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SMUUF Relief Fund Established
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Adult Religious Exploration
This Sunday: Environmental Justice RE @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 27 - Julia Barnes: We will have an incredible presentation from an award winning filmmaker, director of Sea of Life and the upcoming film Bright Green Lies. Julia Barnes's photography is as amazing as she is.
Upcoming RE Meetings
First Sunday: SMUUF Book Group @ 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 1: The book group will meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 for chatting and start discussion of book at 9:45. The book for October is The Evolution of God by Robert Wright.
Second Sunday: WUUFS Meeting @ 9:30 a.m.
Third Sunday: Usually open
Fourth Sunday: Environmental Justice RE @ 9:30 a.m.
Monthly topics related to environmental justice, climate, and ethical eating.
This Sunday – September Donate-the-Plate: Southside Community Center
Ruben Garza, Executive Director of Southside, will join our SMUUF Zoom service on September 27 to tell us more about what is going on at Southside now, but members of our congregation are invited to give online or by mail anytime during the month of September. Go to www.smuuf.org/giving and read the directions for how to contribute to Donate-the-Plate. Your last chance to D-T-P to Southside will be this week.
Wen describing what Southside's mission is, Garza said, "Our aim is to meet the needs of the individual families by finding resources for proper housing, food and shelter. We focus on providing resources and a temporary safe place for families and individuals during transition while they are experiencing a financial crisis in their life."
Southside will use our donation to benefit their homeless shelter, which has experienced great need during the pandemic. They will use the funds for minor shelter repairs, for daily meals for the homeless and food insecure, for utilities for both laundry and showers, and for laundry detergent that is provided to the homeless.
Garza expressed his gratitude to SMUUF saying, "I want to thank the church for all the generous support at this time. I read when in doubt, leave it to God. Thank you from bottom of our heart for everything you do!"
Please give generously!
Southside's Shelter Cook, Jose Molina, and Shelter Supervisor, John Farthing
As we gather in for the new congregational year - during the pandemic, during a time of uprising, reaction and authoritarianism, and as we head into an historic election where our democracy is on the line - let us gather our spirits and harvest our power.
The UUA Organizing Strategy Team, UU the Vote, Side with Love and our partners have opportunities and resources for us all for meeting this moment as a faith community.
We UUs have been engaged in an unprecedented collaboration and mobilization for the 2020 elections through our UU the Vote Campaign. Now, as we head into the Fall push, it is time to bring the full capacity of our faith. We have a full range of resources and activities for you and your congregation available at uuthevote.org
We cannot achieve justice by ourselves. It takes a movement and we are so grateful to our partners.
FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)
Sundays after service
Postponed until further notice.
The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. The FUUDies always welcome new people. Please tell Jeannie before or after the Sunday service if you plan to attend so we can save a seat for you!
Dear SMUUF Families with Children,
We have completed our first Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) Lifespan Sexual Education classes! Thanks to teachers, families and young people in grades 7-9 and grades 4-6 that participated. We are excited to offer this program to our community again in the future.
Thank you for being a part of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and for bringing your children to church! Our congregation is greatly blessed by their presence among us.
SOUL MATTERS THEMES FOR 2020-21 CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Oct: Deep Listening
Feb: Beloved Community
RE Class Time – On hold through the summer
Children meet downstairs right after "Time for All Ages". Parents are asked to help children pick up their name tag at the top of the stairs and go into service. Children are welcomed into service in order to help them link with our larger community. They will be sung out after the story and met by teachers to go downstairs.
Room and Teacher Assignments:
|Infant-3 years||Beatrix Potter Room with Deana Piñales|
|4 years-Grade 2||Seuss Room with Robyn Kendrick & Jillian Whitehead|
|Grades 3-5||Susan B. Anthony Room with Monica Rasco & Marissa Fehler|
Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:
(A calendar is posted downstairs with dates and themes)
SEE YOU SUNDAY!!
Week of Friday, September 25 - Thursday, October 1
Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities
Ways to Access Gatherings and Groups using Zoom:
Or by calling in to any of the phone numbers below and enter the meeting ID
Meeting ID: 849 653 9395
+1 346 248 7799
+1 669 900 6833
+1 646 876 9923
+1 253 215 8782
+1 301 715 8592
+1 312 626 6799
Support Group Meetings
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Anyone is welcome. We're always happy to have new Sewing Guild recruits.
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
TGIF Happy Hour
Todos Somos Familia – Benefit Concert for Immigrant Families in Hays County
Mano Amiga are hosting a benefit concert to help immigrant families in Hays County who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 due to the lack of resources they have access to. They did not get the federal stimulus package nor get unemployment putting their families at risk. For this reason we are giving them cash assistance to assist them in these times.
