Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 6 Mainstreeter Online

 

 June 6, 2019

 

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

 

A Prayer for Pentecost by John Winn, in "For All Seasons", page 69

 

O Giver of Life,

We are the People

who have heard a word we cannot unhear;

who have felt a warmth that cannot be chilled;

even a fire that will not be quenched.

 

It moves among us,

connecting us to one another,

despite our different languages,

our different races,

our different loyalties,

our different religions,

our different cultures.

 

It is a language that cleanses

like a spring shower,

and at the same time warms our hearts

in a way that bonds us as One.

And no one can stop it from happening,

for at the heart of all Creation is a Unity

we are still discovering,

which instinctively we know will save our civilization.

Let us meet at that Center,

combining all the experiences that have made us who we are,

and sharing the many ways we have

heart that word, felt that warmth, and

been illuminated by the light from that fire.

Amen.

 

    The Day of Pentecost stands as a testament to God's desire to see all of humanity united as one in spite of our many differences.  As John Winn notes in his "prayer for Pentecost" "at the heart of all Creation is a Unity we are still discovering,…".  This Unity is grounded in the reality that all human beings have been created in the image and likeness of God.  We have more in common with each other than we have differences.  We are all God's beloved children whatever our gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, or language.  We are united in the love of God that knows no boundaries.

    May our experience of Pentecost be one that unites us with all of God's creation and especially with our fellow human beings, who, like us, are a reflection of the divine image.  May we allow the Spirit of God to fill us with compassion, love, and kindness towards all that God has made.  May we work together with the Spirit of God to create a better world.   

 

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

6/9         Pentecost Sunday

                Children's Sunday

Choral Choir (10:30am service only)

Organist: John Pagett

                Scripture: Acts 2:1-13

Theme:  Happy Birthday, Church- On this special day when we celebrate our ministry with and to our children we will also celebrate the church's birthday as a body that includes people of all ages.  Bringing together Pentecost and Children's Sunday is always a delight!

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK

At a recent Church Council meeting we talked about how we might better highlight some of the opportunities for service that are available through the church.  A suggestion was made that maybe we could have an "opportunity of the week".  This will now be a new feature in the weekly e-mail blast so look for these wonderful opportunities and see if there is something that sounds inviting to you.

 

This week's opportunity is to volunteer to share your musical talent during the 9:30am worship service during the summer months.  Soloists, instrumentals, duets, you name it, all are welcome.  If interested please sign up on the sheet which is located on the Worship Bulletin board on the ramp on the first floor.  As of today we have openings for every Sunday, June 23rd through September 1st.  Sign up now!

 

 

 

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!!!

We're looking for folks willing to share their musical talents with us during our summer services. Now's the time to get out that old trombone from high school and dust it off! There will be two available slots on each Sunday, sign up for one or both.

 

A sign up sheet is posted on the music/worship bulletin board located on the first floor ramp. If you can provide your own accompaniment (either live or "tracked") or can perform without, that would be great. If you do need someone to assist, please see Julie and she'll work at finding a match for you.

 

If you have any questions, please check in with Julie Oliver.

Thank you so much – we so look forward to you sharing your gifts with the congregation.

 

 

 

KRISTY BESADA'S COMMISSIONING SERVICE

 The ordination/commissioning service for deacons and elders will be held on Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Manchester, NH.  We are excited that one of our own members, Kristy Besada, will be commissioned as a deacon at this time.  The service is open to all and we hope to have a good showing of Main Street UMC members there to cheer Kristy on.  The service will also be live streamed and can be accessed by going to the New England Conference website, neumc.org

 

 

 

TREE STREETS BLOCK PARTY

The annual Tree Streets Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 15th from 2-6pm on Ash Street.  Besides the usual festivities the Raggae Band, Mighty Mystic, will be playing.  You need to have tickets in advance for the show though (they are free) and they can be obtained by going to the web site- downtownnashua.org/tsbp  All are welcome to join in the festivities!

