PresbyNews

Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 30, Number 25 December 6, 2005

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831

916-428-3439

www.faithpresby.org

Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

9:00 and 11:00

Graded Sunday School  P - 5th  9:00  

Adult Ed 9:30-1030am and 10:30-11:30am

Graded Sunday School P-5th   11:00

Munchies Bible Study 9:00am

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm

CREW

(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Munchies (Jr. High Fellowship) Game Night

Thursdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

 

December 7, 14, 21 Advent Dinner, Worship & Bible Study. Caroling on December 21

December 11 Open House at Chapman's 2-5:00pm

December 17 Walk thro Bethlehem. Potluck at 5:30-m. Walks start at 6:00pm

December 24 Christmas Eve Services. 5:30 pm family Service. 11:00pm Candlelight service

 

 

 An Invitation to an Open House at the Chapman’s

 

Jeff & Esther would like to invite you to join them for a Christmas Open house on Sunday, December 11th, from 2:00-5:30.  Come enjoy Christmas treats and other great friends – new and old – from Faith.  The Chapman’s live at 356 Bay River Way (near where Pocket Rd. turns into Riverside Blvd.).  Come join us!

 

 Stealing Jesus

 

Maybe you heard the story of the day somebody stole Jesus in, of all places, Chicago.

 

Last December it was reported to the Chicago Police that somebody had taken the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene which adorned the downtown Daley Plaza.  Authorities soon after discovered that a 19-year-old Texas man, a student at the School of the Art Institute nearby, had swiped the infant.  Two witnesses saw the man, whose dormitory overlooks the plaza, pull the three-foot figure from the manger and casually walk away with it.  They contacted police who arrested him just a few blocks away.  (It’s hard to be discreet with a three-foot Jesus sticking out of your overcoat!)  When questioned about the incident, the thief said he took the figure because he saw it and he wanted it.

 

Turns out that the same baby Jesus has been stolen before.  In 1999, Jesus disappeared but was eventually recovered from a Union Station luggage locker after an anonymous tip several days later.  Could it be this year that they’ll have to padlock Jesus to the cradle?

 

Of course, nobody ever has to steal Jesus.  The Son of God is a gift, God’s greatest gift to humanity.  He is available to everyone who seeks, anyone who asks, any person who ever would so desire.  John 1:12 reminds us: “To all who received Jesus, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  Nobody has to steal Jesus.  He’s there for the asking.

 

My prayer for you and for me this Christmas season is that our gratitude and joy would be renewed as we once again realize how extraordinary the gift of Christ is in our lives.  Imagine if we had to steal him!  May we never take for granted the fact that God has come to us in such a way, before we even knew to ask.

 

I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday!

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Jeff

 

Pastor Jim leads us in

 

Praying the Scriptures in Advent

 

Following dinner and advent worship - each Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Pastor Jim Zazzera will lead us in a practice known as "lectio divina." Simply put, we will be sharing in a corporate exercise of reading the scriptures in a prayerful way. While we will certainly read passages for intellectual undertanding, we will spend much of our time prayerfully asking God what God is saying to us from each text. We will use traditional Advent & Christmas passages from each Gospel.

Sunday School News

Sunday School News

 

December Birthdays

 

Jesus                            12/24                    Isabel Chapman        12/20

 

Zachary Fiscel             12/31                    Daniel Foley                12/30     

 

Trevin Reynolds        12/16

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Sunday School Lessons in December

 

New Journeys/ Ruth                        Ruth 1:1-22, Matthew 1:5-6, 16-17

 

Home is where the Heart is.            Ruth 2;1-4, 14-23, 4:13-22, Matthew

 

God's Promise of Peace                    Micah 5:2-5,  Matthew 2

 

Jesus is Born                                        Luke 1:26-33, 2:1-7

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LITANY OF THE ADVENT CANDLES

 

The first Advent candle represents Hope. Long ago people had hope in their hearts as they waited for a Savior, someone who would come to set people free. We hope too that the Savior’s love will be shared with all people! Amen.

