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Sioux Falls Seminary is pleased to announce free access to the ATLA Religion Database for all alumni.

Stay in Touch with Sioux Falls Seminary Staying in Touch, the former alumni e-newsletter, is now published as part of the Impact magazine. We encourage you to stay in touch with us by sharing your current ministry role, family news, prayer requests, and more. To submit your updates, news, and prayer requests, please e-mail stayingintouch@sfseminary.edu, send us a message on Facebook, call 800.440.6227 ext. 2715, or visit www.sfseminary.edu/contact. To receive the latest news and event information by e-mail, please register online at www.sfseminary.edu/signup.php. Sioux Falls Seminary impact

A premier resource for the study of religion, the ATLA Database contains journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays—with 1.6 million records in Bible; archaeology and antiquities; human culture and society; church history, missions, and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; and theology, philosophy, and ethics.

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Richie Hutchinson and his wife, Allison, celebrated the birth of daughter, Karis Spring, on April 13, 2009. Karen Tim lives in Sioux Falls, SD. She asks for prayer for God’s direction. She is working with Youth Enrichment Services’ after school program. Andrew Wright and his wife, Megan, live in Dell Rapids, SD, and have two children, Maggie and Judah. They ask for prayer for their ministry with the Dell Rapids and Baltic church plants.

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Daniel Cravatt and his wife, Audrey, live in Norfolk, NE. Daniel asks for prayer for his job, which is being terminated. He would like prayers that God would keep him in ministry.

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Lori Marty and her husband, Dean, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Lori’s father, Virgil Shelquist of Sioux Falls, passed away on January 18, 2009.

from the president President Hagan gives a brief update on the seminary and shares about the things that richly impact its ministry.

A glimpse into the journey that seminary students take to get from where they are to where God is calling them to be.

Charles Stanga and his wife, Cindy, reside in Sioux Falls, SD. They request prayer for Charles who had surgery last spring.

new educational technology With the ability to view class live anywhere with an Internet connection, all SFS students are benefiting—especially distance and commuting ones.

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Mission, theology, and service are central to the work done through Summit House and by its student residents.

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Krissie (Houske) Benson and her husband, Luke, live in Sioux Falls, SD. They celebrated the birth of their first child, Liam Ellis, on March 30, 2009.

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alumni in action Meet SFS alumnus Chris Marchand and discover why he wrote a book on the subject of compassion fatigue.

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Connect with SFS at upcoming events. Event listings are always available online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

Mark Eliason was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on June 7, 2009. Mark has accepted the call to serve as Associate Pastor at Shalom Lutheran Church, in Harrisburg, SD.

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Roxanna Grogan and her husband, Dan, live in Brandon, SD. They ask for prayer for Roxanna’s employment.

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Jeremiah Whitebird and his wife, Tylinn, live in Ramona, CA. They ask for prayer for their family. Jeremiah is currently going to school for his doctorate and recently began an internship.

News, updates, and prayer requests from Sioux Falls Seminary alumni.

The impact is now published by Sioux Falls Seminary two times per year for the benefit of the seminary community, friends, alumni, and supporters. Additional news and event information is distributed by e-mail throughout the year. To join our online news list, please visit www.sfseminary.edu/signup.php or call 800.440.6227 ext. 2703.

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Pastor Robert Duemig and his wife, Carolyn, recently relocated. Bob now serves as the pastor for Eureka United Methodist Church in Eureka, SD, and Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Ashley, ND.

Dawn Gardner resides in Keller, TX. She asks for prayer that she would find employment where she can use her gifts for Christ’s kingdom.

(April 12) 2009. He is survived by his wife, Edith (Dede); children, Kathy and Mark; and sister, Laverne Samb.

Gretchen Hartmann and her husband, Joshua, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Gretchen recently joined Sioux Falls Psychological Services as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. She will work with the Journey Program, which partners with churches to provide counseling services to their congregants.

Rev. Herbert Schauer of Hebron, ND, died on June 16, 2009. He was a longtime NAB pastor and area secretary. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Andrew (Pamela) Schauer, April (Rodney) Zimmerman, Austen (Angela) Schauer, and Ashley (Jocelyn) Schauer; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruby Sukut and Glenna Fouberg.

Bob Holtrop and his wife, Brenda, live in Sioux Center, IA. They ask for prayer for their ministry.

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Michael Wheaton and his wife, Mary, reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Michael recently joined Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, SD, as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. He will work with the Journey Program, which partners with churches to provide counseling services to their congregants. Pastor Ryan Zurbriggen and his wife, Renessa, reside in Parkersburg, IA. They welcomed their fourth child, Josiah Paul, to their family on November 16, 2009. Ryan is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. They ask for prayer for the family of Ed Thomas, a coach at the Parkersburg school who was shot and killed on June 24, 2009, as well as for the family of the shooter, the students who witnessed the incident, and the Aplington-Parkersburg region. Parkersburg is still recovering from an F5 tornado that struck the town in May 2008.

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Mark Bonnema recently joined Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, SD, as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. Sebit Moi, recent Master of Divinity graduate, was ordained on November 22, 2009, at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Dave Penn and his wife, Allison, welcomed a son, Jonah David, on May 20, 2009.

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Ruth Potratz, wife of Willis Potratz, died on September 18, 2009, following a lengthy illness. She leaves her husband of over 61 years; sons Steven (Laurie) and Nathan (Tracey); daughters Eloise Potratz and Leora (Tim) Herrmann; and six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

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The Rev. Don Ganstrom, D.D., passed away on January 16, 2009. Donald was a missionary to Cameroon and pastored several churches in Minnesota, California, Oregon, and Washington. He is survived by his wife Verna; daughter Glennis; son Norris; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Becky (Heerts) Dewey (wife of Marvin Dewey ‘79) passed away on August 17, 2009, following a battle with cancer. Becky taught in Owatonna, MN, Osaka, Japan, Sioux Falls, SD, and Edmonton, AB. She and husband Marv also served together at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC, and Taylor University College and Seminary in Edmonton, AB.

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The Rev. John Nfor went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2009, after battling cancer. He served as executive director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention and president of the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. He is survived by his children.

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Donna Kopfmann, wife of Darwin Kopfmann, passed away on November 1, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. Darwin serves three United Methodist Churches in the Streeter, ND, area.

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alumni updates G. Michael Hagan, President of Sioux Falls Seminary

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Eddie Soto and his wife, Damaris, live in Charleston, SC. In September, Eddie and Dr. Eber Lima participated in a lecture series at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina. Dr. Lima spoke on the history of the church in Latin America, and Eddie translated for him from Portuguese to English.