 

 

 

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Beginning on Sunday, June 16th we will move to having only one Sunday morning worship service and it will be held at 9:30am.  We will resume our usual schedule on Sunday, September 8th with Rally Day and our annual picnic!

 

 

 

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

The last Sunday for both children's and adult classes will be Sunday, June 9th.  Classes for both will resume on Rally Day, Sunday, September 8th at the usual 9:00am time.

 

 

 

SUMMER OFFICE SCHEDULE

The Staff Parish Relations Committee has made the decision to have the church office opened Monday-Thursday, 8am-2:00pm during the months of June, July, and August.  Come September the office will resume its normal, five day a week schedule.

 

 

 

STAFF SUMMER VACATION PLANS

Pastor Rich will be on vacation from Wednesday, June 19th through Friday, July 5th.  We will have a guest preacher on June 23rd and our lay leaders, Susan McDonald, and Sharon Schmidt will lead the service and preach on Sunday, June 30th.

 

Our Administrative Assistant, Pam Axtell, will be on vacation from Wednesday, June 12th through Tuesday, July 9th.  We are grateful that Bonnie Williams will be filling in for Pam during her absence.

Office hours from June 12 through July 9 are 8:00 am –12pm.

 

 

 

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Friday, May 31, 2019

May 31 Mainstreeter Online

 

 May 31, 2019

 

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

May God bless you with a restless discomfort

about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,

so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger

at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,

so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears

to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish,

so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness

to believe that you really can make a difference in this world,

so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

 

A Franciscan Benediction

 

    A friend recently posted this prayer on Facebook.  Although I had seen it before it meant more to me this time given that the person who was posting is someone who I consider to be a living example of the "restless discomfort", "holy anger", "tears", and "foolishness" of which the Franciscan benediction speaks.  She is a person who has a passion for environmental justice and who lives out that passion each day of her life.  She has ridden her bicycle countless miles in order to bring greater awareness to environmental issues.  She has also spent more than a few nights in jail after having allowed her holy anger to lead her to protest instances of environmental injustice.  She has cried her share of tears and risked her share of foolishness to truly make a difference in our world as she has struggled to bring us to a place of earth stewardship.  She is a saint who truly lives the Franciscan model of discipleship.  I can only hope that my own passion for justice will be lived out in such a faithful manner and encourage you to seek to do likewise.   

 

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

6/2      Ascension Sunday

            Holy Communion

Choral Choir (10:30am service only)

Accompanists: Julie Oliver and Joyce Tagliaferro

            Scripture: Acts 1:1-11

Theme:  The Passing of the Mantle: One of the various meanings of the Ascension of our Lord is that it signifies that Jesus' mantle has been passed to the church which is now called upon to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world.  On this Sunday we will also celebrate the passing of the mantle from Joyce Tagliaferro to the many who will be taking on the tasks that she has done in the past as she moves to Ohio.

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK

At a recent Church Council meeting we talked about how we might better highlight some of the opportunities for service that are available through the church.  A suggestion was made that maybe we could have an "opportunity of the week".  This will now be a new feature in the weekly e-mail blast so look for these wonderful opportunities and see if there is something that sounds inviting to you.

 

This week's opportunity is to volunteer to either be our Greeter Coordinator or Fellowship Coordinator.  The greeter coordinator will be the go-to person for all of our greeters on Sunday morning.  The Fellowship Coordinator will be the go-to person for the Sunday morning fellowship time volunteers.  Neither are not expected to "do it all", but rather to make sure that people are in place to fulfill these important duties.  If interested please speak to Pastor Rich.  He can most easily be reached via e-mail at pastor@mainstreet-umc.org

 

 

 

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!!!

We're looking for folks willing to share their musical talents with us during our summer services. Now's the time to get out that old trombone from high school and dust it off! There will be two available slots on each Sunday, sign up for one or both.

