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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS and PRAYER INFO
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9/17/14   ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING UPDATE
Per our By-laws, the Annual Business Meeting for all members was held on Wed., September 17, at 7 pm. The assembly approved the Annual Report and confirmed new officers.

9/14/14   FALL SEASON
Kids Club (grades K through 4), and Youth Group (Grades 5 through 12), kick off on Sunday, September 14 -- at 5 pm., during the Evening Study. Men's Group has already resumed on Tuesday afternoons at Pastor Wilfert's home, and a plan for Sunday School is expected to go into place on September 21. Join us!

8/26/14   SENIOR PASTOR SUMMER VACATION
Pastor Steve took three weeks of summer vacation (July 8 through 28); and and the last week, August 19-25. He is now back in the office.

8/17/14   ARBCA CHURCH PULPIT SWAP
On Sunday, August 17, Pastor Jack Daniels of the Limerick Free Baptist Church in Maine came down to preach during morning worship; while our Asst. Pastor went up to cover his pulpit. It was a great way to get to know the congregations better and we hope to further cooperation between other local ARBCA churches.

8/12/14   VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Our church once again hosted a VBS program for children aged Pre-K through Grade 6, mornings from 9 am. to noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 4 to 8, 2014. We kicked off with a Cookout and Neighborhood Block Party the Saturday prior, Aug. 2 at 5 pm. in our parking lot; and then wrapped up with a Closing Program on Sunday, Aug. 10 (4 pm.), to allow the kids to show parents what they learned this year.

6/1/14   RECOGNITION
We thanked Carolyn Crispin Hanley for serving as our Music Director and Accompanist for the past 15 years, presenting her with gifts and celebrating with cake at the Fellowship afterward. She and her husband, Bill, are moving to NH. We are happy that a new Accompanist, Susan LeCain Persenaire, has joined the staff.

5/7/14   1689 CONFESSION STUDY
We are reviewing our Baptist Confession of Faith, chapter by chapter in a summary, outline form at our Wednesday Night Bible Study and Prayer times.

4/20/14   EASTER CELEBRATION
We meditated upon the death of our Savior and the miracle of the resurrection at our Easter weekend services, and pray that we all drew closer to the LORD.

 

4/3/14   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS
The Pastors enjoyed the 2014 General Assembly of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America (ARBCA), our in Phoenix, AZ this year.

2/26/14   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETINGS
We welcomed two new members into fellowship on March 12. Now, in working from the Liaison Committee's final recommendations, the Pastors (Elders) received a vote of affirmation regarding their function and calling in order to be able to move forward in confidence in the new season. Discussion took place at the Special Business Meeting on Wed., March 12; and the vote after morning worship, on Sunday, March 30.

1/26/14   BAPTISMS
We witnessed three baptisms at our Sunday worship service on January 26.

12/4/13   CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our annual parties and services allowed our church family to fully enjoy and celebrate the miracle of the Incarnation. Seniors were served a sumptuous meal and swap gifts after morning worship on Dec. 22; the Kids Club children had their opportunity that evening, Dec. 22 (5 pm. -- no club the last Sun. of the month). Families also donated flowers in memory of loved ones for the season, and the Christmas offering was used to help out the mission of the Tucker family. Families and neighbors were also invited to the Christmas Eve Service on Tue. night, Dec. 24.

11/26/13   THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS
We had our annual Thanksgiving Family Dinner together on Sun. afternoon, Nov. 17, and then once again observed Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 27, in a service with our sister congregations -- before the big holiday itself. The Kids Club even had their own mini-Thanksgiving dinner together on Sun. night, Nov. 24. The collected Thanksgiving offering this year is being used to fund Typhoon relief in the Philippines being conducted through a Reformed Baptist church in the afflicted area, assisted by ARBCA churches in the US.

10/19/13   SUNDAY SCHOOL FALL SEMINAR
Presented on Sunday mornings, from 9-10 (during our original Sunday School Hour) for families -- adults and children -- to join in a teaching session on the marks of an "Adolescent Church," with visual presentations and interactive discussion -- along with coffee and snacks -- in the library.