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Perry Kallis and his wife, Linda, reside in Lodi, CA. They ask for prayer for wisdom and discernment for their congregation about whether to proceed with a building addition.

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Rick Casteel and his wife, Kristi, live in Cedar Rapids, IA. Both work at Caleb Ministries, a counseling ministry. Rick is also the owner of Air Management. Their daughter, Naomi Thompson, shares that Rick has been diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor, Glioblastoma stage IV, and asks for prayers for the family as well as for Kristi as she cares for Rick, the business, and all other aspects of family life. The Rev. Rick Weber and his wife, Annie, live in Vancouver, WA. Their daughter, Malarie, was married in the summer of 2009.

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Adine Harsch and his wife, Lillian DeKrey, live in Velva, ND. They ask for prayer for Lillian’s arthritis and for continued healing for Adine’s knee replacement.

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Pastor John Stolz and his wife, Donna, live in Vancouver, WA. They have prayers of praise for their new business.

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Pastor David Hatheway and his wife, Angenette, reside in Seatac, WA. They request prayer for Angenette’s health issues. David is a chaplain in the military. Pastor Daniel Edwards and his wife, Adrienne, live in Appleton, WI. They request traveling mercies as Daniel travels frequently for his job as a hospice chaplain.

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Rhoda Carpenter (‘97, ‘05) and her husband, Paul, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Rhoda, who teaches at the seminary part time, lost her mother (Emma W. Jordeth) on November 3, 2009.

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The Rev. Daryl Dachtler and his wife, Cecelia, (’01) reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Daryl’s mother, Dee Dachtler, passed away on December 24, 2008. The Rev. Ron Ford and his wife, Wendy, live in Grand Manan, NB. They ask for prayers of healing for Ron, who had hip replacement surgery in February 2009. He stayed in the hospital for a lengthy period because of blood clotting in his leg.

The Rev. Randy Bobzien and his wife, Julie, live in Marion, IA. They ask for prayer for continued growth at First Baptist Church in Marion where they are serving. Fred Wilgenburg is the pastor and Director of Center of Hope in Sioux Falls. NBC Nightly News recently featured Fred’s ministry in a national news segment, sharing how the Center of Hope distributes bicycles to those in need.

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Neil Beavan and his wife, Pamela, reside in Edmonton, AB. Neil asks for prayer as he works on his doctoral dissertation and looks for a job.

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The Rev. Rodney Veldhuizen and his wife, Deborah, live in Yankton, SD. They rejoice that their church, Riverview Park Reformed, transferred into a larger building last year.

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Liz Teel lives in Sioux Falls, SD, where she is the youth pastor at Community Reformed Church. She asks for prayer that God would continue to work and shape the church congregation.

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Geraldine Schnabel lives in Parker, SD. She recently traveled to Haiti where she works with a mission group called Helping Hands for Haiti. Pastor Brian Stroh and his wife, Tarina, reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Brian is the ministry pastor at Hillcrest Church. He asks for prayer for his ministry—that he continues to proclaim God’s word.

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Pastor Duane Deckert and his wife, Linda, live in Minot, ND. Duane is the pastor at Bible Fellowship Church. Pastor Gavin Retzer and his wife, Jennisa, live in Brookings, SD. Gavin is the pastor at First Baptist Church. Rita Weber was ordained on November 8, 2009, at Sioux Valley Baptist Church in Dell Rapids, SD.

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Dan Boyle and his wife, Jenny, celebrated the birth of their son, Logan Eugene, on April 21, 2009. Ryan Franchuk and his wife, Sallie, live in Baltic, SD. They ask for prayer for their ministry—that it would make an impact for the kingdom of God.

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distance learning: learn where you serve and serve while you learn The classrooms of today are beginning to look vastly different than the traditional four walls, chalkboard, and desks. Cameras can capture what happens inside the classroom, and special software can broadcast it live over the Internet or save it for playback at a later date. These advancements, which come with the seminary’s new campus, are offering more options to all students, especially distance and commuting ones. For Shayla Graham of Moorcroft, Wyoming, there were two major components she was looking for in a seminary: a program to fit her needs and the right location. After searching for over a year, Shayla was feeling uncertain about quitting her job and relocating when her pastor suggested Sioux Falls Seminary. From there, Shayla called the seminary, and everything fell into place. Now in her third year of distance learning, combined with on-campus intensives, Shayla has come to appreciate all aspects of the distance learning format at Sioux Falls Seminary. Not only does she still find ways to connect with the seminary community, but she also continues to serve in her position as Christian Education Director at her church. Graham believes that attending seminary while serving in a

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ministry context has been extremely beneficial and feels she is able to retain what’s learned inside the classroom better by applying it daily at the church. She adds that “the combination serves to increase and sustain my enthusiasm for ministry. You can’t help but get excited about the things you are learning, the things that God is doing in your life and in the lives of others, and the ways in which you see greater pieces of the puzzle being revealed almost continuously. It is amazing!” Graham is one of the many students at the seminary that takes advantage of online learning opportunities. The reasons for pursuing these options are as varied as the situations of the students themselves. Many are still considered residential students, supplementing their on-campus courses to better fit with work and family schedules. But others—like Graham—choose to pursue their education primarily from a distance, visiting campus through an Internet connection and in person during intensive courses. Having attended a North American Baptist church all his life, Joel Detlefsen desired to attend Sioux Falls Seminary but was serving as the Pastor of Christian Life & Growth at Riverview Baptist Church in West St. Paul, Minnesota, over 250 miles away. Therefore, he prepared to attend a seminary close to home until a church visit from a SFS representative gave him the idea to pursue distance education options.

Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests

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The Rev. Manny Wolff and his wife, Roselyn, live in Tulsa, OK. They ask for a prayer of healing for Roselyn’s back after her recent surgery. Manny also has health issues that need additional prayer.

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Kenneth Schmuland and his wife, Esther, live in Post Falls, ID. They ask for prayer for their family.

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Dr. Manfred Brauch and his wife, Dr. Marjean Brauch, reside in Isle of Palms, SC. Manfred just published a new book with Intervarsity Press. It is called Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible.

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Kirby Seibel and his wife, Judith, live in Bismarck, ND. They ask for prayer for their oldest son, Lance.

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Ray Niederer and his wife, Ann, reside in Waco, TX. They ask for prayer for Ray, who had a stroke a couple of years ago and needs continued prayer for his health.

