Newsline for March 12, 2008

“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008”

“Do not be conformed to this world…” (Romans 12:2a).


1) General Board approves ethics document, celebrates anniversary of women’s ordination.
2) General Board closes year with net income, experiences increase in total giving.
3) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, and much more.


4) Jim and Pam Hardenbrook resign from Sudan initiative.


5) A reflection on the life and ministry of Harriett Howard Bright.

New at http://www.brethren.org/ is a photo journal from National Youth Conference (NYC) 1958, when Church of the Brethren youth gathered by Lake Junaluska for the second NYC. This September, many of those “youth”–now 50 years older–will once again “Come to the Water” to enjoy National Older Adult Conference. To celebrate, NOAC will feature a program observing the 50th reunion of NYC participants at “Lake J.” Photos from NYC 1958 are displayed with winning captions from the “ABC Photo Caption Contest” at www.brethren.org/pjournal/2008/NYC58/index.html.
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1) General Board approves ethics document, celebrates anniversary of women’s ordination.

After participating in a joint meeting March 8 on a plan of merger with the Association of Brethren Caregivers (see the Newsline Extra for today, March 12), the General Board continued its meetings at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on March 9-10.

Major items of business included a revision of the denomination’s Ethics in Ministry document, a resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women to ministry, and a capital proposal for replacement of failed air conditioning equipment.

The board approved a revision of the denomination’s Ethics in Ministry paper, using a consensus model of decision making for this business item. The document will go to the 2008 Annual Conference for approval. The revision has been in process for some time, led by the staff of the board’s Ministry Office. In previous meetings, the board had considered earlier versions of the document. The paper also has been reviewed by the Council of District Executives and by the board’s legal counsel, as it includes sections on processes for dealing with complaints of ministerial misconduct. The board changed the wording of the document in only a couple of places, for greater clarity. Issues and wording that received most attention and discussion came in the Code of Ethics for Ministerial Leaders, in sections outlining how ministers will relate to other clergy colleagues, how pastors will relate to former parishes and what is inappropriate behavior for former pastors, and the appropriate congregational involvement of ministerial leaders other than pastors.

The board approved a “Resolution on 50 Years of Women’s Ordination in the Church of the Brethren.” The resolution marks 2008 as the 50th anniversary of the 1958 Annual Conference decision “that women be granted full and unrestricted rights to ordination.” The one-page resolution also notes that, “Women have a long history of serving the denomination in ministry, and conversations about official recognition of their gifts extend back to the beginnings of the church.” The resolution gives thanks “for the nearly 400 women who have served the church as ordained ministers over the last 50 years” and “for the openness of the church to the Holy Spirit, for the processes of discernment and discussion, for the slow and deliberate practices of listening to one another that lead, in time, to transformation.” (Find the full resolution at www.brethren.org/genbd/GBResolutions/2008WomensOrdination.pdf).

The board approved an initial capital expenditure of $390,000 for a thermal ice storage air conditioning system at the General Offices, and directed staff to “boldly seek energy source solutions that reduce our dependence on commercial electricity and fossil fuels. Solar, geo-thermal, and similar energy sources should be given high priority in the General Board property master planning.” The expenditure was made necessary when one of the facility’s two “chillers” failed–the equipment is original to the building, and now about 50 years old. The capital proposal from staff offered options for replacing the whole heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system of the building with more energy efficient and “green” technologies.

In other business, the Annual Report of the General Board was approved, Barbra Davis was appointed the board’s representative to the Brethren Support Staff Association, and numerous reports were received including financial reports (see story below), a report from the annual assembly of the church in the Dominican Republic, a report on the upcoming National Peace Conference of the Historic Peace Churches to take place in Philadelphia next January, and an update on sales of the Gather ’Round curriculum.

