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Moment of Contact September Newsletter

August 29, 2013

Volume 39, Issue 10

God’s Time and School Time It’s time for my annual article on God’s time and school time. When I left my apartment on Outer Drive last week and drove to the stoplight at Cheyenne, I knew that it was school time! I also thank God that I don’t have to pick up kids in the parking lots at schools as I read about the new elementary school at the Hoover School site and parking issues related to the new school. However, I know parents and kids were thanking God for something else. The hearts of parents and kids, teachers and administrators were all beating just a bit faster in anticipation of a new school year. It is school time. In God’s time the most important act is God forgiving our sins, feeding us the Bread of Life and inviting us into God’s time in which we find life in a way which never ends. We are free to live life reconciled to God and others. We are free to begin life renewed instead of imprisoned to our past actions and failures. What God’s time does is give us a glimpse of God’s time in our everyday time. Perhaps the closest thing to this neverending day which brings life in the culture today is school time. It’s school time again, and school time is a time of mixed emotions: of growing up and growing old, of grieving the loss of the past and looking forward with great excitement to the future. School Time is one of those explicit times in our culture when nearly everyone is experiencing a taste of what God’s Time is like everyday. Everyday God invites us to reflect on the past with its experiences of joys and sorrows and through God’s mercy and grace give thanks for the past and look forward to a new day. Those two kinds of time are connected in our church community as we begin our fall programs. There are additional new things going on at Church with the projects from our recent Capital Campaign in progress and Saturday Night Worship moving to Wednesday Night. With all these new things happening, we have a great opportunity to reflect on our past and to have a fresh start in our fall programs this year. Take special note in this newsletter of all the opportunities for experiencing God’s time and School time this year at First Lutheran. Pastor Wicks

The corn is over for another year and it was our most successful year ever! $4,073.85 was our grand total. Thanks so much to Dewey and Rhonda Reeder for buying and planting the seed and raising the corn for us. Thank you to everyone that picked, sold, and bought. Without people to help us out we would never make it.


biggest thank you goes to Larry LeClair who goes above and beyond his duties. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Larry!!

First Lutheran Church 3939 Cheyenne Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51104 Phone: 712-239-3942 E-Mail Addresses: Al Cindy Jayne Larry Linda

We express our sympathy to Fran and Terry Krommenhoek on the death of Fran’s sister, Gloria Krommenhoek. Gloria was a member of First Lutheran. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Alternative Worship Time will move to Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 18—Suspending Saturday Evening Worship this summer gave us an opportunity to evaluate our alternative worship time. We have had Saturday Evening Worship for 16 years and it has been good in many ways, however it has never grown beyond 20-25 worshipers in all those years. So, while we want to provide an opportunity for worship for those who are unable to attend the Sunday Worship, we would like to try Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday is a day that the church building is already heated or cooled and in use. We already have the tradition of worshipping on Wednesday during Advent and Lent; and Wednesday also gives an opportunity for people to worship who have been gone on the weekend, which includes many parents and children who attend our Wednesday programs. The service will be simple, sometimes without music, but always including the essentials of worship: Word and Sacrament. Our congratulations to Josh and Lindsey Hebert on the birth of a daughter. Brinley Jennifer was born on August 19. Her big brothers are Logan and Carter; grandparents, Doug Webb and Lori McClaren; and great-grandfather, Jim Hollander.

Congratulations to Orville and Roberta Thiele who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an Open House this Saturday, August 31, at the Elks Club in Sioux City from 1:00—4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

We work the Soup Kitchen on Thursday, September 19, at 5:15 p.m. Please call Linda at 239-3942 if you can help.

Adult Education: The Thursday Morning Book Study Group will begin Thursday, September 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room. Speaking of “Time”, we will start our discussion this year with Joan Chittister’s Book, “The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully.” Aging is an issue in America, and since we are all growing older, this should provoke some good discussion. Adult Forum: Rally Sunday, September 8, 9:15 a.m. in the Fireside Room. Get some breakfast at 8:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and then bring your coffee to the Fireside Room. Each Sunday following Rally Sunday the class will begin at 9:00 a.m.. We will continue our practice of looking at upcoming texts in preparation for hearing the sermon. Pastor John Hagberg will be leading this class. Page 2

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Our congratulations to Anya Tomscha and Mike Tillo who were married here at First Lutheran on July 13. Anya is the daughter of Sara and Pat Tomscha.

operation. friends.

