Bulletin: June 28, 2020

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Our Worship…

The Steadfast Love of the Lord
L
ord,  I Give You My Heart
Welcome/Family News
Congregational Reading: Romans 5:6-8
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
A New Anointing
Glory to God Forever
Lord, Reign In Me
Listen to Our Hearts
Communion Thought and Prayers
How Great Thou Art (during cup)
I Stand In Awe (standing, dismiss children)
Video: “Little Things”
Message: “Why Give” Pt 2
Our God, He is Alive (standing)
Prayer of Blessing
Light the Fire

Church Family Update…

Children’s Worship: We will resume children’s worship during the sermon today for children who enjoy a Biblical message geared to their age. Please know if you are uncomfortable in sending your children to that activity, we totally respect your decision. However, a number of parents have requested we offer this ministry again; plus, Delvona & Howard Rude are ready to again lead this activity.

Ladies Retreat: “Save the Date” October 2-4 Accommodations will be at Savenac Historic Tree Nursery in Montana. There will be a special guest song leader. And many more surprises!  More information to come.

In observance of Independence Day
the church office will be closed Monday, July 6th

Prayers & Thanksgivings…

Mike & Cindy Wood: Thank you for supporting our Family Promise families with our in between Covid-19 (Bridge) model. They are enjoying the meals!

Michael & Carmen Lewis: Continue to pray for Terry Beasley and Treva Vogl both for a cancer free oncology report.

Scott & Karmen Rouse: Keep Andy & Darcy Ponder in your prayers as they wait for their house to sell.

AJ Stemmene: Please pray for a family friend, Faith Country. Daily prayer and power. I praise Him for blessings.

Katrina Swaim: I pray that God’s peace and healing will rest upon this nation, and that we will have humility to confront the wrongs of our past and present honestly. May Christ’s love lead us forward.

Misty Stemmene: I could use prayers for my leg pain. Hoping to find out what is going on soon. God Bless.

From the Garden: I recently got out of a domestic violence relationship. My son and I are staying at a shelter for battered women. I believe that it was God that came to my rescue.  Please pray for me and my son.

From the Garden: Thank you for this blessed garden. It is beautiful. Thank you, Michael.

From the Garden: Please pray for my mom and two sisters, Jazmine and Jessie, that they find Christ. Also, that God provides me a road to take with my career and to become stronger in faith. Thank you,  Alyssa.

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Sermon: June 21, 2020

Why Give?

Lesson 1:
“Because We Want to Bless God”
by Michael Lewis

June 21, 2020

Acts 20:35
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Jesus taught one of the surest ways to find out what a person treasures is to watch what they do with their treasures.Jesus taught one of the surest ways to find out what a person treasures is to watch what they do with their treasures.

Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

In the Bible, generosity is important because it reveals if God is really important to us.

How does generosity bless God?

1. By recognizing His ownership.

Deuteronomy 10:14
“Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.”

Psalms 24:1
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

Job 41:10-11
“…who then can stand up to me? Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine.”

  2. When we worship Him from our generosity.

Deuteronomy 14:22-23

God’s children are to live, not as entitled people, but to live as God’s entrusted people.

Where my stuff?…
A rich fool (Luke 12:16-21);
The corrupt manager (Luke 16:19-31);
The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30);
The Master and the Servant (Luke 17:7-10)
The Parable of the Ten Servants (Luke 19:11-27);
And, 14 others.

  3. We are generous because it affirms God’d character.

Malachi 3:10
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” (NLT)

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (NIV)

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Bulletin: June 21, 2020

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Happy Father’s Day!

Our Worship

I Will Enter His Gates
I Will Follow
Open the Eyes of My Heart (standing)
Welcome/Family News
Prayer for Parents
Video: My Dad
Mighty to Save
Instruments of Your Peace
We Will Glorify
Lord’s Supper
Be Still, My Soul (during the cup)
Make Me A Servant (standing)
Video: “Giving to God”
Message: Why Give?
#1. “Because We Bless God”
Prayer of Thanksgiving & Commitment
There’s A Stirring (standing)

Church Family Update…

Family Promise… We will be “hosting” our Family Promise family with meals only. June 14-27. The sign-up whiteboard and directions on how to drop off meals is in the lobby or call Emily Moore for more information.

Baby Bottle Boomerang… This Sunday brings to a close the annual fund raiser for the Open Arms ministry that works to encourage women with unwanted pregnancy to carry the child to term so their can be an adoption. If you simply want to write check to Open Arms and drop in the offering box and we will see it gets to the correct place.