The second Advent candle represents Peace, for Christ’s coming is the light of peace in our hearts and in our world. Therefore, we pray for peace on earth and good will among all people. May the light of these candles guide us as we walk through the season of Advent.

Amen.

 

Today we light the rose candle, the candle of Joy. May its brightness show us the way  

to the Child, the One who brings joy to the world. Open our spirits, God, to your joy and your   Light!  

       Amen.

The Advent candles remind us of the light that is coming into the world. For Christ comes to us as a light of hope, aflame of peace. our source for joy. For people of faith these are gifts of a God who loves. Today we light the fourth candle, the light of Love. May the light of Christ come to us and may His light lead us! Amen.

We have arrived at Christmas! I light the Christ candle. Today we celebrate the arrival of great joy “for all the people.... To you is born this day... a savior who is the Messiah. the Lord.”

Let us Pray: 0 God of Christmas joy, thank You for the gift of Your son whose birth we celebrate today. Make us Christmas seekers every day of the year, every year of our lives, that we may grow ever closer to You and the saving, sacred purpose for which You sent your son. In the name of the Prince of Peace, Amen.

    Start a family tradition, remember the season with this reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!

 

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Operation Christmas Child Report

 

    We were able to send @ 85 boxes to children around the world.  Thank you to all who helped to make this possible.  The friendship  shown around the table while we were packing the boxes was a great way to start the seasons of thanksgiving and Joy.    We will be given the opportunity to participate again next year.  All are welcome!

 

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Come "Walk Through Bethlehem" on Saturday, December 17 here at Church!  We will, again, be transforming part of the church into the town of Bethlehem.  Come see, hear, smell and play in Bethlehem!

 

We will start with a potluck, no alphabet assigned, pure potluck at 5:30.  Then at 6:00, Bethlehem will be open.  Around 7:00 - 7:30 we will again gather in Link Hall for songs, crafts, and fellowship.

 

Friends, Families,Neighbors - All Are Welcome!

 

Mark your calendars, make this a night that your family comes together to enjoy each other and other Christian fellowship!  For more information please contact Pam Rock, Ann Johnson, Lisa Miller or Sue Kirk.

 

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Opportunity to Lead in Sunday School Programs

 

    Passing on God's word - Christian heritage

    Spending time with your child they will remember

    Making a difference in a childs life

    Learning more about God's message

    Fulfilling your promise at a baptism

    Fresh way to seeing Jesus' words fulfilled

    Giving yourself a gift

 

We will need ten or more people to lead the Sunday School classes beginning the third week in January.  Any questions, after praying over this opportunity, please contact Pam Rock, Ann Johnson, Lisa Miller or Sue Kirk.

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Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

Many thanks to all those involved in preparing the sanctuary and narthex for the advent and Christmas season. Dwayne Willis and his crew of four were responsible for obtaining and setting up the l8 foot tree in the sanctuary. Kevin Hefner and Kyle Carpenter assisted in hanging the lights and helped with the other decorations along with .Julia Real, Chuck Beal and Wally Smith, Kevin, Kyle and Julia Beal were the agile ones who arranged and placed the poinsettias on the ledge above the choir loft. Pat Beal guided the operations and was also responsible for preparing and arranging the large wreaths in the sanctuary and narthex along with the balance of the Christmas decorations that we are enjoying. All participants, including Paul Hefner, helped in the cleanup. Thanks again! ----- Wally

 

Still Don’t Have an Entertainment Book?

 

As a member of South Sacramento Rotary, I have four Sacramento Area Entertainment books left from a recent sale. If you didn’t purchase one from another organization and would like one, feel free to e-mail me or give me a call (428-0311), and I’ll make arrangements to get one to you. The books are $40 each. They also make wonderful Christmas gifts, especially for mobile seniors who have “everything” or don’t want to add more “stuff” to their homes.