If you are hospitalized for some reason, please let the church know. The hospitals don’t call us unless you ask them to. Thank you.

I would like to thank everyone for the many cards, letters, visits, and prayers while I have been recovering from my It is so helpful to have so many good

Remember that the first Sunday of the month is Food Pantry Sunday. We will accept food or money at any time during the month though! Thanks to everyone that helps out.

Gretchen Poulson

Food Pantry Coordinator We now have a Food Pantry Coordinator— Larayne Olson has agreed to take on this position. The Food Pantry has become a big operation and we needed someone to find the volunteers, keep track of the records, order food, and make sure that everything runs smoothly. Her suggestion was that we move the Food Pantry out of the Youth Room and give the Youth Room back to the kids and put the Food Pantry in the spare office upstairs. It will make things run much more smoothly having the Pantry on the first floor. We know the spare office as the “Holy Family” named for the stained glass window designed and built by Gerhardt Paulsrud. So now we have decided to name our Food Pantry The Holy Family Food Pantry of First Lutheran. Please talk to Larayne or call her at 239-6725 or the church office at 239-3942 to volunteer if you are not already on our list. Our Food Pantry is now only open on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Thanks so much for volunteering and giving cash gifts to help us fund this important ministry. Thanks ago to Larayne for taking on this very important position. Update on Capital Campaign and Projects—As of August 29, we have received $89,407.70 of the $94,572.70 that has been pledged to our campaign. This surpasses in many ways the $75,000 goal. Bids on the parking lot, tile for the Fellowship Hall, windows, acoustic tile in the Sunday School classrooms, and painting are being received and work will begin soon. If you have not completed your pledge, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. In September, we will list the names of all those who participated in the campaign. Thanks again for making our campaign so successful!

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WELCOME BACK! RALLY SUNDAY CONGREGATIONAL EVENT SEPTEMBER 8 from 8:45—9:45 a.m. PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST IN FELLOWSHIP HALL EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN US! Welcome back, everyone! It’s that time of year once again—time to join your friends at First Lutheran for another awesome year of fun and fellowship! We will kick off our program year with a delicious Pancake and Sausage breakfast at 8:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 8. (a free-will offering will be collected.) KIDS—you will have a chance to meet your Sunday School and LLC teachers and find your classrooms. Registration forms for Sunday School and LLC will be available as well. This event is for EVERYONE! The Parish Ed Committee is known for its GOOD COOKS, so you won’t want to miss the breakfast! Our head chefs this year are Jenny Denne and Mindy Munson, assisted by Sheryl Dirks and Janet Gross. Call Cindy at 239-3942 if you have any questions. See you then!

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Notes from Cindy, our Parish Education Director LLC (Life-Long Confirmation) TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 18 Hey, everyone! Life Long Confirmation (LLC) will resume soon—September 18th, so mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on a single night! We have a great year planned and are looking forward to seeing everyone again. The LLC schedule will remain the same as it was last year: Everyone in Grades 1—8 will meet at 5:30 for meal and rec time. Our middle school youth will have class time from 6:00—7:00 p.m. Our elementary kids will meet for worship skills from 6:00—6:30 p.m., and then meet for Bible time from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. EVERYONE WILL BE FINISHED AT 7:00 p.m. Jayne will have Elementary Handbell Choir at 5:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, for those interested in participating in bells. Like last year, Larry is planning to have the middle school kids meet for Youth Group during the meal time. The high school students will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room for Youth Group. We will serve pizza again this year, and parents will be asked to bring desserts, side dishes, and beverages on a rotating basis. We also ask that you stay and volunteer on the night you are scheduled to bring food. Please watch your emails, as I will be sending out a lot of information over the next couple of weeks. We are able to keep the cost of LLC to $25.00 per child per semester again this year. You can register for LLC at the Rally Sunday Pancake Breakfast or on the first two nights of LLC. We will have a table set up near the office on September 18 and 25. Free-will donations to help defray the cost of the pizza will be accepted from family members who choose to eat with us on Wednesday nights. We’re looking forward to resuming our Wednesday night program! See you on the 18th!

Nursery Volunteers Needed If you are interested in ministering to the young families in our congregation, volunteering in our nursery might be for you! We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic people to staff our nursery for one hour on Sunday mornings (during worship) about three to four times during the school year. If you think you would like working with young children, please call Cindy at 239-3942.

