ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
474 Yalick Road - PO BOX 802
DALLAS, PA 18612
PRAY FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL: Brian Bayer, Katie Dale, Brian Rigez,
Paul Rigez, Robert F. Nicely, Paul Hiller, Andrew Hiller, David Dymond, William B.
Phillips, Jerry Price, Jesse Dale, Phillip Miller, Matt Lipo, Joe Walsh, Robert Stevens,
Adam Wendoloski, Joshua Knobel, David Spangenberg, Lt. Commander 04 Shaun McAndrew,
Cpl. Christopher Avery, Major Cindy Ruckno, Major Kevin Andersen, Captain Frank J.
Michael, Jr., Daniel Worthington, Michael Tanner, Stanley Brudnicki, Charles Brudnicki,
CDR Chris Petrock, Jason Reed, Ethan Jacobs, Pvt. Kevin Fritzges, Dustin Siperko,
John Feher, Aaron Coburn, Justin Thomas, Specialist Steven J. Martin, Private Esme
Molina, Michael Hoffman.
ST. PAUL’S PRAYER LIST
The People of St. Paul’s, the Ministers
placing on the prayer list.
Pray for Shut-In Members: David & Mary Hopkins, Bernie Hill, Bruni Bayer.
Pray for those suffering illness: Members: Maryan Daily, Catherine Grieshaber,
Colin Grube, Hank Henry, Barbara Kessler, Vic McCarty, Dorothy Peiffer, Pat Peiffer,
John Reishus, Dianna Smith, Amanda Spencer, Ciera Spencer, Shirley Templin, Carleigh
Thomas, Ruth Voelker, Betty Weaver, Justin Yost, Don Zimmerman, Shirley Zimmerman.
Family & Friends: Jennifer Ash, John Baron, Veronica Bashaw, Richard Bell, Kent Brace,
Amy Bush, Nicole Cadwalader, Martha Cease, Chris Crawford, Edith Daron, Gladys Debesis,
Claire Eisley, Joe Galardi, Ann Golightly, Jim Grady, Emma Horensky, Bob Hull, Ruthie
Hummel, Leona Hunt, Marvin Keck, Mildred Kelly, Alicia Mack, Nicholas Mariano, Margaret
McGiffin, Ruth and Lexi Murdoch, Mark Oster, Christine Ostroski, Emerson Protchko,
Kay Redline, Mary Reese, Paulette Rhiness, Walter Roberts, Bob Ross, DJ Scavone, Betty
Schultz, Niki Cheskiewitz Shotwell, Carol Staats, Rodney Samson, Mr. Stokes, Rev. Peter
Jark-Swain, Barbara Triantafillou, Linda Van Gorder, Joe Vereb, Matt Williams, Lori
Witherspoon, Albert Wyda, Rose Wynn, Edith Yohn, Jeannie Zaykowski, and Bobby Zeigler.
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The deadline for all submissions will be Noon, Sunday, June 16th.
Please remember that items for the Saturday and Sunday bulletins are
due in the church office by Noon on Thursdays.
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- Secretary’s report was accepted as presented.
- Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.
Budget Update: St. Paul's finances as of
*General Fund - does not include Special Appeals or
Mortgage Retirement Phase III Campaign:
1/1/2011 to 12/31/2013: $146,474.33
Total Received to Date: $123,440.00
Loan Obligation Balance: $431,359.67
Monthly Loan Payment: $ 3,530.61
Treasurer’s Notes: 1st quarter local, state and federal tax reports were prepared and
submitted. A comprehensive annual audit report was prepared and submitted to The
Travelers Premium Audit Division for our Worker’s Comp insurance policy for 2nd,
3rd, 4th quarters of 2012 and 1st quarter of 2013; supporting documentation (941 tax
reports) were included. The “Penny War” collection totaled $163.15. Our weekly
envelope total is up by $4,359.00 over the same period in 2012; however, our overall
expenses are up by $4,042.00.
