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Bible Festival Programs Set May 24, 2018

The Bible Festival at Mount Gretna has been in existence for 126 years and will provide a summer of spiritually based music, preaching, and worship from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, Aug. 26. All of the programs of preaching and music will be updated versions of an 1892 vision of summer worship. They will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mount Gretna Tabernacle, located at Third Street and Glossbrenner Avenue on the Campmeeting grounds.

The June Ecumenical Series will feature five pastors from five faith communities speaking on the theme of "God Is..." on Friday evenings in June. Retired Mount Gretna United Methodist Church pastor Jim Goudie will start the series on June 1, when he and Rusty Morgan will present "God Is Surprising."

Three Sunday evenings in June will be devoted to music, with the singers of the Mennonite Children's Choir, the spiritual jazz of the Andy Roberts Quartet, and the harmonies of Silver, Wood, and Ivory.

Among other highlights will be the Massed Choir of 175 voices, the New Holland Band, and the Susquehanna Chorale. Interspersed with the music will be a number of local and nationally known preaching ministers. A Wednesday evening hymn sing is scheduled, and the regular Saturday evening Festival of Bell Choirs will continue. Lancaster's British Brass Band will play in August. The season will close as it has for 25 years - with a performance by QuintEssentially Brass.

The public is invited. There is no admission charge for any of the programs, but a freewill offering will be received.

The Tabernacle may be accessed by turning off Route 117 onto Boulevard to the parking lot adjacent to the Mount Gretna Fire Company.

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Fundraiser Will Aid LCCC May 23, 2018

Lancaster Moravian Church, 227 N. Queen St., Lancaster, will support Lancaster Council of Churches (LCCC) through its next Giving Tree Opportunity on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. All those making any kind of donation will receive a hot dog from the church.

Items needed include canned fruit, canned meat, pouch meals, oatmeal, soups, tuna, beans, dry pasta, and peanut butter. Also needed are shoes, summer clothing, and financial donations.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-397-9722, email office@lancastermoravian.org, or visit www.lancastermoravian.org.

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Strawberry Sundae Talent Show To Support Mission Team May 23, 2018

In preparation for a summer service trip to McCreary County, Ky., a group of youths and adults from Salem United Methodist Church (UMC), 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, have planned a Strawberry Sundae Talent Show fundraiser. The community is invited to the annual event, which will take place on Sunday, June 3, at the church.

The make-your-own sundae buffet will begin at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall and will include strawberries freshly picked from a local farm by members of the mission team, as well as ice cream, cakes, pretzels, snacks, and beverages. Admission will be by donation, and the strawberry sundae buffet will be followed by a talent show at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The lineup of performances includes a bluegrass selection by Musical Sunshine; a vocal performance by Chris, Kylee, and Brynn Trovinger; hymns led by the Ages and Stages Sunday school class; a comedy skit; and performances by Tim Hoffman and the Sheetz family.

All funds raised at the event will help to cover costs of the mission trip to McCreary County, which is located in southeastern Kentucky. According to organizer Doug Winters, Salem UMC has been sending teams to various parts of the United States on service trips for the past several decades. This trip will be through Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and will consist mainly of home repair work. "We don't know what the exact projects will be until a week or two before," noted Winters.

Winters said that 30 percent of the residents in McCreary County live below the poverty line, making it difficult or impossible to afford repairs on the interior or exterior of their homes. During last summer's trip to Hinton, W.Va., the team members from Salem UMC worked on flooring, roofing, remodeling a bathroom, replacing decks, and installing handicapped-accessible rampways.

Members of this year's mission team include Mark Heller, Alexis Kohler, Tim May, Rachel Metzger, Cole Meyer, Kevin Meyer, Olivia Robinson, Wyatt Robinson, Ethan Stoltzfus, Sierra Stoltzfus, Brynn Trovinger, Chris Trovinger, Jade Trovinger, Eric Weiss, Matt Welch, Charlie Winters, and Doug Winters.

Readers who have questions may call the church at 717-665-2331.

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Mount Joy Church Of God Announces Summer Schedule May 23, 2018

Mount Joy Church of God, 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy, invites the community to hear from various guest speakers and organizations that will present as part of the church's summer schedule. On Sundays from June to August, guests will share from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., following the 9 a.m. worship service.