First Communion For Grade 3 First Communion for our third grade class will be Sunday, November 24 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. They will carve their communion cups on Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m.

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Food Pantry News Please remember that Food Pantry Sunday is the first Sunday of each month. Our youth are encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items to worship and will bring them forward during the offering.

Our Food Pantry Coordinator, Larayne Olson, is looking for volunteers to work in the pantry on Wednesday evenings during LLC. She will have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall on Rally Sunday and you will have the opportunity to sign up to help in the pantry while your kids are at LLC. Help is needed in organizing the food, stocking shelves and bagging groceries, and other similar tasks. Since many of you are here helping on Wednesday nights, this is an opportunity to assist with a very important and growing ministry in our congregation. Call Larayne at 239-6725 for more information or to sign up. Moment of Contact

Notes from Cindy, our Parish Education Director MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT MEETING TO BE HELD ON September 25

There will be a parent meeting for all those who have youth entering middle school (6th grade) or for families who are new to our congregation on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will go over the expectations of our Life Long Confirmation Program and answer any questions you might have about our middle school program.

TEACHER INSTALLATION SET FOR SEPTEMBER 8 Teacher installation is scheduled for the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, September 8. We will be recognizing our Sunday School and LLC (Life Long Confirmation) Teachers.

THIRD GRADERS TO RECEIVE BIBLES SEPTEMBER 15 Our third grade students will receive their Bibles on Sunday, September 15 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

SMALL CATECHISMS TO BE PRESENTED TO 4TH GRADERS ON SEPTEMBER 22 Our 4th graders will receive their Small Catechisms on Sunday, September 22 at the 10:00 a.m. worship.

High Schoolers will meet on Wednesday nights, beginning September 18, at 6:00 p.m. for pizza.

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Calling all 3 year olds! Do you have a 3 year old? If you have a child who will be 3 on or before September 15, your child is welcome to attend Sunday school this year. Please call Cindy at 239-3942 for more information or to enroll your child.

Sunday School Teachers and substitute teachers for LLC and Sunday School are still needed for the upcoming year. If you can help, please call Cindy at 239-3942.

Acolyte Training will be held on Wednesday night, September 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This training is for 6th graders and their parents. Please make sure that you get this on your calendar.

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Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays…..Happy birthday to everyone who is celebrating a birthday in September. If I have missed anyone or have a wrong date down, please let me know at 239-3942. Thanks, Linda September 1 Stacy Tripp September 2 Dorothy Chauncey Joe Lechtenberg Kristine (Nicholas) Vanden Bosch September 3 Stacy Hagan Matt Samuelson Mavis Schubert September 5 Katelynn Heath September 7 Barb Maxon September 9 Pam Bales Sara Desy Janice Hansen Enola Peters September 10 Dee Nutt September 11 Braden Albrecht September 13 Alex Reinhardt September 14 Mike Albrecht Katie Knudson Jane Rice September 15 Jeannette Burnight Braden Knudsen September 16 Anne Bentson LaVonne Lundgren David Olson September 17 Emily Carlson Evan Carlson Sheryl Dirks Joe Molstad

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September 18 Deb Muilenburg September 19 Jill Kirchner Orville Thiele September 20 Mindi Moore September 21 Marilyn Moen Brent Trometer September 22 Harold Martin Danielle Mendenhall Duane Reeder Kelsey Vanden Bosch September 23 Anita Heath Don Rice September 24 Jack Hatting September 26 Hannah Gross September 27 Jerry Crow Twila Gustavson Bill Peters Glenda Plaza Rhonda Reeder September 28 Kristin Sheffy September 29 Linda Drey Travis McGlauflin Heidi Reiff Delores Ridenour September 30 Sharon Swift Anna Wicks Kathy Wicks Kaitlin Woods

Happy Birthday to the following:  Dorothy Chauncey who turns 80 on September 2  Jeannette Burnight who turns 87 on September 15  LaVonne Lundgren who turns 81 on September 16  Orville Thiele who turns 80 on September 19  Marilyn Moen who turns 88 on September 21  Harold Martin who turns 83 on September 22  Don Rice who turns 93 on September 23  Twila Gustavson who turns 87 on September 27

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HELPING WITH OUR SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER ACOLYTES September 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 COFFEE HOSTS September 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 COMMUNION ASSISTANTS September 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 GREETERS September 1 & 8 September 15 September 22 & 29 LAYREADERS September 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 SEPTEMBER USHERS

