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The Messiah Messenger > The June Messenger Issue #504
The June Messenger Issue #504

May 28, 2010

The Messiah

July 2nd Fireworks Parking Passes available now in church office.

Donations accepted, funds raised benefit Messiah Accessibility Project (MAP)!


The Time after Pentecost Sunday (also known as “Ordinary Time”) is a teaching time, a growing time, in the life of the church. The green banners and paraments used during the season of Pentecost indicate growth and hope. We celebrate that God has given us a new lease on life through faithful learning.
We are invited to be free by the Lord’s call to follow him and revel in the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. When we are Spirit-fed and Spirit-led, we are free to learn God's Word and understand the Gospel. This freedom allows us to grow our faith and in doing so, we do good works and transform lives for our Lord and Savior. Our growth and good works can transform us, and like the disciples, we too are transformed so that we can be bear fruit to the world. When we are transformed, others can be transformed, meeting Jesus through us in their faith journey.
As St. Paul wrote to the community of Colossae, a city in ancient Phrygia (modern day Turkey) following his third missionary trip (55 C.E.):
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully give thanks to the Father.” ~ Colossians 1:10-11   
The Good News is that Jesus walks with us every step, transforming and renewing us (individually and communally) every day. Our transformation comes through listening. God gave us His Son for a reason – to listen and learn from him. Transformation comes from the inside. When we receive the Word through our ears and eyes, it transforms us by coming inside us and living inside us. With God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, we can look down the road and see change coming. Remember that Christ directed us not to fear as we now have the Holy Spirit here to guide us.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”    ~ John 14:27
How will you bear fruits of the Spirit this month?
Peace be among you,
PS- Many thanks to
all those who gathered to help plant flowers on May 22nd! Your help was much appreciated!

At a special congregational meeting on Sunday, May 16th the congregation voted to proceed with fundraising toward the building project that was presented to the congregation. It includes accessible bathrooms, accessible entrances, and a gathering space on the west side of the current building, and will cost approximately $250,000. Fundraising will begin immediately, will include a pledge drive and will be reviewed in approximately 3-4 months to determine whether or not we can proceed with the next steps for the building project.

Fundraising for the MAP project will need to be multi-faceted and reach beyond the walls of Messiah in order to be successful. Several fundraising plans have already been discussed, and there are a variety of ways members can help. Here are a few initial ideas:
•   Pledge Drive – materials will be sent out in June for a pledge drive that includes initial gifts, as well as pledges for a multi-year period beginning this year.
How you can help: Pledge!
•   Letters – We will send out letters of appeal to a variety of groups including (but not limited to) foundations, corporations, local businesses, former members, “friends” of Messiah, etc. Letters can be for donations of money or of materials & supplies.
How you can help: Give us names & addresses of people /places to send letters! You can find a form in this newsletter and/or in the narthex to submit names. Or you can e-mail suggestions to Carol Hrodey at cjhrodey@sbcglobal.net.
•   Grants – with the help of our architect we will resubmit our grant application to the Retirement Research Foundation in June. Grants are given for up to $30,000 to churches making accessible improvements to their buildings.
How you can help: Pray for our application to be awarded a $30,000 grant! Also – help research other possible grants! Places to look? Online, library, etc!
•   Fundraisers – the next scheduled fundraiser is the Harvest Festival in November. This year we will expand the silent auction that we did last year and try to improve our profit on this event. An organizational meeting will be held in June. Additionally, we are contacting restaurants that work with organizations on fundraisers to do a “Dining Out” series. Details to be announced. We will set up a regular schedule of fundraisers going forward to help support the funding of MAP.
How you can help: Help with the Harvest Festival event by helping to plan, donating items for the Silent Auction, getting the word out to the community about the event, etc.
Once other fundraisers are publicized – help and participate! Do you have ideas for fundraisers? Please pass on to one of the Property Task Force Members – or join us at our next meeting, Thursday, June 10th at 7:00! More fundraising ideas will
be listed in future newsletters.

