News and Events for January 14

We are grateful for our 2017 leaders who have served so faithfully!  Leadership Dedication Sunday is today. We will recognize our 2017 leadership and dedicate our 2018 leadership in both worship services.

Leadership & Vision Team meets Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Team members are:  Dan Gray, Nancy Forrester, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane Bellamy, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Jim Altman, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Kim Lundin  

Church Council will have a leadership training and planning day retreat on Sunday, January 28 , from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm at Nancy Forrester’s home, 214 Riverside Road. Unlike our previous leadership trainings, this retreat will involve planning our annual church calendar.  All members of the Church Council are urged to be present for the full time. If you have any questions about the retreat, talk with Nancy or Pastor Dan. Church Council members are: Nancy Forrester (chair), Tony Lundin, Betty Malone, Lelia Perry, Jane Bellamy, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, Jim Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier , Bruce Stewart, and Dan Gray.

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News and Events for January 7

We welcome Dell Gates today to share the message. Dell is a member of Piney Flats UMC and our district coordinator for Lay Servant Ministries.

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your offering forward. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

SPRC will meet Thursday, January 11 , at 6:30 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: Michael Forrester (chair), Elaine Good, Kathy Hurlbert, Paula Durham, Bobbie Warden, Linda Rader, Carole Miller, Lana Butler, Valerie Altman, and Tony Lundin.

Next Sunday, we will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary donations for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  Please be generous and support this important ministry.

 

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News and Events for December 31

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your green Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office. Here is a listing of helpful Christian financial budgeting websites:

* http://www.ronblueinstitute.com
* Crown Resources, http://www.crown.org
* Dave Ramsey, http://www.daveramsey.com
* Seed Time, http://www.seedtime.com
* Managing God’s Money, http://www.managinggodsmoney.com

AmazonSmile. If you shop at Amazon.com, please consider using AmazonSmile and selecting our church as your preferred charitable organization. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchase to the charitable organization you select. When you want to shop at Amazon, access AmazonSmile at the website https://smile.amazon.com , and use your regular Amazon user ID and password. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com, and it does not cost you more. Thanks!

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News and Events for December 24

Once You Believe, Anything Is Possible. Today we continue our Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. This series explores four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of  Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. You are invited this Advent to embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in  Jesus Christ, anything is possible!

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas.  Advent derives from the Latin adventus , which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle. Advent ends at sunset on Dec. 24, when Christmas Eve begins.

Christmas Eve worship will be tonight at 7:00 pm in our Sanctuary. Invite your family and friends to join us for a beautiful, candle-lit Communion service.

There will be NO children’s or Youth programs on Wednesday, December 27.

Thank you for your contributions to the Dollars for Scholars program to benefit Camille Gray. The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program involves matching support from a student’s church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF ), participating United Methodist-related schools like Emory & Henry College where Camille attends, and participating UMC Conference Foundations like the Holston Foundation . Here’s how it works: (1) our church supports the student with $1,000 sent to UMHEF on a church check; (2) UMHEF will match that $1,000; (3) Emory & Henry College will match with $1,000; and (4) the Holston Foundation will match $1,000.

 

The church office will be closed this week.  Betty will be back in the office on Tuesday, January 2.

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News and Events for December 17

Once You Believe, Anything Is Possible. Today we continue our Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. This series explores four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of  Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. You are invited this Advent to embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in  Jesus Christ, anything is possible!

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas.  Advent derives from the Latin adventus , which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to

support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your green Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office. Here is a listing of helpful Christian financial budgeting websites:

http://www.ronblueinstitute.com
Crown Resources, http://www.crown.org
*  Dave Ramsey, http://www.daveramsey.com
*  Seed Time, http://www.seedtime.com
*  Managing God’s Money, http://www.managinggodsmoney.com

The Youth Ministries fundraiser at Pizza Hut initially scheduled for Wed., Dec. 20, will be rescheduled in the new year. We will be on regular schedule for our Wednesday night programs.