10/15/13   HOMEGOING
Our Deacon and longtime member and friend, Bob Young, 63, went home to be with the LORD late Wed. afternoon (Oct. 9).  A viewing was held at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus, with the funeral itself taking place at the church on Sat., Oct. 12 (followed by burial and a collation back at the church).

10/15/13   WOMEN'S GROUPS
A fall session of the Women's Study has begun. led by Carolyn Crispin in the Library on Tue. mornings (10 am. -- through mid-Dec.). The Senior Pastor's wife, Cheryl Wilfert, will also begin holding Ladies Prayer Breakfasts in their home, beginning Sat., Oct. 26 (9 am.).

9/22/13   MEN'S GROUP
Pastor Steve has opened his home on Fenton Ave., Tuesdays after lunch (12:30 pm.), for the men to study and be encouraged. Join us!

9/12/13   2013 ANNUAL MEETING
Members accepted the Annual Report, confirmed officers to serve for the year, and also voted to receive a new member into the assembly. The Senior Pastor addressed fall plans.

9/9/13   SERMONS ONLINE
Morning sermons are now being made available online, currently on YouTube under "Austin Square" (by typing "Austin Square Baptist"), or collected in the "Brad L" channel. Sermons from earlier in the year can still be viewed at: vimeo.com/user15169678.

9/4/13   SENIOR PASTOR SUMMER VACATION
Pastor Steve returned from another two weeks of summer vacation (August 19 through Sept. 3).

7/28/13   VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Our church is once again hosted a VBS program for children aged Pre-K through Grade 6, mornings from 9 am. to noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 5 to 9, 2013. We kicked off with a Cookout and Neighborhood Block Party the Sunday before, Aug. 3 at 5 pm. in our parking lot; and then wrapped up with a Closing Program on Sunday, Aug. 11, beginning at 4 pm. to allow the kids to show parents what they learned this year.

7/27/13   SENIOR PASTOR VACATION AND CAMP
Pastor Steve was away for two weeks, from July 1 to 17; he just returned from taking kids from our church up to Camp Shiloh, July 21 through the 27th.

7/7/13   KNOW YOUR BIBLE WALKTHROUGH SERIES COMPLETED
During the Sun. Evening Studies, Pastor Gary took us through walkthroughs (utilizing PowerPoint presentations to display backgrounds, outlines, and key themes and verses) of each book of the bible in the  Know Your Bible Series.

6/12/13   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING: BUDGET
Assembly members approved the budget for fiscal year 2013-14 at the Special Business Meeting on June 12; it was also announced that Deacon Nick Lozzi will be taking a sabbatical from July 1, 2013 through the end of the year.

6/9/13   SUMMER SUNDAY EVENING STUDIES
Once again, we hope to meet in congregation member homes Sundays at 6 pm. throughout the summer to study God's Word together, fellowship and even enjoy refreshments. Sign up in the entry way if you wish to host.

4/27/13   MEMBERSHIP IN ARBCA
Austin Square is now a member church with the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America (ARBCA). Five other congregations also joined, bringing their total to 76 churches nationwide. Join us on Wed. night to hear about the presentations and learn more about the opportunities for our church.

4/20/13   GUATEMALA SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP
The Team is back, having put together another home for a needy, church-sponsored family with Casas por Christo April 14 to 20, and sharing the Gospel as well. They plan to give a presentation of their travels next month.

3/31/13   EASTER BAPTISMS
We were privileged to witness the baptisms of two young ladies at our Easter morning worship service.

3/21/13   HOMEGOING
Our dear sister and member, Diane Leppek, 63, went home to be with the Lord on early Thursday morning, March 21. Please continue to pray for Dale, Brad and the family. Viewing is at the Bisbee- Porcella Funeral Home (549 Lincoln Ave.) in Saugus on Saturday from 3-7 pm.; the funeral and celebration of the life of Diane Leppek is at the church on Sun., March 24, at 3 pm. in the main sanctuary, with a collation downstairs to follow.

