Groups

Good Shepherd offers many ways to Connect, Grow and Serve throughout the month.  Almost all of the groups below are lead by congregation members who feel a call towards leadership. These groups meet our individual needs for community, learning and caring.  If you need more information, contact the church office at 801-255-8181 (Tues-Friday from 9-4:30) or email us at shepherd@gslc.net.   THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. LAST UPDATED 11/19/20.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Good Shepherd hosts 3 AA weekly meetings. (Wednesdays 7:00 pm: Serenity Now group - Open meeting), (Fridays 8:00 pm: No Nonsense group - Closed meeting), (Saturdays 5:00 pm: Come As You Are group - Open meeting). Visit the Utah AA Website for more information.

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ALPHA CIRCLE, WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

This Bible study is held at Good Shepherd on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. It includes a wonderful afternoon of lunch, fellowship and God's word.

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CAMPING WITH THE SON

Each years, members of Good Shepherd and guests join together for a weekend of community and relaxation at a not to distant camp site. Weather you tent or "glamp" you are welcome to attend. Events usually take place in late July.

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CHRISTIAN AEROBICS

Did you know that we have a small group of ladies who aerobicize to christian music here at the church. Are you interested in joining them? It’s good for your heart and much more. Contact leader Karen Stewart to express your interest.

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CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

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COMMUNITY

Zoom link is sent via Family Ministry email.

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DANCE MINISTRY

Worshiping God through Dance. We perform as a group during the year on such occasions as Christmas Eve and Pentecost. We often teach workshops at retreats. We are also free to dance during the worship songs at the 11:15 am Sunday service. No dance experience is necessary… just a heart for worship. We meet on Sunday afternoons from 1:15-3 pm.  If interested, call Tracy Emsley.

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DINNER @VINNY'S

This mission to help feed the homeless in downtown Salt Lake City on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Volunteers are needed to make sandwiches, bring fruit and serve approximately 400-500 people at St. Vincent de Paul’s. Please consider joining us. There are many roles to choose to use your time and abilities. For more information contact Kelly Sperry.

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DRAMA MINISTRY

The Drama Ministry strives to bring relatable, high quality scenes and sketches to our worship services and also mount at least one major production each year. We are looking for actors, set & costume designers, and production teams who are willing to serve through the theatre arts. If you have a heart for this type of ministry, or if you would like to try something new, please contact Barb Nelson in the Church Office. Tess Tally is the director of the Drama Ministry and Jeff Tally & Barb Nelson are the producers. For any questions, you can reach Tess at teresa@stagestruckinc.com.

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DRESS A CHILD AROUND THE WORLD

In addition to pillowcase dresses for girls, we also have shirts for boys. These items will be delivered to the rural poor in Vietnam by our COPI mission team. Plan to join us January 25, 2020 between 8 am-2 pm to sew. There are other tasks that also need to be done, so bring a friend and join us! Kits are also available from Barb Kornet.

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EXPLORER'S BIBLE STUDY

Explorer's Bible Study is a non-profit, non-denominational organization which invites all people to a closer walk with God through in-depth Bible study. We meet every Tuesday from 9:30–11:30 am, with a break for the Christmas holiday. This year's Study is ""The Only True God."" This Bible study was written by Marni McKenzie with DVD lessons by Marni McKenzie and discussion led by Donna Kay Lipsey.

""We are commanded not only to know God but also to love the Lord, our God (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:23). However, we cannot love someone we do not know. We cannot obey someone from whom we have never received direction. We cannot know someone intimately if we depend only on our distorted perceptions of his activities.""

This is a chance to know God better. Please Join us.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3)."""

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FAITHFUL FAMILIES

This is small group focused on family, fun, and fellowship. We plan monthly activities to gather, play and cultivate loving relationships with the families of Good Shepherd and the surrounding community. All are welcome to attend and we encourage you to bring family, friends and neighbors to any of our events. Past events include sledding, swimming, ice skating, cooking demonstrations, BBQs, hikes, family movie nights and more! Activities are based upon the group’s interests and your ideas are welcome. We will publish upcoming events in the Gathering and in communication emails. Contact Kathy Edwards at the church office.