For Sunday, December 24, we will have our regularly scheduled morning worship services; and Christmas Eve worship at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Today we will receive a special offering for the Dollars for Scholars program to benefit Camille Gray. The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program involves matching support from a student’s church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF ), participating United Methodist-related schools like Emory & Henry College where Camille attends, and participating UMC Conference Foundations like the Holston Foundation . Here’s how it works: (1) our church supports the student with $1,000 sent to UMHEF on a church check; (2) UMHEF will match that $1,000; (3) Emory & Henry College will match with $1,000; and (4) the Holston Foundation will match $1,000. The potential scholarship total is up to $4,000. Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC and put Dollars for Scholars in the memo line . We need to send the church check to UMHEF by January 1.

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News and Events for December 10

Once You Believe, Anything Is Possible. Today we continue our exciting new Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. This series explores four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. You are invited this Advent to embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in Jesus Christ, anything is possible!

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas.  Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year. If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your green Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office. Here is a listing of helpful Christian financial budgeting websites:

http://www.ronblueinstitute.com
Crown Resources, http://www.crown.org
*  Dave Ramsey, http://www.daveramsey.com
*  Seed Time, http://www.seedtime.com
*  Managing God’s Money, http://www.managinggodsmoney.com

The youth will be having a fundraiser at Pizza Hut on December 20 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  During this time, Pizza Hut will donate 20% of purchases to the church when a guest mentions the church’s name during the designated hours.  The more people who come, the more money we will make!

Today and next Sunday, we will receive a special offering for the Dollars for Scholars program to benefit Camille Gray. The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program involves matching support from a student’s church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF ), participating United Methodist-related schools like Emory & Henry College where Camille attends, and participating UMC Conference Foundations like the Holston Foundation . Here’s how it works: (1) our church supports the student with $1,000 sent to UMHEF on a church check; (2) UMHEF will match that $1,000; (3) Emory & Henry College will match with $1,000; and (4) the Holston Foundation will match $1,000. The potential scholarship total is up to $4,000. Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC and put Dollars for Scholars in the memo line . We need to send the church check to UMHEF by January 1.

 

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News and Events for December 3

Once You Believe, Anything Is Possible. Advent begins today and we will start an exciting new Advent worship series, The Wonder of Christmas. This series explores four elements of the Christmas story that teach us about the wonder of God’s great love for us: a star, a name, a manger, a promise. As we look to these wonder-filled aspects of the Christmas story, we will rediscover that the true wonder of Christmas is found in the love of Christ and made real in our hearts when we share that love with others. Join us this Advent as we embrace and celebrate the true wonder of Christmas, believing that because of God’s great love and light in Jesus Christ, anything is possible!

On Communion Sundays, usually the first Sunday of each month, we collect a special offering to share with our brothers and sisters at the Robinson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church.  Claiming our oneness in Christ Jesus and to help bridge the racial divide in our culture and because of our shared Wesleyan heritage, we support that congregation with a gift of $100 per month. During Communion, you can bring your offering forward. You can make a check payable to Bluff City UMC and write “AME Zion” in the memo line.

Today is our first Sunday in Advent. Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays that prepare us for Christmas. Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the comings of the Christ — whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. The Advent wreath is a simple circle of evergreen branches, a sign of life without end; its four Advent candles encircle a central white Christ candle.

Our second Sunday of each month is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.

We will be collecting canned goods and/or monetary donations next Sunday, December 10, 2017, for the Rockhold Food Pantry.  They would prefer monetary donations as they will be purchasing hams for Christmas.  If you prefer to give a monetary donation, please write “Rockhold” on the memo line of your check.