3/15/13   EASTER SEASON
You can download our Easter Family Newsletter for full details.

2/9/13   BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
Due to travel concerns relating to the blizzard that weekend, Sunday School was canceled for Sun., Feb. 10; but the morning worship service was still held regular time of 10:20 am. (Evening Study also.)

1/30/13   BUSINESS MEETINGS
Two new members were inducted into the assembly at our Jan. 27 meeting; additional matters relating to discipline and committee work were presented at the Jan. 30 business meeting, including Pastor Steve sharing on the progress of the ministry.

1/1/13   NEW YEAR'S EVE WATCH NIGHT SERVICE
We opened our doors to allow members to come and hear God's Word, testify of His goodness, and pray for His grace in the coming year.

12/18/12   CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS
Our Kids Club wrapped up their season with a Christmas party and the presentation of gift Baskets that they put together for the widows of our church. Our seniors were treated to a Christmas party on Dec. 9, and the Young Adults had another lunch reception on Dec. 16.

11/21/12   THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE
We were glad to share in this yearly gathering with our own Austin Square Cambodian Baptist Church, the Haitian Baptist Church of Lynn and Maplewood Baptist Church of Malden. Our church also participated in a Thanksgiving Family Dinner a week and a half earlier, to fellowship together before the holiday.

9/16/12   FALL SEASON BEGINS
We "Welcomed Back" all of our people as well as guests on Sun., Sept. 9, with a Coffee Hour fellowship downstairs after morning worship. Then, our Christian Education programs resumed the following Sun., Sept. 16, beginning with a breakfast downstairs for Sunday School participants, including a preview of what will be taught this year. In the evening, the Kids (Pioneer) Club kicked back into gear with an Iced Cream Sundae Social to register all children in Grades K-8, for the new season.

9/12/12   2012 ANNUAL MEETING
The assembly accepted the 2011-12 Annual Report and confirm officers to serve for the year. Additionally, a new "liaison" committee was formed through the next fiscal year to improve communication with leadership and help facilitate the vision of the pastors.

9/5/12   SENIOR PASTOR VACATION
Pastor Steve has returned from his three week off the end of the summer.

8/12/12   VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMPLETED
Just under an average of 50 kids came out morning to take part in VBS at the church with a space theme this year. The children demonstrated what they learned at a Closing Program on Sunday afternoon, with snacks and refreshments served downstairs afterward.

6/17/12   YOUTH LEADER DEPARTURE
Our Youth Director, Nick Lutzo, and his wife and co-leader, Andrea (the Wilfert's daughter), are moving up to Maine this summer where Nick will take a full-time youth position at a church at Bethel. Nick preached the Father's Day morning and the church gave them a farewell.

6/16/12   CHURCH WORK DAY
Our members cleaned up the facility -- under the direction of the Deacons -- and installed some new features, as well as sealed the parking lot.

5/6/12   GUATEMALA SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP
This year's Team flew down on April 15, returning safely the following Sat. night. Thank you for praying for them and their success in building a home for a needy family with Casas por Christo, sharing the Gospel as they went. Pastor Steve presented a report with media on Sun. evening, May 6, followed by refreshments for the Team and all supporters. See the video on YouTube prepared by Maplewood Baptist Church of Malden who accompanied.

5/6/12   FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON
Our Cambodian sister church hosted us for a delightful lunch following morning worship and the celebration of the Lord's Supper, where we could all share fellowship and encourage each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

4/15/12   SPRING PREACHING SERIES'
During Sun. morning worship, Pastor Steve is taking us expositionally through the Sermon on the Mount, in order to better understand life in the Kingdom. For our weekly Sun. Evening Studies, Pastor Gary conducts a Know Your Bible Series, with walkthrough's in each book of the Bible to help us better identify themes and recognize content during our own Scripture reading.