 

A sign up sheet is posted on the music/worship bulletin board located on the first floor ramp. If you can provide your own accompaniment (either live or "tracked") or can perform without, that would be great. If you do need someone to assist, please see Julie and she'll work at finding a match for you.

 

If you have any questions, please check in with Julie Oliver.

Thank you so much – we so look forward to you sharing your gifts with the congregation.

 

 

 

KRISTY BESADA'S COMMISSIONING SERVICE

 The ordination/commissioning service for deacons and elders will be held on Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Manchester, NH.  We are excited that one of our own members, Kristy Besada, will be commissioned as a deacon at this time.  The service is open to all and we hope to have a good showing of Main Street UMC members there to cheer Kristy on.  The service will also be live streamed and can be accessed by going to the New England Conference website, neumc.org

 

 

 

TREE STREETS BLOCK PARTY

The annual Tree Streets Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 15th from 2-6pm on Ash Street.  Besides the usual festivities the Raggae Band, Mighty Mystic, will be playing.  You need to have tickets in advance for the show though (they are free) and they can be obtained by going to the web site- downtownnashua.org/tsbp  All are welcome to join in the festivities!

 

 

 

Church Wi-Fi Access

The password-free Wi-Fi access  Main Street Church now has a usage agreement that you must accept each time you connect.  It is disabled overnight.   Church members may also use the Wi-Fi access point MSUMC Members with the password youareloved to avoid having to confirm the usage agreement every day.    Contact Kelly Rose or Jerry Harrow with any questions.

 

 

 

CAR WASH

Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

Place: MSUMC Back Parking Lot

Sponsor: Youth Advisory Council

Contact: Karrie.lam@mainstreet-umc.org

Free donations are accepted to support Youth Mission Trip

 

 

 

Mother's Day/Blanket Sunday

Thank you for your generous gifts of $819 in support of Church World Service blankets.  Somewhere in a refugee camp or a disaster area, a mother will be able to keep her children warm because you honored your mother with a gift on Blanket Sunday. Almost 10,000 blankets were sent to Syria last year, for example.

 

 

 

Food Pantry and Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who remembered to put out a bag for this year's "Stamping Out Hunger" Food Drive by the Postal Service Letter Carriers.  If you forgot to put out food for the letter carriers, please leave a bag of food in the blue bins in the vestry or lobby, and Nashua Soup Kitchen/Main Street volunteers will get it to the Soup Kitchen.  Needed items this month include canned baked beans, corn, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, and ramen noodles

 

 

 

JOYCE'S TEA PARTY

On Sunday, June 2 following the second service, please join us in the Vestry for Joyce's Tea Party. The menu will include appetizers, small sandwiches, and desserts, as well as assorted drinks.

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE

With the final ham and bean supper of the season behind us, and also my last one at Main Street, many "thank yous" are bestowed upon our congregation. Some of you may not realize that it takes forty or more volunteers each month in order for these suppers to happen, and to be successful.

 

There is a devoted group on Friday mornings who cook, peel and chop the potatoes, chop celery, onions, and slice the lemons. Without faithful women to sort and wash the beans, they(beans) would never make it to the roaster to soak overnight.

 

On Saturday morning the UMM is very devoted in setting up all of the table and chairs, while others join them to be sure that the tables are set for our loyal patrons. Also, at this time, the bean cookers have begun the day- long job of keeping the beans flavored and cooked, while the cabbage is chopped and the dressing is made for the cole slaw.

 

The hams are prepared for the oven in the afternoon, while iced tea and coffee is also made. 

 

Later in the afternoon, the potato salad dressing is carefully made and tasted to ensure a delicious blend of ingredients for the popular salad. 

 

The wait staff, kitchen help, and others arrive to set up the pie room, ticket area, and bread baskets, etc. Early Birds like to arrive shortly after 4 p.m., and are comfortable as they wait for the show to begin.

 

Several pies of many varieties have been donated and brought in at different times for the grand finale of the meal to the delight of everyone. The greeter and hostess seat the people in small and large groups, and there is always room for singles to mingle with others.