A report on the Sudan mission initiative prompted much discussion, following the announcement that lead mission workers Jim and Pam Hardenbrook have resigned. Director Brad Bohrer told the board he grieves their loss to the program. He announced that the board will be opening recruiting again for the lead team position. The goal of doing mission in Sudan “is not lost,” he said, as he explained some of the complexities of setting up a new mission for the church. Some board members, however, characterized the loss as devastating, and expressed a need to revisit the total direction of the mission in Sudan. General secretary Stan Noffsinger said the executive committee of the board has already begun work with mission and funding staff on issues related to the Sudan initiative. The discussion closed with moments of silent and spoken prayer for Sudan and all the people involved with the mission.

An offering received during the meetings will support a new capital campaign for repairs, special facilities needs, and the “greening” of the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.–such as the replacement of the air conditioning system at the General Offices. The campaign’s goal is to raise $3 million.

2) General Board closes year with net income, experiences increase in total giving.

The Church of the Brethren General Board ended the year 2007 with a net income in its Core Ministries Fund, in pre-audit figures. The pre-audit financial report presented to the spring General Board meeting revealed an increase in total giving to denominational ministries by individuals and congregations, but a continuing decline in congregational giving to the board’s core ministries.

The board ended the year with a net income of about $130,000 in its Core Ministries Fund, in a total core ministries budget of around $5.6 million. The Core Ministries Fund supports most of the program and administrative work of the board. The board also has self-funded ministries including the Brethren Disaster Ministries (funded through the Emergency Disaster Fund), the Material Resources program that warehouses and ships relief materials on behalf of the church and ecumenical partners, the New Windsor (Md.) Conference Center, the Global Food Crisis ministry (funded through the Global Food Crisis Fund), Brethren Press, and “Messenger” magazine.

Total giving to the board increased by 9.5 percent over 2006, adding in all individual and congregational gifts to all the funds of the board, and including bequests and donor restricted gifts. Gifts from individuals, donor-restricted gifts, and bequests increased considerably from 2006, reported Ken Neher, director of funding and donor development. The total of individual giving to all of the board’s funds including donor restricted gifts and bequests rose more than 28 percent to more than $2.5 million. Individual giving to the Core Ministries Fund increased .4 percent.

Total giving from congregations remained constant, when giving to all the funds of the board, donor restricted gifts, and district disaster fundraising was included in the figure. However, giving from congregations to the Core Ministries Fund fell two percent. The congregational giving to the Core Ministries Fund was a significant shortfall of $411,000 from the budgeted projection, and presents the General Board with a major challenge since the same amount for congregational giving has been projected in the budget for the years 2008 and 2009, noted treasurer Judy Keyser.

This decline in congregational giving to the denomination’s core ministries continues a 10- to 15-year trend of about a 2 percent decline per year, Neher said. He said the decline is related to the denomination’s membership decline, the number of churches closing, and changing priorities of congregations.

The Newsline of March 12 omitted “Messenger” magazine from the financial report of the Church of the Brethren General Board for 2007. “Messenger” is a self-funded budget, and ended the year with a net income of $20,080 and gross sales of just over $255,000, in pre-audit figures. The financial report also should have noted that the total expended from the Emergency Disaster Fund includes support for the program of Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children’s Disaster Services as well as grants, and the total expended from the Global Food Crisis Fund includes support for the Global Food Crisis program. The total offering received from board members and staff toward a new capital campaign was $2,284.

Other highlights of the General Board’s financial report for 2007:

  • The Emergency Disaster Fund gave a total of $1.42 million in grants in 2007. Donations to the fund totaled $878,688.
  • The Global Food Crisis Fund gave a total of $341,612 in grants. Donations to the fund totaled $319,994.
  • The General Board’s bequest quasi-endowment has hit the $6 million mark for the first time. This fund helps support the board’s core ministries budget.
  • Brethren Press total sales were especially strong in 2007, reaching over $1 million. After several unexpected inventory writeoffs and adjustments and a budgeted payment toward early Gather ‘Round curriculum expenses, however, Brethren Press ended the year with about $81,000 of expense over income.
  • The Gather ’Round Sunday school curriculum–a joint project of Brethren Press and the Mennonite Publishing Network-in its first full year of sales had gross sales of just over $500,000. This represents mostly wholesale orders to the two publishing houses and their cooperative users. During 2007, a total of 310 Church of the Brethren congregations used the curriculum.
  • The New Windsor Conference Center, which has struggled financially in past years, had gross sales of $56,000, and a net income of $24,660.
  • The Emerging Global Mission Fund–which mainly supports the denomination’s mission work in Brazil–spent a total of $64,614. Donations to the fund totaled more than $66,000.

3) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, and much more.

Allen T. Hansell Sr. has announced his retirement as director of church relations for Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, effective April 5. He has filled the position since May 2005, serving as the primary liaison between the college and the Church of the Brethren, including alumni, congregations, districts, and Annual Conference agencies. His previous denominational leadership positions have included service as director of ministry for the Church of the Brethren General Board from late 1997 through 2001, following a term of eight years as executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Atlantic Northeast District. Prior to that, he had been a pastor for 23 years. He also chaired the Small Church Task Team, was a member of the Standing Committee of Annual Conference, and served as moderator of Atlantic Northeast District. He holds degrees from Bridgewater (Va.) College and Bethany Theological Seminary.

Pacific Southwest District has announced the hiring of Carrie Cesar as intergenerational ministry director, and her husband, Alfredo Cesar, as intercultural ministry director. Carrie Cesar will work with youth, young adults, and family ministries, coordinating training and resources for congregations and their leaders, and serving as a liaison for age-related leadership teams and district programming. She previously served as missions director for the district. Alfredo Cesar will coordinate district efforts in mission and church planting, and will hold a variety of responsibilities including developing a program to recruit coaches and church planters and other new leaders, and relate to ministries in Mexico. The Cesars live in Mesa, Ariz.

Donna Forbes Steiner begins April 1 as director of church relations at Elizabethtown College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Drake University and a masters of religious education from Bethany Theological Seminary. She began serving in ministry in 1964, as minister of Christian education for Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, and since then has held several pastoral positions. From 1997-2002, she was associate executive minister of Atlantic Northeast District. Most recently, since 2003, she has been interim pastor of Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and summer pastor of Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and Reading (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. She also has served as a consultant for congregational ministries for Mid-Atlantic District, and as a consultant for districts and congregations in Virginia. She will work out of the Institutional Advancement Office of Elizabethtown College.

Brian Bert has begun as program director at Camp Blue Diamond, a ministry of Middle Pennsylvania District near Petersburg, Pa. He started in the position on Jan. 21. He is a member of Hollidaysburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren where he is a youth group advisor. He also serves as advisor for the district’s Youth Ministry Team. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and worked last summer as a fulltime counselor at the camp.

Scott Senseney began work this week in the Material Resources program of the Church of the Brethren General Board as a forklift operator/warehouse coordinator. He previously worked for 17 years with Fidelitone/Black and Decker. He lives in Keymar, Md., and will work at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.

Diane Parrott begins a temporary part-time assignment at the Church of the Brethren Credit Union in Elgin, Ill., on March 14. She will work on loans and assist with other projects. She is a member of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, and worked most recently for the Kane County Teachers Credit Union.

David and Maria Huber have completed a six-month assignment as volunteer hosts for the New Windsor (Md.) Conference Center, serving at the Windsor and Zigler Halls on the campus of the Brethren Service Center. The couple have been serving through Brethren Volunteer Service.