4/10/12   HOMEGOING
Our dear sister and member Louise Gibson was taken home to be with the Lord on Tue. afternoon, April 10. Viewing is at the Parker Funeral Home (35 Franklin St.) in Lynn on Friday from 4-8 pm.; the funeral is at the church on Sat., April 14 at 11 am., with a collation following.

3/28/12   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
The assembly welcomed two new members and among other issues agreed to move ahead with seeking inclusion with ARBCA in the coming year.

3/27/12   EASTER SEASON
You can check out the Family Newsletter for full information.

3/8/12   WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY IN THE LIBRARY
Pastor Steve and others have been remodeling the library (in the education wing on the old side of the building), and we are now meeting in there for our Prayer Meeting and Bible Study times. The seating is more natural and comfortable, allowing for larger groups to meet in there.

1/17/12   DENOMINATIONAL CONSIDERATION
The church is looking into joining the Association for Reformed Baptist Churches in America (ARBCA), and heard from their coordinator, Rev. Gordon Taylor on Jan. 15. Associating with this national group would involve little change in our existing approach. The next step is to present a motion to the assembly at a Special Business Meeting. You can look up further information on ARBCA online.

12/26/11   2012 BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
Pastor Steve has chosen a new schedule to help our people read through the Bible this year:  1-Year Bible Reading Plan - 2012.

12/26/11   CHRISTMAS WEEKEND
This year, we asked the congregation to undertake a fast on Fri., Dec. 23, going into a Sat. morning gathering for prayer and repentance, particularly on behalf of our unsaved family and neighbors. Then, everyone was invited to come out and hear the Gospel at the Christmas Eve Service, and also our regular morning worship time on Christmas day.

11/25/11   THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
Our church gathered for a 4th annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sun. afternoon, Nov. 13. On Thanksgiving Eve, we once again thanked the Lord for His faithfulness with a service involving our local, international congregations.

9/15/10   ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Members approved the 2010-11 Annual Report and confirmed elected corporation officers and counters; Pastor Steve also shared that we are investigating joining an Association (ARBCA); Elder Michael DeAngelis was granted a sabbatical through the end of the year for medical reasons.

9/12/11   NEW SEASON BEGINS
We kicked off the new season with Sunday School (9 am.), on Sept. 11, along with Youth Group in the evening (6 pm.). Pioneer Club resumed the following Sun.

8/25/11   SENIOR PASTOR VACATION
Pastor Steve is back from his vacation the first three weeks in August.

7/31/11   VBS 2011 COMPLETED
Around 40 kids came out in the morning for a Beach theme at this year's Vacation Bible School, July 25 to 29, 9 am. to noon each day. The closing program was Sun. afternoon, with food downstairs for all.

7/5/11   SUNDAY EVENING STUDY MOVE
On select weeks for this summer, we meet at the Mailloux home in East Lynn (11 Glenwood Ter.) for our Sun. evening movies and services. Directions are at Mapquest: http://mapq.st/js6cCu 

6/16/11   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
Two new members were added at the June 15 meeting.

4/25/11   EASTER SCHEDULE
We marked our appreciation for all that Christ did for us on the cross by observing a time of fasting on Good Friday (see Fasting Guide), followed by celebration of the Lord's Supper at a service that evening. Then the Elders guided congregation members through a time of prayer and confession on Sat. morning, humbly seeking to repent and recover our first love. Then, Resurrection Sunday itself was a time of unrestrained celebration, beginning with a "Sunrise" service, followed by Easter breakfast downstairs and morning worship is at its regular time, with three baptisms. Thank the Lord for meeting powerfully with His people.

3/31/11   MID-WEEK PRAYER MEETING CHANGE
As announced at our last Business Meeting, the Elders have changed the date and time of our Prayer Meeting and Study from Wed. to Thu., now beginning at 6:30. This is to set one night when our members can come out to study, pray, and practice music for Sun. worship.

3/7/11   DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGE
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour Sat. night, so that you'll be on time for services on Sunday, March 13.

