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  • Classical Christian Education | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    Welcome! To get started signup and get connect by clicking the button below. After that plan on attending the Parent Meetings and joining the Co-op . Sign up and get connected! CO-OP (Click Here) PARENT TRAINING MEETINGS (Click Here) City on a Hill A Classical Christian Education community and co-op for homeschoolers, private schoolers, public schoolers, and future schoolers who take seriously the responsibility to educate their children. ​ Co-op A cooperation of homeschooling families to help one another educate their children within a Classical Christian Education model. ​ Co-op Begins this Fall!!! [2022-2023] Send an email to cityonahillcce@outlook.com if you would like more information. Go to https://cityonahillcce.churchcenter.com/groups to sign up for classes. ​ Student Application Deadline: January 3, 2023 ​ Teacher / Tutor Application Deadline: November 22, 2022 ​ Registration can be made in person or online at http://fbcfortuna.churchcenter.com/giving/to/city-on-a-hill-co-op Student Application Welcome - Fall 2022 Teacher / Tutor Application Mission, Vision, Values, and Doctrine Fall 2022 Co-op Classes (Updated 7/27/22) We are nearing closer and closer to the start of this years co-op! Classes start August 23 with a Parent/Student orientation on August 16. Here is an update on the classes and teachers confirmed so far. Veritas History (grades 2-6 taught by Mrs. Katie Carter) Omnibus I (grades 7-9 taught by Mrs. Maria Szabo) Omnibus IV (grades 10-12 taught by Mr. John Carter) Math Tutoring [study hour] (grades 2-12 tutored by Mrs. Kara Deno) Logos Latin (grades 4-6 taught by Ms. Julia Szabo) Physical Science (grades 7-12 taught by Mr. Jon Szabo) Logic (grades 6-8 taught by Mr. John Carter) Institutes of Excellence in Writing (grades 4-6 taught by Ms. Joan Szabo) Kraken Latin II Study Group (grades 8+) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEEKENDER: Intro to Horseback Riding (grades 2-12 taught by Mrs. Lexi Bragia) The final schedule will be sent out soon. As well as curriculum and book lists. I look forward to seeing you there!

