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Constitution & Bylaws

Constitution & Bylaws

Northern Ontario Apostolic House Constitution & Bylaws

For the purpose of:

(1)    Establishing and maintaining local churches for the worship of Almighty God;

(2)    providing for Christian fellowship for those of like precious faith where the Holy Spirit may be honored according to our distinctive testimony;

(3)    Training, teaching, equipping saints, from church to church with direct personal ministry and accountability.

(4)    Providing Apostolic oversight to individuals or groups as desired in a ‘face to face’ manner. Proverbs says ‘Better a friend close by then a distant relative’.

(5)    Establishing a teaching center for training the five-fold ministry gifts, deacons or elders for more effective ministry.

(6)    Aiding Churches in developing stronger Church governments.

(7)    Assuming our share of responsibility and privilege of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by all available means, both at home and in foreign lands.

(8)    Ordaining and licensing individuals for ministry and to provide local accountability.

We as a Fellowship shall adopt the following articles for proper order and submit ourselves to be governed by them. 


The programs and activities of this para-Church ministry (hereafter called N.O.A.H.) shall be based upon the following beliefs:

  1. The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  2. There is only one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, we affirm his virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, on going mediatory work, and personal return in power and glory as King of kings and Lord of lords.
  4. The reality of Heaven, Hell, Satan and his present control over unregenerate man does exist.
  5. The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith apart from works, and is characterized by the Holy Spirit.
  6. The Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
  7. The present supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit, who bestows the spiritual gifts: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, various kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, in and among believers on the earth since the day of Pentecost and continuing until our Lord’s return.
  8. The Church, the body of Christ (the Kingdom), consists of all true believers.
  9. Ultimately God will Judge the living and the dead, those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.



SECTION I – Ordinances

  1. Ordination and licensing of Ministers.  Helping local churches in their governments, and all their relationships internally and with the greater community.



 This constitution may be amended at any N.O.A.H. business meeting, duly called by the President and/or Vice-president for that specified purpose.  Any amendment forthwith made will be in accordance with the moving of the Holy Spirit and the nature of the ministry of this assembly.

A copy of the proposed amendment or amendments shall be available to all N.O.A.H. members between the time of the announcement and the time of the annual ministry Business Meeting.


The name shall be “Northern Ontario Apostolic House” (NOAH).  It is incorporated under the Ontario Corporation’s Act by letters patent dated ___________________.



  1. That there is consideration to times for designated offerings for missions and ministries other churches and assistance to pastor and ministers…etc.
  2. No unauthorized soliciting of funds for special projects is allowed.  The approval of the Board must first be obtained.
  3. In the case of assisting other ministries, financial remuneration is in accordance with the policies of NOAH as set down in the minutes, taking into account expenses and being sensitive to the needs of the ministry.  This payment is to be made by cheque.
  4. All donations will be recorded in a proper ledger and deposited in a local bank.  The Executive Board shall appoint a Treasurer, who along with the President and or Vice President shall be authorized to sign all cheques.  All requiring Income Tax receipts must place their money in an envelope with a name or a given number on it.  No receipt will be issued for an offering placed in an unmarked manner.
  5. Two members and never one must be present in counting all offerings received.  All other monies should be receipted.
  6. That all financial departments of NOAH be responsible to give an annual Financial Statement, duly balanced, audited, and signed and likewise in any periodical request of the President and or Vice-President for the financial standing, that it be duly balanced and produced at reasonable notice, for those requesting such.
  7. The President and Vice-President shall be allocated a reasonable petty cash fund to meet incidental expenses of the ministry.  This is to be accounted for with receipts to the treasurer.
  8. That an audit is appointed annually by the President/Vice-President to verify financial statements.
  9. All cheques shall require the signature of at least two board members.






