for the Hilbert Family.  The Hilbert’s are missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators in Botswana.  When they arrived there recently the house they are staying in was not furnished and even the kitchen cabinets had been taken.  The gifts will go toward helping them acquire the things that they need for their home as they do their mission work in Africa.

TUITION ASSISTANCE:  Anyone that would like to apply for Tuition Assistance may do so by filling out the Application Form which are located on the bookcase in the church office.  When completed, please return to the church office.  Applications are due by Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Thank you.                        The Board of Christian Education

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  The Living Alternatives Pregnancy Center is having a Volunteer Opportunity Open House on Thursday, June 9th.  The times are: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The Center is located at 303 Landmark Drive, Suite 1B in Normal.  Last month’s Walk For Life had 149 walkers (including Pastor & Toni) and raised $46,000.00.  God bless you all.

FROM THE OFFICE:  As of Tuesday, May 31st at 11:30 a.m., Laura Kessler will no longer be known as Laura.  Laura will appear in court that day to have her name legally changed to Kyryth.  Please pronounce it “Kir-ith.”   If you would like to know why she made this decision, please feel free to ask her.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Christ’s Good News” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Galatians 1:11-24.  What is the Gospel?  It’s Good News of God’s forgiving love for us, in Jesus Christ.  The speaker is Reverend Gregory Seltz.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Bulletin Announcements

May 22, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  From the Service of the Sacrament: “Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth adored.”  Three times the angels in Isaiah 6 cry out: “Holy, Holy, Holy!” which is an indication of the threeness in the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This is the Name we are baptized into.  We have been made a part of God’s family.  And so we are now called to live lives that are in harmony with our new family: we are to be godly, to live in God’s image.  As God is loving, and kind, and generous – so are we called to be.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS:  Today we will have a special Adult/High School Bible Class.  Karson Lueck will be talking about the Christian faith from his generation’s perspective.  He will talk about what he has observed from college, friends, and young people.  Join us at 9:15 a.m. in the basement of the church.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL, the children learn, “Jesus Heals Ten Lepers.”  Jesus forgives and heals us from the sickness of sin and death.  Discuss, “What does it mean to be healed of our sin-sickness?  How do we thank God for His grace?”

TODAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the JUNE NEWSLETTER.  Mandy Kluender is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at mgkluender@hotmail.com or you may call her at (309) 838-9868.

NEXT SUNDAY, May 29th, is a fifth Sunday so Holy Communion will be celebrated in both worship services.

FROM THE OFFICE:  Sandy will be out of the church office this coming Thursday, May 26th, and Friday, May 27th.  Please have any announcements you would like published in the bulletin for Sunday, May 29th to her by Monday morning, May 23rd as that is the day she will be copying the bulletin for Sunday, May 29th.  Thank you!

ATTENTION YOUTH AND POST-CONFIRMATION YOUTH:  You are invited to join us for a new Bible Study beginning on Sunday, June 5th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Conference Room.  The title is: “Real Deal – It’s A Big Deal”.  Faith Related Issues such as Faith Challenges, Worship, Other Religions, and Religious Rights, etc.  If you have any questions please see or call Mary Anne Kirchner at (309) 532-2582.  

TUITION ASSISTANCE:  Anyone that would like to apply for Tuition Assistance may do so by filling out the Application Form which are located on the bookcase in the church office.  When completed, please return to the church office.  Applications are due by Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Thank you.   The Board of Christian Education

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Identity Theft” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from Galatians 1:5-8.  Nobody likes to have their identity stolen, and that includes the Lord who said, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”  The speaker is Reverend Ken Klaus.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Stewardship Corner May 2016

Do we Christians really have to tithe? Are we really under a compulsion to give? Aren’t we free? Don’t we have a freedom from the law that was purchased for us by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection?

The problem is that our sinful flesh uses our freedom for selfishness. Christ did not die and rise so that we could give less and do less good work in the world. He died and rose to free us from the compulsion of the Law, to free us from a burden we could not bear.