  • Sound Doctrine Conference | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    Sound Doctrine Conference Sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 - ESV ​ Male + Female The Imago Dei April 28-29, 2023 ​ Friday 7:00 PM (Potluck meal @ 6 PM) Saturday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pastor's Lunch Friday 12 PM ​ ​ ​ Register Why is this years theme? We live in interesting times, but that is nothing new. Even the Sophists in the 5th Century BC denied truth just as many do today. Truly, nothing is new under the Sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). But, what has this old denial of truth done for the modern man? It has brought about a sexual revolution that denies truth as a tangible reality. Modern man says, “boys can be girls and girls can be boys but it doesn’t matter because boys and girls do not even really exist.” While this produces all sorts of problems for the non-Christian, this is clearly seen as an attack on the Image of God (Imago Dei). In light of this attack, and others like it, this year’s conference will be on the topic, MALE + FEMALE: THE IMAGO DEI. We hope to see you there! ​ "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 – ESV Friday Session 1 The Imago Dei (Gen 1:26) Pastor Tony Arnds (Folsom Bible Church) What is the Imago Dei (Image of God)? If God made man in his image, what is that image? Who is this God, what is he like, and how has he implanted man with this image? In this opening session Pastor Tony Arnds will demonstrate from Scripture what it means to say, made in the Image of God. What is the Purpose of the Sound Doctrine Conference? The purpose of the Sound Doctrine Conference is to equip the local church with sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel. Why the Sound Doctrine Conference? We live in an age where knowledge and information are widely accessible. Yet, with the increase of knowledge there is an ever-increasing rejection of truth and morality. This problem has not just infected the world but has even found its way into the church. As this has happened, fewer and fewer churches are found which preach sound doctrine in accordance with the gospel. So, what are churches to do? First and foremost, they must remain steadfast in their commitment to faithful biblical teaching. This is done primarily through the pulpit ministry of the local church. In an effort to reinforce this commitment, the Sound Doctrine Conference seeks to instill a love for the word of God in the local church through faithful exposition the word of God. Where Does Sound Doctrine Come From? The Sound Doctrine Conference is based on the phrase ‘sound doctrine’ (ὑγιαινούσῃ διδασκαλίᾳ) found in 1 Timothy 1:11, Titus 1:9 and 2:1. Further, the phrase ‘sound words’ (ὑγιαίνουσιν λόγοις/ὑγιαινόντων λόγων), which correspond to sound doctrine, are found in 1 Timothy 6:3 and 2 Timothy 1:13. Paul, in his letters to Timothy and Titus, is exhorting these young Pastors to teach sound doctrine to the churches under their watch. However, Paul is not simply advocating for academic accuracy; an accuracy which is of absolute importance. He is also seeking that this sound doctrine is consistently applied into the lives of the believer in such a way that produces godliness. In the passages mentioned above, Sound Doctrine in accordance with the gospel must necessarily produce godliness. Who is the Sound Doctrine Conference for? Sound doctrine is not for ivory tower theologians. Rather, sound doctrine is for those who desire to know and love God. According to Paul, sound doctrine is in accordance with the gospel, sound doctrine is the needed tool to resist bad teaching, sound doctrine produces godliness, and sound doctrine is required to walk with Christ in faith and in love. In other words, sound doctrine is the very thing we need to know the gospel, declare the truth, combat lies, and to live a life that pleases God. Sound Doctrine is for every believer! What Happens at the Sound Doctrine Conference? At the Sound Doctrine Conference, we are steadfast to do five things: We Sing, We Read The Bible, We Pray, We Hear Teaching, We Reason With What We Heard We Sing : Singing is a beautiful gift from our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. One of the greatest joys of gathering with other believers in a larger gathering is to be able to join other brothers and sisters in singing great truth about our God and his Christ. We Read the Bible : The Bible is the very Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is a priceless treasure for us to cherish. We love to hear the precious words of Scripture read aloud for all to hear. We Pray : Our endeavor is first and foremost a spiritual effort. This requires that we seek spiritual means to changes our hearts and minds. This begins with prayer. We Hear Teaching : Like the disciples, we love to hear faithful teaching. We devote ourselves to the Apostle’s teaching. Each session will seek to engage both our spiritual minds and our holy affections. We Reason with What We Heard : Godly learning is not just an information download. Rather, it demands that we meditate and reason what we have heard. To foster this reflective work, we have also included multiple opportunities to ask questions about what has been taught. Why a Pastor’s Lunch? Pastor’s need friends, fellowship, and encouragement. With busy schedules and various demands on their time, pastors can quickly forget to foster these needed relationships. Therefore, it is the desire that Pastor’s would have an opportunity to gather with other men who are serving as elders, pastors, or overseers to be encouraged though fellowship, a good meal, a word from the Scriptures, and of course, a few more books. This lunch is reserved exclusively for men who are currently serving as a Pastor, Elder, or Overseer. 2023 Cost: $50 Per Household The Sound Doctrine Conference is made possible by the sacrificial giving of FBC Fortuna and generous supporters. If you would like to donate you may do so at the conference or online at https://fbcfortuna.churchcenter.com/giving/to/conference Friday Night there is a potluck dinner at 6 PM. Saturday there is a lunch provided. ​ Friday at Noon there is a Pastor's Lunch and Fellowship. There is no child care provided. However children are welcome to attend. The nursery will be available for parents to use for children ages 0-2. The sessions will be available to watch from the nursery. ​ There will be a breakout for children in grades K-6th. Did we mention that we love to give away books? Each year we gather together some useful books that promote sound doctrine and godliness. [One set of books per household.] The Sound Doctrine Conference takes place at FBC Fortuna 1976 Scenic Dr. Fortuna, CA On Friday at 12 PM there is a Pastor's lunch and fellowship. This time is open to Men who are currently serving as a Pastor (or Elder/Overseer). After lunch and a time to fellowship with one another a Pastor will bring a word of encouragement and exhortation. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 1 Timothy 1:8-11 - ESV PREVIOUS CONFERENCES Sound Doctrine (The Church) - 2022 Sound Doctrine (Godliness) - 2021 Missions Conference (Church Planting Churches) - 2020 Missions Conference (Church History) - 2019 More audio at www.musicatheologica.com Video on YouTube

  • Welcome | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy. Hello! ​ Who is First Baptist Church of Fortuna? We are a community of believers, united in Christ, who are devoted to proclaiming and obeying the word of God. ​ Why does FBC Fortuna place an emphasis on proclaiming and obeying the word of God (the Bible)? "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:30-31) ​ Who is Jesus? "Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 16:16-17) ​ Why is it important that we know who Jesus is? "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) ​ Before you get to know us, it is most important that you know Jesus Christ, the Son of God. WEEKLY CALENDER Full Calendar SUNDAY Sunday School 9:45 AM Classes For All Ages ​ Worship 11:00 AM Potluck Meal The First Sunday of each month (Learn More) ​ Evening Activities 5:00 PM Prayer 5:00 PM Christian Ministry Training 5:30 PM There are no activities on the FIRST Sunday evening of each month. ​ THURSDAYS (Monthly) Bible Study 7:00 PM Men meet on the 1st Thursday Women meet on the 3rd Thursday