Dr. Ted Faszer (alumnus and SFS professor) and wife, Marietta, are spending the winter in Phoenix, AZ. Marietta is receiving treatment for breast cancer and paraneoplastic syndrome, an irreversible and degenerative disease in which her body’s immune system is tricked by cancer into attacking her brain. She is making progress in daily outpatient physical and occupational therapy and receiving chemotherapy and steroid infusion treatments. Ted and Marietta ask for prayers for God’s peace and for strength for all the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges they face.

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Erhard Knull and his wife, Lydia, live in Parma, OH. They ask for prayer for their health.

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The Rev. Chester Strobel and his wife, Elaine, live near Abilene, KS. They attend Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Chester serves as a deacon and worship leader. They both work part time as superintendent and matron at a private retirement home near Abilene. Chester is a member of the Civil Air Patrol unit of Salina, where he serves as chaplain. Chester and Elaine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2009.

The Rev. Gary Ostercamp and his wife, Colleen, live in Columbia, MO. Gary is a chaplain at University Hospital. Their son got married in the summer of 2009.

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ministry as a chaplain at Central Baptist Village.

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The Rev. Mike Seto and his wife, Lucky, live in Sacramento, CA. Mike is the Associate Pastor at Crosspointe Church. They praise God that, after eight years, their congregation has recently been able to purchase and worship in their own building. The Rev. Pam Wilcke and her husband, Bob, reside in Antelope, OR. They ask for prayer for their camping ministry at Washington Family Ranch.

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The Rev. Dale Pracht and his wife, Alice, live in Norfolk, NE. They ask for prayer as they are expecting another grandchild and are currently caring for elderly parents. David Stockdale and his wife, Kathy, live in John Day, OR. They ask for prayer for their youngest son, Andy, who is in college.

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Dr. Marvin Dewey resides in Hutchinson, KS. He is the V.P. for Institutional Advancement at Sterling College in nearby Sterling, KS. His wife, Becky (Heerts) Dewey (‘79), passed away on August 17, 2009. (See “In Memoriam”).

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Spring Phonothon Volunteers and students will connect with friends and alumni to answer questions and present an opportunity to partner with Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Community Preview Day Come and learn more about Sioux Falls Seminary on a personal level. The day includes campus tours and opportunities to meet with students and faculty. 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

four - twenty-nine 2010 January Term Short-term intensive courses are offered, ranging from onethree credits. To view a full course schedule, visit www.sfseminary.edu/courseschedules.

twelve - twenty-two Bible Lands Study with President Mike Hagan A ten-day study tour of Israel and other lands important to the Bible is offered through Educational Opportunities with guest lectures and excellent guides. For more info, call 605.336.6588.

twenty-eight - twenty-nine New Student Orientation Thursday: 8:15 a.m - 4:30 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SFS Lobby, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

April thirteen Hiller Lectureship featuring J. Robert Mulholland Focusing on the topics of spiritual formation and education. To be placed on a mailing list for the event, please e-mail shandas@sfseminary.edu. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., SFS Room 102, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

twenty-three Seminar for Women Come and explore the topic of compassion fatigue. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., SFS Room 102, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

As an ardent independent learner, the idea of seminary from a distance appealed to Detlefsen, and it became one of the main reasons he chose to attend Sioux Falls Seminary. Since enrolling, Joel finds the ability to view the instructor and hear the course lectures and discussions very helpful. “The tandem of seminary and church ministry is a good one, and both my job and my education have been the benefactors of such a setup,” he said. “My schoolwork directly (and immediately) benefits my work in ministry, and my ministry affords me opportunities to use what I’m doing as the foundation for much of what I learn—particularly in supervised ministry courses.”

spiritual formation from a distance Although technology and online learning offer many benefits for students at Sioux Falls Seminary, the question of whether or not the process of spiritual formation can still occur is often raised. According to Graham, “each telephone conversation, e-mail, and personal greeting has lifted my spirits and encouraged me to continue in seminary and ministry, and the professors have added a personal touch, even through the distance. I certainly feel connected even though I am over 400 miles away.” She also adds that meeting with students during on-campus intensives and sharing conversations with them online “has added a sense of community and belonging that I have been amazingly surprised to experience.”

anyone can audit a class For only $50 per semester hour, anyone can audit a class. It’s a great way to explore seminary life or engage in lifelong learning. Choose from the online, on-campus, or intensive formats. To learn more, contact the Registrar’s Office by calling 800.440.6227 or e-mailing registrar@ sfseminary.edu.

new programs at sioux falls seminary We are pleased to announce some new additions to our course offerings. For more information, visit www.sfseminary.edu and click on academics.

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Master of Divinity Distance Learning Option Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy Community Development Specialization for the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Graduate Certificate in Christian Spirituality and Formation Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry

May twenty-two Commencement and Reception 2:00 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 3100 W. Ralph Rogers Rd.

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The first annual Harvest Festival was held on Sept. 19, 2009, near A Growing Place and provided food, games, and resources for 500 area residents.

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By reaching out to the homeless and working poor at the Answer Center.

about summit house In May 2008, Sioux Falls Seminary seized an opportunity to offer its students a unique, first-hand learning experience while getting involved in the restoration of Pettigrew Heights, an ethnically diverse area in the heart of Sioux Falls. By purchasing a dormitory-style building in the neighborhood, Sioux Falls Seminary has been able to provide affordable housing to six students who, in return, spend at least five hours per week reaching out to and serving in the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood.

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A garden called A Growing Place, which is located at a nearby elementary school, is serving as a teaching garden. The garden is empowering individuals to become good neighbors, encouraging teamwork, inspiring leadership formation, and becoming a conduit for neighborhood revitalization. If your church or organization is interested in the neighborhood gardening platform for Christian community development, please contact us by calling 800.440.6227.

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By collaborating with community leaders to develop a house repair effort to respond to urgent home repair needs and to empower area residents and help neighbors with future repair needs.

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By exploring work opportunities in the Pettigrew Heights area without relocating to Summit House. By mentoring children and youth at the nearby elementary school, the Center of Hope, Bowden Youth Center, and local neighborhood churches.

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By birthing English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at neighborhood churches.

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“sort of breathed life back into me.” Previously thinking he would leave ministry forever, seminary became a huge turning point in his life, and he discovered that God still had important work for him to do. He gained strength and courage to move on in serving God and his people. Chris is married to Heather and is the father of Justin, age 11 and Brianna, age 10. He serves as the Associate Professor of Youth Leadership at Providence College and Seminary in Manitoba and is currently conducting seminars on compassion fatigue for leaders and caregivers in both Canada and the United States. To learn more about this ministry or his book, visit his website at www.christophermarchand.ca. Sioux Falls Seminary has five copies of Restoring Rebecca which will be sent to the first five people who request it. To do so, please e-mail stayingintouch@ sfseminary.edu.