We are trying to focus on various means of cost cutting in order to meet our monthly budget and ultimately help us to remain fiscally viable and complete future building projects such as MAP and ongoing repairs and refurbishing.
This past year we installed energy efficient lighting and we have been seeing the effect   in our electric bills – reduced by about 15%!
What ideas do you have for cost cutting around Messiah? Please submit your ideas to the Executive Committee. We’ll investigate and if your idea is something we can implement, we’ll feature it in future Cost Cutting Corners!

The May meeting opened with Martin Luther's advice: "SIN BOLDLY." David Jensen explained that God in Christ has forgiven us totally. We are now free to get on with our work of "reaching out and welcoming."
The team helped prepare the new "Gloria Bibles" given in memory of David Swanson's mother. The NRSV Bibles are placed throughout the sanctuary. You are encouraged to open, read, and enjoy.
We thanked God for the rescue of Susan Rice who had gone into icy water to help her stranded dog. Susan's impression of Messiah is that of an "even handed" congregation where all members are treated as equals (no "big shots").
Cindy Norberg and family will attend May Commencement for their daughter. Natalie is graduating from our church college, Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, MN.
ON THE SAME WEEKEND, Anne and Mark Wiberg will be back on the campus for Anne's 50th Class Reunion. Coincidence?   
Neena Penumaka is thankful that God has "gifted" our congregation with the Holy Spirit. Nina will be returning to India to visit her family during July and August.
BON VOYAGE: Pastor Lynne acknowledged the individual talent of each team member.
She presented us each with a "dream catcher." In the Native American tradition, the dream catcher is to prevent bad dreams, and help us to act on our good dreams.
Pat Kovach and Paul Holzer were not able to be present for our May Meeting.
BUT...o my....are they ACTIVE. At the festive Pentecost Service, Pat and Brad's son Kevin affirmed his Baptism. Paul played guitar, and his wife Julie, the trumpet. Their daughter Melissa served as acolyte.
Looking ahead, save Saturday, Sept. 25. The Turnaround Synod Initiative PRESENTS "Evangelism for Congregations" led by The Rev. Dr. Richard Bliese, President of Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN. Messiah members are invited to car pool. For preparation pick up at church Bliese's book The Evangelizing Church from Pastor Lynne. Read Chapter 2, pp. 11-31. You will be inspired. Yes, the Holy Spirit is bringing our congregation to new life. Don't miss it!!! ~ Mark Wiberg

(PLEASE always check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator.)
Sunday, June 6 during worship service
On this Sunday we will recognize our Sunday School, Child Care, and any other teachers in our congregation, as well as anyone graduating from Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, and/or college. This is a chance for us to say “well done!” and “thank you!” to the teachers and students in our midst.   

Tuesday, June 8th
6:30 PM

This is a great time for Child Care families to hang out together at the end of the year. Church members are also welcome to come enjoy this picnic atmosphere – bring a blanket and some food, and get to know some of our families!

June 19th at 11 AM
We have been in contact with Carol’s daughter, and there will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 19th at 11 AM here at Messiah. The service will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Child Care Board
Tuesday, 6/8 at 6:30 PM
Property Task Force
Thursday, 6/10 7:00pm
Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, 6/14 at 7 PM
Friendship Day – June 24th starting at 9AM or whenever you can come for an hour or more. Dessert will be served. Please bring a sandwich or whatever you like for lunch if you plan to stay. Don't worry if you cannot sew, we will teach you! Also you may work at home, making sweaters for the layettes, patterns available. Just check if there are other things you would like to do. Last year there were some members that wished to work on quilts after church on Sundays as they could not come on the 4th Thursday. It has also been suggested there might be a Saturday work day. We would like to have input from you on this, so please contact Trudi Handzel @ 847-359-7830 or Sandy Collie @