We are missing the point completely if we use the freedom from the Law that Christ won by His passion, crucifixion, and resurrection to give less, or to do less of any good work. Christ set us free to live in His image of faithfulness, generosity, and kindness. We are free from the Law’s condemnation so that we can walk in the good works the Lord has prepared for us.

Our freedom is not given to indulge our sinful and selfish flesh. Our freedom was purchased and won by Christ so that we could serve our neighbors — our family, our society, our church.

As a result, much of your freedom is not a freedom from, but a freedom to and for. You are not free from serving your neighbor. You are free for service toward your neighbor—willingly and without compulsion. You are not free from giving to your church; you are freed to give to your local congregation in joy, willingly, and without compulsion.

The reason you are free to serve, the reason you are free to give is because of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sin He won for you on the cross, which He delivers to you in the Gospel and the sacraments. That is our motivation. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). And since God loves us in this way, by giving us His only-begotten Son so that we do not perish, we also love one another in this way, by giving what we have so that our neighbor does not perish.

If the God who has provided the sacrifice for your eternal salvation, the God who delivers that salvation to you in Holy Baptism, the God who continues to forgive you and show you His faithfulness, if that same God is the one who also promises to give you daily bread and take care of your earthly life, you can trust in Him, even in giving. After all, Jesus Christ is proof that God loves you and will take care of you.

Bulletin Announcements

May 15, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Acts 2:1:  “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.”  Notice that Pentecost is actually an Old Testament festival: it happens around the time when the wheat and oats are ready to be brought in.  In the New Testament this becomes a picture and foreshadowing of the great harvest of humankind that God means to bring in through the preaching of His Word.  God gives the seed, and God brings about the harvest – through the work of His Church.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS:, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL:  In our sin, we are lost from God and doomed to die, but God, in His love, sought and found us and keeps us with Him forever.  Today’s Bible story is, “Jesus Seeks the Lost” as recorded by St. Luke (Luke 15).  Talk about, “How does God the Holy Spirit work through the the Word and the Sacraments?”

LADIES MORNING BIBLE STUDY: Our next meeting will be this coming Tuesday, May 17th, at 9:30 a.m.  This will be our last meeting before we take a break for summer.  We will meet for Breakfast at the CJ’s Restaurant 2901 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704.  Please let Jeannette Ross know if you would be able to join us.  Her phone# is (309) 662-4622; Email is: jross42@comcast.net.  Thank you!

NEXT SUNDAY, May 22nd, we will have a special Adult/High School Bible Class.  Karson Lueck will be talking about the Christian faith from his generation’s perspective.  He will talk about what he has observed from college, friends, and young people.  Join us at 9:15 a.m. in the basement of the church.

NEXT SUNDAY is the deadline for items to be submitted for the JUNE NEWSLETTER.  Mandy Kluender is our Editor for the church newsletter and any announcements you want to be published in the Newsletter should be submitted to her at mgkluender@hotmail.com or you may call her at (309) 838-9868.

FROM THE OFFICE:  Sandy will be out of the church office on Thursday, May 26th, and Friday, May 27th.  Please have any announcements you would like published in the bulletin for Sunday, May 29th to her by Monday morning, May 23rd as that is the day she will be copying the bulletin for Sunday, May 29th.  Thank you!

ATTENTION YOUTH AND POST-CONFIRMATION YOUTH:  You are invited to join us for a new Bible Study beginning on Sunday, June 5th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Conference Room.  The title is: “Real Deal – It’s A Big Deal”.  Faith Related Issues such as Faith Challenges, Worship, Other Religions, and Religious Rights, etc.  If you have any questions please see or call Mary Anne Kirchner at (309) 532-2582.  

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Here’s a New, Lasting Identity” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 8:48-58.  The Bread of Life, Living Water, Good Shepherd: Jesus’ statements leave no doubt as to who He is, for you.  The speaker is Reverend Gregory Seltz.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Bulletin Announcements

May 8, 2016

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP:  Acts 1:16: “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.” Judas sold out our Lord for 30 pieces of silver – that is, he sold out his friend, and Master, and teacher for the sake of greed.  That is a sharp reminder for us to search our own hearts for greed and to pray that the Lord would help us to turn away from greed before it consumes us.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”. 