  • Classical Christian Education | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    Welcome! To get started signup and get connect by clicking the button below. After that plan on attending the Parent Meetings and joining the Co-op . Sign up and get connected! CO-OP (Click Here) PARENT TRAINING MEETINGS (Click Here) Parent Meetings Bi-monthly meetings for parents/teachers who are passionate about Classical Christian Education and who take seriously the responsibility to educate their children. ​ Schedule 2nd Tuesday of every other month | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Each Meeting will consist of parts: Bible Study, Lesson, and a Reading Assignment. There are also rumors of goodies to munch. September 13, 2022 Please read: The Seven Laws of Teaching (Unabridged 1886) by John Milton Gregory https://canonpress.com/ ​ AUDIO RECORDING March 14, 2023 Please read: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare November 8, 2022 Please read: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis May 9, 2023 Please read: The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul January 10, 2023 ​Please read: The Unaborted Socrates by Peter Kreeft Location First Baptist Church of Fortuna 1976 Scenic Dr Fortuna CA, 95540

  • Classical Christian Education | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    Welcome! To get started signup and get connect by clicking the button below. After that plan on attending the Parent Meetings and joining the Co-op . Sign up and get connected! CO-OP (Click Here) PARENT TRAINING MEETINGS (Click Here) City on a Hill A Classical Christian Education community and co-op for homeschoolers, private schoolers, public schoolers, and future schoolers who take seriously the responsibility to educate their children. ​ Co-op A cooperation of homeschooling families to help one another educate their children within a Classical Christian Education model. ​ Parent Meetings Bi-monthly meetings for parents/teachers who are passionate about Classical Christian Education and who take seriously the responsibility to educate their children. ​ Music Recital Fall Music Recital on November 19 at 2:00 pm ! ​ We are also looking for budding young performers who are being trained in their instrument of choice. If you are interested in performing, please submit your name, grade, instrument, and title of piece to cityonahillcce@outlook.com . The deadline for submissions is November 7. Space is limited! All are welcome to attend. The recital will be held at: First Baptist Church of Fortuna 1976 Scenic Drive Fortuna, CA 95540 Mission, Vision, Values, and Doctrine Values The Gospel of Jesus Christ We believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament, prophesied in the Old Testament, and proclaimed throughout all of Church history. Narrow Doors, Tall Hallways We limit those who may join, but we desire every participant to excel. Male Leadership We believe men are called to lead in the church, the home, and in government. Parental Ownership We believe parents (not churches, schools, or governments) are ultimately responsible for the spiritual and intellectual training of their children. Classical Christian Education Our common model for educating our students with a Christian worldview is through a Classical Christian Education framework. Rigorous Learning We believe that learning is work and therefore should be rigorous (even when it becomes harder in the logic and rhetoric years). Winsomely Passionate Teachers We believe students will learn to love what their teachers love. Parents Who Love to Read and Learn We believe a good education never ends.

  • Resources | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    RESOURCES We are first and foremost devoted to the Word of God. Nevertheless, there are many resources available to the modern believer. Although these resources generally align with FBC's statement of faith, it is still the responsibility of every believer to be a good Berean and to test the contents of these websites with the Scriptures. Bible Studies ESV Bible (with Study/Language Tools) Bible Hub Treasury of Scripture Knowledge ​ Pastor John's Study & Library Musica Theologica - Pastor John's Sermons and Writings Pastor John's Study (Room 206) Pastor John's Library {These resources are available upon request. Some area available to check-out, others will need to stay in the study. Talk to Pastor John if you have any questions.} ​ Missions and Evangelism HeartCry Missionary Society Joshua Project Wretched Radio ​ Current Events and The Church Founders Ministries The Briefing with Al Mohler Just Thinking 9 Marks Worship Matters Ref Net American Gospel TV Answers In Genesis ​ Church History Hall of Church History ​ Counseling Help Please email fbcfortuna@utlook.com if you need to speak to a pastor. IBCD (The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship) ​ Homeschool and Classical Christian Education Logos School Logos Press Veritas Press ​ Ministry Opportunities J. Rophe Medical Pregnancy Care Center (Eureka, CA) ​