 

By the end of the meal it is wonderful to see those who begin the clean up process, and all of the dishes and roasting pans are being washed by a crew in the kitchen.  The trash is collected, and the final items are carefully put away, and the vestry is restored for Sunday morning use.

 

Leftover food is sold on Sunday morning to the delight of several who didn't attend the supper, and this also helps the church budget.

 

Thank you to everyone who has supported every aspect of this important ministry including our administrative assistant, custodian and Pastor Rich who has been a faithful server since his arrival seven years ago. Your cooperation and attendance have been greatly appreciated, and I have really enjoyed being a part of this effort to reach our community and to help our church.

 

In Christian Love,   Joyce Tagliaferro

 

 

 

Finance News

General Fund, Capital Fund, Endowment Giving

Hi, Joe from Finance and Stewardship – welcome to our summer column.   Here is a handy guide on our various funds at Church and what they mean.

 

General Fund is for our operating expenses.   This is the cost to run the church from week to week, and comes out to about $450,000 for 2019. Finance and Stewardship committee estimate what it will cost to run our various missions and ministries in advance of the upcoming year. Needless to say, we keep a very sharp pencil to our expenditures while meeting our ministries and missions. However, if we cut the budget too tight, we constrain our ability to serve our community. Your continued giving to this fund is very important as it's the bedrock of our local ministries and missions.

 

We have special campaigns such as Loaves and Fishes.  This is to support our youth and family (intergenerational) positions to help us with this very key ministerial area.   Not only do we need to pay more attention to this area, it also represents long-term growth for the church.   Many folks understand this important need and contribute toward this fund over and above their general fund giving.   Another special fund is our maintenance fund, which covers a variety of items beyond our budget.

 

Capital giving goes toward the big-ticket items that are beyond the ability of a general fund to support.   Our recent building renovation is a good example.  At a cost of roughly $2 Million, it required our HON (Heart of Nashua) Capital Campaign to support.   Our HON giving is still open, as we still have a substantial (about $260,000) balance.    Paying off this debt is very important as it detracts our attention from our ministries and missions.   Many congregants understand this and have been putting extra contributions toward this goal.

 

We also have endowment giving options.  Endowment sets the goal of an enduring (and large) amount of principal.   Endowment has policies in place for investment (e.g. social conscious fund restrictions), withdrawal, and usage.   For example, if we received a $100,000 gift (which would be nice!) specified for our endowment fund – that amount would be placed in our Endowment account.  In general, we would use the income from that amount over time to pay for certain expenses.    An income producing endowment fund could be handy during those lean years when funding is tight, or to help start a new community mission.

 

By the time you read this, you may have heard about "100 for $150" program which would encourage a slow but methodical buildup of our Endowment fund.   This is messaged by our Permanent Endowment committee, of which a member attends our Finance and Stewardship committee meetings.

 

That's a summary of our funds.   Please consider your active participation in these funds, and also consideration in your will or trust.  In a future column(s), I will describe strategies for non-cash contributions to our church, which can be applied to any of these funds.

 

Thank you, Joe Dechene

 

 

 

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Friday, May 24, 2019

May 24 Mainstreeter Online

 

 May 24, 2019

 

 

 

 A Word from the Pastor

 

Let us now sing the praises of famous men,
   our ancestors in their generations. 
The Lord apportioned to them great glory,
   his majesty from the beginning. 
There were those who ruled in their kingdoms,
   and made a name for themselves by their valor;
those who gave counsel because they were intelligent;
   those who spoke in prophetic oracles; 
those who led the people by their counsels
   and by their knowledge of the people's lore;
   they were wise in their words of instruction; 
those who composed musical tunes,
   or put verses in writing; 
rich men endowed with resources,
   living peacefully in their homes— 
all these were honored in their generations,
   and were the pride of their times. 
Some of them have left behind a name,
   so that others declare their praise. 
But of others there is no memory;
   they have perished as though they had never existed;
they have become as though they had never been born,
   they and their children after them. 
But these also were godly men,
   whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; 
their wealth will remain with their descendants,
   and their inheritance with their children's children. 
Their descendants stand by the covenants;
   their children also, for their sake. 
Their offspring will continue forever,
   and their glory will never be blotted out. 
Their bodies are buried in peace,
   but their name lives on generation after generation. 
The assembly declares their wisdom,
   and the congregation proclaims their praise. 

Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15

 

    This passage from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, a book that is part of the Apocrypha, is one of my favorite passages to read around this time of the year when we are observing Memorial Day.  I especially appreciate the line that reads, "Some of them have left behind a name, so that others declare their praise.  But of others there is no memory; they have perished as though they had never existed; they have become as though they had never been born,… but these were godly men, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;…".  While Memorial Day provides us with an opportunity to remember and give thanks for the many individuals whose exploits are well known, it is also an opportunity for us to recognize and give thanks for the many nameless individuals who have given their lives in the service of their country whose exploits have never made it into our history books but without whom we would not know the freedoms that we experience. 

    As we pause on this Memorial Day to remember loved ones, especially those who have died in the service of their country, may we offer a special prayer of thanksgiving for the unknown and unnamed heroes whose experiences may never have been well known but without whom we would not be who we are today, whether as individuals or as a nation.  May we remember both those who have died in war and those whose efforts at peace-making have allowed us to avoid war and experience peace.  May we join with the author of Ecclesiasticus in saying, "The assembly proclaims their wisdom, and the congregation proclaims their praise."

 

 

 

WORSHIP AHEAD

5/26       The Sixth Sunday of Easter

                Memorial Sunday

Choral Choir (10:30am service only)

                Scripture: Acts 16:9-15

Theme:  The Fruit of a Vision: The apostle Paul receives a vision while in Troas, on the continent of Asia, to come over to Macedonia to share the good news with the Macedonians.  Although the trip involves crossing over the Aegean Sea, Paul and companions make the journey and settle in Philippi where they witness the fruit of this vision unfolding before their eyes.

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK

At a recent Church Council meeting we talked about how we might better highlight some of the opportunities for service that are available through the church.  A suggestion was made that maybe we could have an "opportunity of the week".  This will now be a new feature in the weekly e-mail blast so look for these wonderful opportunities and see if there is something that sounds inviting to you.

 

This week's opportunity is to volunteer to either be our Greeter Coordinator or Fellowship Coordinator.  The greeter coordinator will be the go-to person for all of our greeters on Sunday morning.  The Fellowship Coordinator will be the go-to person for the Sunday morning fellowship time volunteers.  Neither are expected to "do it all", but rather to make sure that people are in place to fulfill these important duties.  If interested please speak to Pastor Rich.  He can most easily be reached via e-mail at pastor@mainstreet-umc.org

 

 

 

JOB OPENING:  NURSERY ATTENDANT

Do you know a friend or family member who may be interested in part-time childcare work during our Sunday worship?

 

This payed part-time staff position is every Sunday 9am-12 (summer 9-11am), with the possibility of added hours during some Bible studies or church wide meetings.

 

Requirements:

·         Must be 21 years of age and willing to commit for at least one year.

·         Willingness to submit to a background check and completion of all required forms.

·         Must take our Child Protection training class.

 

We have a strong preference to locate someone outside of our church community to allow all of our members to attend Sunday worship services.  If you know of someone who may be a suitable candidate, have them send their resume to:    Kelly.Rose@mainstreet-umc.org

 

 

 

MATERNITY LEAVE APPROVED

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has approved 15 weeks of maternity leave for our organist, Emily Adams.  Emily will be away from May 26th through September 1st.  We are pleased to announce that former organist, John Pagett, will be filling in for Emily for all but three of the Sundays she will be on leave.  Please be sure to express congratulations to Emily and husband, Doug, as they prepare for the birth of their first child and please be sure to extend a welcome back to John Pagett.