Persons desiring to become members of N.O.A.H. shall give a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.  As per Acts 2:40-43, they shall indicate a desire to live in harmony with this body of believers, shall accept the doctrinal standards as set forth in this Constitution be willing to partnership and participate.  Those called to Ministry may apply and be personally interviewed to determine suitability for ordination or licensing.  They shall be regular financial supporters of this Ministry, and shall meet all of the following qualifications:

  1. The Applicant shall be capable under normal circumstances of reasonable regular conference attendance.
  2. The Applicant shall give evidence of a genuine experience of regeneration (the new birth) as in John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:18-25; believing in or having experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4.
  3. The Applicant shall voluntarily subscribe to the Tenets of Faith of N.O.A.H. and agree to be governed by its Constitution and Bylaws as herein set forth.
  4. The Applicant shall agree to support N.O.A.H. with his/her offerings and by such service as he/she may be able to render.
  5. The Applicant shall have applied for membership by completing a standard membership application form and shall have fulfilled such procedures as may be required by the Membership Committee.



Any person having complied with Article VII Section I will be considered a member of N.O.A.H. and only members will be allowed to attend Annual or Special General Business meetings.


Termination of Membership

A member may be removed from membership in N.O.A.H. by the board:

(1)  If he or she personally requests so in writing.

(2)    If a member dies.

(3)    If he or she is definitely known to have ceased to attend the conferences of the ministry for a period of six months, except in cases of sickness or absence from the city, and in fact severed all connection with N.O.A.H.

(4)    If the member, in the opinion of the Board, does not offer support for N.O.A.H.

(5)    If the Board investigates allegations of moral, financial, or ethical issues and find truth to the effect that the conduct or the expressions of a member are inconsistent with tenets of faith of N.O.A.H.  At which point N.O.A.H. will continue to walk with this person for the purpose of reconciliation.




All property, both real and personal acquired by or in the name of, or for the purpose of N.O.A.H, shall be vested in the Corporation, subject to any declaration of trust that may be executed by the Corporation.  All property whether real or personal transferred or disposed of without written consent under the seal of the Corporation in the hands of the proper officers thereof, except as in the ordinary course of business.




  1. There shall be an Executive Board of Elders, chosen to serve N.O.A.H. and thereafter it shall act in an administrative capacity with the leadership of N.O.A.H. in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the ministry. All cheques shall require the signature of two board members.
  2. The Executive Board shall consist of five (5) Directors of the Corporation.  An elected President and Vice-president of the Corporation and three board members.  They are chosen by the President and sanctioned by a majority show of confidence by the members of N.O.A.H at the Annual Business Meeting.  The Executive Board shall thereafter appoint Executive Officers, a Secretary, a Treasurer or Secretary-Treasurer and such other Executive officers as they may determine.  A majority present in any meeting of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum, provided that all the members have been notified to be present.
  3. The Executive Board member’s term of office shall be for one (1) year, and members will be eligible for re-approval.  Executive Board members on the Board shall cease if any Board member, during the term of his office shall resign, move away, cease to be a member of N.O.A.H., or be disqualified by no longer meeting the same qualifications that were initially required.  The President and remaining members of the Executive Board may appoint a member of the Association to fill any such vacancy until the end of the term.



 The officers of N.O.A.H. shall consist of President, Vice-President, Board Member x2 and Secretary-Treasurer and such other officers as may be determined from time to time.

SECTION II – President and Vice-President


  1. Duties

 The President of the Corporation shall be the spiritual overseer of N.O.A.H. and shall direct all of its activities with assistance from the Vice-president.  He shall have absolute charge and unqualified control of the spiritual work of the Ministry and shall be responsible therefore only to the whole body of Members.  He shall arrange for all special meetings, and shall act as chairman of all the Business and the Board Meetings.  Both president and vice-president shall be ex-officio, and members of all committees and departments.  They shall provide for all the services of N.O.A.H. and no person shall be invited to speak or preach in the Assembly, without the President’s approval, no ministry or Board meetings shall be held in the President’s absence, unless authorized.  The President shall choose and be responsible for all full-time or part-time ministerial and office staff members.  Board members also meet the biblical guidelines of eldership.