Restoring Rebecca by Dr. Christopher Marchand

To learn more about Summit House, visit the seminary’s website at www.sfseminary.edu/summithouse.

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Faculty W. Jay Moon, Ph.D. Professor of Intercultural Studies For the third consecutive year in a tenyear commitment, Sioux Falls Seminary students, led by Professor Moon, traveled to the Rosebud Reservation in western South Dakota for a mission immersion experience. In addition, Moon led a summer camp for middle school youth, and several seminary students learned and participated in camp ministry. Moon also attended the following conferences: Christian Community Development Association, United Methodist Professors of Mission, and the American Society of Missiology.

Kelly Lashly, M.Div. Instructor of Youth Ministries Lashly and Sioux Falls Seminary student Sarah Hagan co-led an intergenerational mission trip to Rio Grande City, TX, in June 2009. Their team consisted of middle and high school youth and adults of all ages. They ministered alongside Garcia’s Ranch Baptist Church, helping with painting and leading a children’s Bible school program. Lashly is also researching and writing in the area of adolescent development and spirituality as part of her D.Min. program in Youth, Family, and Culture.

Book Description: A compassionate listener and valued advice-giver, Rebecca is constantly sought out by her teenaged peers as a kind of counselor. As Rebecca throws herself into her familiar superhero role, her caring begins to take an emotional toll, and she’s forced to ask the most difficult question of her life: “Is it time to stop caring?” With the help of her dog and a wise veterinarian at the pet hospital where she volunteers, Rebecca comes face to face with radical new ideas that could change the way she cares—and help keep her sanity intact. Shedding new light on the little-known but important issue of compassion fatigue, Restoring Rebecca is written for people who love to care and those who would like to better understand them. It’s a book that will challenge you to face your inner superhero and to fess up to your limitations as a caregiver.

Pray for funding to help sustain Summit House. Pray that strong relationships of all kinds are formed.

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Philip Thompson, Ph.D. Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage Dr. Thompson and Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Ryan Stander (‘03) participated in the 55th annual convention of the College Theology Society at the University of Notre Dame. Thompson served as a panelist for The Gift of Authority: Theological Explorations. He shared his expertise alongside Barry Harvey of Baylor University and Mike Broadway of Shaw University Divinity School. Stander presented a paper on the importance of place in Christian theology and the role it plays in defining the human imprint upon the landscape and in revealing the presence of Christ in the world.

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by Rev. Randy Tschetter, Director of Church Relations and Alumni Compassion fatigue has been defined by Wikipedia as “a gradual lessening of compassion over time.” It states that “sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, and a pervasive negative attitude.” It’s a condition common among ministry, counseling, and helping professionals. I talked with Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Dr. Christopher Marchand about compassion fatigue and how it inspired him to write a book, Restoring Rebecca, about the subject.

What do behaviors like excessive coffee drinking, overeating, extra marital affairs, or involvement doctor with pornography have in common? Dr. Chris M.Div., Sioux Falls Seminary, 2001 Marchand Associate Professor of Youth Leadership suggests that Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist they may be Providence College and Seminary Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada medicating behaviors— activities that can bring comfort into peoples’ lives. Add to these, components like isolation, cynicism, sarcasm, sleeplessness, and confusion, and you might be describing a person who is dealing with compassion fatigue.

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Compassion fatigue is a kind of stress associated with helping or wanting to help someone who is suffering or has been traumatized. Especially common among clergy, social workers, and other caregivers, a person is at risk of compassion fatigue when he/she witnesses trauma in the lives of others in such a way that it overwhelms his/her ability to cope. This traumatic stress may be found in the lives of those who listen to stories Sioux Falls Seminary impact 8

of child abuse, interact with the terminally ill, and provide humanitarian aid in situations like disaster, poverty, or war. Grief counselors and pastors who perform many funerals and even people who work in the animal care community are subject to compassion fatigue. Sioux Falls Seminary is pleased to introduce Dr. Christopher Marchand (M.Div., 2001), who recently completed a book on compassion fatigue titled Restoring Rebecca. The book is a fictional account of a teenage superhero caregiver who is in crisis because of her involvement in the lives of her friends. Although Restoring Rebecca is helpful for adults and professionals, it is geared for a broader audience of people who may be dealing with compassion fatigue. When asked how he became interested in the subject of compassion fatigue, Marchand said that it was “experiential.” After several years of intense crisis intervention with teenagers and their families, he found himself emotionally withdrawn and physically sick with a bleeding ulcer. He’d been feeling “dry and empty spiritually” and was trying to recover when he met a Sioux Falls Seminary admissions counselor. After a trip to the seminary, he knew that he needed to be there.

Considering theological education but the timing isn’t right? Seeking personal enrichment and growth in your spare time? Desiring continuing education opportunities for your lay leadership position? Wait no longer. Sioux Falls Seminary is now offering non-credit, Christ-centered continuing education to the community through its newly established Center for Lifelong Learning. Offering coursework in a variety of areas, including Bible, theology, Christian community development, ministry, and more, the center’s seminars and courses all have convenient and flexible scheduling—whether nights or weekends. Differing from seminary education, the Sioux Falls Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) seeks to provide non-credit Christian education to individuals, congregations, and the greater community. The CLL does not require any undergraduate work for admission and does not result in graduate credit. The Center is rather an extension of Sioux Falls Seminary and its mission. The first two projects being offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning are the Certificate in Christian Ministry and Discipleship Sioux Falls. The Certificate in Christian Ministry The certificate is designed for those seeking theological and practical training for service in Christian ministry. It gives students exposure to the basic core concepts

and skills necessary for day-to-day Christian ministry. Those interested in the Certificate in Christian Ministry may enroll for the entire program to earn a certificate or in the individual seminar(s) of choice. Upcoming individual seminars include:

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Saturday, Dec. 12: Saturday, Jan. 16: Saturday, Feb. 13: Saturday, March 13: Saturday, April 10: Saturday, May 15: Saturday, June 26: Saturday, July 17:

Sermon Preparation New Testament Responsible Use of Scripture God, Christ, & Humanity Pastoral Care Leading Worship Mission of the Church Church Leadership & Administration

Discipleship Sioux Falls Discipleship Sioux Falls (DSF) began in October. The program is designed to teach individuals about the Christian story and the role they play within it. DSF seminars take place on the first Monday of each month from 6-9:00 p.m. October through May. Interested individuals may inquire about the 2010-2011 DSF class, which is now enrolling. Additional Opportunities and Information Sioux Falls Seminary will continue to add programming to the CLL’s offerings—ranging from one-day seminars to additional certificates—and to explore options to make the Center for Lifelong Learning offerings available through online instruction or for church groups and cohorts. If you are interested in more information, please contact the admissions department by calling 800.440.6227, e-mailing admissions@sfseminary.edu, or visiting www.sfseminary.edu.