Today and over the next two Sundays , we will receive a special offering for the Dollars for Scholars program to benefit Camille Gray . The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program involves matching support from a student’s church, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF ), participating United Methodist-related schools like Emory & Henry College where Camille attends, and participating UMC Conference Foundations like the Holston Foundation . Here’s how it works: (1) our church supports the student with $1,000 sent to UMHEF on a church check; (2) UMHEF will match that $1,000; (3) Emory & Henry College will match with $1,000; and (4) the Holston Foundation will match $1,000. The potential scholarship total is up to $4,000. Make checks payable to Bluff City UMC and put Dollars for Scholars in the memo line . We need to send the church check to UMHEF by January  1.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner

The Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 10 after the 10:55 Service in the Fellowship Hall.  The ham, turkey and drinks will be furnished.  If anyone would like to bring a covered dish or a dessert, please see Lelia Perry.

 December Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays

17         John Busby, Donnie Rader, Jr., Mark Wright
18         Jennie Jones
19         Dan Perry, Jr
23         Josh Hodges, Pamela Ryan
25         Tom Milhorn
26         Linda Rader
27         Phillip Harkleroad
28         Hayden Finney
29         McClelland, Dan Ronquillo, Frosty Sweet

Anniversaries

21 Linda and  Donnie Rader

Charge Conference is TODAY, Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it.

Anyone may attend the meeting. All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend. Charge Conference members are: Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Bobbie Warden, Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler,  Elaine Good, Mike Miller,  Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Graym Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbet, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart and Dan Gray. 

Thanks to all who have made Generosity Commitment pledges to support the mission of Jesus Christ through our congregation in the coming year.   If you have not had the opportunity to consecrate our personal financial giving commitments for the coming year, you can place your green Financial Giving Commitment Card in the offering plate during worship, or deliver it to the church office. Here is a listing of helpful Christian financial budgeting websites:

*http://www.ronblueinstitute.com
*Crown Resources, http://www.crown.org
*  Dave Ramsey, http://www.daveramsey.com
*  Seed Time, http://www.seedtime.com
*  Managing God’s Money, http://www.managinggodsmoney.com

There will be Christmas Concert today, December 3, at 3:00 pm in theSanctuary.  It is sponsored by the Bluff City Music Club.  Everyone is invited.  Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.

On Friday, December 15, Enterprise UMC will be presenting Rodney Dillard and his Mayberry Values program.  Rodney Dillard was one of the beloved “Darling Boys” on many of  the “Mayberry” episodes.  Through the years, he, his brothers, paw and sister Charlene would roll into town on the old truck and Mayberry with their mountain bluegrass music and dead pay humor.  Enterprise UMC is located at 2000 Enterprise Road, Piney Flats.

 

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News and Events for November 26

We welcome Matt Mangrum as our guest speaker today.  Matt has always had a passion in simplifying the act of following Jesus.  He is a sophomore at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He has served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization which has given him opportunities to speak and share the Gospel in front of many  people.  Matt developed his passion to share the Gospel from this grandfather, Ross Mangrum, who served as a pastor in Bristol, Tennessee for over 50 years.  From a young age, Matt has shown a desire to share the love of Jesus with others.

Christ the King Sunday, today, is the last Sunday of the Christian year and is a celebration of the coming reign of Jesus Christ and the completion of creation. Our new Christian year begins next Sunday with Advent, a season of anticipation of Christmas.

United Methodist Student Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.

Today is our second Commitment Sunday . You are invited to pray over your commitment to generosity and financial giving for next year. We ask that you consider the Biblical expectation of tithing (10% of your income) as a spiritual matter, recognizing that God as Creator “owns” it all and we are mere stewards; and recognizing that the spiritual practice of tithing is meant to help  restore in us the image of our generous God. In worship, we will receive your Commitment Card for your expected generosity in 2018.

 

 

Church Council — the meeting time has been changed from Wednesday, November 29, at 6:45 pm to Thursday, November 30, at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford, our District Superintendent, will be present to discuss pastoral options. This meeting will finish our preparatory work needed for Charge Conference. All congregation members are welcome to attend, though only Church Council members have a vote.