  1. Qualifications

 The President/Vice-President must be divinely called by God to feed and have the oversight of his flock (John 21:15-17), having prepared themselves for, and proven themselves faithful in the Ministry (1 Tim 3:2-9).  The President/Vice-president must fulfill the qualifications of a biblical Elder.  Furthermore, they must be born again by the Spirit of God, and living in the experience (John 3:507).  They must be baptized in water by immersion after they are believers, according to Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38-41; Col. 2:11-12.  The Leadership of N.O.A.H. must be baptized in and be full of the Holy Spirit according to John 7:38-39; Luke 4:18; Acts 2:4; 6: 5; 9:17; and Eph. 5:18,   They must be divinely chosen and also be equipped with the Apostolic giftings.  (Acts 9:15; Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:8-11).

  1. Resignation

A board member may resign by giving one month’s written notice to the Executive Board Secretary of the ministry.

  1. Vacancy

 In the event, N.O.A.H. should be without a President, or if the President should voluntarily resign, or in some other way disqualify himself by not fulfilling the same qualifications that were initially required, the Executive Board shall call a special Meeting, composed of ministerial staff and any other officer the Executive Board may call to discuss the affairs of N.O.A.H.   The Council of Board Members will prayerfully investigate prospective Presidents starting with the Vice-President, and when they have in unanimity found the man or woman of their choice, they shall call a special General Meeting of N.O.A.H. to present the name of the proposed new President for a show of confidence.  If approved, by a majority, he or she shall then be called as the President of N.O.A.H. for an undetermined period.  All existing full and part-time ministerial and office staff shall tender their resignation to the new President.

SECTION III – The Office of Elder, Board members and application for Ordination or Licencing.

  1. Board members shall be appointed from the membership of N.O.A.H.  They are chosen to serve the ministry, and assist the President/Vice-president as spiritual leaders in all matters, and in the ministry of its ordinances.  They shall act in the examination of applicants for membership, in visitation, ministering the Word, praying for the sick, instructing and teaching, and also in ministering the discipline of the ministry.
  1. Appointment

An elder (board member or minister) is called by the Holy Spirit, recognized and appointed or ordained by the leadership of N.O.A.H.  then set into office by the laying on of hands in the presence of the assembly.

  1. Term of Office

An Elder’s (board member or ministers) stay in office shall be for an undetermined period, as long as he/she does the work of an Elder, unless he/she voluntarily withdraws from the position, or in some way disqualifies himself/herself by not meeting the same qualifications that were initially required.  An Elder (board member or minister) who is particularly aged or lacking in physical strength may function in an advisory capacity, and his wisdom should always be highly valued.

  1. Qualifications


1)    The Elder is to be blameless.  (Good reputation) 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6

2)    An Elder must be temperate.  (Exhibiting self-control) 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8

3)    An Elder is to be sober.  (Wisdom and sound mind) 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8

4)    An Elder must be of good behavior.  (Orderly and modest) 1 Tim. 3:3

5)     An Elder is not to be given to wine.  1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7

6)    An Elder is not to be a striker (No physical displays) 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7

7)    An Elder is not to be greedy of money. 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7

8)    An Elder is not to be a brawler.  (Not to be argumentative) 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7

9)    An Elder is not covetous. 1 Tim. 3:3

10) An Elder is not to be self-willed. (Not to be inconsiderate of others) Titus 1:7

11) An Elder is to be a lover of good. Titus 1:8

12) An Elder must strictly follow the Bible teachings in his social relationships.  For example:  Fornication is forbidden – Rom 1:28-32; Matt. 19:9, Homosexuality is forbidden – Rom. 1:24-27


1)    An Elder must be the husband of one wife. (Not to be polygamous) 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6

2)    An Elder is to be hospitable. (Lover of strangers) 1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:3