This will be an all day event at Aquabrew from 12pm-10pm! Guests will have option to purchase two types of meal tickets. Option one includes a burger, fries, and a soft drink for $15. Option 2 includes a burger plus 2 drink tickets for $25- guest must show ID to redeem order the day of event. You must preorder the ticket on eventbrite before the event to get this offer. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to the families. Any other orders will give 20% to the fundraiser.
Cover for the benefit show + VIP balcony viewing is $10 starting at 6PM
We will also have a silent art auction & raffle happening from 6-10PM
Live music will commence at 7PM
We hope you will join us and share this event broadly so as many people can join us. The event will also be broadcasted on FB live!
If you'd like to make a direct donation here is our link!
If you're an artist who would like to submit some art for our auction here is the application:
Upcoming Corridor Interfaith Alliance for Families
The focus of this cluster meeting will be upon Sign Up and Take Charge (SUTC) , Getting Out the Vote (GOTV) , and educating participants on those specific precincts where we can have the greatest impact and who we should contact.
Tuesday, October 13 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Conduct accountability sessions with candidates running for office in Hays County. Candidates will be asked to endorse our candidate, our 2020 Agenda of Issues, by answering very specific questions about policy proposals.
The International Convocation of UU Women Meetings
The International Convocation of UU Women, also called the International Women's Convocation (IWC) will conduct a Zoom meeting at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Meetings are expected to continue through the fall. Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, has been meeting every week with this group on Zoom for the past three months of the coronavirus pandemic.
It has been so comforting and inspiring to meet with these 25 or so women from all over the U.S. and other countries to discuss what we and our congregations are doing to deal with this crisis. I hope some more SMUUF women will join in.
See the link below to join this meeting in August and September:
Zoom Meeting ID: 283 947 380
Or via phone --- find your local number here: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdsBxNyMX8
Join your Southern Region staff team and sibling Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Southern Region for a day of collaboration and learning! UUA President Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray will be our keynote speaker in the morning.
Afternoon workshops include:
- Where Do We Go From Here? Widening the Circle of Concern - with Rev. Ashley Horan, Kathy McGowan, and Rev. Nato Hollister
- What's Next? The Changing Congregational Landscape - with Natalie Briscoe and Connie Goodbread
- A Time to Build Up, Small Group Ministry and Membership Paths - with Cameron Young and Lillian Drab-Braddick
Registration fee: $20 per person.
Learn more and register here: https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/turn-turn-turn/
Weekly Events - Meet via Zoom
The SMUUF choir will continue to meet for a social hour at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month until we are able to rehearse again in person.
Meets Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
The SMUUF sewing group has traditionally made small quilts which have been distributed to various individuals, including to those crossing the Texas/Mexico border in search of a better life. We recently identified another outlet for those quilts and wanted the congregation to know. It is a group called Alzheimer's Texas; they are located in Austin and partner with various care facilities to provide comfort quilts to their residents.
Here is a link to the Alzheimer's Texas most recent newsletter that includes an announcement of our partnership.
Friday "Talk, Then Walk"
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk. We usually walk about 45 minutes around the San Marcos River, Lower Purgatory, Ring Tail, Spring Preserve and other nature trails. Hope to see you there!
Stand on Every Corner San Marcos - Fridays on the Square
We gather every Friday to protest the present administration, especially it’s mistreatment of emigrants crossing our southern Border.
Our hours are any time from 4:30 till 6:30 at the corner of LBJ and Hopkins, at the statue of Jack Hays. We have water and some extra signs.
Hays LWV Candidate Forums Go Virtual This Fall
The League of Women Voters of Hays County is holding Virtual Candidate Forums in September and October to introduce Hays County voters to those who are running for local, county and state offices.
Pre-register to see the events as they happen, or tune in to my.lwv.org/texas/hays-county to view recordings which will be posted within 48 hours after each event.
See more details and links at https://bit.ly/HaysForums2020 to register. Space is limited so register early.
9/24 - District Judge, County Court at Law #3, & Tax Assessor Forum
9/29 - Hays County Commissioner #3 and County Constables Forum
10/1 - Dripping Springs ISD
10/6 - House District 45 & Hays County Sheriff Candidates Forum
10/8 - San Marcos City Council and SMCISD Candidates
Past Forums available at my.lwv.org/texas/hays-county:
9/22 - Wimberley ISD & Woodcreek City Council
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, 501(c)(4) organization.