 

In case you don’t already know, Rotary International and local Rotary Clubs support worthy projects worldwide as well as locally, and I am proud to be a member of this fine organization. The money made in fundraisers such as this goes to support these projects.

 

Barbara Tracy  

Advent at Faith

Wednesdays, December 7 & 14 ~ Advent Dinner & Worship

Join us at 6:00 for an all-church dinner in Link Hall (food will be provided, donations accepted).  At 7:00, we gather for contemplative worship in the sanctuary.  Pastor Jim Zazzera will lead a class following the worship entitled, “Praying the Scriptures in Advent.”

 

Sundays, December 11, 18– Advent Worship

Invite others you know to join us for worship filled with special music and relevant messages on the power and meaning of Christmas.

 

Sunday, December 11 – Open House at the Chapman’s

Jeff and Esther invite the church family for a Christmas open house from 2-5 pm. 

 

Saturday, December 17 – 5-8:00pm A Walk Through Bethlehem   We will share a potluck, take a walk through Bethlehem, make some crafts and sing some Christmas Songs. Meet in Link Hall for this special evening.

Sponsored by Faith’s childrens ministry.

 

Wednesday, December 21 ~ Dinner & Christmas Caroling

We’ll have a 6:00 dinner in Link Hall (food provided, donations accepted) and then travel to sing carols to others in our congregation who are typically unable to get out and join us for Christmas.

 

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Services

5:30 – Family Service – Celebration geared for the whole family.

11:00 – Candlelight Service (Communion served at both services)

 

Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Morning Worship!

9:00 – Informal worship – A time of carols, reflection & celebration   (No Sunday School during this service, nursery care is provided)

11:00 – Family Worship – Chancel choir will help lead.  Sunday school for children is offered.  Come celebrate with us!

Christmas Giving Opportunities

During Advent, Faith Presbyterian will be taking special offerings to support local charities and the business of the church.  Please use this as a guide for your planning and shopping.

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The Christmas Joy Offering is one of four special offerings taken by the Presbyterian Church worldwide.  Funds raised are split between the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian related racial-ethnic education programs.  This offering will be taken on Sunday, December 18.

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A special offering will be taken at both Christmas Eve services, and will be split between Family Promise and SSIP.  As has become a Faith tradition, we invite you to bring peanut butter on Christmas Eve to be passed on to the SSIP Food Closet.

 

Giving Tree

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Wind Center for Youth focuses on providing homeless and street youth with help to move from crisis to healthy functioning.  Wind Center asks for donations of gift cards to fast food restaurants and department stores like Target and Best Buy to use on outings or as incentives.  You can bring your gift on Sunday, December 11.

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La Familia Counseling Center seeks to improve the quality of life for at-risk youth and families of diverse backgrounds.  La Familia will be providing us names and ages of children and youth who need new clothing.  Look for the information on Sunday, December 11 and bring your gift the following Sunday, December 18.

 

Sunday School News

 

December Birthdays

 

Jesus                            12/24                    Isabel Chapman        12/20

 Zachary Fiscel             12/31                    Daniel Foley                12/30     

 Trevin Reynolds        12/16

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Sunday School Lessons in December

 

New Journeys/ Ruth                        Ruth 1:1-22, Matthew 1:5-6, 16-17

 Home is where the Heart is.            Ruth 2;1-4, 14-23, 4:13-22, Matthew

 God's Promise of Peace                    Micah 5:2-5,  Matthew 2

 Jesus is Born                                        Luke 1:26-33, 2:1-7

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Advent Candle Wreath Litany

 

( I placed this in box in office)

 

    Start a family tradition, remember the season with this reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!

 

________________________________________________________

 

Operation Christmas Child Report

 

    We were able to send 85 boxes to children around the world.  Thank you to all who helped to make this possible.  The friendship  shown around the table while we were packing the boxes was a great way to start the seasons of thanksgiving and Joy.    We will be given the opportunity to participate again next year.  All are welcome!