Men’s Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, June 12th at Jimmy’s Restaurant. Join us for great food and fellowship.
Fireworks, July 2nd
VBS, July 25-30   

Sunday   Worship Focus   
June 6   2nd Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 17:17–24
Psalm: Psalm 30
2nd Lesson: Galatians 1:11–24
Gospel: Luke 7:11–17   

June 13   2nd Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: 2 Sam. 11:26—12:10; 12:13–15
Psalm: Psalm 32
2nd Lesson: Galatians 2:15–21
Gospel: Luke 7:36—8:3   

June 20   2nd Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 65:1–9
Psalm: Psalm 22:19–28
2nd Lesson: Galatians 3:23–29
Gospel: Luke 8:26–39   

June 27   2nd Sunday After Pentecost
1st Lesson: 1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21
Psalm: Psalm 16
2nd Lesson: Galatians 5:1, 13–25
Gospel: Luke 9:51–62   

Sunday School, Adult Forum, and Confirmation Class will return Sunday, September 12 with RALLY DAY!
Meanwhile, enjoy the summer, and join us for Vacation Bible School
July 26-30!

This summer we will have a new twist on our Summer Hymn Sing. Rather than taking requests ahead of time, we invite members of the congregation to call out suggestions during the worship service. There will be three opportunities to offer hymn requests, and the only requirement is to share the significance of the request.

Last month we dedicated the Gloria Bibles – and people started using them right away! We will continue to offer a few copies of the Celebrates for those who wish to take the readings and prayers home with them, but we encourage everyone to look up the scripture and read along during worship! Page numbers will be provided in the Sunday bulletin.   

Sunday, June 13th
Messiah members who would like to celebrate “special” wedding anniversaries this year (e.g. 1, 5, 10, …50, etc.) are invited to participate in a Renewal of Vows at the worship service Sunday, June 13. All are invited to join the celebrating couples for refreshments following the service. Let us know of your participation and your anniversary date using the YES sheet in the Sunday bulletin or by contacting the church office by June 7.

   June 6   June 13   June 20   June 27
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Michael Y   Nick L   Phil H   Mikey H
Communion Assistants   Floyd Y   Rich L   Julie H   Kim H
Readers   Dottie B   Nancy H   Kristin Y   Cindy N
Worship Assistants   Karen B   Pat K   Vikki H   Diane B
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H
Ushers   Carol H,
Sue B   Carol H,
Sue B   Carol H,
Sue B   Carol H,
Sue B
Greeter   Susan R   Susan R   Susan R   Susan R
Bread Providers   Char L   Available   Available   Available
Counters   Dave H,
Dave K   Dave H,
Dave K   Dave H,
Dave K   Dave H,
Dave K

Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
June 6   In honor of Michael Yager’s birthday.   In honor of Michael Yager’s birthday.
June 13   In honor of Pat Kovach’s birthday from Dan and Kevin Kovach.   By the Fox family in honor of Peter’s baptism anniversary.
June 20   By Brad and Pat Kovach for Mary Jane Kovach’s birthday.   Available.
June 27   In memory of Edward Bowman’s birthday by Valeria Bowman.   Available.

The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.
Note to all those purchasing flowers: Your flowers are yours to take home!
If you wish to donate them to one of our shut-ins, please be sure to let the Altar Guild know.


Thank You for the Crosses
Thank you to Larry Johnson for all his hard work creating the crosses that were handed out on Easter. We continue to be blessed by them, and appreciate the effort that went into making them.