Jonathan Denne Brittney Geary, Kwincie Maynard Ross Johnson, Jordan Munson Scott Geary, Cole Reinhardt Larry Dooley, Matthew Hagan Jayse Martineck, Joe Molstad

Mike and Tammy Mahaney Dan and Julie Moore Roger and Onee Iverson LaVonne Lundgren Jay and Lisa Schenzel Jason Denne, Jenny Denne Tim and Sheila Geary Joel Johnson, Larry LeClair Brian and Julie Thiele Wyatt and Stacy Hagan Marilyn Hagberg, Dave and Lori Newbrough Marilyn Hagberg, Pam Richards, Darrell Thomas Liz Draisey, Pam Richards, Darrell Thomas

Dave Gill Bill Kahler Jeff Sar Lori McClaren Katherine Henshaw Jim Hollander, Lee Knop Mike Mahaney, Darrell Thomas

RADIO BROADCAST SPONSORS September 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 NURSERY September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29

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Hillard Knutson Jon and carole Heider David and Larayne Olson Denise Larson Tim and Sheila Geary Ben and Alison Hertenstein Hannah Gross Andrew and Laura Sprague Mark and Elizabeth Walz

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Hymns of the Day for September, 2013 September 1: “Gather Us In” #532 Both the words and music of this hymn were written by Marty Haugen. It first appeared in a collection titled Gather Us In, in 1983. Haugen was born in Minnesota, studied at Luther College, and pursued theological studies at the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul School of Divinity. He currently serves as composer-in-residence at Mayflower Community Congregational Church (UCC) in Minneapolis and is adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. He has composed and recorded over 400 published pieces of music, including several of the psalms we have sung (“Shepherd Me, O God”, “To You, O Lord”) and numerous familiar hymns. (“As the Grains of Wheat” 465, “Healer of Our Every Ill” #612, and Holden Evening Prayer) Haugen is the composer of Holy Communion Setting Two in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. September 8: “O God Beyond All Praising” #880 The text for this hymn was written by Michael Perry and was first published in 1982. Perry wrote over two hundred hymns and was involved in the production of several hymnals. The tune, THAXTED, was written by Gustav Holst as the theme from the “Jupiter” section of his orchestral suite The Planets (1921). September 15: “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” #779 John Newton was born in London in 1725 and became the captain of a slave trading ship. After a terrific storm at sea he experienced a profound conversion and later was ordained as a minister in the Church of England, becoming the curate of Olney, in Buckinghamshire. He collaborated with the poet William Cowper on several editions of Olney Hymns. Amazing Grace, not titled as such when first published, was written in Olney. Throughout the years, other writers have added verses and textual variations, and some verses from other Newton hymns may also have been added. September 22: “Take My Life, That I May Be” #685 The words for this hymn were written by Frances Ridley Havergal. Her poor health did not allow her to study regularly as a child, but she showed a gift for learning languages, including French, German, Italian, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. This hymn has been translated into French, German, Swedish, Russian, and other European languages, as well as several from Africa and Asia. Frances wrote the texts for a couple of other hymns found in Worship: “Lord, Speak to Us, that We May Speak” #676; and “O Savior, Precious Savior” #820. She also wrote the tune for “On Our Way Rejoicing” #537. The tune for this hymn, PATMOS, was written by her father, William Henry Havergal, a pastor.

September 29: “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” #424 The text for this hymn was written by J. Atheistan Riley and was first published in 1906. He wrote these words for the tune LASST UNS ERFREUEN, which is used four times in the Lutheran Book of Worship. Other texts are: “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds” #367; “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!” #393; and “All Creatures, Worship God Most High!: #835. The tune has possible origins in 16th century Strassburg and has spread throughout the twentieth century to a wide ecumenical use.

Handbell members: Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 11, with 7:00 Adult Handbells; Beginning September 18, youth in Grades 1-5 will have the opportunity to play bells in a weekly Wednesday night rehearsal before LLC, from 5:00 to 5:30. Choir Members: Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 8 at 9:15 a.m. (after enjoying the pancake breakfast at 8:45). If you might be interested in being a part of one of these groups, please contact Jayne at 239-3942.