Betty Evans 100th Birthday… The drive by parade for Betty will be held Saturday, June 27th at 1:00. Meet at River City Middle School 1505 N Fir St. Post Falls. This is a block away from Living Springs where Betty lives. Call Judie Sanborn for more information.

A Coffee Ministry… Our updated lobby is designed to encourage fellowship before Bible Classes and/or Worship gatherings. We hope you can come a few minutes early to sit, relax, and chat with each other over a cup of coffee or tea. There are members who want to undertake our new coffee bar as one of their ministries, and as such, they will endeavor to provide a higher quality coffee, cups, lids, and eventually snacks. With the added value of these supplies, we ask our members to refrain from going through the cabinets and the refrigerator where supplies will be maintained. Please allow those operating the coffee bar to serve you. We will be doing our best to make our coffee bar self-supporting. There are a few families committed to financially helping with the coffee and tea supplies. In a few weeks there will also be a jar where we can donate to offset costs. Enjoy this new ministry.

Prayers & Thanksgivings…

Scott & Lynelle Dehlbom: A friend, Sheila Jenkins is going through cancer treatment and has had some complications with her healing. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and comfort for her and her husband. She is in Good Sam’s Life Care in the Silver Valley.

Glenn & Judie Sanborn: Please continue in prayers for Jim Lundy. He is healing, but in pain. Pray for mother, Betty Evans. She is up and down.

Paul & Katrina Swaim: Praise God! Amber & Daniel have both been blessed with jobs! Thank you to all of you who have been in prayer for the needs of their family. God is good.

John & Beth Cope: Please pray for our daughter, Caitlyn for faith in our Lord and for her health.

Emily Moore: Prayers for pain management.

Claudia Moberg: Please pray for Cynthia Ferguson and family. They lost her younger brother, Clinton.

David & Angela Gutierrez: Please keep all of our members in prayer to be healthy! Love the entrance—looks great!

Andy & Darcy Ponder: Pray for us as we endeavor to sell our house, pray for guidance as we approach some major life changing decisions. Urgent Prayer for Darcy’s sister, Dee Clark. She has had multiple surgeries on her foot. If recent skin grafts don’t take she may be faced with amputation.

Michael & Victoria Isenhart: Prayers for our beloved brother, Larry Grow for a complete healing of cancer.

Michael & Carmen Lewis: Praise God! Terry Beasley, Carmen’s nephew is responding to antibiotics. He goes to the oncologist this week. Pray for a good report. Continue to pray for Treva Vogl, Carmen’s sister. She goes to the oncologist for a cat scan of her liver. Pray for a good report and a simple solution.

Scott & Karmen Rouse: Remember the family of John O’Neal after his passing. Beverly & family need our prayers.

AJ Stemmene: Big thanks to all who reached out and still are  helping the shut-ins with their needs. God bless! Pray for all those struggling with the demons within and life. A big thanks for all those who made the coffee bar a reality and the nice barista!

Les & Nancy Biby: Please continue to pray for Wanda Wilson. Her kidney function is still low.

Daniel & Amber Lufiyele: We are so thankful both Daniel and Amber were blessed with jobs.

Keith & Carole Fredrikson: Please pray we make the right decision on a difficult choice we have to make.

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Sermon: June 14, 2020

Living in God’s Light in World of Grey: Thoughts on 1 John

Part 7:
“What We Can Know”
by Michael Lewis

June 14, 2020

Admitting we don’t know everything about God is not the same as saying we can’t know anything about God.

1 John 5:13-21

What We Can Know:

  1. We know our salvation is settled.

“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”  -1 John 5:20

  2. We know our prayers are answered.

1 John 5:14, 15: “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” (NTL)

1 John 5:16: “If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.” (NTL)

We can know God will answer our prayers because to pray in Jesus’ name is to pray for what Jesus would pray.

  3. We know evil’s power is limited.

1 John 5:18, 19: “We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come…” (NTL)

  4. We can know the only true God.

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Bulletin: June 14, 2020

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Our Worship…

Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah
The Lily of the Valley
Welcome/Family News
Congregational Reading: Hebrews 11:1, 2
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Blessed Assurance
Oh the Depths and the Riches
Glory to His Name
Communion Thought
Prayer for the Bread
Prayer for the Cup
Do All in the Name of the Lord
My Hope is Built On Nothing Less (standing)
Video: How to Defeat Fear
Message: Living in God’s Light in a World of Grey: Thoughts on 1 John
Prayer of Blessing
It Is Well with My Soul (standing)

Church Family Update…

Family Promise… We will be “hosting” our Family Promise family with meals only. June 14-27.The sign-up whiteboard and directions on how to drop off meals is in the lobby. Please help!

