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Green Hill Good News, March 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for March 2019

*Church members, check your e-mail and/or a printed copy for the complete newsletter.

NO COMPARISON

(from Our Daily Bread, 1st of March)

“One of these days I’m going to put it all on Facebook—not just the good stuff!”

My friend Sue’s comment—made casually over lunch with her husband—caused me to laugh out loud and also to think. Social media can be a good thing, helping us stay in touch with and pray for friends across the years and miles. But if we’re not careful, it can also create an unrealistic outlook on life. When much of what we see posted is a “highlight reel” of “the good stuff,” we can be misled into thinking others’ lives are without trouble, and wonder where our own went wrong.

Comparing ourselves with others is a sure recipe for unhappiness. When the disciples compared themselves to each other (see Luke 9:46; 22:24), Jesus quickly discouraged it. Soon after His resurrection, Jesus told Peter how he would suffer for his faith. Peter then turned to John and asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me” (John 21:21–22).

Jesus pointed Peter to the best remedy for unhealthy comparisons. When our minds are focused on God and all He’s done for us, self-focused thoughts fall gently away and we long to follow Him. In place of the world’s competitive strain and stress, He gives us His loving presence and peace. Nothing can compare with Him.

By James Banks

OUR DAILY BREAD

The new copies of Our Daily Bread for March/April/May are now available on the table in the Narthex. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and maybe pick up a second copy to share with a friend.

NEW WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

A new weekly Bible Study will begin at Green Hill on Wednesday, March 13, and everyone is invited to attend. Whether you are a member of the church, you’ve been just a few times, or you’ve never set foot in the door before, you are warmly invited to join us to learn more about God’s Word. This new Bible Study, taught by Dr. Scott Smith, will focus on the Foundations of the Bible: What made it in to the Bible, what didn’t, and why? Bible Study will begin each Wednesday at 6:15pm and will run until 7:00pm. Prior to Bible Study, at 5:30pm, we will have a Pot Luck Supper in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend Supper as well.

WOMEN’S SPRING GATHERING

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering is being held in Andalusia Presbyterian Church on Saturday March 23rd. Come and learn how we relate to Presbyterian Women all over the world. The speakers will be Jyung In Lee who is the past moderator of National Korean Presbyterian Women. This is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the world. She speaks Korean with a New Jersey accent.

The second speaker is Rev. Kathy Reeves, Retired Mission Associate. Kathy has worked with women in almost every country that has a Presbyterian partnership. Her experience is unsurpassed.

Registration from 9:30 – 10 AM with program at 10 AM. Registration received before March 10- $12.50 and after March 10 – $15.00 (includes lunch). Please come and go with us.

The Mission Challenge this year is Laundry Pods for First Presbyterian Andalusia to support their Laundry Love mission project.

If you are interested in attending please contact Betty Bierbaum or Gloria Webb for registration and transportation information.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY 2019

All area Girl Scouts are invited to attend the morning worship service at Green Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 10. Coffee, soda, and light breakfast foods will be available in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 10:30am. The Worship Service begins at 11:00am. At Noon, we will have cake and soda in the Fellowship Hall. All girls are asked to wear their uniforms.

In March of each year, Girl Scouts take time to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the very first Girl Scout Troop. This year the Girl Scout organization is celebrating its 107th anniversary!

Part of this annual celebration is Girl Scout Sunday which is a time for Girl Scouts to be recognized in their places of worship and for them to reflect on the importance of the words “To Serve God” in the Girl Scout Promise.

The mission of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. More than 50 million American women have participated in Girl Scouting, and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

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Green Hill Good News, February 2019

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for February 2019

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The following message was written at Christmas by the Cowden Family and sent to the Green Hill last month.
This is a message we should keep in our hearts all year long.

This morning’s Daily Bread devotional centered on the Scripture verse, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

To ponder something is to concentrate and think deeply about it. After the events leading to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, followed by the appearing of the angels and shepherds who came to see the Messiah, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) New Testament scholar W. E. Vine said that “ponder” means “to throw together, confer, to put one thing with another in considering circumstances.”

