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Amazing hope


Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson Church

9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

 

Easter is coming! I remember looking forward to it as a kid because it meant Easter baskets, candy, those little fluffy yellow chicks with wire legs and feet, and then there were the marshmallow peeps–yum! That’s what Easter meant to me even though I was a life-long church going kid.

That’s because the story of Jesus rising from the dead was way too difficult to wrap my mind around. I didn’t really even understand death since I didn’t know anyone who had died. 

Now, I’m a whole lot older and have lived through many things. I understand the finality of death and the amazing hope found in the resurrection of Jesus. Why? Because I no longer feel condemned by the things (sins) I’ve done. I can live without regrets and guilt because Jesus handled it! Those things are behind me, gone, wiped out, buried and forgotten by God because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  

I know that God will provide. Any doubts I have I can bring to God. I can bring them to God and I don’t need to be afraid because God has shown amazing compassion to even those who really doubted (think Job or Thomas, who even required that Jesus show his hands and feet). If God loved those big doubters, He will surely love me.

I also know that I have a peace that has overcome the fears I’ve had. I know that my redeemer lives and because of that all my fear is replaced with awe, wonder and faith. I know that I can pray and I will be heard by a God who is so loving that he gave his only son for me. When I struggle, Jesus knows what that’s all about because he lived a human life and when I bring those struggles to him he gives me peace through the Holy Spirit.

See, if you are struggling, feeling overwhelmed, worried or fearful please understand that Jesus knows your heart and wants to step into it and conquer those difficult feelings. He creates a new heart and continues to work inside of each of us. We are new creations because of Jesus.  

That’s why Easter is exciting!

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Easter Services


God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!

CEDAR SPRINGS

Calvary Assembly of God

meeting in Red Hawk Elementary on the CSPS campus

(enter through Door 10)

April 1: Easter Worship Service at 10:30am

more info on Facebook or cscalvary.org

 

Cedar Springs United Methodist

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 25: Palm Sunday 10:15 a.m. Worship with “Fish Tales” Children’s Musical

March 29: Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter “For Early Risers” Worship at 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at 9:00-9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship at 10:15 a.m.

 

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

March 31: Easter Service 6 p.m. “Gospel Message!”

April 1: Easter Service 10 a.m. “Gospel Message!”

   

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, MI  49319

March 31: Easter EGGstravaganza, Registration begins @ 11 AM.  For kids 0-10 years.  4,000 candy filled eggs. Includes a special needs egg hunt! 

April 1: Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

 

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

March 30: Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

April 1: Easter Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services

 

St. John Paul II

3110 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs

March 29:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.

March 30:  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 p.m.

March 31:  Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.

April 1:  Resurrection of the Lord-Easter Sunday Mass at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


HOWARD CITY

First Baptist Church – Howard City

304 E Shaw St. Howard City 

April 1: Easter Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

 

ROCKFORD

Bella Vista Church

5100 Belding Rd NE, Rockford

March 30: Community Good Friday service 7 p.m.

 

BridgeWay Community Church

7700 Childsdale Ave., Rockford, MI, 49341

March 24: Free Community Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt, 8-11 a.m.

March 30: Good Friday Service – “I Thirst” at 6:30 p.m.

March 31: Easter Celebration Service – “Come Alive” at 6 p.m.

April 1: Easter Celebration Services –  “Come Alive” at 9 & 10:45 a.m.

 

Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford

March 29: Maundy Thursday breakfast 9:30 a.m.

March 31: Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

April 1: Easter Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.

 

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont

March 25: Palm Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.

March 29: Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.

March 30: Stations of the Cross service at noon

April 1: Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am, Easter worship service at 10 am

 

Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church

4865 Eleven Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

March 25: Palm Sunday Mass 9:00 am, 11:00 am

March 30: Good Friday Divine Mercy Chaplet 12:00 pm

March 30: Good Friday Passion Play 12:30 pm

March 30: Good Friday Service 2:00 pm

March 31: Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 am

March 31: Easter vigil Mass 8:30 pm

April 1: Easter Sunday Mass 9:00 am, 11:00 am

 

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 14 Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341

March 29: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm

April 1: Easter Worship Service 9:30am

 

River Rock Church

6060 Belding Road NE Rockford, MI 49341

April 1: Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. 