Baby Bottle Boomerang… Next Sunday brings to a close the annual fund raiser for the Open Arms ministry that works to encourage women with unwanted pregnancy to carry the child to term so their can be an adoption. If you simply want to write check to Open Arms and drop in the Offering Box and we will see it gets to the correct place.

From Larry and Jean Grow… Dear Church Family, Thanks for all the prayers, cards, calls, etc. They have really been appreciated. God is in control and hears our prayers. Larry’s radiation treatments are over. The hormone treatments, etc. will continue for at least 2 yrs. Both the doctors and we feel the treatments have done what they were supposed to do and the outcome looks good. However, since Larry’s immune system is down we will be staying away from people until the doctor gives his OK. Miss you all! We are keeping all of you and your families in our prayers. Thanks again for all your prayers! Stay safe, sane and healthy. Philippians 4:11-13

Love, hugs and prayers, Jean and Larry Grow

Prayers and Thanksgivings…

Teri Dupey: Please pray for Dan. He has a knee injury and is in pain.

Wayne & Debbie Frisbie: Praise God, my brother made it through surgery and is doing well. Please pray for the health of my brother-in-law, and sister, Ed & Sherri Poindexter.

Alyson Klein: My Aunt, Jane Cave is exhibiting symptoms of dementia. Please pray for her and Uncle Dean.

Larry & Sylvia Slate: Prayers for Myrtle as she has a couple of tests this week. Pray for good results.

Michael & Carmen Lewis: Terry Beasley, Carmen’s nephew is doing better but not out of the woods yet. Carmen’s sister, Triva Vogel, has had a mass discovered on her liver. Please pray for healing and blessing upon their families.

Glenn & Judie Sanborn: Love one another for love is of God!

Keith & Carole Fredrikson: Prayers for our country and our leaders.

Samantha: I could use prayers to heal my heart and my eczema. I need God to make me feel whole again.

Kent & Georgette Rude: Please pray for our nation and our leaders.

Christine Welch: Jerry had back surgery May 28th. His pain is better. He also has had some memory loss. Please pray for good physical and mental health.

Betty Rude: Prayers for my great-grandson, Easton for the Lord’s healing hand to be on him and his cancer and his family. God bless all our graduates.

Mike & Victoria Isenhart: Please pray for a complete healing of cancer for our beloved brother, Larry Grow and his wife, Jean.

Marci Nelson: Pray for the graduates as they enter the time in their lives when they will be discovering their own personal relationships with God. Pray that they will seek God’s will.

AJ Stemmene: Prayers for our country and family. Keep the faith, trust in the Lord.

Jack & Tabby Cutler: Tabby’s Aunt, Helen Hopkins is going into Hospice care, she is in her 90’s. She lived a good life and we know where her soul is heading. But it is going to be hard to imagine living in this world with out her light.

Amy & Seth Sawyer: Please feel free to reach out to our son, Orin Sawyer. Please ask in the church office for his address.

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New Guidelines for Worship Gatherings

Dear church family,

I am about to discuss the new guidelines we will try to practice in the coming weeks. Our elders have reviewed this document and signed off on its contents. However, if reading a lengthy message is not your thing then just know this: Beginning this Sunday and throughout the rest of the summer we ask each person to use their good judgment about how to best function in this time of pandemic. Whether you wear a mask or don’t wear a mask, whether you decide to sit in the rows of pews that are intentionally arranged for socially distancing, or if you decide a regular pew is fine for you, then we respect your personal choices.

Everyone is welcome to gather for our worship meetings. But, we must do so in God’s love and being mindful that different people can make different decisions about how they will live in this time and at the same time, all be right.

Now if you are up for the version with more “meat on the bone,” read on.

This Sunday begins the fourth and final stage of Idaho’s reopening guidelines.

For churches the state guidelines are pretty simple and general:

  • If you are sick you should remain at home.
  • If you are exposed to the Coronavirus you should self-isolate for two weeks and then be tested if you develop symptoms.
  • We are encouraged to socially distance ourselves with others when possible, and engage in reasonable sanitation practices (such as the using hand sanitizers and/or consider wearing a mask when requested or when you are around the most vulnerable because of their age or medical condition).
  • Ultimately, we are to use our good judgment in keeping each other safe and comfortable when we gather together to worship our Lord, while at the same time cherishing our personal freedoms.