  • Leadership | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    ELDER LED CONGREGATIONALISM What is Elder Led Congregationalism ? The New Testament is clear that the Church has one Chief Shepherd (Pastor) and that is Jesus Christ. Further, each local church is to submit to her Elders (Pastors) while each member is still responsible for the wellbeing of the church. This means that the Elders are to care for the Spiritual well being of the church while the Deacons assist the Elders with the physical needs of the church, and each Church Member is to carry out the work of the ministry. Head & Chief Shepherd Jesus is the head of the Church and the Chief Shepherd (Pastor). Under his authority will the church grow and be led. Lead Elder Pastor John Carter Serving as the Lead Elder, it is Pastor John's responsibility to Oversee the spiritual health of FBC Fortuna. His responsibility also includes overseeing the preaching and teaching, as well as the vision of FBC Fortuna. You can learn more about Pastor John by going to musicatheologica.com . Deacon of Finances & Benevolence Vince Braigia To allow the Elders to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Vince serves (deacons) by helping to manage the finances of FBC Fortuna. Deacon of Evangelism & Benevolence Gabe Cruz To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Gabe serves by helping to lead out opportunities for evangelism, the greeters, and benevolence requests. If you would like to assist in serving please contact Gabe. Children's Ministry Director Lexi Bragia To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Lexi assist with the needs of the Children's Ministry. From teaching to administrative needs Lexi's greatest concern is for the eternal and earthy safety of the children. FBC Church Member Every church member is responsible for the health and future of our church. This means no church member can sit back and 'let the professionals' do their job. The Elder's equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Consider this, every book in the New Testament is written to churches, not just Elders. Members have access to a church directory . Elder Pastor Jon Szabo Serving as an Elder, it is Pastor Jon's responsibility to Oversee the spiritual health of FBC Fortuna. He is responsible for teaching and overseeing pastoral care of the church. Deacon of Worship Services & Communications Ben De Leon To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer the worship services deacon serves by helping to manage the administrative needs of the Sunday Morning Worship Services. If you would like to help serve in the area please contact the worship services deacon. Deacon of Facilities Luke Piehl To allow the Elder's to remain focused on the ministry of the word and prayer Luke serves by helping to manage the facilities. If you would like to assist in caring for the building (cleaning, upkeep, repairs, gardening) please contact Luke.

  • Sermons | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    SERMONS The church is a gathering of believers. That is why it is our strong conviction that these sermon recordings must never replace participation in the local church. The purpose of making these sermons available is for the following reasons. ​ For those who were sick or otherwise unable to attend corporate worship. For those looking for a church and desiring to hear samples of the preaching before attending. For those looking to supplement their current Bible Study and private devotions. There may be other meaningful reasons to listen to these sermons, but never let those reasons replace the command to gather regularly with the body under the preaching of the word of God. ​ For more sermons and writings by Pastor John please visit MusicaTheologica.com ​ Also on Spotify: Musica Theologica Youtube: FBC Fortuna ​ Audio Video FBC Fortuna Play Video Play Video 02:20 Welcome to FBC Fortuna Welcome to FBC Fortuna. Here's Pastor John to fill you in on what to expect when you first visit. More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 54:35 Matthew 22:1-14 | Parable of the Wedding Feast October 16, 2022 - John Carter More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 41:13 Matthew 21:28-32 | The Parable of the Two Sons October 2, 2022 - John Carter More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 47:11 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 | Faith Love and Hope September 25, 2022 - Jon Szabo More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 39:15 1 John 2:28-3:3 | Children of God September 18, 2022 - Gabe Cruz More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 49:57 Matthew 21:23-27 | Authority of Christ September 11, 2022 - John Carter More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 55:37 Matthew 21:18-22 | The Fig Tree September 4, 2022 - John Carter More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com Play Video Play Video 50:34 Genesis 17:15-27 | Promised Birth August 28, 2022 - John Carter More about First Baptist Church of Fortuna: fbcfortuna.com More Teaching by John Carter musicatheologica.com