This Christmas, as the Cowden family is so very thankful for the protection we experienced and many blessings that have followed Hurricane Michael, such as the actions of first responders, and utility service people, and most importantly the outpouring of love from our family and friends, we wonder why this happened to us – What does our heavenly father want us to learn from this trial – What does the future hold for us?

When we struggle to understand the meaning of what’s happening in our lives, we have Mary’s wonderful example of what it means to seek God and His wisdom. Then as we, like her, accept the Lord’s leading and embrace his plan for our lives regardless of understanding, we have so many new things and relationships to treasure and ponder in our hearts. We love you and we thank you and pray Green Hill finds God’s new direction in 2019.

Joe, Gerry, & Jeremiah

PRAYER LIST NAMES

On the first Sunday in January the church office started off the New Year with a new prayer list. If you know of someone who needs to be added back on to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE HERE!

Many of you have been asking when the Girl Scout Cookies will arrive. Well, they are here! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma will be happy to sell you a box if you just let them know which flavor(s) you want. All three girls earned their Silver Awards in September, and Kendall is already working on earning her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Thank you for supporting our Girl Scouts.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the March Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, February 19. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute! The goal of the church office is to have the newsletter printed and ready for pickup on the last Sunday of each month.

CHECK OUT THE CHURCH CALENDAR ONLINE

On the church’s website, http://www.GreenHillPC.com, you can see an interactive calendar of all church events, which includes a week, month, and agenda view, as well as the option to print. This calendar is always up-to-date with the latest information. If you have any questions about the calendar, or need to add an event to the calendar, please contact the church office at 334-347-9530.

SCOUTS BSA SUNDAY (formerly Boy Scout Sunday)

On Sunday, February 10, Green Hill will celebrate Scouts BSA Sunday during the morning worship service. Scouts BSA Sunday is designated as the day to commemorate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and to recognize the contributions BSA Scouts make to their churches and their communities. All local BSA Scouts are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

(Girl Scout Sunday will be held next month, on March 10.)

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Green Hill Good News, Online Edition, January 2019

Due to the timing of Christmas and the New Year, the January 2019 calendar is coming to you a bit early this month.  Church members, check your email and/or your printed copy for the complete version of the newsletter.

Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!

Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he… will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.

The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

–David C. McCasland

PRAYER LIST NAMES

Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the February Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, January 22. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, JANUARY 6, 2019

A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 6, immediately following the morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to elect two new Trustees and two new Elders. The Annual Nominating Committee will present its recommendations to the congregation. All members are asked to attend.

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Green Hill Good News, December 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for December 2018

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ADVENT SEASON

On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Hope. This candle is also referred to as the Prophecy Candle. It reminds us that Jesus’ coming was prophesied hundreds of years before He was born. The candle’s purple color represents Christ’s royalty as King of Kings.

On the second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. This candle is also referred to as the Bethlehem Candle. It reminds us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple, reminding us that it was a King who was born in a manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Joy. This candle is also referred to as the Shepherd’s Candle. We are reminded that God sent the angels to proclaim His arrival to common man and that He still uses ordinary people today to spread the good news of Christ. The candle is pink or rose to represent God’s faithfulness.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of Love. This candle is also referred to as the Angel’s Candle. As we light this flame, we are reminded of the heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ’s arrival. This candle is also purple, reminding us that it was a King’s birth the angels were announcing.

On Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle. We remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, which was foretold by the prophets, happened in Bethlehem, was revealed to the shepherds, and proclaimed by the angels. All month long we have been waiting and preparing. On this night we celebrate!