TODAY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON IS “Jesus Raises Lazarus.”  In resurrecting Lazarus, Jesus demonstrated that He can indeed raise all who believe in Him for salvation.  True life is eternal life with Jesus.  Consider asking, “Where do we see and experience the effects of sin in our lives?  What does Jesus promise to all who believe in Him as Savior?”

TODAY will be our final door Offering for Seminarian Brad Ferch and his family.  Brad received his Divine Call into the ministry recently.  He will serve God’s people at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.  A recent thank-you from the Ferch family is posted outside the church office.  We will receive a new adopted seminary student in the fall.

FROM THE OFFICE:  There are more copies of the Church Directory on the table in the narthex.  Please help yourself to a copy.  If you picked up a copy previously, please note that there have been three changes that you should know about. 1) Lorene Backsmeier has a new Apartment #, it is: Apt. 1212.  2) Gerald Semelka has a new cell phone#, it is: (309) 825-6607; and email is: jerrysemelka@yahoo.com.; 3) Helen Jensen’s email address is: utex96@gmail.com.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Red Cross Blood Drive.  Everyone’s help was appreciated and we were able to save lives through these blood donations.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  The April-June 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the bookrack located in the narthex.  Pick up your free copy today.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Jesus Gives Us the Help We Need” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 14:23-31.  Jesus doesn’t want you to be in the dark about how much He loves you.  The speaker is Reverend Gregory Seltz.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home phone is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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Elder, Usher, Acolyte schedules for May 2016

Elder and Usher schedule

Date
8:00
Elder
10:30
May 1Gerald Semelka, Joshua Parry, Nathan Kluender, Steve ParryPaul GerikeMarvin Huth, Will Dowell
May 5/Ascension7PMNathan KluenderGene Fuller, Richard Ross, Mike Field
May 8Daryle Schempp, Paul GerikeBarry HamlinBud Kessler, Curt Kessler, Mike Huth
May 15Ben Holland, Jeff Piper, Charles Nottingham, Joshua ParryCurt KesslerHolden Lueck, Karson Lueck
May 22Gerald Semelka, Steve ParryRandy ReinhardtGreg McNeely, Brian Dirks, Ryan Kleiboeker
May 29Daryle Schempp, Gene Fuller, Richard Ross, Mike FieldPaul GerikeMarvin Huth, Mike Huth, Theron Noth

Acolyte Schedule

Date
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
May 1J.T. PiperWilliam McNeely
May 8Pastor/ElderJessica Isaac
May 15Summer SheleyJustin McNeely
May 22Pastor/ElderChristian Dowell
May 29Lucas PiperWilliam McNeely

Celebrating May 2016

Birthdays

5/3 Anna Holland
5/5 Lorene Backsmeier
5/5 Cory Fortney
5/6 Mike Brewer
5/8 Christian Dowell
5/8 Lucas Piper
5/10 William Dowell
5/11 Lindsay Orr
5/12 Kerry Warren
5/16 Benjamin Holland
5/19 Nicki Cloyd
5/19 Terry Trost
5/21 Pat McQuown
5/26 Joyce Schneider

Baptismal Birthdays

5/1 Catherine Cloyd
5/1 Carly Benjamin
5/1 Marvin Lester
5/5 Marlene Hitch
5/15 Daryle Schempp
5/18 Drew Kemp
5/22 Lorene Backsmeier
5/22 Marvin Huth
5/26 Stephen Parry
5/29 Lucas Piper

Pastor’s Notes May 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It should be a celebration.  The house is full of kids – school friends, neighborhood friends.  You are the guest of honor, and you have five candles on your birthday cake to blow out.  So what could be wrong?  Maybe a brother or sister is messing with one of your gifts.  Maybe Trevor swiped a finger across the frosting of your cake before you blow out the candles.  Whatever it is, it is all coming apart in tears.  The bigger picture – a bright picture of fun and games and friends and presents and cake – has been lost.