3)    An Elder is to rule his own house well. 1 Tim. 3:4-5; Titus 1:6


1)    An Elder must be able to teach. 1 Tim. 3:2

2)    An Elder is not to be a novice or young convert. 1 Tim. 3:6

3)    An Elder must be of good report among the unsaved. 1 Tim. 3:7

4)    An Elder is to be just, full of wisdom. Titus 1:8; Acts 6:3

5)    An Elder is to be holy, full of the Holy Spirit. Titus 1:8; Acts 6:3

6)    An Elder must hold fast the faithful Word. Titus 1:9

7)    An Elder must be able to exhort and convince in sound doctrine. Titus 1:9

8)    An Elder must be patient and honorable. 1 Tim. 3:3; 3:8

  1. Duties

The Elder’s (board member, ministers) main responsibility is the general oversight and care their respective congregations with integral relationships within N.O.A.H. or other key leaders.

(a)   Ruling

Ruling means to be over, to superintend, to preside over, to care for, and to give attention to, with a proper servant’s spirit and attitude.  This ruling may at times call for the exercise of discipline in the best interest of the souls of the people.  As rulers, Elders, board members and minsters stand accountable before God for the state of the assembly.  N.O.A.H. will always be available for assistance, counsel, instruction and help.

     (b)   Shepherding

Shepherding means tending the flock of God:

(1)    feeding the flock (Acts 20:28)

(2)    watching out for wolves (Acts 20:29-31)

(3)    helping the weak (Acts 20:35)

(4)    ministering to the sick (James 5:14-15)

(5)    walking before the sheep with their good example spiritually, morally and in their social relationships (1 Peter 5:3)

     (c)  Instructing

Instructing means to teach or instruct the church; to give stability and unity among the Body, firmly based on the Word of God, convincing opposers.  Priority should be placed on the Elders coming to a place of unity on questionable areas so that they can speak as one man.

SECTION  IV – Licensed Minister’s


  1. Licensed Ministers shall perform various services in the community or local church.
  1. The Appointment

Licensed Ministers must have the personal support of a Senior Pastor/Minister as a sponsor.  The Sponsor will work with N.O.A.H. to provide counsel and accountability for the Licensed Minister or Ordained Minister.  The minister will be set apart by the laying on of hands by the leaders of N.O.A.H.

  1. Term of Office

The Minister’s will remain as such as long as he or she does the work of ministry, and as long as he or she is qualified under the original requirements for the office.

  1. Licensed Ministers Qualifications


(1)   Not double-tongued. 1 Tim. 3:8

(2)   Not given to wine. 1 Tim. 3:8

(3)   Not greedy of money 1 Tim. 3:8

(4)   Blameless. (Above reproach) 1 Tim. 3:10

(5)   Proven.  (Already living the life of a servant) 1 Tim. 3:10

(6)   Fornication is forbidden. Rom 1:28-32; Matt. 19:9

(7)   Homosexuality is forbidden. Rom 1:24-27


(1)  Husband of one wife or wife of one husband. (Not be polygamous) 1 Tim. 3:12

(2)  Ruling his or her own house well. 1 Tim. 3:12


(1)    Full of the Holy Spirit. Acts 6:3

(2)    Full of wisdom. Acts 6:3

(3)    Honorable. 1 Tim. 3:8

(4)    Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 1 Tim. 3:9


The Minister’s main function is the performance of various services of a practical nature for the Kingdom.  They are appointed to organize or oversee various areas of ministry.

SECTION V   –   Secretary-Treasurer


  1. Qualifications

He/she shall be one capable of performing such clerical duties as this office requires, and shall be appointed by the Executive Board, and may be one of its own members.  The office of Secretary and Treasurer may be filled by the same person who may or may not be a member of the Executive Board.  He must meet the qualifications of an Elder or Minister.

  1. Duties – The Secretary

The Secretary shall be the custodian of the records of various Congregational Meetings and shall record the same in record books provided for that purpose.  He shall preserve the records of the church and prepare reports as directed by the Executive Board.