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IMPORTANT DATES SEPTEMBER 2013 Sunday, September 8:

Sunday, September 15: Wednesday, September 18:

Sunday, September 22: Wednesday, September 25: OCTOBER 2013 Sunday, October 6: Tuesday, October 22: Wednesday, October 23: Sunday, October 27: NOVEMBER 2013 Sunday, November 17: Sunday, November 24:

DECEMBER 2013 Sunday, December 1: Wednesday, December 11: Sunday, December 15: Sunday, December 22: Sunday, December 29: JANUARY 2014 Sunday, January 5: Wednesday, January 15: FEBRUARY 2014 February 19: MARCH 2014 March 5: APRIL 2014 Sunday, April 6: Sunday, April 13: Sunday, April 20: MAY 2014 Sunday, May 11: Sunday, May 18:

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Rally Sunday Teacher Installation Youth Weaving Activity 3rd Grade Bible Presentations LLC Begins 5:00—5:30 p.m. Elementary Handbells for those participating in Handbell Choir 5:30—6:00 p.m. Grades 1-8: Meal and Rec 6:00—6:30 p.m. Grades 1-5: Worship Skills 6:00—7:00 p.m. Grades 6-8: Class Time 6:30—7:00 p.m. Grades 1-5: Bible Time 4th Grade Small Catechism Presentations 4:30 Acolyte Training 6:30 p.m. Middle School and New Parent Info Mtg. 3rd Grade Carve Communion Cups Confirmation Rehearsal/Pictures Last Night LLC Confirmation and Reception (10:00 a.m.) Trunk or Treat (time TBA) 9:00 a.m. Grade 3 Bake Communion Bread First Communion and Processional - Grade 3 (10:00 a.m.) 9:00 a.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal only 9:00 a.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal only (no regular classes.) 4:45 p.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal (pizza served first) 8:30 a.m. Christmas Program Rehearsal 4:00 p.m. Christmas Program and Reception No Sunday School No Sunday School Sunday School Classes Resume LLC Resumes

Last night of LLC Ash Wednesday Spring Program Palm Sunday Easter Senior Rec (Tentative) Last Day of Sunday School

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10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee 3:30 Bishop’s Installation




9:00 C.E. 9:00 Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee


9:00 C.E. 9:00 Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee


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1:00 FLCW Board Mtg

7:00 Co-Dep

8 Rally Sunday 9 8:45 Pancake Breakfast 9:15 Choir 10:00 Worship 11:00 Coffee


7:00 House & Grounds


6:30 Scouts 7:00 Co-Dep

16 7:00 Mary Circle 7:00 Co-Dep

23 6:30 Scouts 7:00 Co-Dep

6:30 Parish Education

11 7:00 Adult Handbells

17 6:00 Executive 6:30 Finance 7:00 Council


18 5:00 LLC Bells 5:30 1-8 LLC 6:00 HS Youth 7:00 Worship 7:00 Handbells


1:00 Lydia Circle 4:30 Acolyte Training 5:00 LLC Bells 5:30 1-8 LLC 6:00 HS Youth 6:30 6th Grade Parent Meeting 7::00 Worship

7:00 Co-Dep

12 6:45 Scouts 7:00 Co-Dep


10:30 Book Study 12:30 Rachel Circle 5:15 Soup Kitchen 7:00 Co-Dep


10:30 Book Study 6:45 Scouts 7:00 Co-Dep

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3:00 Anne Doshier/ Kyle Cipperley Wedding

30 7:00 Co-Dep

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First Lutheran Church 3939 Cheyenne Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51104 Return Service Requested

Larry is in need of bags for the Food Pantry. Please bring to the church office. Thanks.

Non Profit Org U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 9 Sioux City, IA 51104

Did you know?—Christian Education starts on Sunday, September 8, and LLC starts on Wednesday, September 18. Please put it on your calendar.

Stewardship We report our monthly offering, from members and visitors, and budget in the Contact every month. Here are the first seven months. We are also including what we need in the following months to complete the year. September $23,000; October $23,000; November $27,000; December $50,000. That gives us our total budget of $296,000. The monthly differences are based on historical giving patterns. Income Monthly Budget - Needed to meet budget January $17,391.90 $20,000.00 February $23,461.49 $23,000.00 March $36,312.78 $26,000.00 April $21,324.50 $23,000.00 May $23,655.00 $20,000.00 June $19,808.00 $21,000.00 July $16,398.80 $20,000.00 August $19,442.00 $20,000.00 Total $177,794.47 $173,000.00

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First Lutheran Church September 2013 Contact