PRAYER LIST NAMES

Please note that on the first Sunday in January, the church office will start off the New Year with a new prayer list. We are going to remove everyone and start fresh. If you know of someone who should remain on the list, or of someone who needs to be added to the list, please contact the church office. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

The purple Christmas Joy Offering envelopes are in the pew racks for anyone who feels called to make a contribution to this fund. Donations will be used to support retired ministers and their families and for racial and ethnic religious programs at colleges.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the January Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, December 18. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 15 at Noon. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

One ceremony will be held at Meadowlawn Cemetery, in Enterprise. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of a wreath that will be placed on the grave of a service member, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and be sure to specify Meadowlawn Memorial Park. This location is currently at only 1% of its goal, so we have a long way to go.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

If you are going place a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas, Monday, December 17, is the last day to let the church office know. Please fill out one of the slips from the pew racks and drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door. The names of everyone being honored/remembered will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

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Green Hill Good News, November 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for November 2018

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The Thanksgiving we celebrate today is a combination of two very different New England traditions: the purely religious day of thankful prayer and the harvest feast. The harvest feast is still with us and so, in subtler ways, is the religious spirit.

The Sabbath, days of fasting and days of thanksgiving were the only religious holy days celebrated by the Pilgrims. A religious day of thanksgiving would be called only after the community had benefited from a single significant act of Divine Providence. The event we know as the “First Thanksgiving” was a secular harvest feast and not, as far as we know, an official religious day of thanksgiving. (NOTE: This does NOT mean that the Pilgrims did not give thanks to God; the Pilgrims were a deeply religious people and every activity in which they engaged was influenced by their deep reverence for Scripture.)

As a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims undoubtedly prayed at the 1621 harvest feast. Their prayers were spontaneous, however, and the exact words not known. A typical prayer might be:

O Lord our God and heavenly Father, which of Thy unspeakable mercy towards us, hast provided meat and drink for the nourishment of our weak bodies. Grant us peace to use them reverently, as from Thy hands, with thankful hearts: let Thy blessing rest upon these Thy good creatures, to our comfort and sustentation: and grant we humbly beseech Thee, good Lord, that as we do hunger and thirst for this food of our bodies, so our souls may earnestly long after the food of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

George Webb, “Short direction for the daily exercise of the Christian,” London 1625. Courtesy of Plimoth Plantation

A POEM BY WILLIAM BRADFORD

From my years young in days of youth,
God did make known to me his truth,
And called me from my native place,
For to enjoy the means of grace.
In wilderness he did me guide,
And in strange lands for me provide.
In fears and wants, through weal and woe,
A pilgrim, passed I to and fro.

-William Bradford

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS

Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, at 2:00am, Daylight Savings Time ends, and we all get back that extra hour we gave up in the Spring. We look forward to seeing you at church on Sunday.

THANKSGIVING DINNER

Reservation slips for this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner are in the pew racks in the Sanctuary. If you plan to attend, please fill one out so the kitchen crew knows how much food to prepare. You can drop it in the offering plate or in the basket on the office door.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

The church’s annual Stewardship Sunday is fast approaching. At this time, we ask each member, each family, and all our regular worshipers, to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. Soon everyone will receive a pledge card in the mail. On Stewardship Sunday, November 18, a special collection of the pledge cards will be held during the morning service. The cards may also be returned by mail to the church office. These pledges help the church plan our budget for the coming year

GREENING OF THE CHURCH

Everyone who is able to make it is invited to participate in the annual “Greening of the Church,” also known as the “Hanging of the Greens.” This will include putting up the tree in the Sanctuary, setting up the Advent candles, hanging the wreaths, and more. Please join us in this annual tradition of preparing the church building for the Advent and Christmas Season. The “greening” will occur during the last week of November. The exact date and time will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.

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Green Hill Good News, October 2018

Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for October 2018

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There is an old European story about a traveler who came upon a barn where the devil had stored seeds which he planned to sow in the hearts of people. There were bags of seeds variously marked “Hatred,” “Fear,” “Doubt,” “Despair,” “Un-forgiveness,” “Pride,” “Greed,” etc.