Easter Worship Services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

 

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

310 E. Division Street, Rockford MI  49341

March 25:  Palm Sunday Service at 9:30 AM

March 29:  Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 PM

March 30:  Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM

April 1:  Easter Breakfast, 8:30 AM

April 1:  Easter Worship Service, 9:30 AM

 

SAND LAKE

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

April 1: Easter Worship at 11:00 a.m.

 

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W. Maple St, Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

March 30: Evening Prayer/Stations of the Cross 7:00 p.m.

April 1: Sunday Morning Mass 7:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. 

 

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 3rd St (Northland Dr), Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

March 30: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

April 1: Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

April 1: Easter Worship at 9:30 a.m.  Balloon release after service.

 

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

April 1: Easter SONrise Service 8:00 a.m.

April 1: Easter Breakfast 8:30 a.m.

 

South Ensley United Methodist Church

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake, MI 49343

April 1: Easter Worship at 10:55 a.m.

 

Sand Lake Village Churches

March 30: Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran with stops at the Church of the Full Gospel and Mary Queen of Apostles and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist Church Refreshment after the walk. Transportation provided for those not able to walk

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EASTER COLORING CONTEST 2018


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Hey kids, 

Would you like to win an awesome Easter Basket? It’s time for our annual Easter Coloring Contest and your chance to win!  

Please print out and color the picture above with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose 3 winners from three age groups: 4-5 years; 6-7 years; and 8-10 years. 

Good Luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules!

Click on entry form to print it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rules: 

1. Only one entry per child. 

2. Only one winner from each age group will be drawn from finalists.

3. We are not responsible for lost mail. 

4. All entries must be at our office by March 26th by 5pm. 

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils. No paint, glitter, stickers, etc.

Winners will be announced in the March 29th edition of The Cedar Springs Post. So hurry, all entries have to be at The Post by Monday, March 26 by 5:00 p.m. 

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Easter Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Easter Services 2017


EAS-Easter-cross-sunriseGod wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!

CEDAR SPRINGS

Cedar Springs Ministerial Association

April 14: Journey to the Cross

A self-guided journey through the final days of Jesus’ life

Come anytime between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Held at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Cedar Springs United Methodist

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

April 9: Palm/Passion Sunday service at 10:15 a.m.

April 13: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. at East Nelson UMC, 9024 18 Mile Rd.

April 14: Good Friday. We will walk the Stations of the Cross at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, from 11-1 and 6-8 p.m.

April 16: Easter sunrise service at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9 a.m., and regular Easter service at 10:15 a.m.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

April 14: Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

April 16: Easter Sunday services 9:30 a.m. Devotional and breakfast, and 10:45 a.m. morning worship. No evening service.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs

April 15:  Easter Eggstravazana for kids 0-10 years. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Egg Hunt and so much more at 12 p.m.

April 16:  Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

April 16: Easter Worship Services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

There will also be a great celebration happening in our Kid’s Splash Park Live during both services!

ROCKFORD

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

April 16: Easter Celebration at 10:00 am.

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 14 Mile Rd., Rockford, MI 49341

April 13: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm

April 16: Easter Sunday Service at 9:30am

SAND LAKE

Sand Lake Village Churches 

April 14: Good Friday Walk and Remember 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist. All churches below participating.

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St, Sand Lake (Corner of E Lake and 1st St)

April 16: Easter Service at 11 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W Maple St, Sand Lake (NE corner of the park)

April 14: Good Friday 7:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers and Stations of the Cross

April 16: Easter Day Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt after 9:30 Mass for children through 5th grade.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S 3rd Street (formerly Northland Dr), Sand Lake

April 9: Palm Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Egg Hunt to follow.

April 14: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

April 16: Easter Breakfast 8 a.m., Easter Worship 9:30 a.m. Balloon release after service.

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park)

April 16: Easter SONrise Service 8 a.m. with free breakfast to follow.

South Ensley United Methodist Church

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake (Corner of Cypress and 136th St)

April 16 Easter Sunday Service 10:55 a.m.

SPARTA

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd., Sparta

April 16: Easter service at 10 a.m. “Resurrection Power.” Refreshments served before the service.

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EASTER COLORING CONTEST 2017


CSPOSTpg11Hey kids, 

Would you like to win an awesome Easter Basket? It’s time for our annual Easter Coloring Contest and your chance to win!

Please color the picture above with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose 3 winners from three age groups: 4-5 years; 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good Luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules!