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FAMILY PROMISE

This non-profit, interfaith organization, along with participating church congregations like Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, provides shelter and housing services to homeless families. Family Promise offers families a safe and supported environment away from the trauma of homelessness, while facilitating lasting income and housing stability for the families we serve. 95% graduate into housing and 100% remain housed 2 years after the shelter! Families account for 42% of all homelessness, due to the rising costs of living/housing expenses and depressed wages. This means that over 6,000 individuals in families, mostly single mothers, are caring for their children in shelters, doubling-up with friends/family, or worse, living out of cars or abandoned buildings. By volunteering with Family Promise, and giving of your time, compassion and hospitality, you are truly changing the lives of homeless parents and children for the better. GSLC hosts three times a year by providing food, shelter, and the love Jesus calls us to give. For more information visit www.fpsl.org. The 2019/2020 Family Promise dates are: November 24-December 1, 2019, May 24-31, 2020, August 2-9,2020, November 1-8,2020.

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GREETING MINISTRY

We would love for you to consider joining the Greeting Ministry at GSLC. Why be a greeter? Greeters have an extremely important role at worship and other church gatherings. Greeters are often the first impression that our church gives to visitors. Greeters let people who come to church alone know that they are welcome, they have friends, and that we are glad that they are here. Greeters can help newcomers connect with a pastor, find where they need to go, answer initial questions, or just give a handshake, maybe a hug, and definitely a smile. Being a greeter can be as simple as shaking hands or it could lead to deeper moments of prayer, conversation, and connection that can help people experience the love of Christ. Who can be a greeter? If you have the gift of hospitality, warmness, and are authentically happy to see people as they come to worship you can be a greeter. What do greeters do? Greeters welcome everyone coming to worship. Ideally one team will be near the parking lot and the other team will be by the doors of the church. On occasion greeters might be asked to help people fill out nametags for special services. Greeters help us discover who is a first time visitor and make sure they receive a gift bag from the welcome desk. Some tasks we hope a larger team of greeters will help with in the future are helping people find Sunday School and nursery registration, guiding people where they need to go around campus, and gathering some basic information from visitors so we can connect with them within 24 hours of their first visit. Ideally we would have a greeter at the welcome desk who can answer questions about Good Shepherd, worship, events, and ministries. Please prayerfully consider becoming part of this vital ministry! For more information please contact: Pastor Jeff (801-255-8181 or jefft@gslc.net) and he will connect you with Greeter Team Leaders.

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GRIEFSHARE

This class is designed to help participants learn about their journey through grief as they are supported in Christian love whether they have lost a spouse, a parent, a child, or a best friend. This can be a new death or a past one you are still struggling with. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. During each session we will watch a video to learn more about the grief process and then discuss the video and struggles we are facing.

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GSLC CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

This group provides a place in our community where cancer survivors, those undergoing treatment for cancer, and caregivers can meet to share experiences, ask/answer questions, pray for each other and create a support network. We strive to put God’s hospitality and Christ’s love into action at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church by opening our doors to both church members and members of our local community who are dealing with the diagnosis of cancer. If you or someone you know is dealing with the effects of cancer, please join us on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 10:45 am in the Chapel.

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GSLC Christmas Stocking

Good Shepherd has a long tradition of the Christmas Stocking. Donations of cash and checks go into a fund that helps congregation families and individuals with short-term financial assistance through the year. The Christmas Stocking will be hung in the back of the sanctuary beginning December 1.