“I just sat there for a few years, just basking in the teaching,” as he recalled his time at SFS. It was there that he found a way to rebuild his life through the mentoring of Dr. Randy Reese, the teaching of Dr. Steve Brachlow and others who, as Marchand stated, 5

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m o r f g gettin e r e h t o t e r e h Every student at Sioux Falls Seminary is on a journey. The Bible says they are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. It’s an ongoing process about moving from where they are to where God created them to be. In other words, it’s about getting from here to there. If only following God’s direction, or even figuring out the path to follow, was as easy as punching coordinates into a GPS and hitting go. However, as it turns out, the journeys of called individuals are more like snowflakes—no two are alike. That’s why, for many, the process of getting from here to there is often a difficult one. The cost of tuition is rising in seminaries nationwide, and students are taking on more debt than ever before to pay for their education. Some are even choosing alternate career paths because of the high price tag associated with ministry preparation. And sometimes, they don’t even start the journey because they are not encouraged to explore ministry. Although called individuals can’t use an actual GPS to find their way, they can and do rely on signals and signs from God to help them choose their path. And, some of the most important signals often come through interaction with mentors, peers, friends, or family members and in the form of advice, influence, and words of wisdom.

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Seminary student Stephanie Nordgren of Hazen, North Dakota, received support and encouragement from her home church, Temple Baptist in Jamestown, North Dakota. Not only did the congregation—led by alumnus and trustee Randy Jaspers—train and challenge Stephanie in her own faith, but they also provided scholarships for her to attend Sioux Falls Seminary. Watching God’s plan unfold through the support of others helped give Stephanie the extra step she needed to find her way. “My biggest encouragement was the way that God would balance everything to create a clear path leading toward seminary,” Nordgren said. Still receiving support from her family, church, friends, and employer, Stephanie appreciates being lifted up in prayer. She’s also happy to have gained another family along the way. “When I was discerning and preparing to come to seminary, many members of the seminary community called to see how I was doing. They were only a phone call away when I had questions,” she recalled. “Since I’ve arrived, I have found lifelong friends.” For Matthew At Lee, Sioux Falls Seminary M.Div. student, God’s plan for his life became more clear during a mission experience at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A chance meeting with Jay Moon, SFS Professor of Intercultural Studies, and a group of seminary students helped Matthew confirm his call.

While there, he joined Moon and the seminarians in their discussions and experiences—even debriefing with them. After the experience, Matthew returned to school in Virginia. Drawn to a small community, a diverse student body, and a strong biblical basis, Matthew felt called to Sioux Falls Seminary. After finishing college in May 2009, he and his wife married and relocated to South Dakota to begin seminary.

setting out:

“Now that I’m here, I’ve truly enjoyed all three of these aspects, as the community helps to strengthen my faith and as I learn from the perspectives of others,” added At Lee.

Start by trying to: Recognize God’s gifts in others

Having received much of his support from his family back home, Matthew feels fortunate to have made some very good friends since he’s arrived in Sioux Falls. “I’ve enjoyed working with other students on projects and benefiting from questions in class that I never would have thought to ask,” added At Lee. “Sioux Falls already feels like home, in a large part due to the seminary community.” While both Stephanie and Matthew have arrived at Sioux Falls Seminary, a junction on their ways from here to there, their need for support has not changed. Because seminary is only a stop along the journey, the help and encouragement of others is just as important now as it ever has been.

how to take a step forward Helping to ease the process of getting from here to there can be as simple as playing a role in identifying, encouraging, and supporting our future Christian leaders.

. . .

Help individuals realize their potential for ministry or service Pray for those who are discerning God’s plans for their lives

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Write a letter of support that provides encouragement and eases stress for current seminary students

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Volunteer your church as a training site for students by offering internships and other ministry experience opportunities

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Provide financing by supporting student scholarship endowments Recommend a seminary visit day to someone who may be contemplating seminary or simply give them the number for SFS’ admissions department (800.440.6227).

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m o r f g gettin e r e h t o t e r e h Every student at Sioux Falls Seminary is on a journey. The Bible says they are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. It’s an ongoing process about moving from where they are to where God created them to be. In other words, it’s about getting from here to there. If only following God’s direction, or even figuring out the path to follow, was as easy as punching coordinates into a GPS and hitting go. However, as it turns out, the journeys of called individuals are more like snowflakes—no two are alike. That’s why, for many, the process of getting from here to there is often a difficult one. The cost of tuition is rising in seminaries nationwide, and students are taking on more debt than ever before to pay for their education. Some are even choosing alternate career paths because of the high price tag associated with ministry preparation. And sometimes, they don’t even start the journey because they are not encouraged to explore ministry. Although called individuals can’t use an actual GPS to find their way, they can and do rely on signals and signs from God to help them choose their path. And, some of the most important signals often come through interaction with mentors, peers, friends, or family members and in the form of advice, influence, and words of wisdom.

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Seminary student Stephanie Nordgren of Hazen, North Dakota, received support and encouragement from her home church, Temple Baptist in Jamestown, North Dakota. Not only did the congregation—led by alumnus and trustee Randy Jaspers—train and challenge Stephanie in her own faith, but they also provided scholarships for her to attend Sioux Falls Seminary. Watching God’s plan unfold through the support of others helped give Stephanie the extra step she needed to find her way. “My biggest encouragement was the way that God would balance everything to create a clear path leading toward seminary,” Nordgren said. Still receiving support from her family, church, friends, and employer, Stephanie appreciates being lifted up in prayer. She’s also happy to have gained another family along the way. “When I was discerning and preparing to come to seminary, many members of the seminary community called to see how I was doing. They were only a phone call away when I had questions,” she recalled. “Since I’ve arrived, I have found lifelong friends.” For Matthew At Lee, Sioux Falls Seminary M.Div. student, God’s plan for his life became more clear during a mission experience at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A chance meeting with Jay Moon, SFS Professor of Intercultural Studies, and a group of seminary students helped Matthew confirm his call.