These new guidelines, beginning on June 14th, are meant to generally direct our behavior during this pandemic until a vaccine is discovered and manufactured. This is the “new normal” we have heard so much about, as we adjust to living in this “in-between time;” a time between when the Covid-19 virus is still a threat, but when a vaccine to counter it is not yet available. The bottom-line for the guidelines governing group behavior is what churches should be best at doing. We are to use our good judgment about how to keep one another safe, while at the same time, be very accepting of those who take a different approach.

The reality is, all of us are not in the same place, physically or philosophically, about how to best live during this pandemic. The question is, can we cherish our individual freedoms to live as we think best; and at the same time, love and respect our neighbors who feel they have different needs and so chose to live in a different way? If anyone can do this, a church family should be able to do so.
 
At a practical level, the Dalton Gardens congregation we will do the following:

  1. We will continue to have hand sanitizing stations around the church building.
  2. You may wear a mask or not wear a mask, as you think best. And we ask everyone to also do what they think is in the best interest of others.
  3. We will reserve an area in our large auditorium where every other row of pews will remain marked off for maximum social distancing (especially where our most vulnerable and/or cautious members may wish to sit). However, many rows of pews, that have been closed for the past two weeks will now be open for anyone to use (we only ask that family units try to provide some spacing between themselves and others on the same pew or on the pews in front and behind).
  4. The coffee bar and water fountains will be open. Try to touch as few things as you can, but there is certainly no danger in holding a styrofoam cup.
  5. We are working on a time table for restarting our Bible classes and Children’s Worship. We hope to have everything in place by late July or early August, but it will depend upon the judgment of teachers (children’s teachers. children’s worship leaders, and nursery workers should consult with the parents of their students before a plan to restart is announced).
  6. We will continue to use the sealed communion items for many weeks to come and most likely will not pass the offering baskets again until this fall.

This is NOT a one-size fits all approach. People are different. Their needs are different, and their orientations for how to live during this pandemic are different. Therefore, how we function as a church depends on people sharing their personal preferences with others and then deciding how to best navigate through this uncertain time, doing our best to respect those with different needs.

Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, that is up to you. But if you are not wearing a mask and someone comes up to you wearing a mask, you will need to consider what is a safe distance for each of you to keep. The only way to know that is ask, talk about your preferences, it’s OK to talk with each other. If the pew where you are seated becomes too crowded for your personal comfort, get up and change pews… it’s OK, no one will boo. If some are comfortable touching others more than some think best, be sensitive to their preferences and it’s OK to share your feelings on that with others.

We have been blessed in North Idaho where the Coronavirus outbreak has been mild and so far, no one has died from the virus in our area. So, is the worse behind us? Maybe. Has the threat of the virus made people for fearful than necessary?  Could be. Will infections from the virus increase in our area in the weeks to come? Probably. Will we have to backtrack on how we are trying to gather for worship? Hopefully not. But honestly, we just don’t know. There are 16 states where Covid-19 cases continue to increase and Idaho is one of those states. However, the outbreak has remains relatively small in Idaho on a per capita basis. So let’s just be thoughtful about how we proceed and in the course of the coming weeks communicate with each other about one another’s needs.

Personally, I plan to be vigilant and respectful of others, but I will not live in fear or isolation just because of the unknown. I will try to avoid going to either extreme on how to live during this pandemic. I do not wish us to be a church that separates each family unit off with plexiglas, nor should we be a church that totally ignores what health officials tell us. I will continue to pray for God’s love, wisdom, grace, and protection. I will stay open to new information and then each day make decisions about how I can best bless others. I invite you to do the same. I hope to see you this Sunday.

May God bless us all,
Michael

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Sermon: June 7, 2020

Living in God’s Light in World of Grey: Thoughts on 1 John

Part 6:
“The Language of Love”
by Michael Lewis

June 7, 2020

Three Tests of Real Christianity in 1 John:

  • What they say about Jesus.
  • Whether they have a passion for walking in God’s light.
  • And by showing how they love.

1 John 4:7-21

1 John 4:8: “For God is Love…”

1 John’s message of love:

  1. God’s love shows.

Romans 5:8: “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us.”

  2. The love we are to love others with comes from God.

1 John 4:11: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

1 John 4:13-15: ““We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.”

  3. God enables us to live the language of love.

He saved me from myself.

1 John 4:12: “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

When you want to become more fluent in God’s language of love… start by returning to the cross.