The devil appeared and struck up a conversation with the traveler. He gleefully told the traveler how easy the seeds he sowed sprouted in the hearts of men and women.

“Are there any hearts in which these seeds will not sprout?” the traveler asked.

A melancholy look appeared on the devil’s face. “These seeds will not sprout in the heart of a thankful and joyful person,” he confessed.

excerpt from the best of The Joyful Noiseletter
by Cal & Rose Samra


OCTOBER SERMONS & SCRIPTURE READINGS

OCTOBER 7: “Simplest is Bestest”
Job 1:1, 2:1-10 & Mark 10:2-16

OCTOBER 14: “We Are Him”
Job 23:1-9 & Mark 10:17-31

OCTOBER 21: “It’s Hard to Be Humble
When You’re as Good as I Am”
Job: 38:1-7, 34-41 & Mark 10:34-45

OCTOBER 28: “Me, You, Us, Them!”
Job 42:1-6, 10-17 & Mark 10:46-52


UPCOMING SPECIAL SUNDAYS

Sunday, September 30 – Healing & Worship Service

Sunday, October 7 – Communion & Worship Service


UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Girls Night Out for Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 13, 4pm to 9pm

Join us for Girls Night Out to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness, Saturday October 13th, 4-9 pm, in Downtown Enterprise. Event will feature 21 GNO participating retailers, market vendors, FREE Swag Bag, live DJ, free refreshments, and MORE! Advanced Tickets are just $10 until October 7th and are available at Pink Ribbon Retailers downtown.

2018 Boll Weevil Fall Festival

Saturday, October 27, 9am to 3pm

The Boll Weevil Fall Festival will be held on October 27, 2018. There will be arts and crafts vendors, Halloween costume contest for children, entertainment and more. Free admission.


GIRL SCOUT SILVER AWARD

It is official! Kendall, Makayla, and Emma, are Silver Award Girl Scouts! With their Silver Award Project, called Whisper to Success, they have earned the second-highest award available in Girl Scouting. Way to go Girl Scouts!

As part of earning the Girl Scout Silver Award they built nearly 600 whisper phones and distributed them to the Kindergarten students at the Enterprise Early Education Center. Whisper phones are simple reading tools made out of PVC pipe. Each girl put in over 50 hours of work building the phones and spreading the word about the benefits of using whisper phones to help young children become more confident readers.

To learn more about their project, please visit their website: https://whispertosuccess.wordpress.com/

Thank you to everyone who has supported the girls in their project, especially the Skelton Foundation who made it possible to build a phone for every Kindergartener in town.

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Green Hill Good News Online Edition for August 2018

Green Hill Youth @ WinShape 2018


Fuad Could Not

I knew Fuad in 1992.  He slept rough.  That’s how the British describe someone who sleeps outside on the street or under a bridge.  He was an immigrant from Bangladesh.  He had long hair and a long beard and wore multiple layers of filthy clothing even in the summer.  Fuad always smelled.  Fuad hardly talked to anyone at St Botolph’s.  In all the time that I knew him, we only had two or three brief conversations.  He occasionally came in for a meal; on rare occasion for a shower.  But the oddest, most frightening thing about Fuad was that he smoked plastic bags.  Large, black, plastic bags.  He would “nick”, (British word for steal) he would nick them from the kitchen in the basement of the church.  He’d take one or two at a time.  Nobody tried to stop him because he usually had a look in his eyes like he might kill you if you did.  He’d take the plastic bag outside and roll it up into a cigar.  Then he’d light it and smoke it.

I’m not sure how long he had been doing this when I met him.  However, after a few months, the church received a large check, payable to Fuad, from Social Security.  (Well over 2000 pounds!)  It was Fuad’s “benefit”, that is; his back payment from the dole, or rather, welfare.  The Senior Pastor called me in when the check arrived and told me that Fuad’s ship had come in, and, (further) told me to go out and buy Fuad some cigars.  “Havanas”, to be precise.  Our belief was that he would change, that now that he had money, he would switch from plastic bags to something somewhat less toxic.