The summer will kick off with guest presenter Tim Kreider sharing his story on June 3. Kreider is the author of "Refuse to Drown," which details his personal journey through despair to regaining healing and wholeness after his oldest son, Alec, confessed to committing a triple-homicide in Manheim Township in 2007. Kreider also formed Also-Me, a nonprofit organization that encourages people not to live life alone. He resides in Womelsdorf with his wife, Lynn. Additional details about Kreider are available at www.refusetodrown.com.

On June 10, Piercing Word will debut "Ecclesiastes." Piercing Word is a Lancaster-based ministry that performs Scripture across the United States. The scripts are taken directly from the English Standard Version of the Bible. With four performers, "Ecclesiastes" features a young student discovering the writings of Solomon. Audiences may watch as a modern-day Solomon ponders the meaning of life in the presence of two court jesters. More information is available at www.piercingword.org.

Other speakers and presentations for the summer schedule are as follows: Diane Anderson on June 17; Deb Jones, director of Elizabethtown Community Housing Outreach Services (ECHOS), on June 24; John Schnee on July 1; Mindy Erb on July 8; Tony Bistline on July 22; Kathy Bistline on July 29; Gary McNece on Aug. 5; Cory Funk on Aug. 12; Ann King-Grosh of No Longer Alone Ministries (NLAM) on Aug. 19; and Dave Lloyd on Aug. 26. A church picnic is planned for July 15.

"We have some of our own people sharing and others from different places," noted organizer Joyce Hershey. "It's just a nice mix."

To learn more about Mount Joy Church of God, readers may visit www.mountjoychurchofgod.org or call 717-653-4695.

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Church To Hold Memorial Day Service May 23, 2018

Bethel United Methodist Church (UMC) will sponsor its 96th annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Chester Joines. Children will be invited to help decorate the cemetery immediately following the service.

The Memorial Day service was started in 1922 to honor those veterans who have made the supreme sacrifice in defense of the country.

Everyone is invited to attend this special service. Bethel UMC is located at 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue. For more information, readers may contact pastor Kim Cartwright at 717-927-9380.

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Encounter Church Revs Up For Motorcycle Sunday May 23, 2018

Encounter Church, 200 Hideaway Drive, Quarryville, will host its annual Motorcycle Sunday event on Sunday, June 10. A worship service will be held at the church at 9:30 a.m., and a group photograph of motorcyclists and their bikes will be taken in front of the church before the group leaves for an hourlong ride into Maryland. The ride will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. at Susquehannock State Park, where a picnic will be held and softball and other games will be played.

"Motorcycle Sunday has become one of the highlights on our summer schedule," commented pastor Stuart Osborne. "It's been a fun and effective outreach."

At least year's event, church member Tom Steinhauer's 2003 Honda ST 1300 graced the stage. This year, Steinhauer and the bike will be in front of the congregation, as he is slated to give the message.

Steinhauer has been riding for around 30 years after falling in love with motorcycles as a teenager. His love of Jesus Christ was acquired a short time later.

"The draw of the (Motorcycle Sunday) event is to bring people outside the church inside," Steinhauer said. "I grew up outside the church and experienced the downsides of that life. I had an encounter with Christ that was life-transforming for me."

Steinhauer noted that it is easy to use a driving analogy to describe his life. As a teenager, he was misguided and went off the straight and narrow road, becoming heavily involved in the party scene and making poor choices. After surrendering his life to Christ, he worked for churches in France for two years before returning to the United States, where he now leads worship with his family. Memories of his preconversion life are still vivid, and Steinhauer shudders to think of what might have happened if not for the grace of God. "I could never go back to what I was like," he remarked.

Guests, but especially bikers, are invited to attend Motorcycle Sunday. Registration is not required. Nursery care and children's church will be offered during the worship service. Church members will provide the lunch. No rain date has been set. In the event of bad weather, an announcement will be posted on the Encounter Church Facebook page.

Motorcycle Sunday is part of a series of events Encounter Church hosts to appeal to people with niche interests. Other events include a car show and a service honoring first responders around 9/11.

For more information about Motorcycle Sunday, readers may call the church at 717-786-2756.