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Bulletin: June 7, 2020

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Our Worship

Hilltops of Glory (standing)
Mansion Over The Hilltop (vs 1 and 3)

Welcome/Family News
VIDEO: Honoring Our High School Grads
Shepherd’s Prayer

Scripture Reading: Eph. 2:4-10
His Grace Reaches Me
Heavenly Sunlight
We Praise Thee, O God
Come, Let Us Unite To Sing (standing)
Video: Live In God’s Love
Message: Living In God’s Light in a World of Grey: Thoughts from 1 John (Part 6)
Lord’s Supper
Prayer for Bread
Prayer for the Cup
Redeemed
Prayer of Thanksgiving & Gratitude (offering)
This World is Not My Home (standing)

Church Family Update…

What we are trying to do this morning… We are trying to be cautious in reopening our worship gatherings during this time of Covid-19. We will continue asking members to consider wearing a mask as they enter and leave the building (when social distancing is not possible) and then if they wish, they may remove them once they find a place to sit for our worship gathering. We ask people to space themselves out in the open church pews to provide some social distancing between family units. We will continue to use the sealed communion items, provide hand sanitizing areas, and continue to NOT use the coffee bar or water fountains for a little while longer (but for the thirsty, small water bottles will be available). Next Sunday, we will enter the fourth and final stage for reopening, when we will further relax our guidelines. We are so thankful for your cooperation.

This morning will honor our high graduates for 2020… Each one has a table set up in the upper lobby where you may place cards, notes of encouragement, and gifts for each one. They are: Kayne Brooks, Kayla Mueller, Nathan Taylor, and Savannah Moffett. May God grant them wisdom and love as they enter a new chapter of their lives.

Baby Bottle Boomerang is coming to their June 21st deadline… Normally we speak a lot about the Open Arms ministry that helps mothers NOT to have an abortion, but to give birth to a child that can be adopted into a loving family. Unfortunately, many pregnant women do not have the resources or medical resources to carry an unwanted child to term. The Open Arms ministry provides pregnant women the resources and support for them to give birth, so the child could be adopted. Most years we talk about this ministry and hand out baby bottles that can be filled with spare change from Mother’s Day to Father’s Dad. But this is NOT “most years.” Father’s Day (June 21st) will continue to be the deadline for their fund drive but they are asking this year that you just write them a check (no matter if it is large or small). You may write a check directly to Open Arms Pregnancy Center and place them in the offering boxes.

Prayers and Thanksgivings…

Chris & Nicole Rouse: Please keep Nichole’s Aunt Jean in your prayers. She fell off of her bike and was transferred to Oklahoma City with a small brain bleed and broken collar bone.

Tony & Lindsay Rude: Pray for our nation.

Kurt Roush: Prayers for the new job opportunity.

Nolan & Emily Moore: So grateful for everyone’s prayers over our house purchase and Emily and baby’s health. We moved into our home May 30 and pregnancy is going well. Many doctor appointments coming up. Also, please pray for our girls, as the stress of all our changes is affecting them.

Mike & Victoria Isenhart: Please pray for our Papa Perry. He had a cancer removed from the top of his head. Pray for healing in Jesus.

Walter & Judy Brooks: Please keep Larry Rude in your prayers as he goes through treatments for colon & stomach cancer.

Marci Nelson: So thankful to be together with our church family. Please pray for my family to put God first. Pray for protection for those that are at high risk for illness.

Ruby Rude: Pray for the health of our nation and world.

Church Office: Please pray for Wanda Wilson’s health. She is still having struggles with low kidney function.

Becky Essary: Richard’s son, Richard Essary III has passed away, please pray for the family. Richard’s newborn great granddaughter was born with health issues, please pray for her.

Scott & Karmen Rouse: So thankful to see all the beautiful faces of our loved church family. Look forward to seeing more of the family in the coming weeks.

Christine Welch: Jerry had back surgery, May 28. His pain is better. He also has some memory loss. Please pray for good physical and mental health.

AJ Stemmene: Thankful for medications so I am finally able to come to church and enjoy fellowship. Praise the Lord!

Debbie Yanzick: Thank you for your calls, cards, & prayers on the passing of my mother, Patricia Riggs “Grandma Pat”.

Ray & Sylvia Rayburn: So wonderful to be here today!

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Sermon: May 31, 2020

Living in God’s Light in a World of Grey: Thoughts on 1 John

Part 5:
“We Know What Real Love Is”

by Michael Lewis
May 31, 2020

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