  • Marriage Retreat | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    February 11, 2023 2 pm - 8 pm Cost: $80 Includes: An Elegant Dinner, a book for him and her, and a chance to strengthen your marriage This retreat is available for couples who are married, or engaged with a date. Join John and Katie Carter as they teach about the high's and lows of marriage in the comfort of their living room. They were married in 2004 and have four boys. They don't have a perfect marriage, but over the years they have learned through Scripture what it takes to have a godly marriage. ​ Format The retreat will consist of multiple sessions where different topics on marriage are discussed. The Bible will be heavily relied upon to guide these sessions. Breaks, snacks, and laughs will abound. Dinner with dessert will be at 6 PM. ​ Registration Space is limited to seven (7) couples (married or engaged with a date). Priority will be given to those who have registered and paid. ​ Children/Babies As a courtesy to other couples and to foster an intimate environment, other plans will need to be made for children and babies. Register

  • Worship | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    CORPORATE WORSHIP Our times of corporate worship are centered on the exaltation of the Living God. This includes reading, preaching, and teaching of the word of God as well as prayer, singing, giving, baptism, communion (Lord’s Supper), and time of confession. We encourage family members of all ages to join us to worship together. Small noises are a part of raising godly children. So find peace knowing we are pleased to have children join us to worship the living God. ​ Click here for previous sermons. ​ THE CHURCH IS A GATHERING OF BELIEVERS The word translated as 'church' in the Bible is from the Greek word 'ecclesia' which means gathering . Therefore, we should understand the church fundamentally as a gathering of people. Worship is not what makes a church. Worship is a function of the church. What makes a church is the gathering of believers around the word of God in the name of Jesus Christ. This means that we do not primarily gather to worship, because worship is possible anywhere. Instead, we primarily gather so that we can worship God as a gathered body of believers. This is a activity that we cannot do individually. The minimum essential marks of a gathered body of believers, a church, is the preaching of the word of God, the administration of the ordinances (Communion and Baptism), and church discipline. So, whether we gather in a sanctuary, in a home, in a cave, or in a field, we gather to do together what we cannot do alone. ​ MUSIC AND SINGING Music and singing is very significant to the FBC Fortuna family. That is why we love songs with beautiful melodies and rich theology. Concerts are good, but corporate worship is not to be confused with a concert. As we gather together to worship the living God we make it a priority to sing as an act of worship and encouragement for one another. That is why you will see that we leave the lights on and sing very loud. To help our church family sing loud and with thoughtfulness about the words we limit the amount of songs we sing each year. We also provide playlist to those song on YouTube and Spotify. As you join us in singing remember that singing is not the goal. The goal is will always remain to encourage one another and to bring praise and glory to the God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ​ If you would like a physical copy of the songs we sing, or a Hymnal, please see Samuel Carter. ​ YouTube 2023 YouTube 2022 YouTube 2021 ​ Spotify 2023 Spotify 2022 Spotify 2021 Spotify 2019 ​

  • About | First Baptist Church Fortuna

    THEOLOGY AND AFFILIATIONS Holding to teachings best described as Reformed Theology, we also affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 . Our Sunday Morning worship services are centered around making much of Jesus Christ as the revealed word and will of God to bring about his glory and our salvation. Read more... PASTOR (LEAD ELDER) & LEADERSHIP John Carter is our Pastor and Lead Elder. You can hear some of his sermons here . Read more... FAMILIES & CHILDREN It is our conviction that families are important to the life and community of FBC Fortuna. That is why we encourage family members of all ages to join us to worship together on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM and for age-appropriate classes before worship at 9:45 AM. Small noises are a part of raising godly children. So find peace knowing we are pleased to have you and your little ones join us to worship the living God. Read more... COMMUNITY The Church is not a building but a gathering of God's people. This is why we regularly carve out time to gather together. If you come on a Sunday Morning you will get to know the living God. But it is during the small unplanned moments that we are best able to get to know each other. That is why you are invited to join us to worship the living God on Sundays and then throughout the week as we gather to encourage and care for each other. Read more... SALVATION & THE GOSPEL We believe that in the beginning, God created everything. But because of sin , the world was broken. Sin is any action, attitude, or thought that violates God's moral law and is consequently worthy of punishment. Therefore, sinners are in need of forgiveness and salvation. The good news is that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection provides this forgiveness. We also believe that Jesus expects the following things of his followers. Repent (turn from) and confess your sins. Believe that Jesus is God. Be Baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Commit yourself to a local body of Believers (a church). Make Disciples of all Nations.

  • Contact | FBC Fortuna

    Let's Chat Have a question or need to talk to someone? Use the form below and a Pastor or Deacon will get back to you. Phone 707.725.2595 Email fbcfortuna@outlook.com Social Media First Name Last Name Email Message Reason for contact General Facility Use Request Biblical Counseling Prayer Request Benevolence Phone Send Thanks for submitting!

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