While there, he joined Moon and the seminarians in their discussions and experiences—even debriefing with them. After the experience, Matthew returned to school in Virginia. Drawn to a small community, a diverse student body, and a strong biblical basis, Matthew felt called to Sioux Falls Seminary. After finishing college in May 2009, he and his wife married and relocated to South Dakota to begin seminary.

setting out:

“Now that I’m here, I’ve truly enjoyed all three of these aspects, as the community helps to strengthen my faith and as I learn from the perspectives of others,” added At Lee.

Start by trying to: Recognize God’s gifts in others

Having received much of his support from his family back home, Matthew feels fortunate to have made some very good friends since he’s arrived in Sioux Falls. “I’ve enjoyed working with other students on projects and benefiting from questions in class that I never would have thought to ask,” added At Lee. “Sioux Falls already feels like home, in a large part due to the seminary community.” While both Stephanie and Matthew have arrived at Sioux Falls Seminary, a junction on their ways from here to there, their need for support has not changed. Because seminary is only a stop along the journey, the help and encouragement of others is just as important now as it ever has been.

how to take a step forward Helping to ease the process of getting from here to there can be as simple as playing a role in identifying, encouraging, and supporting our future Christian leaders.

. . .

Help individuals realize their potential for ministry or service Pray for those who are discerning God’s plans for their lives

.

Write a letter of support that provides encouragement and eases stress for current seminary students

.

Volunteer your church as a training site for students by offering internships and other ministry experience opportunities

. .

Provide financing by supporting student scholarship endowments Recommend a seminary visit day to someone who may be contemplating seminary or simply give them the number for SFS’ admissions department (800.440.6227).

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by Rev. Randy Tschetter, Director of Church Relations and Alumni Compassion fatigue has been defined by Wikipedia as “a gradual lessening of compassion over time.” It states that “sufferers can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, a decrease in experiences of pleasure, constant stress and anxiety, and a pervasive negative attitude.” It’s a condition common among ministry, counseling, and helping professionals. I talked with Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Dr. Christopher Marchand about compassion fatigue and how it inspired him to write a book, Restoring Rebecca, about the subject.

What do behaviors like excessive coffee drinking, overeating, extra marital affairs, or involvement doctor with pornography have in common? Dr. Chris M.Div., Sioux Falls Seminary, 2001 Marchand Associate Professor of Youth Leadership suggests that Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist they may be Providence College and Seminary Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada medicating behaviors— activities that can bring comfort into peoples’ lives. Add to these, components like isolation, cynicism, sarcasm, sleeplessness, and confusion, and you might be describing a person who is dealing with compassion fatigue.

Chris Marchand

Compassion fatigue is a kind of stress associated with helping or wanting to help someone who is suffering or has been traumatized. Especially common among clergy, social workers, and other caregivers, a person is at risk of compassion fatigue when he/she witnesses trauma in the lives of others in such a way that it overwhelms his/her ability to cope. This traumatic stress may be found in the lives of those who listen to stories Sioux Falls Seminary impact 8

of child abuse, interact with the terminally ill, and provide humanitarian aid in situations like disaster, poverty, or war. Grief counselors and pastors who perform many funerals and even people who work in the animal care community are subject to compassion fatigue. Sioux Falls Seminary is pleased to introduce Dr. Christopher Marchand (M.Div., 2001), who recently completed a book on compassion fatigue titled Restoring Rebecca. The book is a fictional account of a teenage superhero caregiver who is in crisis because of her involvement in the lives of her friends. Although Restoring Rebecca is helpful for adults and professionals, it is geared for a broader audience of people who may be dealing with compassion fatigue. When asked how he became interested in the subject of compassion fatigue, Marchand said that it was “experiential.” After several years of intense crisis intervention with teenagers and their families, he found himself emotionally withdrawn and physically sick with a bleeding ulcer. He’d been feeling “dry and empty spiritually” and was trying to recover when he met a Sioux Falls Seminary admissions counselor. After a trip to the seminary, he knew that he needed to be there.

Considering theological education but the timing isn’t right? Seeking personal enrichment and growth in your spare time? Desiring continuing education opportunities for your lay leadership position? Wait no longer. Sioux Falls Seminary is now offering non-credit, Christ-centered continuing education to the community through its newly established Center for Lifelong Learning. Offering coursework in a variety of areas, including Bible, theology, Christian community development, ministry, and more, the center’s seminars and courses all have convenient and flexible scheduling—whether nights or weekends. Differing from seminary education, the Sioux Falls Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) seeks to provide non-credit Christian education to individuals, congregations, and the greater community. The CLL does not require any undergraduate work for admission and does not result in graduate credit. The Center is rather an extension of Sioux Falls Seminary and its mission. The first two projects being offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning are the Certificate in Christian Ministry and Discipleship Sioux Falls. The Certificate in Christian Ministry The certificate is designed for those seeking theological and practical training for service in Christian ministry. It gives students exposure to the basic core concepts

and skills necessary for day-to-day Christian ministry. Those interested in the Certificate in Christian Ministry may enroll for the entire program to earn a certificate or in the individual seminar(s) of choice. Upcoming individual seminars include:

.. .. .. ..

Saturday, Dec. 12: Saturday, Jan. 16: Saturday, Feb. 13: Saturday, March 13: Saturday, April 10: Saturday, May 15: Saturday, June 26: Saturday, July 17:

Sermon Preparation New Testament Responsible Use of Scripture God, Christ, & Humanity Pastoral Care Leading Worship Mission of the Church Church Leadership & Administration

Discipleship Sioux Falls Discipleship Sioux Falls (DSF) began in October. The program is designed to teach individuals about the Christian story and the role they play within it. DSF seminars take place on the first Monday of each month from 6-9:00 p.m. October through May. Interested individuals may inquire about the 2010-2011 DSF class, which is now enrolling. Additional Opportunities and Information Sioux Falls Seminary will continue to add programming to the CLL’s offerings—ranging from one-day seminars to additional certificates—and to explore options to make the Center for Lifelong Learning offerings available through online instruction or for church groups and cohorts. If you are interested in more information, please contact the admissions department by calling 800.440.6227, e-mailing admissions@sfseminary.edu, or visiting www.sfseminary.edu.

“I just sat there for a few years, just basking in the teaching,” as he recalled his time at SFS. It was there that he found a way to rebuild his life through the mentoring of Dr. Randy Reese, the teaching of Dr. Steve Brachlow and others who, as Marchand stated, 5

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Summit House sioux falls seminary immerse yourself while u earn your degree gain heart, mind, and hands for service

report .

The first annual Harvest Festival was held on Sept. 19, 2009, near A Growing Place and provided food, games, and resources for 500 area residents.

students are serving

mission. theology. service.