UU congregations have non-profit tax exempt status under IRS 501©3 Rules. Advocacy, voter engagement, and political activism are all permissible but endorsement of candidates is not. Congregations can work with other 501(c)3 groups and 501(c)4 groups on joint advocacy efforts and non-partisan voter engagement.
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Update
We hope you are safe and well! UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering e-events to help you connect with camp and with each other. All the details are at http://ubaru.org/home/e-events The upcoming events are offered free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted at https://ubaru.org/home/Support.
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.: Contemplative Spiritual Practices with Sandy and Rev. Rob. Join us to practice a spiritual activity in community (virtually)
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.: Ren Pasco, a UU chaplain and camp alumnus, will facilitate a new e-offering from UBarU for Young Adults (ages 18-35). Join in!
Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldO6rrDIqGdLOgPYIIHk0NffHml9xErp7
Additionally, our cottages are available for personal and family get-aways. Just send me an email and we can confirm plans. Details about rates and accommodations are at https://ubaru.org/home/Accommodations/Facilities
Thank you for your support- past, present and future!
SWUUW SouthWest UU Women Virtual Conference 2021, Feb. 26-28, 2021
When we departed our most recent SWUUW conference in Lafayette LA on March 1, we said good-bye with the expectation that we would meet next year in Fort Worth Texas for our 2021 conference. Since that time almost five months ago and the dramatic turn of events for all of us due to the Covid19 pandemic, and the uprisings in the nation in the wake of George Floyd's death, the board has met regularly with our primary focus on moving forward with conference planning.
To that end we recently announced on our Website and Facebook pages that the next SWUUW conference will be held online as a Virtual Conference Feb. 26-28, 2021 and will be convened by the SWUUW Board. While we are still early in our planning and discovery of how to deliver a virtual conference, we are excited about the possibilities! We want to incorporate as many of the elements that have made our past conferences so meaningful and memorable - powerful women speakers, spiritual celebration, space and time to deepen friendships and make new ones, fun and entertainment. Our mission of supporting women will continue to carry us forward and we wholeheartedly invite you to attend and be a part of it!
Also, we have scheduled our annual SWUUW board retreat for the last weekend in August. Traditionally, this has been our time to gather together for business and planning, to renew and develop relationships, to support the local conference committee, and have fun. This retreat, like our next conference, will also be online using Zoom to bring us together. A good amount of our time will be devoted to virtual conference planning. In order to assist in the planning, we ask for your participation in a survey which is included here. We are grateful for your input into this survey. We will take it into consideration as we establish the major activities for the conference.
We're also reaching out for volunteers to assist the virtual conference conveners. If you have experience with video conferencing and think that your expertise can help us, we would love to hear from you. Or, if you lack the technical know how but have a desire to help us "make it work" we would love to hear from you too. The aforementioned survey contains a way for you to indicate your interest in volunteering.
We thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, and look forward to seeing you virtually in 2021!
The SWUUW Board
A non-profit organization that supports women through worship, learning, leadership, community and social justice, SWUUW addresses women's issues, explores feminist theology, promotes friendships and celebrates the diversities that make us unique women on our individual spiritual paths. SWUUW is an organization open to all UU women, particularly those women in the Southwest District of the Southern Region of the UUA.
SWUUW aligns itself with the spirit of Welcoming Congregations as depicted by the UUA. All who see themselves as women are welcome.
Joys and Concerns
- Donate-The-Plate article in San Marcos Daily Record - Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
Article: On Sunday, Aug. 16, San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) hosted Dr. Ricardo Espinoza, Executive Director of Centro, to their Zoom Worship Service to tell them more about Centro and how they are handling activities during the pandemic. Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair, said, “SMUUF has partnered with Centro for several years and we love it when they come to our services and share with SMUUF what is going on at Centro.” Centro is a nonprofit organization that has been around for nine years, and they satisfy the educational and cultural needs of stakeholders from 3 to 99 years of age. Also, they provide meeting spaces for area agencies and entities and have a library, museum, and hallway gallery. The mission of Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (Centro) is to serve as a community beacon for the preservation, development, promotion, and celebration of the Hispanic arts, culture, heritage, and values.
Like all organizations, Centro has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Espinoza says, “We have migrated to doing virtual programming. Our ArtSpace, Camp Ole, and FAMA/NASA Programming are being done virtually with enrollees picking up supplies to create and share. We have added adult Spanish and French Conversational Classes and are moving toward making our Museum experience virtual. We are continuing to grow our partnerships and have added the League of Women Voters, Calaboose, and Texas Folklife as our new partners. Visit us on the web at sanmarcoscentro.org”
- New carpeting available: Colleen and Daniel Rafferty have replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting with tile in two rooms in their home, and wanted
to offer the brand new (dark brown) carpeting and nicely thick under padding to anyone within the SMUUF Community who would like it. The carpet was replaced after they closed on the house, and before they moved in.