Click to Download:

EasterColoringContest.pdf

EasterColoringContest-entryform.pdf

Rules: 

  1. Only one entry per child.
  2. Only one winner will be drawn from finalists.
  3. We are not responsible for lost mail.
  4. All entries must be at our office by April 10th by 5pm.
  5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils. No paint, glitter, stickers, etc.

Winners will be announced in the April 13th edition of The Cedar Springs Post. So hurry, all entries have to be at The Post by Monday, April 10 by 5:00 p.m.

Please deliver entries to:

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Easter Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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In His rising, the life of all have risen


Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd. 

Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

 

Finally, spring is here! Having many friends and relatives who live in warm parts of the country, whenever I visit them, they always ask, “When will you move here with us and stay in the sun-shining states instead of Michigan?”

My response to them is always the same. “Only in Michigan will you experience four distinct seasons and, after a long winter season, you will appreciate spring time. What happens during spring is a wonderful analogy to Easter, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.”

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim you, O Lord, but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously, when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.  Through him the children of light rise to eternal life and the halls of the heavenly Kingdom are thrown open to the faithful; for his death is our ransom from death, and in his rising the life of all have risen. Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim: Holy Holy, holy, holy, Lord of hosts. . .  (Preface II of Easter, Roman Missal-Third Edition).

I would like to call your attention to what is highlighted in the prayer: the resurrection of the Lord has an impact on not just human beings, but on all. That is the faith of the Church! Christ’s resurrection changes all things for the good! Alleluia.

This is when spring in Michigan can help us explain the mystery of Easter. After a long winter, grass, flowers, and tree leaves appear again. It is refreshing! When you walk into your house, it seems like a new one! What spring does for the environment, the Resurrection of the Lord does even more so for the world. The Lord, the Creator of all, has entered the world and by his death and resurrection has redeemed the world. Nothing has been untouched in this earthly field by the resurrection of Christ.

The challenges us now is to listen to the teaching of the Apostle Paul: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory” (Col 3: 1-4).

Our entire world has been changed by Christ’s resurrection. Let’s us focus on “what is above.”  Amen.

 

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It’s time for Easter Eggs


_N-Easter-eggsPost photo by J. Reed

The home at 3240 17 Mile, Solon Township, sports a sea of pastel colors at Easter time each year. Yvonne Cook, and her husband Mike, who recently passed away, have been decorating their yard with these colorful eggs for the past 10 years. Take a drive by and see for yourself!

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Approaching Easter 2016


By Pastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

Almost two thousand years ago, on the Sunday following the crucifixion of our Savior the Friday before, two women approached the sepulcher where Jesus had been laid, to make the necessary preparations for his dead body. We read, “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV).

For these friends of Jesus who came to the tomb, life and death would never be the same. This Jesus whom they loved and believed to still be in the grave, had risen from the dead, conquering death for us, our last enemy in this life.

Through the story of the resurrection and the promised Spirit of God, alive in us, we too must look at our own lives and answer for ourselves, “How do we approach Easter Sunday 2016?” Our answer has much to say in whether Easter makes a difference in our lives or not. How many Easters have we heard and heard again about the resurrection, and do we come to this day expecting to experience the same-o same-o, old routine? The women came to the borrowed tomb before sunrise on a Sunday, and surprise, the tomb is empty! Oh wow, like we haven’t heard this before!

Maybe we come not expecting anything more than what we’ve known before, after all, we know that God’s word is as Paul has written, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2nd Corinthians 1:20 NIV). It will be exactly as God has said it will be.

Then again, we may not spend much time reading our Bible, or attending worship services, but it’s Easter, and we know just enough to be curious, is there something there for me? Is there anything in the Bible or church that may make my life better? Our experience with Easter has always been good, but, what if we approached Easter 2016 with a heart that is open and expecting, exactly what, we’re not sure, but hoping that God will make the resurrection of Christ more of a reality in our lives?

If we come to Easter Sunday as people who have heard the story before, as people who can no longer be amazed, we will very likely leave the same way we came. We meet God where we are at. If we approach Easter in humility, repentant before God, knowing our absolute need for Jesus, he will never disappoint us. Christ’s resurrection is not just another story in the Bible, it is the central point in our faith as Christians.

How will we approach Easter 2016? Will this Easter be different? Are we willing to approach this day and the rest of the days of our lives, by joyfully allowing God to enter into our hearts, and begin a work within us that allows us to hear this story with spiritual ears, in a way we’ve never heard it before?