Because Jesus ascended into heaven, He is now exalted over all things.  He rules all things on behalf of His Church.  This should bring us great hope and joy.  Yet what happens to us?  We become discouraged by our worldly cares.  We become disgruntled like the birthday child.  Our sin clouds our eyes to see what God has done and is doing through our risen and ascended Lord.  We see with just our physical eyes and because of this we focus on the discouragements of the world.  In our church we may fret about troubles members are having or the number of members who are inactive.  We become discouraged as we fail to accomplish those things that we want to get done.  We find ourselves in a state of despair as we see our own shortcomings or the shortcomings in others.  We then wallow in our self-pity.  But our Lord has ascended on high and rules over all things on our behalf.  He has ascended to fill and be filled by His Church.  Let’s not lose sight of this wonderful truth and all that means for us.

Ascension Day is still important for us as Christians.  Historically, the Ascension has been a big day in the life of the Church.  Many Lutheran churches have Ascension as part of their name.  I wonder how many still have worship on that day?  We still do here at Good Shepherd.  This year it will be Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m..  Christ is in control.  He has been given all rule, authority, power, and dominion.  That is why He ascended on high.  He has prepared a place for us and is waiting.  To God on High Be Glory!

In Christ,

Pastor

Bulletin Announcements

May 1, 2016

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

IN TODAY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON, “Jesus Teaches Us to Pray.”  The children learned that our heavenly Father invites us to pray and promises to hear our prayer for the sake of His Son, Jesus. Ask your children, “What things have you prayed for?  How has God answered your prayers?”

GOOD SHEPHERD BLOOD DRIVE:  The day has finally arrived.  Tomorrow, (May 2nd), is our Blood Drive for the American Red Cross.  It will run from 2-6:00 p.m. in the basement of the church.  There are still available slots for walk-ins so if you have never given and would like to see the process which is quite simple, please stop in and give the gift of life.  Thank you to everybody who is part of this outreach to the community.

OUR ASCENSION DAY WORSHIP SERVICE is this coming Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m.  We will celebrate Holy Communion with the message: “Christ Is Lord Over Your Frustrations”.

PASTOR’S SCHEDULE:  Pastor will be out of the office this coming Thursday, May 5th, as Pastor and Toni pickup Karson from college.  Pastor will be back in time to conduct the Ascension Day Worship Service that evening.

NEXT SUNDAY, May 8th, will be our monthly door Offering for Seminarian Brad Ferch.  This will be our last door Offering for the Ferch family.  We will be assigned a new student for next year.  A thank you note from the Ferch’s is on the bulletin board outside the church office.

FROM THE OFFICE:  There are more copies of the Church Directory on the table in the narthex.  Please help yourself to a copy.  If you picked up a copy previously, please note that there have been two changes that you should know about. 1) Lorene Backsmeier has a new Apartment #, it is: Apt. 1212.  2) Gerald Semelka has a new cell phone#, it is: (309) 825-6607; and email is: jerrysemelka@yahoo.com.

PORTALS OF PRAYER:  The April-June 2016 Portals of Prayer are available on the bookrack located in the narthex.  Pick up your free copy today.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS:  The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell.  We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee.  If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled.  We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

2016 REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Camp CILCA Outdoor Ministries 2016 Registration Information is available on the table in the narthex.  Camps are available for many different age groups.  The Camp is a CID LC-MS and LLL/LHM sponsored Camp.  It is located in Cantrall, IL which is northwest of Springfield, IL and west of Sherman, IL.  Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are great for family camping.  Enjoy a Camp this summer.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR:  “Jesus Prayed For You” is the topic for next Sunday.  The sermon text will be from John 17:20-26.  Prayer begins in the heart of Jesus Christ who intercedes for you, offering prayers on your behalf to God the Father.  The speaker is Reverend Gregory Seltz.  Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tune in!  You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN:  If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582.  The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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