176sq ft.364sq ft. Here is the square footage that is available:
At the end of Nov./beginning of Dec. there will be another 233sq ft. available when they have another room tiled.
They are hoping someone would like the carpet very soon. Otherwise, it will be hauled away.
SMUUF Meeting Reports
Zoom Meeting of International Convocation of UU Women – September 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
UU women worldwide have been Zoom meeting regularly since the pandemic hit — at first weekly, now twice a month. We always have a topic to discuss in small breakout groups of five. This week's topic was to discuss what have we learned during this pandemic? What gets in our way and we need to get rid of and what will we keep? It was a lively discussion.
League of Women Voters of Texas - "The Ins and Outs of Safe Voting" – September 22, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
This statewide Zoom meeting was sponsored by the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Texas. A panel of experts took turns presenting their area of expertise. Very informative!
UU-UNO Monthly Call Summary and Minutes – September 22, 2020, 2:00 p.m.
Jeannie Lewis and Becky Allen are SMUUF Envoys to our UU Office at the United Nations (UU@UN) in New York City, and are invited to attend a monthly ZOOM meeting with other UU Envoys from across the United States. UU Envoys from all over the U.S. attend.
The UN General Assembly was called to order this week and representatives from each member nation were invited to give an opening address. This is the 75th Anniversary of the UN and there are many events. SMUUF has invited the Executive Director of the UU Office at the UN, Bruce Knotts, to speak to our congregation on UN Sunday, October 25. His topic will be Climate Justice.
Side with Love sponsored by the UU Service Committee (UUSC) – September 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Topic: "Taking a Collective Breath: Deepening our Alignment to the Movement of Black Live Matter." A very interesting and moving panel presentation for UUs from all over the U.S.
Texas UU Justice Advisory Council Monthly Call – September 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Each month the Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM) Advisory Council meets in a Zoom gathering on the 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. SMUUF is a member of TXUUJM and Jeannie Lewis, as SMUUF Social Justice Chair, represents SMUUF on the Advisory Council. Many UU congregations throughout the state have representatives on the Advisory Council. TXUUJM's main purpose is to lobby the Texas Legislature on issues that align with UU values.
This month we discussed the following:
TXUUJM lobbies the Texas Legislature on issues of concern to us UUs. The selected issues for this upcoming legislative session will be announced October 12. The SMUUF Social Justice Team sent in our preferences. The TXUUJM Values Voting Recommendations will be announced October 1- Early voting begins October 13. We discussed the Texas Collaborative for UU The Vote. We also noted the Gather The Spirit program on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30-8 Central, which Jeannie attended.
Finally, at the end of the TXUUJM Meeting, when members of the Advisory Council were given an opportunity to brag on their congregations' social justice work, instead, Jeannie presented a problem and asked for suggestions and told them that since we started holding Zoom Sunday services, our social justice donations to local non-profits are way down. Since we don't "pass the plate," members need to give online or mail in a check. The suggestion from one Advisory Council member was to provide "texting." He said that had increased donations from his congregation. Jeannie will get instructions from him about how they handle texting and pass it on to our financial team.
#UUTheVote "Gather the Spirit" – September 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
This national Zoom meeting was the last virtual mobilization of "UU the Vote" before Election Day. Over 600 UUs nationwide attended. UU the Vote is a national UUA campaign formed in 2018 and now culminating. There were 14 different states who reported their statewide efforts (including Texas) to reach voters by phone-banking, sending postcards, voter registration drives, etc. with a goal of reaching one million voters, which they did — well over! They're setting a new goal!
SMUUF Awarded 2019-2020 Blue Ribbon Congregation by the UU Office at the United Nations (UU@UN)
The Blue Ribbon Award is an annual recognition that the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations grants to congregations who demonstrate their commitment to building a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. These congregations are awarded based on their financial support of and active engagement with the work of the UU@UN. Having a prominent place within the civil society community at the United Nations gives Unitarian Universalists the chance to let our values be heard and respected on a global stage. Unitarian Universalists have had an outsized impact by working with the United Nations and its Member States and agencies to promote Unitarian Universalist understandings of justice and inclusion in their work for human rights, peace, and climate action. UU@UN Envoy Teams allow UU congregations to have an impact locally through uplifting United Nations initiatives and the values of interdependence and multilateralism in their communities. The UU@UN’s work is only possible because of the generosity of congregations and individuals who support it. Congratulations and appreciation for all 2019-20 Blue Ribbon Congregations! - Allison Hess, the International Engagement Associate at the UU@UN (Allison came to speak to SMUUF on UN Sunday back in October of 2019.)