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Church To Host Softball Clinic May 23, 2018

Pequea Baptist Church, 6062 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, will hold a True Swing Pitchers and Catchers Clinic from Monday to Thursday, June 4 to 7. Girls in grades one through six may attend from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and girls in grades seven through 12 may attend from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Instruction will be in the gym, so players should wear sneakers, not cleats. Catchers will need their own equipment.

The clinic will be led by Amanda Houck, Emily Houck, Ethann Zimmerman, and Doug Lapp. Amanda is a Pequea Valley High School and West Chester University graduate who was named Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year twice and was named to the First Team All-Region. Emily is a former Eastern University player. Zimmerman and Lapp are former catchers for Messiah College and Lebanon Valley College, respectively.

There is a fee. For more details, visit www.fbcpequea.org and select Events.

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"Blessing Of The Cycles" Service Slated May 23, 2018

Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church, 4833 Division Highway, East Earl, will hold a "Blessing of the Cycles" service on Sunday, June 10, at 10 a.m. The church will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m. Kick stands will be up at 12:30 p.m. for a ride to benefit 4OurKids - Carol Stark Foundation, which supports the Ephrata, Cocalico, and Garden Spot school districts.

For more information, readers may call Pastor Kris at 717-354-5573.

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Yard Sale, Barbecue To Support Mission Trip May 23, 2018

Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC), 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, will once again host a chicken barbecue in conjunction with its annual yard sale. The yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and the chicken barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day.

The proceeds from the event will be used to fund the congregation's yearly mission trip to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky. Henderson Settlement is a United Methodist mission agency serving Appalachia. The Stehman mission team spends a week there every year to repair homes and do other projects for people in the community. The upcoming trip has been set for Sunday, July 1, to Saturday, July 7.

The yard sale is open to the community, both to vend and to shop. Spaces will be available by donation, and tables will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If no tables are available, sellers may bring their own tables or set up in their vehicles in the parking lot.

A food stand will operate during the yard sale, offering items in addition to the chicken barbecue. Folks who opt to purchase a barbecue meal will receive a half-chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert, and a beverage. Half-chickens will be available for a la carte purchase as well.

Yard sale spaces may be reserved and chicken barbecue tickets may be purchased by emailing meglfrey@yahoo.com or pastor@stehmanchurch.com. Details about the event also are available at www.facebook.com/stehmanchurch.

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Country Gospel Service Planned May 23, 2018

Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, will host a country gospel worship service on Saturday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. The worship gathering will feature traditional gospel hymns sung in an upbeat fashion, plus some newer country gospel tunes.

The service is free and open to the public. The service is informal, and dress is casual. For more details, call the church office at 717-393-9182 or the pastor at 717-615-0525.

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Worshipful Wednesdays To Feature Outdoor Service, Dinner May 22, 2018

Worshipful Wednesdays, a weekly program that will feature dinner, outdoor worship and a time for fellowship, will be held from June 6 through Aug. 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 S. New St., West Chester. There will be no program on July 4.

Each Worshipful Wednesday will begin with dinner served by church members at 5:45 p.m. The dinner will be free for those who preregister by emailing freedinner@clcwc.org or calling the church office at 610-696-2475 by noon on the Monday prior to that Wednesday's service. Walk-ins will also be welcome and will be asked to pay a nominal fee for dinner.

Worship will follow dinner at 6:30 p.m., and there will be dessert and fellowship at 7:15 p.m.

Worship will be casual and contemporary, and Communion will be available each week. The theme of the program will be "12 Weeks With Jesus and the Disciples." A different disciple will be featured each week.

There will also be special music from the church's new Praise Team director, Jon Ruths.

Kara Butler, a member of the church's hospitality committee, explained that the outdoor worship will be held in a field located next to the church. The area is shaded, and chairs will be provided for visitors. In the event of rainy weather, the service will be moved indoors.

Butler said the first-time outdoor worship series is based on the church's Wonderful Wednesday program, which is held September through May. "Every week it's a different theme, and this will be similar in style, but outside," she said. "There is something (special) about being outdoors and close to nature."

Butler said the program is suitable for all ages and will give attendees an opportunity to worship in an outdoor setting. "It will be nice for families. We have a really strong family and youth ministry," she said. "We're hoping that families may be interested (in joining the church)."