Approach God with an open heart, and hear with childlike amazement, God’s eternal truth in Jesus Christ!

He is risen! Indeed!

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This Easter, give toy bunnies, not live ones 


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From the Kent County Health Dept.

Baby bunnies and chicks grow up to be rabbits and chickens. Before you decide live Easter pets would be a cute gift for your kids, be sure you do plenty of homework. Adults should consider the life cycle, as well as health and safety issues, of giving bunnies or chicks to children for Easter. The Kent County Health Department recommends giving children toy stuffed animals instead.

“Those who adopt these pets should be aware of the responsibilities and the health-related concerns that come with these pets—both human and animal health concerns,” according to Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Municipalities may have restrictions on adult

chickens. Be sure you know what the legal or neighborhood association requirements are before you buy chicks.”

Every year, the Kent County Animal Shelter receives dozens of unwanted rabbits from people who can’t care for them. The shelter no longer takes in unwanted or stray chicks or chickens.

Raising chicks and other poultry is popular and can be safe, but in recent years, there has been an increase in Salmonella outbreaks in humans. Salmonella is common in baby poultry and spreads from contact with the birds or their environments. Birds with Salmonella may appear healthy, but in humans, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever, and dehydration. Illness can last for up to a week and can be serious in young children, older adults, or those with weakened immune systems.

Children under the age of five should have adult supervision when handling chicks or chickens. Be sure to wash your hands and your child’s hands thoroughly after handling chicks or chickens. Don’t let children snuggle or kiss chicks. And never allow chicks or chickens into bathrooms, kitchens, or areas where food is

prepared, stored, or eaten. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information at http://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellababybirds/.

Rabbits can live seven to ten years. Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors. While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled. Releasing a house-raised rabbit into the wild leaves the animal vulnerable to predators.

If giving or receiving plants for the holiday, make sure they stay out of the reach of any pets. Some items, such as lilies and daisies, can be toxic to pets. For a complete list, check out: www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

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Every Bunny Loves Easter


Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Basket goodies and more for your celebrations

(Family Features) With Easter just around the corner, everyone is hopping to the candy aisle to pick up tasty treats. Celebrate the fun of the season with special sweets that everyone will enjoy.

With the never-ending selection of Easter candies to fill your baskets and dessert spreads, picking the best can be difficult. In fact, the National Confectioners Association ranks this springtime celebration as the nation’s second top-selling candy holiday.

A new addition to the candy aisle this spring includes a Nestlé Crunch candy line inspired by Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy. These whimsical products join Nestlé’s existing collection of chocolate and sugar favorites that are sure to inspire creativity with gift baskets, egg hunts and sweet treats.

Also new this year, candy lovers can feel better about the chocolate they’re choosing. Nestlé Confections & Snacks has announced the purchase of certified, sustainable cocoa equal to the amount needed to produce the entire Easter chocolate collection for the season through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, Nestlé’s global commitment to sustainable cocoa.  For the first time, U.S. consumers can purchase any products from Nestlé’s chocolate Easter collection and know that their purchase supports Nestlé’s commitment to better cocoa farming practices, improving social conditions and ethical sourcing.  All of Nestlé’s Easter chocolate collection will feature a Nestlé Cocoa Plan logo on-pack to help you make a choice this Easter that is delicious and sustainable.

EAS-Every-bunny2Do you have an Easter gathering to host or attend? Hop into the kitchen and whip up this simple recipe for Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests. Featuring Nestlé NestEggs, the bite sized NestEggs are available in a variety of flavors including Nestlé Crunch, Crunch Creamy Caramel, Crunch Peanut Butter and Butterfinger, providing plenty of options to please every palate.

For more Easter inspiration visit www.Facebook.com/NestleCrunch or www.Facebook.com/Butterfinger.

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 21 minutes

Servings: 30

Wax paper

1 2/3 to 2 cups (11 to 12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Butterscotch or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cans (5 ounces each) chow mein noodles

30-60 Nestlé NestEggs, any flavor

Line trays with wax paper.

Microwave morsels in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70 percent) power for 1 minute; stir. The morsels may retain some original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in peanut butter until well blended.

Add chow mein noodles to morsel mixture; toss until coated. Using ice cream scoop that measures about 2 rounded tablespoons, scoop and drop onto prepared trays then immediately shape into nests. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, place 1 or 2 candy eggs in each nest. Store prepared nests in covered container for up to 1 day.

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