 

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Come "Walk Through Bethlehem" on Saturday, December 17 here at Church!  We will, again, be transforming part of the church into the town of Bethlehem.  Come see, hear, smell and play in Bethlehem!

 

We will start with a potluck, no alphabet assigned, pure potluck at 5:30.  Then at 6:00, Bethlehem will be open.  Around 7:00 - 7:30 we will again gather in Link Hall for songs, crafts, and fellowship.

 

Friends, Families,Neighbors - All Are Welcome!

 

Mark your calendars, make this a night that your family comes together to enjoy each other and other Christian fellowship!  For more information please contact Pam Rock, Ann Johnson, Lisa Miller or Sue Kirk.

____________________________________

 

Opportunity to Lead in Sunday School Programs

 

    Passing on God's word - Christian heritage

    Spending time with your child they will remember

    Making a difference in a childs life

    Learning more about God's message

    Fulfilling your promise at a baptism

    Fresh way to seeing Jesus' words fulfilled

    Giving yourself a gift

 

We will need ten or more people to lead the Sunday School classes beginning the third week in January.  Any questions, after praying over this opportunity, please contact Pam Rock, Ann Johnson, Lisa Miller or Sue Kirk.

WINTER FOODS THAT BOOST HEALTH


Take advantage of seasonal vegetables to boost your potassium intake.
Winter squashes such as acorn squash and butternut squash  are high in
potassium, a mineral your body needs to support cardiovascular, bone, and kidney
health.  Add cubed or mashed squash to soups, stews, casseroles, and stir-frys
for extra flavor and nutrition.
One cup of cubed squash contains almost 900 milligrams of potassium.  Winter squash varieties include acorn, spaghetti, butternut, turnip, hubbard, banana and carnival.  These potassium-rich gourds can be baked, boiled, or steamed until the flesh is tender.  Serve up squash as a side dish by pureeing  butternut squash with a bit of olive oil, lime juice, and nutmeg.  Or, serve it up as the main course by making a savory soup out of butternut squash, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, olive oil, chives, and spices.  Other good sources of potassium include dried peaches, apricots, potatoes, bananas, watermelon, tomato paste and yogurt

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

Many thanks to all those involved in preparing the sanctuary and narthex for the advent and Christmas season. Dwayne Willis and his crew of four were responsible for obtaining and setting up the l8 foot tree in the sanctuary. Kevin Hefner and Kyle Carpenter assisted in hanging the lights and helped with the other decorations along with .Julia Real, Chuck Beal and Wally Smith, Kevin, Kyle and Julia Beal were the agile ones who arranged and placed the poinsettias on the ledge above the choir loft. Pat Beal guided the operations and was also responsible for preparing and arranging the large wreaths in the sanctuary and narthex along with the balance of the Christmas decorations that we are enjoying. All participants, including Paul Hefner, helped in the cleanup. Thanks again! ----- Wally

Signature Sound at the Crest

 

After Bill Gaither and Friends appeared here in October, several of you asked me if I was going to set up a group to see Signature Sound at the Crest Theater on January 12. This group of five guys was part of Gaither’s “friends,” and they had quite a sound, including a true bass. The Crest did not start advertising tickets for their performance until November, and when I inquired about groups, I was told that they are not set up to support groups.

 

You can obtain tickets, however, from the Crest box office (766-2277) or through tickets.com outlets. They are $20 each on the main floor; $15 each, in the upper section. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Jim and I plan to go and will be purchasing tickets on the main floor in a week or so. If you want me to get tickets for you with ours, e-mail me at bjtracy@comcast.net or call me at 428-0311 before December 12.

 

CHICAGO

 

Faith family members are invited to attend the Sunday, March 12 Broadway Series production of Chicago. Tickets are $31.50 each. Mark your calendar now and look for the sign-up sheet soon. Call Barbara Tracy at 428-0311 if you have questions.