SMUUF deserves to be proud of this honor. We will be receiving a plaque that we can display when we begin in-person services again.
Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justin Chair, and Becky Allen, SMUUF Environmental Justice Chair, received the announcement from Allison Hess. Both Jeannie and Becky are UU@Un Envoys representing SMUUF congregation. There are monthly UU@UN Envoy Zoom meetings that we can participate in.
SMUUF Social Justice Executive Team Selects D-T-P Recipients for 2020
The Social Justice Executive Team met Sunday, November 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the UCM Fellowship Hall to examine and discuss the many applications received from prospective Donate-the-Plate recipients for the year 2020. We usually only select 10 recipients and save two open months for unexpected contingencies that seem to always occur. But for 2020, we decided to accept 11 and only leave one month open. We usually conduct D-T-P on the 3rd Sunday of the month unless the recipient organization requests another date that is best for them.
This is the tentative D-T-P schedule for 2020, subject to change:
Wimberley Pride (New) - February 16
Postponed - March 15
Mano Amiga - April 19
Indigenous Cultures Institute - May 17
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos- August 16
Southside Community Center - September 20
Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas (New) - October 18
Redwood Community Center (New) - November 15
PFLAG San Marcos - December 13
San Marcos Area Black Owned Businesses – Updated July 2020
Soulful Creations - Wonder World Park, 1000 Prospect St.
Binge Kitchen - 121 N. Fredericksburg (210) 442-8126
Hurry Back Catering - (512) 766-5515 and Facebook page
Krab Kingz food truck - 128 Guadalupe St.
J & W Honeybuns ( & donuts) on Fb, (830) 888-0574
Wright’s Emporium - 225 S. Main St, Kyle
Wayne’s Wings @wayneswings Instagram
Bar Jarz - Facebook page
Zeal by Zakiya online boutique
Wallaby Clothing Co. - Facebook page
Visionary’s Peace @visionaryspeace Instagram
MOGUL women’s clothing, 5007 Parkcrest Dr., San Antonio, Tx
MacioTees - San Antonio @maciotees Instagram
Adina Johnson’s Treasures - Facebook page
Tay's Lawn Care - Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TaysLawn/
Mountain Movers - moving company
STR8 Training - gym
Hai Tarot - Tarot, readings, farmer's market
Mo Betta Cutz on LBJ in SMTX - barber
Raven Zachary - hairdresser
Simply Texas Vinyl - Facebook page
MJWoodCo etsy shop - woodowrking and home decor
Arrondi Creative Productions & Hoodwitch book - Facebook page
Merry Mascots & Party Rentals
District 35 Security & Investigations, LLC
San Marcos Electric Services - Joseph Matthews (512) 644-6362
Xclusive Hair Salon on RR12
Bottom Line Tax Services on Hwy 123
Spot Barbershop on Hopkins Street
Aminatu Akande, MD Live Oak Health Partners
Booka Baby Doula - Facebook page
Calaboose African American History Museum
Fathers in Hays County - Facebook page
UBarU Events Update
We hope you are safe and well! UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering e-events to help you connect with camp and with each other. All the details are at http://ubaru.org/home/e-events
The upcoming events are offered free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted at https://ubaru.org/home/Support.
Additionally, we are planning to host an in-person Star Party at camp Aug 13-16. We have a few more private rooms available and camping is encouraged. Details about precautions we will take, registration and more are at https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
Thank you for your support- past, present and future!
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Join the Hospitality team!
Thanks to the Hospitality Teams, these folks do a great job making coffee, providing refreshments, greeting, and generally making the church ready for worship and fellowship! Our teams are still working to help out with our virtual services.
A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 8 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. It's a wonderful way to meet other SMUUF members and get right into service with us.
Automate Your Pledge
Tired of writing checks for your pledges? There are three ways you can avoid check writing, and never miss a monthly gift.
- If your bank has bill pay, you can set up an automatic monthly check to SMUUF directly from your bank. It's simple, and it costs you and SMUUF nothing, it should be a free service if offered by your bank.
- You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
- You can authorize a regular charge on a credit card that SMUUF can process.
For the latter two options, use our donation app to set up recurring payments either by credit card or direct deposit. It's painless!
To make a pledge or general donation at any time:
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