  1. Duties – The Treasurer


The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the general funds of the church and shall deposit same in a Chartered Bank in the name of N.O.A.H. and shall disperse such funds as authorized by the Executive Board.  The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of accounts.  The Treasurer shall present a financial statement at the Annual Business Meeting and at any other time when requested to do so by the Executive Board.  The Treasurer’s books shall be audited before the Annual Business Meeting by the duly elected auditor.




SECTION I – The Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of N.O.A.H. shall be held on such date as the Executive Board shall think most convenient to the majority of the members, but no later than April 30th each year.

The following procedure will be observed in calling a General Meeting or a special meeting called for the purpose of amending the constitution or bylaws.  The date, place and time of such meetings shall be announced through mail, e-mail or by phone,  in the two successive weeks prior to the date set for the Meeting.  This will be the only form of notice required to be given, and the failure on the part of any member to hear such notice shall not invalidate the proceedings at such meetings.  Amendments to the Constitution of bylaws may be made at any regularly called Annual General Meeting or any special meeting called for such purpose provided notice of such change is given.


Special Business Meetings may be called by the President and the Executive Board.


The Fiscal year of N.O.A.H. shall end of the 31st day of December of each year.


It shall be the duty of the President and the Elders to fill all the appointed offices.


The regular order of Business for the Annual Meeting:

  1. Devotional
  2. Reading of previous minutes by the Secretary
  3. Report of Treasurer
  4. Report of Committees
  5. Unfinished Business
  6. Election of Offices
  7. New Business (as identified by the official agenda for this particular meeting)
  8. Appointment of Auditor
  9. Adjournment


All departments of N.O.A.H. shall be responsible to the President and board.




The time and place of the family meetings shall be determined by the President and the Executive Board.  See Sec. 2


No member of any number of members shall call any private, secret, business or devotional meetings without the knowledge and consent of the President and the Executive Board.

We the undersigned are in full agreement with the above bylaws and constitution.



          Elder       ______________________________________Dated__________________

          Elder      __________________________________­____ Dated__________________

          Elder      _______________________________________Dated__________________

Ministerial Ethics


The definition of ethics from Webster’s dictionary says ‘it is relating to morals or moral principles.’ It is the philosophy that treats human character and conduct, the distinction between right and wrong, and moral duty and obligations to the community. I was so encouraged when I became a part of N.O.A.H. that we have an established code of ethics in our fellowship that truly reflects the heart of leadership that loves and respects one another. Here is our fellowship’s code of ethics:



As a minister of Jesus Christ, called by God to proclaim the gospel and credentialed by Northern Ontario Apostolic House, I commit myself to this code of ethics. I make this commitment sincerely and wholeheartedly, so my ministry will be acceptable to God, beneficial to my family and church, and a witness to the world.

Covenant of Ministerial Ethics

Ethics define and protect our personal life, family, ministry, and relationships as ministers in Open Bible Churches. These ethics are rooted in the principles of Scripture. Our bylaws state that the breach of ministerial ethics could result in disciplinary action.




*I will continue to develop my spiritual life through consistent prayer, Bible reading, and personal application of Scripture.

*I will pursue physical and emotional health through regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and adequate rest.

*I will be a life-long learner through the pursuit of educational opportunities and resources.

*I will manage my personal finances with integrity by promptly paying bills, avoiding excessive debt and preparing for retirement.

*I will abstain from gambling, pornography, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, abuse of legal medication, and affiliation with secret, fraternal orders.



*When preaching, I will prepare and deliver biblically-based messages and communicate with honesty, giving credit when using others’ material.

*In counseling, I will keep strict confidentiality except to prevent physical harm or as required by law.

*I will use discretion and wisdom with the opposite sex to prevent the appearance of evil, temptation, or sin.

*I will ensure that proper checks and balances are in place so finances are managed with integrity and in accordance with government laws.

*I will not loan money to the church or receive a loan from the church or its members without the written consent of the church board and N.O.A.H.  (Note: Some laws forbid non-profits from lending money to corporate officers.)