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By reaching out to the homeless and working poor at the Answer Center.

about summit house In May 2008, Sioux Falls Seminary seized an opportunity to offer its students a unique, first-hand learning experience while getting involved in the restoration of Pettigrew Heights, an ethnically diverse area in the heart of Sioux Falls. By purchasing a dormitory-style building in the neighborhood, Sioux Falls Seminary has been able to provide affordable housing to six students who, in return, spend at least five hours per week reaching out to and serving in the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood.

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A garden called A Growing Place, which is located at a nearby elementary school, is serving as a teaching garden. The garden is empowering individuals to become good neighbors, encouraging teamwork, inspiring leadership formation, and becoming a conduit for neighborhood revitalization. If your church or organization is interested in the neighborhood gardening platform for Christian community development, please contact us by calling 800.440.6227.

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By collaborating with community leaders to develop a house repair effort to respond to urgent home repair needs and to empower area residents and help neighbors with future repair needs.

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By exploring work opportunities in the Pettigrew Heights area without relocating to Summit House. By mentoring children and youth at the nearby elementary school, the Center of Hope, Bowden Youth Center, and local neighborhood churches.

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By birthing English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at neighborhood churches.

Prayer Requests

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“sort of breathed life back into me.” Previously thinking he would leave ministry forever, seminary became a huge turning point in his life, and he discovered that God still had important work for him to do. He gained strength and courage to move on in serving God and his people. Chris is married to Heather and is the father of Justin, age 11 and Brianna, age 10. He serves as the Associate Professor of Youth Leadership at Providence College and Seminary in Manitoba and is currently conducting seminars on compassion fatigue for leaders and caregivers in both Canada and the United States. To learn more about this ministry or his book, visit his website at www.christophermarchand.ca. Sioux Falls Seminary has five copies of Restoring Rebecca which will be sent to the first five people who request it. To do so, please e-mail stayingintouch@ sfseminary.edu.

Restoring Rebecca by Dr. Christopher Marchand

To learn more about Summit House, visit the seminary’s website at www.sfseminary.edu/summithouse.

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Faculty W. Jay Moon, Ph.D. Professor of Intercultural Studies For the third consecutive year in a tenyear commitment, Sioux Falls Seminary students, led by Professor Moon, traveled to the Rosebud Reservation in western South Dakota for a mission immersion experience. In addition, Moon led a summer camp for middle school youth, and several seminary students learned and participated in camp ministry. Moon also attended the following conferences: Christian Community Development Association, United Methodist Professors of Mission, and the American Society of Missiology.

Kelly Lashly, M.Div. Instructor of Youth Ministries Lashly and Sioux Falls Seminary student Sarah Hagan co-led an intergenerational mission trip to Rio Grande City, TX, in June 2009. Their team consisted of middle and high school youth and adults of all ages. They ministered alongside Garcia’s Ranch Baptist Church, helping with painting and leading a children’s Bible school program. Lashly is also researching and writing in the area of adolescent development and spirituality as part of her D.Min. program in Youth, Family, and Culture.

Book Description: A compassionate listener and valued advice-giver, Rebecca is constantly sought out by her teenaged peers as a kind of counselor. As Rebecca throws herself into her familiar superhero role, her caring begins to take an emotional toll, and she’s forced to ask the most difficult question of her life: “Is it time to stop caring?” With the help of her dog and a wise veterinarian at the pet hospital where she volunteers, Rebecca comes face to face with radical new ideas that could change the way she cares—and help keep her sanity intact. Shedding new light on the little-known but important issue of compassion fatigue, Restoring Rebecca is written for people who love to care and those who would like to better understand them. It’s a book that will challenge you to face your inner superhero and to fess up to your limitations as a caregiver.

Pray for funding to help sustain Summit House. Pray that strong relationships of all kinds are formed.

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Available for Purchase at: www.amazon.com www.barnesandnoble.com www.mcnallyrobinson.com www.christophermarchand.ca

Philip Thompson, Ph.D. Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage Dr. Thompson and Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Ryan Stander (‘03) participated in the 55th annual convention of the College Theology Society at the University of Notre Dame. Thompson served as a panelist for The Gift of Authority: Theological Explorations. He shared his expertise alongside Barry Harvey of Baylor University and Mike Broadway of Shaw University Divinity School. Stander presented a paper on the importance of place in Christian theology and the role it plays in defining the human imprint upon the landscape and in revealing the presence of Christ in the world.

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Spring Phonothon Volunteers and students will connect with friends and alumni to answer questions and present an opportunity to partner with Sioux Falls Seminary.

six 33rd Annual Messiah Concert Performed by the SFS Community Choir 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 22nd & Covell.

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Community Preview Day Come and learn more about Sioux Falls Seminary on a personal level. The day includes campus tours and opportunities to meet with students and faculty. 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., SFS, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

four - twenty-nine 2010 January Term Short-term intensive courses are offered, ranging from onethree credits. To view a full course schedule, visit www.sfseminary.edu/courseschedules.

twelve - twenty-two Bible Lands Study with President Mike Hagan A ten-day study tour of Israel and other lands important to the Bible is offered through Educational Opportunities with guest lectures and excellent guides. For more info, call 605.336.6588.

twenty-eight - twenty-nine New Student Orientation Thursday: 8:15 a.m - 4:30 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SFS Lobby, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

April thirteen Hiller Lectureship featuring J. Robert Mulholland Focusing on the topics of spiritual formation and education. To be placed on a mailing list for the event, please e-mail shandas@sfseminary.edu. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., SFS Room 102, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

twenty-three Seminar for Women Come and explore the topic of compassion fatigue. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., SFS Room 102, 2100 S. Summit Ave.

As an ardent independent learner, the idea of seminary from a distance appealed to Detlefsen, and it became one of the main reasons he chose to attend Sioux Falls Seminary. Since enrolling, Joel finds the ability to view the instructor and hear the course lectures and discussions very helpful. “The tandem of seminary and church ministry is a good one, and both my job and my education have been the benefactors of such a setup,” he said. “My schoolwork directly (and immediately) benefits my work in ministry, and my ministry affords me opportunities to use what I’m doing as the foundation for much of what I learn—particularly in supervised ministry courses.”

spiritual formation from a distance Although technology and online learning offer many benefits for students at Sioux Falls Seminary, the question of whether or not the process of spiritual formation can still occur is often raised. According to Graham, “each telephone conversation, e-mail, and personal greeting has lifted my spirits and encouraged me to continue in seminary and ministry, and the professors have added a personal touch, even through the distance. I certainly feel connected even though I am over 400 miles away.” She also adds that meeting with students during on-campus intensives and sharing conversations with them online “has added a sense of community and belonging that I have been amazingly surprised to experience.”

anyone can audit a class For only $50 per semester hour, anyone can audit a class. It’s a great way to explore seminary life or engage in lifelong learning. Choose from the online, on-campus, or intensive formats. To learn more, contact the Registrar’s Office by calling 800.440.6227 or e-mailing registrar@ sfseminary.edu.

new programs at sioux falls seminary We are pleased to announce some new additions to our course offerings. For more information, visit www.sfseminary.edu and click on academics.