That same night Fuad came in for a meal.  I told him about the check, and further, that I had bought him a box of cigars.  He asked me why I did that.  I told him that now that he had money, he could stop smoking plastic bags and start smoking cigars.  He looked me in the eye, a long, hard look, and simply said that he’d stick to plastic bags.  And he did.  Fuad could not change.  About six months later, he died from the plastic bags, with more than 2000 pounds in the bank, less the amount I spent on the cigars.  He died, because he could not change.  (Twenty-six years later, I suspect that box of cigars is still somewhere in that church.  Still unopened.)

Fuad was not a Christian.  He didn’t like to hear about Jesus.  Jesus calls us all to change.  To change as individuals.  To change as a church.  To stop doing what we should not be doing.  To start doing what we should.  To rely on Him to help us; to show us the way.  His way!  He’ll even tell us what needs to be changed.  But we need to take Brother James’ advice when it comes to change.  To be hearers AND doers.  Fuad heard but didn’t do.  It killed him.

Pastor Tim

 

CHURCH CALENDAR

Do you have a meeting happening at the church? Don’t forget to let the church office know! We like to keep the main calendar as up-to-date as possible, and we like to know what events are coming up so we can make announcements in the bulletin and/or the newsletter. Thank you for keeping the office informed.

 

AFTER-SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

School is starting up soon and so will after-school Bible Study – September 10th to be exact.  This year we will be offering 5 classes –

3 on Mondays:

“Boy, Have I Got Problems!” (a study on James)

“God Has Big Plans for You, Esther”

“How to Study Your Bible for Kids”

and 2 on Tuesdays:

“Cracking the Covenant Code”

“God, What’s Your Name?”

The James class on Monday is for 1st-3rd graders, the Esther class is for girls in grades 4th-8th, the How to Study the Bible is for boys in 4th-8th grades and the Tuesday classes are for 4th-8th graders.

These studies start at 3pm with snack time.  At 3:30pm the classes begin and at 5pm the classes finish up and the parents pick up the kids.

We have a great lineup of teachers who will be attending Leadership training on August 10th 6:30-8:30pm, August 11th 8:30am-2:30pm, August 17th 6:30-8:30pm, and August 18th 8:30am-2:30pm with Nancy Jankoski leading us in the Inductive Bible study called “Rising to the Call of Leadership” by Kay Arthur and David & BJ Lawson.  We still need lots of helpers, though.  If this sounds like a ministry where you’d to help, just let April Seery know.

Registration for After-School Bible Study will take place August 21st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  Parents who want to sign up their kids for any of these classes must attend this meeting.

 

WINSHAPE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who supported WinShape Camp last month, either through time volunteered, financial assistance, or especially with prayer. Over 485 children participated in camp this year! This year’s theme was “The Shepherd” and the main Bible verse was Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.”  We are so pleased that WinShape was able to return to Enterprise, to continue having an impact on the youth of our city. We look forward to them coming back next year!

 

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Wednesday morning Bible Study is open to all members of the church. Everyone is welcome to join us at 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall as we study God’s Word. Bring your Bible, and feel free to bring your breakfast with you. This mid-week lesson is the perfect way to start off your morning.

 

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Information for the September Green Hill Good Newsletter needs to be submitted to the church office by Monday, August 20. You can contact the office by email or by phone, or you can drop your news off in the basket on the door. Many thanks to those who contribute!

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year’s Vacation Bible School.  We had an amazing time learning about the Gospel through the songs of the Go Fish Guys.  This year we changed things up a bit and invited the older children, our teens, to serve in leadership roles.  It was such a joy to see our young Christian leaders work on the skills they will need to do God’s work in the future.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL

It sure seems like we had a short summer!  The public schools in Enterprise will start back up for the new school year on August 6.  Our children are already getting their class schedules and lockers.  Please pray for our children, their parents, and their teachers.

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