Dear Messiah –
Thank you for all your kind thoughts, words, and Panera treats during this finals time. Studying is much easier when you have people behind you and an Asiago Bagel in your belly.
Thanks again, Kevin Kaufman

Dear Friends in Christ-
Thank you for your recent gift to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). We are grateful to your congregation for standing with us as we serve the poorest of the poor in Illinois.
Your generosity helps bring health, healing and wholeness to thousands of people across the state. Every day LSSI responds to the Gospel by serving the most vulnerable among us. The faithfulness of congregations like Messiah Lutheran Church is critically important in this work.
As Christians, we believe that all things work together for good. Surely your congregation's gift will bring good to those who rely on Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and its ministries.
Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.
In Faith,
The Rev. Dr. Denver Bitner, President/CEO

Manna Dates
Orders for Manna will be ONE WEEK EARLY in June to accommodate Father’s Day and Child Care end of year. Orders due on June 6!

Moms seeking gently used LEGO donations from the Park Ridge and Niles communities for new LEGO Club at Field Elementary School.
To schedule a pick up, please call 847.692.2833

Dear Messiah:
I can't thank you enough for the thoughtful and beautiful 90th birthday card you sent my mother. How wonderful of you to have all her Messiah friends sign the card! Please convey my sincerest appreciation to everyone. My mother loved the card, and kept looking at it throughout our lunch yesterday. Thank you for remembering her.
God bless you! Lynda Jeppesen

We finished the month of May with the Confirmation of Kevin Kovach. Kevin was the first student to complete all three years of our new curriculum. We are quite proud of Kevin and would ask that each of you give him a pat on the back and welcome him to the "High School Group" as we head into the summer!
Also in May we had two events. First we had a number of confirmation students and some of our high school group join us for an evening at University Lutheran Church at Northwestern. Our friends at ULC are always excellent hosts and we look forward to visiting with them again next Spring. This year we met on Friday May 7th and played a couple of ice-breaker games before sharing a meal (Burgers and Hot Dogs done by Pastor Lloyd on the grill) and participating in an educational session on energy and conservation.
After this learning experience we had the chance to participate in a Vespers Service using a worship service based on the Holden Evening Prayers. It was a great service. Then we settled into a game of Apples to Apples before retiring for the evening. Some of us traveled home, but the majority of the group stayed to head out to Skokie Lagoons in the morning to work on the removal of some of that insidious Garlic Mustard! I understand, despite the chilly weather, it was a lot of fun and believe there was quite the fire built to burn the brush that had been removed.
It was a fun evening and kind of felt like the early church as described in Act 2:42 "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Our group, along with our friends from ULC, shared teaching and fellowship, shared a meal, and participated in prayers through the worship service. To those who were there, it probably felt more like fun than church!   A couple of items to take note of -- We have the opportunity to have a late night (Midnight to 6am) Laser Tag Lock-in at the Laser Zone on Palatine and Rand Roads. It is really cool, multiple layers, music, smoke, and so on. We need to have 35 people, so we are hoping to do this one this summer while our college students are home. I will call and see if we can find a couple of options for a date, but then we will need to have people sign up so we know we have a commitment and can fill the place. We will have the whole place to ourselves, play Laser Tag all night, have pizza and sodas, and just have a great time! The cost per person will be $15 or $20 for 6 hours of Laser Tag and snacks! I need to get an idea of the interest from you all and a commitment to attend and bring a friend or two so we get 35 people! Please look for the sign up....I will e-mail the group, post it on the Messiah FaceBook Page (http://www.facebook.com/ home.php?#!/group.php?gid=145474103139&ref=ts ) If I don't get response to the sign up, I will assume there is not an interest.
Second, we will need your help this summer, as always, with VBS. This is a huge ministry we do each year and it can only work with lots of volunteers. I hope as you see the information about this event you will be among the first to sign up to help out. The kids that are there really look up to the teens that help and we need you!
Do Justice, Love Kindness,
and Walk Humbly with God,
~ Floyd Yager

In June, the Friendship bucket entitled Angels in the Narthex will be in the Narthex under the stained glass windows. You have been very generous in the past and we hope that will continue. Please do not feel any gift is too small … or too large. All of the items for the HEALTH KITS must be new. The layettes may be GENTLY USED ITEMS. Most people having the garage sales are very understanding when you say it is for Lutheran World Relief. We have an MBA in shopping so your money is spent very wisely. There are two nice ELCA wicker baskets, one by the west entrance, and one outside the church office. Items may be put in either basket. A list of the layette items is available. Ingathering is the 4th Thursday in September, the 24th. We assemble the health kits and the layettes then. We need several men to help that day and some ladies also. It is usually done by noon...Please think about it. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.
For an interesting trip around the world, see the display outside the church office in the Educational Wing. See where in the world your gifts are going!