The church also recently announced that registration is currently open for "Shipwrecked" vacation Bible school (VBS), which will be held from Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. VBS is open to children who are 4 years old by Sept. 1 through current fourth-graders. A fee will be charged, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 15. For more information or to register, readers may visit www.clcwc.org/vbs-2018.

Calvary Lutheran Church offers traditional Sunday services at 7:45 and 9:15 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. A Rejoicing Spirits worship service for those with developmental needs is held at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. Nursery care is provided at the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. services.

For more information, readers may contact the church office or visit www.clcwc.org or www.facebook.com/clcwc.org.

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Church Slates Worship Service May 22, 2018

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, will hold a worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 3. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Information about church events is available by visiting www.centenniallutheran.org or by emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Diocese Of Harrisburg Honors Teachers, Administrators May 22, 2018

Seven local Catholic school teachers and administrators received Golden Apple Awards presented by the Diocese of Harrisburg at a ceremony held at the Cardinal Keeler Center in Harrisburg on May 8. The award symbolizes a teacher's professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.

The 2018 Golden Apple Award recipients are Tammy Dreihaup, instructional support teacher and librarian at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata; Jennifer Fleming, second-grade teacher at Saint Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg; Michael Warren Hayes, religion teacher at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster; Sister Susan Marie Kuk, math teacher and activities director at Trinity High School in Camp Hill; Jane Lobeck, kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Lancaster; Katherine Phenicie, religion teacher and director of spiritual life at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown; and Theresa Smith, fourth-grade teacher at Saint Joseph School in Hanover.

This year's recipients cover the broad spectrum of Catholic education. They boast a combined total of 196 years of education experience. Each recipient was nominated by a parent, student, or fellow teacher. Nominees were then evaluated on their teaching skills, leadership, service to the church and community, and commitment to their students and school.

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, who helped present the awards, spoke of the selfless commitment that the awardees had demonstrated in service to the families of their students. The Rev. Edward Quinlan, secretary for education for the diocese, reflected on how Catholic schools partner parents in the education of their children, and he recognized the honorees for their academic achievements. All teachers in Catholic schools in the diocese must have state credentials, as well as additional certifications in education from the diocese.

Kuk offered remarks on behalf of all of the winners. She thanked everyone who was involved in the award process, including those who offered the nominations, the members of the screening committee, and the Donahue Family Foundation, which founded and supports the Golden Apple Awards. Each of the Diocese of Harrisburg's Golden Apple Award recipients received a certificate of achievement, a $5,000 cash award, a golden apple with a 24-carat gold cross, and an individual photo with Gainer.

In the Diocese of Harrisburg, approximately 11,000 students are enrolled at 39 schools. They are taught by a total of approximately 950 faculty. For more information about the Golden Apple Awards and Catholic education, readers may visit www.GoCatholicSchools.org.

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Church Sets Friends And Family Day May 22, 2018

New Life Christian Center Ministries, 201 S. Second St., Wrightsville, will hold a Friends and Family Day, set for Sunday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Senior pastor Robert Porter Sr. and the Rev. Sharon Porter invite the community to attend.

The event will focus on "Walking in the Power of Thanksgiving." Refreshments will be served in the foyer after the service.

Two smart TVs will be given away, and winners must be present.

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Outdoor Worship Service Planned May 22, 2018

Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Road, Springettsbury Township, has scheduled this year's initial outdoor worship service for Sunday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at the Outdoor Worship Center on the church's wooded campus.

Pastor Gregory Seckman will deliver a sermon titled "Summer Sabbath," and Holy Communion will be served.

Although permanent seating is available, those attending may bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held inside. Throughout the summer, 11 a.m. worship will continue to take place in the sanctuary. For further information, readers may contact the church office at 717-755-6222 or visit http://eastminster-york.org.

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Church Will Host Hymn Sing May 22, 2018

Bethel E.C. Church, 3716 Main St., Conestoga, will host a hymn sing on Sunday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature hymn singing, special music, and an ice cream social to follow.

The public is invited to attend. For more details, call 717-872-6755.

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Bus Trip Planned May 22, 2018

Friends of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Atglen are planning a bus trip to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum on Monday, Aug. 13, through Thursday, Aug. 16. The trip will also include a riverboat cruise with dinner.