 

 

 

 

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!!!

We're looking for folks willing to share their musical talents with us during our summer services. Now's the time to get out that old trombone from high school and dust it off! There will be two available slots on each Sunday, sign up for one or both.

 

A sign up sheet is posted on the music/worship bulletin board located on the first floor ramp. If you can provide your own accompaniment (either live or "tracked") or can perform without, that would be great. If you do need someone to assist, please see Julie and she'll work at finding a match for you.

 

If you have any questions, please check in with Julie Oliver.

Thank you so much – we so look forward to you sharing your gifts with the congregation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UP-COMING RETIREMENT CELEBRATION

 

District Superintendent Rev. James McPhee is retiring.  The Tri-State District Committee on Superintendency invites everyone to a Dinner Church Worship Service celebrating his ministry.

 

Date:  Sunday, June 9, 2019

Time:  5:00-7:00 pm

Place:  First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth, NH,

129 Miller Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801.

 

RSVP by May 30 to tri-state@neumc.org. In honor of Jim's deep love and commitment to the Justice For Our Neighbors Ministry, there will be a collection for JFON in honor of Jim.  Make checks payable to Milford UMC and send to Callie McMahon, 6 Johnson St., Milford, NH 03055.  Please indicate on the memo line if any of your donation should be set aside for the personal gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW TRI-STATE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS ANNOUNCED!

A recent letter from Bishop Devadhar announced that the Tri-State District will not be receiving one new DS but three! Since the Conference is desiring to reduce the number of districts in the near future it was felt that rather than have a new DS potentially only serve for one year the three current DS's in Northern NH; Mid Maine; and the Boston area will cover all of the churches in the Tri-State District. Here is what the Bishop had to say,

 

"Rather than appoint a new district superintendent for what may very well be a temporary assignment, I am dividing the churches in the Tri-State district among three members of our current cabinet, Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, Rev. Taesung Kang, and Rev. We Chang, to share oversight of this district. Dr. Munson will be the lead district superintendent. This decision was made in consultation with the Cabinet and Tri-State District Committee on Superintendency as well as the Mid-Maine, New Hampshire and Metro Boston Hope Committees. They have all affirmed this decision."

 

We do not as yet know what this will mean for the Main Street UMC but trust that we will have access to a District Superintendent should the need arise during the next year. Let us keep the Bishop and these three DS's in our prayers during what will likely be a challenging year.

 

 

 

JOYFUL SHEPHERDS

Nurture Yourself with Nashua's History Museums Program

 

Nashua Historical Society will provide a tour of the Abbot-Spalding House Museum, circa 1802-1804, at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 8. Tour meets at 5 Abbott Street, Nashua. Following this tour of outstanding architecture, fine china, glass, and stories of prominent Nashua citizens we will continue to the Florence H. Speare Museum for an educational program on schools in the 1840's and 1850's presented by Susan Fineman at 2:00 pm. Self-guided tours of the museum are available after the presentation.

 

The maximum group size is 16. Please let Lynn Moseley know if you plan to attend one or both of these experiences. moseleylynna@gmail.com or call 215-266-9037. Sign up deadline is May 31.

 

 

 

MISSION NEWS

Mothers Day/Blanket Sunday:  Thank you for your generous gifts of $819 in support of Church World Service blankets.  Somewhere in a refugee camp or a disaster area, a mother will be able to keep her children warm because you honored your mother with a gift on Blanket Sunday. Almost 10,000 blankets were sent to Syria last year, for example.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry and Letter Carriers' Food Drive:  Thank you to everyone who remembered to put out a bag for this year's "Stamping Out Hunger" Food Drive by the Postal Service Letter Carriers.  If you forgot to put out food for the letter carriers, please leave a bag of food in the blue bins in the vestry or lobby, and Nashua Soup Kitchen/Main Street volunteers will get it to the Soup Kitchen.  Needed items this month include canned baked beans, corn, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, and ramen noodles.

 

 

 

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