2/24/11   HOMEGOING OF GRACE GALLOWAY
Grace passed quietly on Sat. morning. A funeral was held at the church on Wed., Feb. 23 (11 am.), with the burial following in Everett.

2/1/11   BLIZZARD
Tuesday and Wednesday programs were cancelled Feb. 1 and 2, during our most recent onslaught of snow.

1/2/11   BIBLE READING
Pastor Steve recommended that the congregation join with him in reading through the Bible this year with the following plan (from ChristianAnswers.net):  1-Year Bible Reading Plan.

11/17/10   MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
Pastor Steve presented the leadership's new Mission Statement during his morning sermon (Nov. 14), which was then adopted by the assembly at a Special Business Meeting on Wed., Nov. 17: We are gathered to glorify our Sovereign God by exalting Him in worship, through making and maturing disciples for Christ, and faithfully serving our community in the power of the Spirit all according to His Word. The Elders also explained the Vision statement to help the church move forward with her goals.

11/14/10   THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS
Our church gathered for a 3rd annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sun. afternoon, Nov. 14, followed by a program to recognize God's faithfulness in preserving Austin Square throughout its history. On Wed. night, Nov. 24, we celebrated Thanksgiving Eve with a service involving our local international congregations.

11/1/10   YOUTH GROUP HALLOWEEN OUTREACH
Our youth group and leaders participated in a "Trunk or Treat" giveaway to our neighbors in our parking lot on Halloween night.

9/26/10   WOMEN'S WELCOME BACK BREAKFAST
Our ladies shared fellowship, heard testimonies and were introduced to all the ministry opportunities open to them this year, including the Women's Bible Study starting up again on Tue. mornings (10 am.) with Carolyn Hanley.

9/16/10   ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Members approved the 2009-10 Annual Report and elected corporation officers.

9/12/10   COMMENCEMENT SUNDAY
Sunday School and Youth Programs resumed; also, Small Groups got underway.

9/8/10   SENIOR PASTOR'S SABBATICAL
Pastor Steve returned from his 3-month sabbatical this summer.

8/15/10   VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMPLETED
Children Pre-K through Grade 6 enjoyed another morning program at the church this past week, Aug. 9 to 13, followed by a closing program and more food on Sunday afternoon.

6/16/10   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
The assembly received two new members, and said goodbye to another past members. The members also accepted the new 2010-11 fiscal budget.

5/2/10   FAMILY MUSIC NIGHT
We enjoyed another evening of presentations by our own members, their families, and the Pioneer Club children during the Evening Study time (6 pm.) on May 2 -- including a potluck-style meal down in Fellowship Hall in the afternoon.

4/25/10   BAPTISMS
We were privileged to witness two more baptisms of those who have declared their new life in Christ at the April 25 morning worship service.

4/15/10   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
The assembly received two new members, but also sadly authorized the removal of 5 past members. Pastor Steve also outlined opportunities coming up for the rest of the spring and summer.

3/8/10   2010 MEXICO MISSION TRIP
Pastor Steve and the Team from our church returned safely from Juarez, Mexico after another week of building a home for a needy, church-sponsored family with Casas por Christo. The Team reported and showed pictures during our Evening Study time on March 7.

2/3/10   HAITI RELIEF
Pastor Joel Demosthene of the Haitian Baptist Church of Lynn plans to put together a mission trip to provide relief in his home country, as well as begin partnering with long-term agencies and churches already there.

1/30/10   HAITIAN MEMORIAL SERVICE
Our congregation was invited to take part and show support at a Memorial Service for Pastor Joel Demosthene's mother -- along with other relatives of members lost in the quake -- held at the Washington Street Baptist Church in Lynn on Sat. morning, Jan. 30. Pastor Steve preached.

1/15/10   YOUTH GROUP RETREAT
Our new youth leaders took the teens up to Shiloh in Jefferson, NH, for a fun weekend of activities and study together.