Opportunities @ Faith To grow in faith

 

Sunday Mornings

December 11 – December 18th

Neglected Voices: Biblical Spirituality in the Margins

In this study we will listen to the voices of many of the “unknown” characters of the bible including Rahab, Baruch, Simeon, Phoebe and others. As we hear their voices we can hear God’s voice teaching us about things like new beginnings, trust, courage, and servanthood.

 

9:30am               Teacher:  Jim Zazzera

10:30am             Teachers: Claire Pisor, Hal Turner,

Sandy Trezise, Chuck Bell

 

Wednesday Evenings

  December 7th, 14th, & 21st  @ 7:30pm

Praying the Scriptures in Advent

You are invited this advent to take time to not simply study but to pray through the scriptures that lead us to the birth of Christ. Using an approach to bible reading and prayer called “lectio divina,” we will carefully attend to the bible reading for the day to discover what God has to say to our lives. 

 

Facilitator: Jim Zazzera

December 7th                 Mark13:24-37                

Signs of the End of the Age

December 14th               Matthew 11:2-11          

Who Are You Looking For?

December 21st    John 1:1-14                     

The Word Who Comes

                                       

For the Choir          

              Singing schedule:

              Dec 11                 Early service

              Dec 18                 Both services

              Dec 24                 Christmas Eve 11pm service

              Dec 25                 Christmas Day Late service

 

May Tucker visited Faith on December 4

Her many friends will be glad to know that she is able to get out and to come to Faith. She consulted with our guest organist, Thomas Stahl about a tune she has written. And even played the organ between services --- just a little bit since her strength has not yet returned.

Health Ministries

 

WINTER FOODS THAT BOOST HEALTH


Take advantage of seasonal vegetables to boost your potassium intake.
Winter squashes such as acorn squash and butternut squash  are high in
potassium, a mineral your body needs to support cardiovascular, bone, and kidney
health.  Add cubed or mashed squash to soups, stews, casseroles, and stir-frys
for extra flavor and nutrition.
One cup of cubed squash contains almost 900 milligrams of potassium.  Winter squash varieties include acorn, spaghetti, butternut, turnip, hubbard, banana and carnival.  These potassium-rich gourds can be baked, boiled, or steamed until the flesh is tender.  Serve up squash as a side dish by pureeing  butternut squash with a bit of olive oil, lime juice, and nutmeg.  Or, serve it up as the main course by making a savory soup out of butternut squash, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, olive oil, chives, and spices.  Other good sources of potassium include dried peaches, apricots, potatoes, bananas, watermelon, tomato paste and yogurt

 

Drive-Through Living Nativity

Friday - Saturday, December 16th & 17th

6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

As a free service to the public the Cottage Way Christian Church  (at 2117 Cottage Way – Sacramento between Howe and Ethan) invite you and your family to relive the Christmas Story through live scenes with live animals.

Please bring a canned food item to donate to families in need.

  Text Box: LIVE ANIMALS                         Text Box:  LIVE SCENES

Sunday Senior Shuttle Survey

 

Are you, or someone you know, over 62 years of age and in need of transportation to church services?  Or, would you like to volunteer to drive the Senior Shuttle or be an escort?

 

We are exploring ways to provide convenient shuttle service for older adults in our church, who live in the Greenhaven/Pocket neighborhood.  Please answer the following five questions and place in the offering plate.

 

1) Are you, or an older adult you know, in need of transportation to and from church on Sundays?

 

š Yes                                š No                                 š  Maybe

 

2)  Which church service do you, or your friends, most regularly attend?

                           

š 9:00am                        š  11:00am                     š Other:_______

 

3)  For special church events during the holiday season, such as concerts or programs, would you be interested in senior shuttle service? 