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GSLC ORCHESTRA

Anyone who plays an instrument is invited! We play on special Sundays, like Reformation and Easter, as well as Christmas Eve and special evening services, like Good Friday. Please see the Gathering for exact times for practice. Any questions, please do not hesitate to call,

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GSLC PARISH NURSE

A Parish Nurse is a professional, licensed nurse that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as well as the promotion of wholistic health and prevention or minimization of illness within a faith community.  However, caring for our congregation and community is not something one person can provide.  This ministry needs assistance and support from other professionals and non-professionals.  Consider serving with the Parish Nursing team to assess needs, plan and present events, and serve your brothers and sister in Christ

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HANDBELL CHOIR

 Kate McGuire & Joell Wilkins are co-directing the Handbell choir. The choir rehearses weekly on Mondays at 6:00 pm. The choir performs for worship approximately once per month, on Christmas Eve, during Lent, and during Holy Week - fulfilling their purpose to glorify God in worship.  If you are interested in joining this wonderful ministry please call Joell or Kate.

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HEALTH CHECK SUNDAY

Join our Parish Nurse, Donna Thompson, on the 4th Sunday of each month from 9 am–1 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  She will be offering Glucose testing, BP check, Asthma check, Height/Weight/BMI as well as answer questions and provide counseling for health concerns.

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HOPE CIRCLE, WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

This Bible Study is held at a member's home, at Noon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month year round. Meetings include refreshments, fellowship and God's word. This group also has a few extra get-togethers just to share each other’s company (lots of fun). For More details, contact Pat Lange

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IMMANUEL PRAYER

Are you longing for a deeper prayer life?  Do you want to experience the love of God?  Are unresolved issues from the past tripping you up? If so, we invite you to become involved in Immanuel Approach Healing Prayer which connects us to a rich relationship with God. One in which we don’t just talk to God; we hear from Him. One in which we don’t just talk about our Abba’s love; we experience His love.  Immanuel Approach Healing Prayer is based on the reality that God is always with us to guide and heal. The name “Immanuel” refers to His ongoing presence with us even when we are not aware He is with us. Prayer sessions help us connect with Jesus who is Immanuel. Immanuel Approach Prayer is not only based on the Bible, it’s also based on the way God made our brains to work.  When storms are brewing inside and it becomes easy to feel overwhelmed this prayer ministry enables us to connect with the One who made the heavens and earth and stills the storm. That’s when it helps to have prayer partners who will keep pointing you to God. Come and join the Immanuel Prayer community from 6:30-8:30 pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month or from 9 - 11 am on the 1st Saturday of each month as we strive to deepen our relationship with Jesus, our Immanuel. For more information about our Immanuel Prayer Ministry please contact Pastor Susan at 801-255-8181 or susan@gslc.net.

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KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY:

 “I was in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36). The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. For more information or to get involved, contact Kerwin Knutson at statechair@kairosutah.org.

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KNEADERS BREAD MINISTRY

Each day, except Sunday, a dedicated team of Good Shepherd volunteers pack up leftover bread at Kneaders Bakery in Midvale and distributes it to area people in "knead." Our teams deliver bread to the Copperview Recreation Center Food Pantry and Head Start program, Midvale and Sandy Boys and Girls Clubs, Life Start (The Village) and St. Theresa Catholic Church. The ministry is a great match if you are looking for a once a week volunteer gig that only takes about an hour, or you can be "on our bench" and fill in occasionally for volunteers who are unable to cover their weekly shift. The position requires a one hour training session shadowing one of our volunteers, a car that can fit several large garbage bags full of bread, the ability to stand and package the bread and lift the bags into your car. We have one volunteer assigned to a shift daily, Monday through Saturday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Brooke May at emailbrookemay.com or (801) 857-4869.

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KNIT & CROCHET TOGETHER

KNIT & CROCHET TOGETHER: Our group is open to all; from those wanting to learn to Knit and Crochet to the experienced veterans. We work on service projects for the needy and the church. For those new to these skills, there are teachers who are happy to show you how. If you have questions, call Lynn Johnson at 651-308-2083. This group meets every Thursday from 12:30-4 pm. Yarn and tool donations are always needed and appreciated.

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LATTE BAR

The first Sunday of every month Good Shepherd hosts a Latte Bar. Proceeds go to various needs around the church. We are always looking for people to serve at the Latte Bar. Contact Carla Johnson if you can help.