*I will inform potential staff members of the church’s policy regarding their retention or release in the event of the resignation or release of the Senior Pastor.

*I will minister without partiality and not allow a personal relationship to unduly influence the decisions and direction of the church.

*I will join in marriage only individuals who fulfill biblical guidelines.

*I will use caution and discretion in using my influence to endorse products or agencies. In my capacity as pastor, I will not endorse political parties or candidates running for public office.



*I will treat all ministerial colleagues, including predecessors with respect in my words and actions.

*I will work in cooperation with N.O.A.H. leaders and ministers and will resolve conflicts in order to maintain a spirit of unity.

*I will, upon becoming aware of the serious misconduct of a N.O.A.H. minister, contact the district office.

*I will contact the Senior Pastor of a church prior to contacting one of his/her staff or members concerning ministry opportunities.

*I will not start or locate a new church or relocate an existing church without first receiving written consent from the district office.

*I will not approach or consider an offer from a church whose pastor has not officially resigned.

*I will upon leaving a church, cease attending unless invited by the incoming Senior Pastor and church board.

*I will upon leaving a church, provide ministry to persons in the church only with the consent of the Senior Pastor, and I will not exert influence or undermine the leadership of the church.

*I will treat ministry guests with courtesy, providing adequately for their needs, and I will not invite persons to minister in the church who are under discipline, have questionable character, or have fundamental, doctrinal differences.

*I will not attempt to unduly influence people to leave other churches.

May each of us as fellow N.O.A.H. members take our responsibilities towards one another seriously in our communities, cities, and nation, so that together we can Honor our Lord and Savior Jesus, and Honor His Body that we are connected to.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Covenant application

NAME: _____________________________PHONE NUMBER: ______________________

ADDRESS:  ______________________________   POSTAL CODE: __________________

BIRTHDATE:  ____________________OCCUPATION:  ______________________________


NAME OF SPOUSE (if applicable) __________________________________________

BIRTHDATE:  ______________________________________

NAME AND AGES OF CHILDREN (if applicable):

Please indicate the date of birth for each child, use the back of the sheet if necessary.



  1. Are you born-again according to Romans 10:9-10?                        ___yes   ___no
  2. Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4?   ___yes   ___no
  3. Have you been baptized in water according to Mathew 28:10?        ___yes   ___no
  1. Do you believe in and practice tithing according to Malachi 3:10?    ___yes   ___no
  2. Are you in agreement with the leadership, ministry philosophy, objectives, and doctrines of  N.O.A.H.   ___yes   ___no
  3. Who is your Pastoral sponsor___________________________________________

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Covenant Document

Persons desiring to covenant with N.O.A.H. shall give a credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.  They shall endeavor to live in harmony with the body of believers, accept the doctrinal standards as set forth in the constitution, and be regular attendees and financial supporters of N.O.A.H.  They shall respect and work with the leadership of N.O.A.H. as per Acts 2:42.  The applicant shall meet the following qualification:

  1. The applicant shall be capable under normal circumstances, of reasonable regular attendance.
  2. The applicant shall give evidence of a genuine experience, of regeneration (the new birth) as in John 1:12-13, 3:3-8; 1 Pet 1:18-25, believing or having experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4.
  3. The applicant shall voluntarily subscribe to the tenets of faith of N.O.A.H. and agree to be governed by its Constitution and By-Laws as herein set forth.
  4. The applicant shall agree to support N.O.A.H. with his/her offerings and by such service as he/she may be able to render.
  5. The applicant shall have demonstrated his/her suitability for membership and have a pastoral sponsor.  Financial support, Christian life and conduct, and cooperation with N.O.A.H. are key components.
  6. The applicant shall have applied for covenant membership by completing a standard covenant application form and shall have fulfilled such procedures as may be require by the governing board of N.O.A.H.

Name:  (Please Print) ________________________________________________________

Covenant Signature: ____________________________________Date:_________________

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