 

š Yes                                š No                                 š  Maybe

 

4)   Are you interested in being trained as a volunteer to drive the Sunday Senior Shuttle on a rotation schedule? (*certain requirements will apply)

 

š Yes                                š No                                 š  Maybe

 

5)  Are you interested in being trained as an escort for the Sunday Senior Shuttle service?  (*The escort provides a helping hand of assistance for persons getting on and off the shuttle)

 

š Yes                                š No                                 š  Maybe

 

Senior Adult Contact Information:

 

Name:____________________Phone #:____________

 

Address: _____________________________

 

City:______________   Zip Code:_________

 

Email (optional): ___________________________

 

Interested Volunteer Contact Information:

 

Name:____________________Phone #:____________

 

Address: _____________________________

 

City:______________   Zip Code:_________

 

Email (optional): ___________________________

 

 

Please drop completed survey in the Offering plate.  Thank you!

Mission Trip Planning Meeting

 

The Mission committee has been tossing around ideas for this summer’s mission trip, but we need to hear from you.  Would you prefer to join low-income families in building their homes?  Putting on a Vacation Bible School in beautiful Bandon?  Traveling to the Gulf Coast to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina?  Do you have a great idea to share with us, or just a lot of questions about mission trips?  Whether you have been on a mission trip many times, or you’re just wondering if it could be for you, we’d love to have you join us in Room 5 between services on Sunday, January 8.  If you have questions between now and then, please call Conney Willis at 530-432-2318.

Sarah Ainsworth gets Calendared

 

DIXON--A photograph of a calf licking a Dixon May Fair exhibitor across the face appears on a national calendar contest celebrating fairs and festivals.

The color photo, titled "Lickin' Good," is of dairy cattle exhibitor Sarah Ainsworth of Sacramento, granddaughter of Dixon dairyman Stuart Rowe of Innisfail Farms.

The photo, taken by Kathy Keatley Garvey of Vacaville, is the May selection in the Fair Visions 2006 calendar, sponsored by Staats of Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Sarah had earlier teamed with Rowe and friend Emilio Chacon of Dixon to win the Dixon May Fair Cowmilking Contest as "The Three Milkateers." It was the youths' first attempt at cow-milking.

Family Promise January 16-22nd 2006

 

You can sign up for this week in 2006 on the whiteboard on the wall across from the office. Volunteers are needed for dinner, evening activities, over night teams, set-up, take-down and coordinator of the day.

         If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex December 18.

If you haven’t volunteered before but are interested, you may want to talk to someone who has. And we will have a training session on December15, 2006. If you have questions, call Sue Hooper 393-2673 or Cynthia Crow  392-9141

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Worship Helpers

 

December 11

December 18

Worship Service

9:00am

9:00am

Worship Assistant

David Nash

Ross Leader

Ushers

Bruce & Bonnie Alexander

Jim & Betty Park

Greeters

Jim, Chris, Amanda Becker

Terry & Patrice Mangum           Marthe Sweet

Sound

Don Sperling

David Nash

Coffee Preparers

Jeff & DiAnne Brown

John Sugar

Acolytes

Joey Healow

Sohpia Bagby

Worship Service

11:00am

11:00am

Worship Assistant

Terry Mangum

Nancy Remley-Johnson

Ushers

Rick & Cynthia Crow

Renee Larsen        Melodi Anderson

Greeters

Bob & Barbara Powell       Ann Johnson

Rick & Cynthia Crow                   Julia King

Sound

Brien Bell

Ken Finch

Coffee Servers

Debbie & Nate Barton

Gwen Markuson

Tellers

Kitty Tatro  Jarvis Arellano

Barbara Powell  Charlie Tucker

Acolytes

Sierra Brown

Dawn Balangan

Published by Faith Presbyterian Church

625 Florin Road, Sacramento CA

(916) 428-3439, FAX 428-0248

www.faithpresby.org

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Jeff Chapman, Pastor

Jim Zazzera, Associate Pastor

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