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) is seeking applicants for the position of president. BBT’s offices are located at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The primary services of BBT are the administration of the Pension Plan and the Brethren Foundation. The president serves as chief executive officer for BBT, including all its corporate entities (Brethren Benefit Trust, Brethren Benefit Trust, Inc., Brethren Foundation, Trustee, Pension Plan Trust). The president will oversee the administration and operations of BBT by leading, administering, managing, and inspiring the staff, modeling servant leadership. The president will guide BBT in its service to the Church of the Brethren by developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with individuals and organizations which are affiliated with or share the values of the Church of the Brethren. The full position description can be found at http://www.brethrenbenefittrust.org/. Church of the Brethren membership is preferred. The president will be expected to live in the Elgin area. The deadline for applications is April 30. Applicants are requested to send a current resume, cover letter, and three references via e-mail to Ralph McFadden, Search Committee Consultant, Hikermac@sbcglobal.net. Hard copies, if necessary, may be sent to 352 Shiloh Ct., Elgin, IL 60120. The Search Committee also is inviting nominations. Send the names of people who should be called to consider the position to any member of the Search Committee or send to Ralph McFadden. The Search Committee is composed of Eunice Culp, chair; Harry Rhodes, BBT Board chair; Janice Bratton, BBT Board vice chair; Donna Forbes Steiner, BBT Board member; and Fred Bernhard, former longterm BBT Board member.

Bethany Theological Seminary and the Church of the Brethren General Board seek a fulltime director of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, to start in the summer of 2008. The director will work from the Bethany campus in Richmond, Ind. Responsibilities include discerning the leadership needs of the denomination, working with the Ministry Advisory Council, coordinating the Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) and Training in Ministry (TRIM) programs, certifying ministry training programs of districts, contributing to developing intercultural competencies, planning and coordinating continuing education events, denominational workshops for leadership development, teaching in the academy program and offering occasional courses in the seminary’s graduate-level curriculum, supervising staff, budget development, and reporting to both sponsoring institutions. Qualifications include five years of effective leadership in pastoral ministry; grounding in Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity; ability to articulate and operate out of the vision of Bethany and the General Board; ability to relate with integrity and respect; interpersonal skills; knowledge and experience in budget development and management; oral and written communication skills; knowledge and skill in systems theory; knowledge and skills in developing educational experiences in ministry training and professional growth; ability to envision grant proposals and oversee grant-funded programs. Required education and experience includes a master of divinity degree or the equivalent, a record of regular continuing education experiences, ordination and active membership in the Church of the Brethren. The application deadline is April 3. To apply, complete the Bethany Theological Seminary application form, submit a resume and letter of application, and request three references to send letters of recommendation to Bethany Theological Seminary, Stephen Reid, Academic Dean, 615 National Rd. W., Richmond, IN 47374-4019; 765-983-1815; reidst@bethanyseminary.edu. For additional information contact Mary Jo Flory-Steury, Executive Director of Ministry, Church of the Brethren General Board, 847-644-1153, mjflorysteury_gb@brethren.org.

The Cedars, Inc., of McPherson, Kan., a Church of the Brethren continuing care retirement community also affiliated with the Great Plains Conference of the Free Methodist Church, is seeking applicants for its chief executive officer. With more than 300 residents on its 60-acre campus, the Cedars provides levels of care ranging from independent living to skilled nursing, from a person-centered social model. The Board of Trustees is looking for a person with home administration credentials who appreciates a faith-based environment and who has strategic planning skills, and experience in fund development, marketing, and innovative planning. Resumes are to be sent to Bob R. Green, 110 Eastmoor Dr., McPherson, KS 67460; greenbg412@sbcglobal.net.

The Pacific Southwest District of the Church of the Brethren seeks a qualified person to serve as finance and property manager, to maintain income, expense, and balance sheet records for the district office. In addition, duties will include limited property management for congregational churches in California and Arizona. Proven experience in accounting and commercial property transactions are necessary qualifications. This person must see the position as a ministry and have a faith compatible with the mission of the Church of the Brethren. This is a fulltime position with benefits. To apply and receive a complete job description, send a cover letter of interest, a resume of relevant work experience, and three letters of reference to the Pacific Southwest District of the Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 219, La Verne, CA 91750-0219. Applications and materials will be reviewed beginning April 1 until the position is filled.

Three Children’s Disaster Services Level 1 Trainings have been added to the 2008 spring training schedule, in addition to trainings that already have been announced at Blackrock Church of the Brethren in Glenville, Pa., on April 4-5 and at La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren on April 12-13. The training events are for volunteers interested in serving with Children’s Disaster Services to care for children and their families following disasters. The additional trainings will be held at Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Tenn., on April 4-5; at the Pacific Union Conference Office in Westlake Village, Calif., on April 19-20; and at First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., on April 25-26. More information and registration forms go to the website of Children’s Disaster Services.