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MEN BIBLE STUDY

We will meet the 1st and 4th Sunday of each month at 6 PM in the church. Contact Pastor Jeff (jeff@gslc.net) for more information.

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MEN’S BAGELS, BIBLE STUDY & BROTHERHOOD

The New Testament You Never Knew” is the new study the Men’s Bagels, Bible Study & Brotherhood began on Feb 1, 2020. You can join in at any time. We meet every Saturday from 9AM to 10AM in the House of Prayer (HOP). We will be looking to delve deeper into the historical setting of the Gospels, the Epistles, and the New Testament as a whole. We will be utilizing Rev N. T. Wright & Michael F. Bird’s “The New Testament You Never Knew Study Guide with DVD: Exploring the Context, Purpose, and Meaning of the Story of God.” Study guides are available or you can download the study guide from Google Play Books or Amazon Kindle. We also allow time to pray as a group for and with each other. Men come when they can. We are “Gospel” not “Law”!

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MISSION TANZANIA

We will be sending two teams to work on the Children’s Hospital and Birthing Center in Zinga, Tanzania in 2020 - July 1-14, 2020 and July 15-28, 2020. If you would like to be part of this team or want more information, please contact Pastor James or the Good Shepherd Missions Committee. You can learn more about our project at ihptz.org/?q=childrens-hospital.html.

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QUILTERS

New quilters, seasoned quilters and quilter wannabes, come join our quilting circle. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month beginning at 9:00 am. The group goes out for lunch at noon! Quilts are given to the kids at Royal Family KIDS Camp and donated to our annual Potato Bar & Auction.

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RISE

Thank you to all who participated in the very first RISE: Preteen Ministry event! This fantistic group of preteen students worked hard to serve our community at Flat Iron Mesa Park by doing a little litter cleanup. Our next community mission will be in November when we help at the food bank. More details to come.

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ROYAL FAMILY KIDS 

Our local mission, Royal Family KIDS of GSLC provides one week of faith based summer camp and a club/mentoring program which is held monthly during the school year for children 7-11 years old who have been in the foster care system.  You can help in many ways by serving as counselors, mentors, helpers, music, drama, fund-raising, administrative, club lunch or other short term projects.  Contact Thom Mansen at tjmcwhiskers5@gmail.com for camp, Eric Wollesen at eewollesen@comcast.net or 801-910-42 520-400-9613 for support activities. Visit sandygslc.royalfamilykids.org for more information or to make a donation.

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SCOUTING

SCOUTING IS FOR ALL BOYS! Cub Scouts grades K-5th Boy Scouts ages 11-18. Did you know that Good Shepherd has chartered a scouting unit for over 50 years? Come and join the tradition of fun, friendship, and adventure. Boys may join anytime; no previous scouting experience needed. Rally Night for Cubs is on Monday, September 9 at 7:00. Beginning September 17 BOTH Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts meet on TUESDAY NIGHT at 7:00 at Good Shepherd. For more information contact: Dennis 801-949-8559 denniscd81@gmail.com (Boy Scouts) – Jolyn 801-949-8557 jolyndickerson@gmail.com.

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SERENDIPITY ARTIST

"Praising God through the Visual Arts" is a ministry to allow GSLC congregation members or others to share their love of God through their art. If you are interested in showing or know someone who would like to, please contact Yvonne Krause,

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SHEPHERD’S CARE

We all care emotionally for each other, but sometimes we need a bit of physical care, too. Shepherd’s Care is a group of people that the office staff can call on to help out members who need it. Some of those needs could be helping with a funeral luncheon or other church function, or providing meals to a new mom or someone who is homebound. Each family is assigned a specific calendar month. This is not a huge time commitment, but enables us all to get involved and Love Well! Contact Randi Grimm at (801) 809-5392 or Carla Johnson at (801) 550-0395 if you have questions.

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SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH:

SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH:

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SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY

Every Sunday from 9:15 am to 12:45 pm. Babies, age 6-weeks old up to children age 5 are welcome in the nursery. Our experienced child care attendants will love and nurture your little one while you are in the worship service or attending a class.