Greetings from Cape Town!
We will be on Home Assignment this summer (2010) and would like to visit our sponsoring congregations wherever possible. Please note I do try to rotate the Sundays and week days among the various sponsoring congregations each time.
I will be in the Chicago area over the weekend of July 24-25 and will be available for a Sunday July 25 morning visit to Messiah Lutheran and could participate in worship services and/or a presentation/ social gathering/meeting as suits you best.
As always, we are grateful for your prayers, communication, and financial support!
Yours faithfully, Philip Knutson
Regional Program Assistant – Southern Africa, Cape Town

If anyone would like to help organize this visit, please contact Pastor Lynne. This will also be the 1 year anniversary of Pastor Lynne’s coming to Messiah, so we may do a bit of a “shin-dig!”


Matthew Seggeling, 6/1
Christine Ruterschmidt, 6/2
Lorraine Elder, 6/3
Vikki Hanson, 6/3
David Tjhio, 6/5
Edward Corkill, 6/6
Susan Bromstad, 6/7
Katharine Scheck, 6/7
Jimmy Olson, 6/9
Claudine Ward, 6/12
Nancy Boomer, 6/13
Susan Kopij, 6/13
Linda Raymond, 6/13
Pat Kovach, 6/14
Natalie Norberg, 6/17
David Divita, 6/19
Kyle Cramer, 6/22
Barbara Loverme, 6/22
Mary Jane Kovach, 6/23
Michael Yager, 6/24
Floyd Yager, 6/26
Sara Christiansen, 6/28
Jake Saul, 6/29
Jessica Saul, 6/29
LuAnne Jelonek, 6/30
Neil and Laura Hauser 6/6/1995, 15 years

Samed and Lauri Hamden 6/9/2007, 3 years

David and Donna Hanson 6/12/1965, 45 years

Mark and Anne Wiberg 6/18/1960, 50 years


Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow (847) 612-6950
Director of Music:    Tom Daniels
Organist:    Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Administrator:    Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper:    Helen Levy
Property Maintenance:    John Handzel, Jr.
Custodian:    Worknesh Deressa
President:   Carol Hrodey
Vice President:    Vikki Hanson
Secretary:    Nancy Boomer
Treasurer:    Brad Kovach
Financial Sec.:    David Hanson
Contact the Church Office for phone numbers or email addresses for these folks.

Adult Forum:      Rich Levy,
         David Swanson
Altar Guild:      Linda Raymond
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board:      Donna Berzins
Christian Education:   Julie Jensen
Choir:         Patti Daniels
Confirmation/HS:   Floyd Yager
         Julie Holzer
Evangelism:      David Swanson
Friendship Day:    Trudi Handzel,
Sandi Collie
Music:         Tom Daniels, Sue Fox
Property Coordinator: Patti Daniels
Publicity:      Teresa Lippert
Stewardship:      Floyd Yager

MEMORIAL REPORT as of April 24, 2010
All gifts to the Memorial Fund are automatically acknowledged to the giver by a personal note, which includes a confirmation of the amount. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts go into the Property Reserve Fund. Addresses and envelope numbers on memorial cards or checks are much appreciated. The purpose of this report is to confirm that gifts are received and properly allocated. If you don’t see your gift listed here after 2 months, please contact Karen Black.
There were no memorials recorded in May. Any memorials received in May will be reported in the JULY Messenger.