 

Church Council members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Nancy  Forrester, Betty Malone, Lelia Perry, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester,  Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, James Altman, Taylor Lee, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray.

Charge Conference will be Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting. All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend.

 

If you have lost a ring, please see Betty in the church office.

Poinsettias can be purchased for $7.00 each.  Please turn in your order along with your money to Elaine Good by Thursday, November 30.

Decorating for Advent will be on Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 A.M.  We need all the help we can get, especially men to get the trees out and put up.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner

The Thanksgiving/Christmas Fellowship Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 10 after the 10:55 Service in the Fellowship Hall.  The ham, turkey and drinks will be furnished.  If anyone would like to bring a covered dish or a dessert, please see Lelia Perry.

Poinsettias for Purchase

There will be Poinsettias for purchase for a cost of $7.00 each.  If you would like to purchase one in memory /honor of someone, please see Elaine Good. Deadline for ordering is Thursday, November 30.

 

 

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News and Events for November 19

We celebrate in worship today Commitment Sunday.  You are invited to pray over your commitment to generosity and financial giving for next year.  We ask that you consider the Biblical expectation of tithing (10% of your income) as a spiritual matter, recognizing that God as Creator “owns” it all and we are mere stewards; and recognizing that the spiritual practice of tithing is meant to help restore in us the image and likeness of our generous God.  In worship as we bring forward our tithes and offerings, you will be invited to bring your Commitment Card to the Communion table, reflecting your pledge of generosity in 2018.

Church Council will meet on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford, our District Superintendent, will be present to discuss pastoral options.  This meeting will finish our preparatory work needed for Charge Conference.  All congregation members are welcome to attend, though only Church Council members have a vote.  Church Council members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Lelia Perry, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester,  Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, James Altman, Taylor Lee, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

Charge Conference will be Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year.  It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council.  It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry.  The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it.  Anyone may attend the meeting.  All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend.  

 If you have lost a ring, please see Betty in the church office.

 Poinsettias can be purchased for $7.00 each.  Please turn in your order along with your money to Elaine Good by Thursday, November 30.

 Decorating for Advent will be on Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 A.M.  We need all the help we can get, especially men to get the trees out and put up.

We are joining with Piney Flats UMC and other area churches to serve a Thanksgiving meal to our neighbors in need of assistance.  The Thanksgiving dinner is at Piney Flats UMC on Wednesday, 11/22 at 5:30 PM.  We have been asked to furnish tea and coffee for the dinner.  Anyone who wishes, can donate money to purchase the tea.  The coffee has been furnished.  If you have questions, contact Lana Butler at (423) 538-0155.  When you finished, you will have time to come to Bluff City Baptist for the community Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 PM.

Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Bluff City Baptist.  Mike Pope of 1st Baptist will be bringing the message.

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News and Events for November 12

Next Sunday, November 19, we will have a combined worship service at 10:30 am in Sanctuary, with a fellowship gathering at 9:15 am and Sunday School at 9:30 am.

Church Council will meet on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Lauri Jo Cranford, our District Superintendent, will be present to discuss pastoral options.  This meeting will finish our preparatory work needed for Charge Conference.  All congregation members are welcome to attend, though only Church Council members have a vote.  Church Council members are: Tony Lundin (chair), Nancy Forrester, Betty Malone, Lelia Perry, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester,

Bobbie Warden, Carole Miller, Jane Bellamy, Lana Butler, Elaine Good, Mike Miller, James Altman, Taylor Lee, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene, Samantha Gray, Betsy Carrier, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Valerie Altman, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray  

Charge Conference will be Sunday, December 3, at 6:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is our annual meeting of our church where officers are elected for the coming year.  It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council.  It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry.  The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it.  Anyone may attend the meeting.  All members of the Church Council are members of the Charge Conference and expected to attend.  

 If you have lost a ring, please see Betty in the church office.

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