Worship & Music: Pentecost is 19 May; no confirmands this year. Tops of wooden
flower stands are stained; discussion of refinishing; altar vases will be replated. Popping
noise in sound system may be caused by cell phones; asking all phones to be shut off for
Evangelism/Long Range Planning: Easter breakfast was successful with 64 served;
discussion of upcoming Back Mountain Business Expo at Misericordia University;
discussion regarding how best to reach out to those who attend infrequently; discussion
of small interest groups. Pictorial Directory sign-ups will begin in August for photography
sessions from October 15th to 19th.
Fellowship: Special thanks to Frank Dierolf and Alice Baer for helping serve the meal
for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District Festival and Assembly on Saturday,
May 4th. Of twenty-one churches in our district, 16 churches were represented with
41 in attendance. Reported to Property Committee that there is a water spot from
roof leak on drop ceiling the kitchen pantry. Sunday, August 25th St. Paul’s will host
a synod “Do What Matters” workshop; this will involve a meal.
Social Ministry: Discussed baskets for the homebound/shut ins, which were well
received; will continue to advertise “Good Gifts” in newsletter and bulletins; will
continue to assemble hypothermia kits; will request that people bring items for Lutheran
Disaster Response Cleanup Buckets; will provide a meal for Mother Theresa Haven on
August 5th. Eucharistic Ministry running smoothly.
Old Business: Discussed summer event/car show; Dorcas and Brotherhood
will be involved with setting up booths for the festival. Selected
counters for upcoming council election.
New Business: Request for Flag Retirement ceremony to be held on
14 June (Flag Day) was unanimously approved. Gary Booth and Frank
Mariano thanked the council for their time on council.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I was wrapping up my articles and reports for our newsletter,
I discovered that Pastor Andrea, pastor of our sister congregation,
San Timoteo, in La Plata, Argentina announced her final Sunday
as pastor of San Timoteo; she would be moving to a new
congregation in southern Argentina. Her move and the move
of Pastor Rachael Dietz, my colleague at St. James, Hobbie,
got me thinking about this season of change and transition.
On the local front, children are ending another school year and transitioning to activities
at home, high school graduates are transitioning to life at college, military service, or
employment, college graduates are transitioning to employment or graduate studies, and
we all are transitioning to the summer season and probably some vacation time.
The Spirit of God moves, too, and we who love God and follow Christ are in a constant
state of being led in newness. In the Word and sacraments, the community of the faithful
and works of charity, by the movement of the Spirit and by the power of the resurrection,
we are constantly being made new. Life is filled with change and transition; let the Spirit
take you, too!
In the Spirit,
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We remember Anne Bantell, mother of Charlotte Matza, who
passed away on 9 May. May God comfort all who mourn.
We celebrate with Julie Miller and Todd Holbrook on the
occasion of their marriage at St. Paul’s on 25 May. We rejoice
with them, and pray for God’s blessings as they being their married life together.
Carlie Kropp graduated on Saturday, May 11th from Rosemont College in Bryn
Mawr, PA, with a BS in Sociology.
James Duffy, after graduating from Dallas High School, will be attending Misericordia
University in the fall to study Occupational Therapy.
Chris Bellezza graduated from Everest University Online on April 7th Summa Cum
Laude and an Associate Degree in Business Management. She has secured a position
with Arias & Associates.
Katelyn Confer graduated from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA
on May 5th with a BS in Secondary Education - Mathematics with a minor in Special
Frank Henry graduated from Wyoming Seminary and will attend Bucknell University
in the fall of 2013.
Olivia Marquart graduated Magna Cum Laude from Salve Regina University with a
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is seeking a teaching position
in the area.
Samantha Marquart graduated from George Washington University with a Master’s
Degree in International Science and Technology Policy focused on space policy. She has
accepted a position at ATK as a Program manager in Washington, DC. She will begin
her PhD course work in Systems Engineering at George Washington University this fall.
Lauren Henry graduated from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM College)
with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She will move back to Dallas
for the summer.
Congratulations to all our graduates! May God bless them as their journeys continue.
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MISSION DISTRICT FESTIVAL UPDATE
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District gathered at St. Paul’s the first
Saturday in May for its annual Ministry Festival and Assembly. Bishop Zeiser
relayed moving, enlightening, and encouraging evidence of God’s work across our
synod as sister congregations, agencies, and companion synods and congregations
fulfill their mission and accomplish even little things that bear witness to the Gospel.