A workshop for pastors and congregations titled, “Facilitating Healthy Pastor-Congregation Relations,” is sponsored by Middle Pennsylvania District’s Shalom Team and the Church College Relations Council of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. The event will be led by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center on March 28-29, and will be part of a weekend event kicking off the evening of March 27 with a presentation by Brethren sociologist Carl Bowman. A March 28 workshop for students and the public will be held on “Appreciative Inquiry.” Brochures and registration information can be found on the district website at http://www.midpacob.org/. The registration deadline is March 24.

The Peter Becker Community, a Church of the Brethren retirement community in Harleysville, Pa., is holding its 25th Annual Flower Show on the theme, “Back the Old Country Road.” The show is open to the public on March 13-15, with a suggested donation at the door of $5 per person, children free. The show began 25 years ago as a winter ” pick me up” and a resident activity that recognized those who took great care of their house plants, said a release from the community. This year’s show is very different, fully encompassing a large auditorium with custom painted backdrops and hand crafted architectural elements providing staging for scores of greenhouse-grown flowers. The community expects more than 8,000 guests to attend. Visit http://www.peterbeckercommunity.com/ for more information.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network is offering a “Summer School on Water” for young adults from July 27 through Aug. 5 at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. “Preserving the world’s water resources and securing access to water for all is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century,” said an announcement of the event. Participants will have the opportunity to study–in a regionally and confessionally diverse group–the local, regional, and international manifestations and causes of the water crisis. Participants must be between 18 and 30 years old with a good knowledge of English, which is the working language of the program. More information and an application form are available at http://water.oikoumene.org/. Applications are due before March 24. Applications sent by e-mail should be addressed to water@wcc-coe.org.

The New Community Project (NCP), a Church of the Brethren related nonprofit, has forwarded grants totaling nearly $33,000 to church and community partners in and around the southern Sudanese communities of Nimule and Maridi. A total of $18,000 was sent from the Give a Girl a Chance Fund for girls’ education, girls’ sanitary products, adult literacy, and women’s development; $2,300 from the If a Tree Falls fund to a reforestation project on the banks of the Nile River near Nimule; some $4,500 from the Every 30 Seconds mosquito net fund for malaria prevention to support sewing cooperatives; $3,500 to complete and stock a community store; and the remainder was allocated for stipends and logistical support for workers in Sudan. An additional $8,600 has been pledged for projects later in the year. NCP’s partners in the projects are the Sudan Council of Churches and a community-based group in Nimule. For more visit http://www.newcommunityproject.org/.

Church of the Brethren member Cliff Kindy was interviewed on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s “WorldView” program on Feb. 27, about his work with Christian Peacemaker Teams in the northern, Kurdish area of Iraq, and military operations by Turkish troops against Kurdish PKK separatists. He spoke about visiting with survivors and families from villages bombed in the Iraqi Kurdish area in December as Turkey began air attacks. To listen to the radio show online go to www.chicagopublicradio.org/content.aspx?audioID=18987.

Seven-year-old Emma Marten has been chosen one of six Distinguished Kansans of 2007, reports the “McPherson Sentinel.” Marten held an auction of art work at McPherson Church of the Brethren in Sept. 2007 to benefit the children of Greensburg, Kan., after that town was devastated by a tornado. She recently presented about $4,000 to Greensburg Elementary School.

4) Jim and Pam Hardenbrook resign from Sudan initiative.

Jim and Pam Hardenbrook have resigned from the lead team position of the Sudan mission initiative, effective April 7. The Sudan initiative is a ministry of the Global Mission Partnerships of the Church of the Brethren General Board.

The Sudan initiative is a new approach to mission by the General Board. It is a fully self-funded program, with all financial support coming through specified donations to the program and to the people serving as mission workers. The Hardenbrooks have spent the last several months traveling across the denomination raising money for their participation in the mission.