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TRUNK OR TREAT

Trunk or Treat is coming up soon! This is Good Shepherd’s largest community event of the year and we need YOU to make it happen. Sunday, October 27 at 6:00. Set up starts at 3:00. Trunks need to be in place by 5:00. Prayer huddle at 5:20. Games, trunks, and food ready by 5:30.
Preview (for children of volunteers) at 5:30.
• Trunks - Decorate the trunk of your car or the back of your SUV or van. Pass out candy. Please provide at least 500-1000 pieces of candy. The congregation will be providing more candy to supplement your supply.
• Hospitality Team - welcome guests, talk to people, direct traffic (people and cars), first aid station, supervise the fellowship hall and lobby area.
• Food Team – grill hot dogs, make hot chocolate, popcorn, water station.
• Set Up Team – blow up bounce houses, set up a cordoned off area for games, set out trash cans.
• Games Team – set up and run games. Run bounce houses.
• Photo Team – gather information (to match up photo with the person), pose guests, take photos.
• “Wherever you need me” Team – runners (take candy to vehicles when needed), errands.
• Clean Up Team – deflate bounce houses, put away games, put away equipment, pick up trash, empty trash cans, clean up the lobby and fellowship hall, check restrooms.

CANDY DONATIONS ARE NEEDED – drop off your bags of candy anytime between now and October 27.

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UNCHAINED

Unchained is a newly forming, Christ-Centered, addiction recovery group experience for men and women beginning this fall hosted here at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This grace-filled ministry provides you, or others you may know, the opportunity to experience freedom from addictive thoughts and actions that restrain men and women from being who God wants them to be. For the person who is struggling with addiction, he or she knows all too well that the chains of addictive substances are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
This road to recovery group experience is a process that will focus on God’s healing power in our lives through 8 Recovery Principles found in Jesus’ lessons for life, the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5, the Beatitudes, in addition to the 12 Steps with their Biblical comparisons. Together, we open the door of recovery by sharing experiences, strengths and hopes for tomorrow. We then become willing to accept and embrace God’s grace in addressing and solving our personal challenges by applying Biblical principles. This process will help a person become free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors which then leads to peace, serenity and joy. Most importantly, it builds a stronger and healthier relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and with others.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Serendipity Room.
If you have questions or suggestions for our consideration, you are invited to contact Good Shepherd faith community participants, LCMC Pastor/Chaplain Doug Opp (712-304-5567), John Ashton (702-596-5368) or Barb Ashton (702-596-2037)."

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VIA DE CRISTO WEEKENDS:

Structured three-day retreats designed to strengthen and renew our Christian faith. They encourage a new awareness of living in God's grace. Participants live, study, worship, and commune together from Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon. The weekend is built around fourteen grace talks and some wonderful and even tender experiences. There is music and singing, laughter, food and fellowship, more laughter, and times for prayer.  Our next weekend is September 26-29, 2019. Contact Pastor James or Bonnie Knudson at bonsi7@yahoo.com.

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VIDEOGRAPHY TRAINING

Are you creative? Do you love to film or would you like to learn how? We have some free training for you. Good Shepherd is currently looking for volunteers for our new videography team. You will learn to record the Top 5, sermons, and website content. Contact Rick in the church office for more information.

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Via de Cristo Prayer Renewal Group

Via de Cristo Prayer Renewal Group:

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Visitation Ministry Orientation

Do you have a heart to visit the sick, spend time with those who are hurting, lonely, or in need of Christ’s comfort. Are you a prayer warrior eager to speak God’s words of hope over folks who have been hospitalized? Then the new Visitation Ministry at GSLC might be a great fit for your spiritual gifts. We invite you to attend an informational meeting Thursday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM to find out how God might be calling you to serve His people through this ministry. For more information contact Pastor Susan at susan@gslc.net or 801-255-8181.

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WOMEN OF THE WORD (WOW):

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