We learned of the profound work and deep gratitude our own Mission District has
done through our congregational support for the Adopt-A-Family ministry with the
Women’s Resource Center of Susquehanna County. And in assembly, we committed
to adopt a second family. We also elected member Marty Everhart and associate
member Kim Hintze to the Mission District cabinet; elected Marty Everhart as Mission
District Secretary, and Pastor Peter Kuritz was re-elected Dean of the Mission District on
the first ballot. Your church – St. Paul’s congregation, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District,
and the Northeastern PA Synod – is active and alive in the Spirit. Find out how you can use
your talents and skills for the mission of God in our larger community.
glimpse at what your gifts have made possible in 2012: 150
new homes built for disaster survivors in Haiti, 48 countries
with projects and programs to help stop hunger, 240 missionaries
serving in 40 countries, 16,000 patients received primary health care in Mozambique, 56
new congregations started in the United States, 290 goats distributed to 90 households in
Uganda, 100,000 Syrian refugees sheltered in Jordon…” and the list goes on! This diverse,
vital, and wide-ranging work is possible only by our support of prayer and contributions,
and it is an example of how, through the larger community of the church, we can do great
things with others that are not possible on our own. Thank you for your support of ELCA
World Hunger Appeal, Good Gifts, and Lutheran Disaster Relief.
are a part, marked its 48th year in fine fashion this month at its
annual luncheon. Staff and volunteers who marked milestone
years were honored, including a foster grandparent – a volunteer! –
who marked 25 years, and executive director, Lynn Evans Biga,
who celebrated 35 years with Head Start. Outstanding Community Partner Awards (St. Paul’s
received one in 2007) were given to some special community supporters of Head Start, and
most moving of all were the scholarships given to former Head Start children. Eleven
college-bound students were presented scholarships for their accomplishments, and many
of them shared touching Head Start memories and inspirational life stories that make
these bright and persevering young people models for us all. The program from the
luncheon is available for your review on the table in the Narthex.
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A little boy in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates.
When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so everyone could
hear: “Don’t pay for me, Daddy. I’m under five.”
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coming August 12 – 17 in Pittsburgh, when 952 voting members
from 65 synods and 9,638 congregations will gather for the business
of the church. Among those voting members will be our own Alice
Baer, who was elected by our Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District
last year. The theme for this assembly is “Always being made new” and will celebrate
the 25th anniversary of the ELCA, formed in 1988 from three predecessor bodies, the
Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church, and the Association of
Evangelical Lutheran Churches. Thank you, Alice, for offering yourself in this service
to our congregation and to the larger Lutheran church.
Synod announces the arrival of visiting Germans from our
companion synod in Saxony in July, and host families are
needed. The group ranges in ages from 13 to 60; a mixed
group of lay and clergy. In most cases they have the ability
to speak English. The host’s primary responsibility is to
provide a place to stay, breakfast and transportation to St. Paul
Lutheran Church, Mountaintop, for group activities from Wednesday evening, July 3
to Monday morning, July 8. If you are interested in hosting a visitor from Germany,
please contact the church office and we can provide further details and contact information.
her tenure as pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Hobbie, and
begins a new call at St. John Lutheran Church, Mohnton, PA,
just south of Reading. Please remember her and both St. James
church and St. John church in your prayers during their time of
trip to our companion synod, Saxony Germany July 16 to 25. Clara
and Erin will join youth from our Northeastern PA Synod in this
tour of companion synod, and extend their appreciation to you for
your support of them both in financial support and prayers on their
behalf. We look forward to hearing about their trip when they
return; we will announce a date for a presentation to us about their experience.
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DORCAS SOCIETY UPDATE
The May meeting was called to order by President Chris Bellezza with 20 members
present. Hostesses for the evening were Val Rothrock, Geri Williams and Hope Beisel.
Val led devotions on the theme “We Are All Special” with readings from Psalm 139
and Romans 12:6.
sale; the new Saturday hours worked very well and it was
decided to continue the format for the fall sale (Oct. 4-5).