11/15/09   THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
Our church family enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship at the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sun. afternoon, Nov. 15. This was followed by a very special 10th Anniversary program for Pastor Steve upstairs afterwards, at which we heard many testimonials and witnessed media and award presentations.

10/18/09   YOUTH GROUP RESUMES
Teens were invited to come back out in Sun. evening to meet the new youth leaders in the Cambodian Sanctuary. The program will continue to run throughout the year.

9/16/09   ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our assembly members accepted the Annual Report and confirmed corporation officers and counters for the new year. Pastor Steve also shared some possible, future ministry avenues to aim for.

8/16/09   VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMPLETED
Children Pre-K through Grade 6 enjoyed a morning (8:30 to 11:30 am.) program at the church the week of Aug. 10 to 14. We kicked things off the previous Sat. with a cookout and block party in our parking lot, and closed off VBS with a closing program the following Sunday afternoon, with 100 folks out to see the kids and enjoy a pizza party afterwards.

7/12/09   CAMP SHILOH WEEK
Pastor Steve took our teens up to their camp experience for the week at Shiloh in Jefferson, NH.

7/4/09   WEDDING
Pastor Steve celebrated the marriage of his daughter, Andrea, to Nicholas Lutzo, in a ceremony up at their old home church in Merrimack, NH.

6/22/09   MINI-MISSIONS CONFERENCE
On Sunday afternoon, June 21, we welcomed back the Caldwell family, Kimballs, Lawrence Tucker and his two children, and the Bisbee clan to share reports of their recent missionary work, as well as to fellowship with us and get reacquainted. We enjoyed food prepared by our Cambodian congregation and an Ice Cream Social, before taking part in their presentations during our Evening Study time.

6/17/09   ANNUAL BUDGET APPROVED AT SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
The proposed 2009-10 budget was approved at our last business meeting, as well as money transferred into our Capital Improvement Fund to provide a buffer for any emergency projects.

4/29/09   3 NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED AT SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
The Assembly voted to accept three new members at our recent Business Meeting on April 29, as well as to transfer funds into the maintenance line item on our Annual Budget.

4/12/09   EASTER SERVICES
Our congregation thoroughly enjoyed the extra opportunities we had to worship with our Austin Square Cambodian Church and the Haitian Baptist Church of Lynn at our Good Friday and Easter Sunrise services. We also added a breakfast between morning services on Easter, and closed off by showing the 2nd part of the movie, The Gospel of John, in the evening.

2/20/09   MEXICO MISSION TRIP
Pastor Steve the Team from our church returned safely from their latest trip down to Juarez, Mexico, where they built another home for a needy, church-sponsored family. They showed a presentation of their experiences at the Evening Study on March 8.

11/19/08   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
The assembly voted unanimously to confirm Michael DeAngelis as a new Elder (pastor) of Austin Square Baptist Church.

11/16/08   THANKSGIVING DINNER AND 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Our Kitchen Team provided a full holiday dinner for our families on Sunday afternoon. This was followed by a celebration service in the sanctuary where David Carpenter showed his DVD video presentation of the history of our church and the new building addition 20 years ago. He then distributed Commemorative Booklets with photos and more history to our members.

10/22/08   SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING
We welcomed five new members to the assembly, voted in our corporation officers and tellers, and selected a new nominating committee for the coming year. The Elders also nominated Michael DeAngelis for the position of Elder. Members were encouraged to read through his Doctrinal Statement and come prepared to vote at the next Business Meeting (see above).

10/4/08   CHURCH WEDDING
Brian Edwards and Mary Coleman married in a ceremony at the church on Oct. 4.

9/17/08   NEW DEACON
Nick Lozzi was voted in as a new Deacon of Austin Square Baptist Church at the Annual Meeting on Sept. 17. The members also approved other reports and hear updates on recent facility projects.

9/3/08   NORTH SHORE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL PRE-K PROGRAM INSTALLED
NSCS has begun holding classes in our education wing, hosting 20 young children. The pastors will provide a chapel experience for them mid-week.

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