At the beginning of the 20th century, William Spence (Frederick March), a well-to-do medical student from Canada abandons his ambitions to become a doctor, and accepts the call to life as a Methodist minister. His beautiful fiancée Hope (Martha Scott) is given the choice to go with him, and she accepts, saying, “Whither thou goest, so may I go also.” Thus they begin a tumultuous life together, living in poverty through the Depression, creating a strong family unit in extreme circumstances, and above all, abiding with each other in faith and love.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Nominated for best picture in 1942 (along with The Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane), this is one of those very, very special classic films that even those addicted to Technicolor action and adventure can enjoy. The dialogue is snappy and thought provoking, the acting is SUPERB, and several main themes in this movie resonate strongly with current times, even 7 decades later. Rev. Spence (March) finds himself and his new bride at the mercy of the circuit pastorship in the Great Plains and Midwest during the 20s and 30s. They battle broken-down parsonages, fire, apathy and prejudice, and even each other, always struggling to keep true to their doctrine and their faith. A large plot line revolves around the congregation’s desire to build a new sanctuary (sound familiar?) and the difficulties they encounter. There are several marvelous moments in this film, culminating in the rousing, joyful rendition of the congregation walking through the streets of town, gathering to sing “The Church’s One Foundation.” I DARE you not to cry at this ending.
Despite the G rating, some adult themes creep in (the rumor mill says some NASTY things about the Pastor’s son, for example). But it is a clean family film with a strong message about faith and values. If you can get your child to sit with you through an old black and white movie, you will all come away richer for having watched it.


To my friends at Messiah:
Your May issue of the Messiah
Messenger indicated that you would like to hear from the people for whom you have been praying for a long time. This sounds like a reasonable request, and I admit I have been very remiss in keeping you informed, because I am one of the grateful ones benefiting from your faithful prayers. The saying is that once you go on a prayer list you never come off. I feel like this applies to me because I have been on your prayer list for a very long time.
I want you to know that you are part of a very large team of faithful pray-ers because people all across the country - many different church denominations, Protestants, Catholics, and yes, my Jewish friends, have sent prayers heavenward. God is so good, so loving, so caring, and He has heard the prayers of His people and He has answered in a mighty way. Most of you don't even know me and probably wonder why my name shows up week after week. My husband, Les Bunt, was a long-time member of Messiah Lutheran Church, and our children grew up there. For me, I held out for my Baptist faith, but also I was a constant attender and helped out in little ways through the years, joining my husband until his death in 2002. Since then I'm still in contact with the "old-timers" of the church. This is why my name shows up on your list.
For your information, the reason I went on your prayer list is because I had very serious surgery in January 2009 for a cancer problem, followed by a series of   complications. I should have died, but God had other plans for me, and your prayers played a role in this. I'm still having some complications, but God is faithful in helping me through. I want this to be my testimony that I serve a risen Savior, and cannot imagine life without Him. He is very real to me, and I am happy knowing I am completely in His will. He has strengthened my body, but most importantly, He has strengthened me spiritually. I learned that when I am weak, He makes me strong. I cannot sing His praises enough for all He has done for me. My prayer is that everyone reading this message will be encouraged to walk a closer walk with Him and enjoy the benefits of knowing Jesus as your personal friend and Savior. Praise be to God. Thank you for all your prayers.
My love to you in Christ's name,
Lois Bunt
Please continue to pray for: Viv Beyer, Val Bowman, Lois Bunt, Evelyn Burval, Sara Christiansen, Clare Doud, Ron Duty, Pearl Fox, Graham Family, Larry & Arlene Johnson, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, Richard Reeve, Clare Rodin, Aleida Rodriquez, Chuck Steigerwald, Kathy Stultz, Linda Ufkes And military personnel: Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Kevin Ward, and Claudine Ward, and Samantha Krawitz.

The Messiah
1605 Vernon Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Email: messiahchildcare@sbcglobal.net




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