For more information, call Sara Stoltzfus at 610-593-6680 or email lizysara68@yahoo.com. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, June 8.

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Church Will Host Guest Speaker May 17, 2018

Crown of Life Fellowship, 610 E. Main St., Mount Joy, will welcome evangelist Lanny Swaim on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m.

Swaim has played with various Christian bands and operated a business. In 1999, he became more involved in ministry. He is set to release his first book soon.

A freewill offering will be received for Swaim. Children's ministry will be provided. Light refreshments will be served after the service. For more information, readers may call 717-475-5048 or 717-665-5841 or visit www.colfellowship.org.

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Harvest's Dedication Sunday Will Celebrate God's Provision May 17, 2018

"It's a day for us to be thankful and to be reminded of what God's done to bring us to this point," remarked Brian Bitler, director of strategic advancement for Harvest Bible Chapel Lancaster. He indicated the building at 651 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, where the congregation held its first worship service on Easter Sunday this year. "If anyone's curious, (Dedication Sunday) is an opportunity to come see what God did," he invited.

Dedication Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, June 3, with identical worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. A choir formed for the event will perform several songs, and the message will be delivered by Dave Wisen, who is the co-pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Spring Lake, Mich.

"He's been very encouraging to us in the (building search) process and offered great wisdom," Bitler explained.

Harvest Lancaster was founded in Willow Street as NewSong Fellowship Church. It eventually purchased a sanctuary and other properties at 609 Prospect St., Lancaster. On Easter Sunday 2013, the congregation officially became Harvest Bible Chapel Lancaster. Attendance thrived, and during summer 2014, the building was partially remodeled to make room for more people. Church leaders knew, however, that time was running out before a third service would need to be added or the congregation would need to move.

"We had been looking for a building for six years because we knew we would run out of space," Bitler recalled. "We have 340 children from infants to fifth grade, and we projected 500 in five years. We also have 700 to 800 people in sixth grade through adults on a Sunday."

The team tasked with finding a new facility had three goals: functional, visible, and accessible. "Functional" looked like a large sanctuary and plenty of classrooms, as well as ample parking. "Visible" meant a location passed by a lot of traffic. "Accessible" was a venue close to Lancaster city, where Harvest - and NewSong before it - has worked to benefit the community.

The property at 651 Lampeter Road fit all of those criteria, and the church eagerly purchased the property from Lancaster County Christian School. Funds to make the down payment were raised through contributions from the congregation and community members, as well as the sale of the church offices on Millersville Pike and several other buildings.

"We are still a little bit in awe of the way God provided this for us," Bitler remarked. He noted that the move has appeared to spur increased growth in membership, and between 100 and 150 people are in the process of getting connected to Harvest. "What we're hearing (is that) one of the things they're finding is people passionate about God's Word, and they're finding that they're welcomed and loved."

Harvest Lancaster strives to be a church of small groups, and 85 percent or more of the church members are active in small groups, which meet every other week and strive to care for individual needs. Guests are always welcome at Harvest Lancaster, and each Sunday, attendees are reminded of the phrase, "You are loved."

"Whether their faith is firm or they have doubts, or if they're all together or a mess, there's room for them at Harvest," Bitler said.

Harvest Lancaster is led by senior pastor Jerry Lingenfelter. Worship services are held on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Harvest Kids for infants through fifth-graders is available during both services. Harvest Students - a group for youths in sixth through 12th grades - meets at the church at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information, readers may find Harvest Bible Chapel Lancaster on Facebook, email info@harvestlancaster.org, visit www.harvestlancaster.org, or call 717-393-9600.

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Singspiration Series Planned May 17, 2018

Leacock Presbyterian Church has announced that "Singspiration," the 16th annual community hymn sing series, will continue on Sunday, June 3, at the historic 278-year-old Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340) and Old Leacock Road, 1 mile west of Intercourse. The series will continue on Sundays, July 1, Aug. 5, and Sept. 2. All are welcome.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the hymn sings will be led by Tom Perella, with accompaniment provided by Dianne Yuninger, who will play the church's 116-year-old Estey Pump Organ. Lemonade will be served in the church's courtyard after the hymn sings.

For more information, call the church at 717-687-6619 or visit www.leacockpres.org.

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