New Business included a discussion regarding dates for
the two rummage sales in 2014; Carol Fett will check with
Pastor and Abby to have the first weekend in both May and
October “inked” in on the church calendar. A motion was
made to purchase four lightweight tables -- passed.
The next meeting will be the annual Dorcas Covered Dish Picnic which will be held at
6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 11th. All ladies of the church are welcome to attend.
Carol Fett, Secretary
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were used for Pentecost (May 19th) to decorate the Sanctuary and
Narthex. Members of the Art & Environment Committee that
placed the geraniums included Jean Grube, Mary Ehret and Linda
Keck. The week following Pentecost, the geraniums were planted
in the flower beds to remind us that the Holy Spirit is always with us. Planters included
Karen Mertz, Susan Woodling, Joanne Parrish, Tabitha Walters, Susan Berdis, Jennifer
Sangston, Alice Baer and Carol Fett.
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JUNE BLOOD DRIVES
announces the following Back Mountain blood drive location
for the month of June:
Kingston Township Municipal Building, Lower
Level -- Saturday, June 8th *
from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
* = DRC (Double Red Cell) Donation available
What a gift to those in need! If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental
permission) and in good health, you can help to save a life by donating blood. People
in your neighborhood, church, and community are in need -- people with cancer, or
receiving other therapies, or who have had an unfortunate accident. Your prayerful
consideration is requested! Walk-ins welcome, or contact the Red Cross at 823-7161
for more information.
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Please join us on Sunday,
June 9th flowing the 9:30 am worship service for our annual
Congregational Picnic in the Social Hall...it’s air-conditioned
and no bugs!
St. Paul’s Brotherhood will provide funding for the hamburgers and hot dogs and
Steve Thompson will be our “grill master”. Place settings and drinks will be
provided and all we ask is that you bring a side dish to share: salads, baked beans,
chips, &c. We will celebrate the beginning of summer, our wonderful Sunday
School teachers, students and parents. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex which
will help us to determine how many hot dogs and hamburgers to purchase. All are welcome!
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Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.
-- Edgar A. Guest
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FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY
As part of a special service project, Tyler McGuire of Troop 444 has organized a
worn flag collection. Flags collected will be honorably retired at a special ceremony
of Friday, June 14th at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Many scouts will be
on hand to take part in the ceremony including Cub Scouts from Pack 241 and Boy
Scouts from Troop 444.
If you have never seen this type of ceremony (or even if you have),
you are welcome and encouraged to attend. Tyler has prepared a
handout about proper display and care of your flag which will be
given to those in attendance.
Flags are being collected through the end of May. Hundreds of flags have been
collected thus far, so this will be a very big event for these scouts. We hope to see you there!
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conscientious people who love our congregation and volunteer to
serve by leading us in worship. BUT … we need more volunteers.
Please consider assisting by volunteering to be an Assisting Minister,
an acolyte or crucifer. Training is offered and you will find that
you will receive a great deal of pleasure in this ministry. For information
concerning assisting ministers, acolytes or crucifers, contact Frank Mariano
Betty Ann Duffy at email@example.com.
Please consider using your time and talents to the Glory of God.
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on June 21st at Olde Homestead Golf Course in New Tripoli, PA.
This golf event is a perfect opportunity for you to have a great time
and support the ministry of Bear Creek Camp.
There are three great ways to help:
Golf in the Tournament
Become a Tournament Sponsor at any level
Be a prize sponsor
For more information on any of the above, please call Tracey at Bear Creek Camp
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ELCA DISASTER APPEAL
May has been a devastating month for many as tornadoes have wreaked havoc on
towns throughout the Midwest -- especially in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.
envelope if you would like to donate to the cleanup effort.
The envelope has been highlighted for the Disaster Response
and the total donated will be forwarded to the ELCA. You
may drop your donation in the offering plate at any time or mail to St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church, Att’n: Treasurer, PO Box 802, Dallas PA 18612. You may also place them in the
treasurer’s mailbox at church (by the choir room).
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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say
to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To
this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am
always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring
people in this world.
-- Fred Rogers
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CLEAN UP BUCKET DRIVE
supplies to assist in recovery efforts, not only in NEPA but
also areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. An informational
insert on goldenrod-colored paper enclosed with the May
“Good News” (also can be found on the Narthex table) gives
additional information with suggestions of supplies needed.