In the General Board’s announcement of the resignation, the Hardenbrooks expressed gratitude for the board’s financial support over the past five months of deputation and training, and the generosity of individuals, congregations, and districts who have given to the church’s work in Sudan.

Jim Hardenbrook previously served as pastor of Nampa (Idaho) Church of the Brethren for 15 years, and as moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in 2005. He also was interim director of the Sudan Initiative in 2006. Pam Hardenbrook has worked as senior content developer for Axiom Inc., a technical writing company. They both hold bachelor’s degrees in Bible studies from Puget Sound Christian College in Everett, Wash., and Jim Hardenbrook received a master of ministry degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

The Hardenbrooks are exploring other options for ministry.

In a related announcement from the General Board’s finance office, donors to the work of the Hardenbrooks in Sudan are informed that their gifts will be retained for use by future mission workers in Sudan. The next mission workers named to go to Sudan will use the funds collected by the Hardenbrooks, and the money will not be used for any other purpose or for any other General Board program. Due to IRS regulations, the donations cannot be refunded. The announcement added that a printed note on donation envelopes gave information about this contingency to donors at the time donations were made.

5) A reflection on the life and ministry of Harriett Howard Bright.

Harriett Howard Bright was the first woman ordained to ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Dana Cassell, Brethren Volunteer Service worker in the Ministry Office, told the following story of Bright’s life and ministry as she presented the “Resolution on 50 Years of Women’s Ordination in the Church of the Brethren” to the General Board:

“Harriett Howard learned the art of spinning at the age of ten. It wasn’t too long before she moved from spinning to weaving, and soon became an expert in the craft. She completed her first coverlet at age 12. Later, she paid her way through Berea College with her weaving, graduating in 1936 with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She completed a master’s degree in Crafts and Arts at George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1944, and began teaching weaving throughout the south.

“She married Calvin Bright in 1945, and the couple moved to Chicago, where Calvin attended Bethany Seminary. As a soon-to-be pastor’s wife, Harriett received a year of theological training at the seminary, and served with her husband in his first pastorate in Peoria, Ill.

“In 1947, Harriett and Calvin were commissioned as missionaries by the church, and moved together to China. Harriett taught weaving and crafts at West China Union University until the unstable political climate forced her departure in 1950.

“When she returned to the United States, Harriett became the head of the Weaving Department at Berea College until she was called by the denomination to be National Director of Mission Education. In this capacity, she and Calvin traveled the country, visiting and speaking in more than 600 Brethren churches.

“In 1952, the Brights moved to Richmond, Ind., where Calvin had been called to a pastorate. Harriett, experienced in many forms of ministry, was licensed to preach the gospel in Dec. 1955, and was soon called to serve as pastor to Four Mile Church of the Brethren in Liberty, Ind. Three years later, in Dec. 1958, Harriett Howard Bright became the first woman to be ordained in the Church of the Brethren. She pastored several more congregations, and continued teaching and weaving until her death in 1982.

“I like Harriett’s story because her life illustrates so well the realities of women in ministry. She served the church as a teacher, an artist, a missionary, and a pastor’s wife for years before she became ordained and served as a solo pastor. For Harriett, I think, ordination was the church’s acknowledgement of the ministry gifts that she had already been practicing for a long time.”

–Dana Cassell is a Brethren Volunteer Service worker serving with the Ministry Office of the Church of the Brethren General Board.

Newsline is produced by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of news services for the Church of the Brethren General Board, cobnews@brethren.org or 800-323-8039 ext. 260. Kim Ebersole, David Fruth, Colleen M. Hart, Merv Keeney, Karin Krog, Donna March, LethaJoy Martin, Joan McGrath, and LeAnn Wine contributed to this report. Newsline appears every other Wednesday, with other special issues sent as needed. The next regularly scheduled issue is set for March 26. Newsline stories may be reprinted if Newsline is cited as the source. For more Brethren news and features, subscribe to “Messenger” magazine, call 800-323-8039 ext. 247.

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