In order to receive a uniform amount of supplies, we are suggesting that you purchase
those supplies listed next to the letter of the alphabet that is the same letter as your
A - B Powdered laundry detergent
C - D Liquid household cleaner (like Lysol or
E-F-G Dish soap
H-I-J Scrub brush
K - L Cleaning wipes (like Handiwipes or
M - N Sponges (not cellulose) & scouring
O-P-Q Clothespins and clothesline (100 ft.)
R - S Heavy duty trash bags (3 mil.)
T-U-V Dust masks
W-X-Y-Z Disposable waterproof gloves and work
Please place the items in the marked 5-gallon buckets on the table in the hallway.
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God wants us to enjoy the good gifts that he gives to us, provided that we don’t
so focus on the gift that we forget the Giver. When the gift becomes more important
than the Giver, you have idolatry; when the Giver is seen through the gift, you have worship.
-- Warren Wiersbe
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Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly
it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
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FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
following types of items: fruit juices, pudding and jello mixes,
and pancake mix and syrup. These items represent an ongoing
need at the pantry. Please remember to check the “use by”
dates. You may place your donation in the shopping cart in
the hallway just outside of the Social Hall.
Have you visited the website for the Back Mountain Food Pantry Garden --
www.foopanga.org -- lately? You will find all sorts of information about the
“Grow-A-Row” program, with photos and details about how you can help.
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CHURCH DIRECTORY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The 2013 St. Paul’s Church Directory is
coming! Professional photographers will be at
St. Paul’s on October 15-19, 2013 to take family
portraits. Each family who has a portrait taken
will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a free church
directory. In order to have your pictures taken,
you must sign up for a time slot. Sign-ups will
be held during the month of August after all
church services. If you have any questions about
the directory, please contact Annie Bisher, Abby
Aristeo, or Keith Brosious.
Committee is having a photo contest! We are looking
for a photograph or photographs to be used as the cover
photo for our 2013 Church Directory. The photos can
be of the church, the grounds, the events, or anything at
St. Paul’s. Be creative in style and perspective. Please
email all entries to Keith Brosious at firstname.lastname@example.org
and type “Directory Cover” on the title line.
Candid and/or staged photos from groups and activities happening now or having
occurred in the past year are wanted by the Church Directory Committee! Please email
photos to Keith Brosious at email@example.com and type “Directory Candids” on the title line.
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King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the
Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable
diamond in the ancient world. Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to
ask for a loan. Croesus said, “I’ll give you 100,000 dinars for it.”
“But I paid a million dinars for it!” the King protested. “Don’t you know who I
am? I am the king!”
Croesus replied, “When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are.”
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“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.”
-- Jewish Proverb
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Dear Friends --
sympathy and remembrance since my Mom’s passing. Whether it
was a kind word, a memorial gift, or just “being there” for us, we
appreciate them all!
Mom was happy to know that we had cultivated so many great friendships at
St. Paul’s. She knew many of you by name, even if she had never met you. She knew
what our church family means to us.
Thank you all for helping to ease the pain of our loss.
Thom, Laura and Nigel Stearns
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What a nice surprise to receive an Easter Basket full of goodies from
Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.
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Thank you for the beautiful yellow rose in honor of my birthday.
The Easter basket filled with goodies and useful everyday items was
a surprise. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
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Thank you for the Easter Baskets. It was so thoughtfully filled.
We enjoyed everything.
Dot and Pat Peiffer
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Your kindness is deeply appreciated. Vic was happy with the basket.
He enjoyed the goodies. Thanks again for your support.
May God bless you all.
Vic & Marge McCarty
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Your donations of household goods help fund the operation of
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where men
and women find help, hope and a second chance at a new life.
Without your continued contributions, The Salvation Army would be unable to
continue its mission to help people reclaim their lives. Thank you for partnering
with us and helping us continue Doing the Most Good®.
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To my friends at St. Paul’s --
Thank you so much for the pretty yellow rose which the Social
Ministry Committee placed in the church on my birthday, also for
cards and wishes expressed to me.
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