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Master of Divinity Distance Learning Option Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy Community Development Specialization for the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Graduate Certificate in Christian Spirituality and Formation Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry

May twenty-two Commencement and Reception 2:00 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 3100 W. Ralph Rogers Rd.

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distance learning: learn where you serve and serve while you learn The classrooms of today are beginning to look vastly different than the traditional four walls, chalkboard, and desks. Cameras can capture what happens inside the classroom, and special software can broadcast it live over the Internet or save it for playback at a later date. These advancements, which come with the seminary’s new campus, are offering more options to all students, especially distance and commuting ones. For Shayla Graham of Moorcroft, Wyoming, there were two major components she was looking for in a seminary: a program to fit her needs and the right location. After searching for over a year, Shayla was feeling uncertain about quitting her job and relocating when her pastor suggested Sioux Falls Seminary. From there, Shayla called the seminary, and everything fell into place. Now in her third year of distance learning, combined with on-campus intensives, Shayla has come to appreciate all aspects of the distance learning format at Sioux Falls Seminary. Not only does she still find ways to connect with the seminary community, but she also continues to serve in her position as Christian Education Director at her church. Graham believes that attending seminary while serving in a

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ministry context has been extremely beneficial and feels she is able to retain what’s learned inside the classroom better by applying it daily at the church. She adds that “the combination serves to increase and sustain my enthusiasm for ministry. You can’t help but get excited about the things you are learning, the things that God is doing in your life and in the lives of others, and the ways in which you see greater pieces of the puzzle being revealed almost continuously. It is amazing!” Graham is one of the many students at the seminary that takes advantage of online learning opportunities. The reasons for pursuing these options are as varied as the situations of the students themselves. Many are still considered residential students, supplementing their on-campus courses to better fit with work and family schedules. But others—like Graham—choose to pursue their education primarily from a distance, visiting campus through an Internet connection and in person during intensive courses. Having attended a North American Baptist church all his life, Joel Detlefsen desired to attend Sioux Falls Seminary but was serving as the Pastor of Christian Life & Growth at Riverview Baptist Church in West St. Paul, Minnesota, over 250 miles away. Therefore, he prepared to attend a seminary close to home until a church visit from a SFS representative gave him the idea to pursue distance education options.

Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests

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The Rev. Manny Wolff and his wife, Roselyn, live in Tulsa, OK. They ask for a prayer of healing for Roselyn’s back after her recent surgery. Manny also has health issues that need additional prayer.

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Kenneth Schmuland and his wife, Esther, live in Post Falls, ID. They ask for prayer for their family.

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Dr. Manfred Brauch and his wife, Dr. Marjean Brauch, reside in Isle of Palms, SC. Manfred just published a new book with Intervarsity Press. It is called Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible.

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Kirby Seibel and his wife, Judith, live in Bismarck, ND. They ask for prayer for their oldest son, Lance.

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Ray Niederer and his wife, Ann, reside in Waco, TX. They ask for prayer for Ray, who had a stroke a couple of years ago and needs continued prayer for his health.

Dr. Ted Faszer (alumnus and SFS professor) and wife, Marietta, are spending the winter in Phoenix, AZ. Marietta is receiving treatment for breast cancer and paraneoplastic syndrome, an irreversible and degenerative disease in which her body’s immune system is tricked by cancer into attacking her brain. She is making progress in daily outpatient physical and occupational therapy and receiving chemotherapy and steroid infusion treatments. Ted and Marietta ask for prayers for God’s peace and for strength for all the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges they face.

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Erhard Knull and his wife, Lydia, live in Parma, OH. They ask for prayer for their health.

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The Rev. Chester Strobel and his wife, Elaine, live near Abilene, KS. They attend Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Chester serves as a deacon and worship leader. They both work part time as superintendent and matron at a private retirement home near Abilene. Chester is a member of the Civil Air Patrol unit of Salina, where he serves as chaplain. Chester and Elaine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2009.

The Rev. Gary Ostercamp and his wife, Colleen, live in Columbia, MO. Gary is a chaplain at University Hospital. Their son got married in the summer of 2009.

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ministry as a chaplain at Central Baptist Village.

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The Rev. Mike Seto and his wife, Lucky, live in Sacramento, CA. Mike is the Associate Pastor at Crosspointe Church. They praise God that, after eight years, their congregation has recently been able to purchase and worship in their own building. The Rev. Pam Wilcke and her husband, Bob, reside in Antelope, OR. They ask for prayer for their camping ministry at Washington Family Ranch.

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The Rev. Dale Pracht and his wife, Alice, live in Norfolk, NE. They ask for prayer as they are expecting another grandchild and are currently caring for elderly parents. David Stockdale and his wife, Kathy, live in John Day, OR. They ask for prayer for their youngest son, Andy, who is in college.

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Dr. Marvin Dewey resides in Hutchinson, KS. He is the V.P. for Institutional Advancement at Sterling College in nearby Sterling, KS. His wife, Becky (Heerts) Dewey (‘79), passed away on August 17, 2009. (See “In Memoriam”).

The Rev. Ray Hinsch and his wife, Jane, reside in Warrenville, IL. They ask for prayer for Ray’s 11

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alumni updates G. Michael Hagan, President of Sioux Falls Seminary

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Eddie Soto and his wife, Damaris, live in Charleston, SC. In September, Eddie and Dr. Eber Lima participated in a lecture series at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina. Dr. Lima spoke on the history of the church in Latin America, and Eddie translated for him from Portuguese to English.

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Perry Kallis and his wife, Linda, reside in Lodi, CA. They ask for prayer for wisdom and discernment for their congregation about whether to proceed with a building addition.

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Rick Casteel and his wife, Kristi, live in Cedar Rapids, IA. Both work at Caleb Ministries, a counseling ministry. Rick is also the owner of Air Management. Their daughter, Naomi Thompson, shares that Rick has been diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor, Glioblastoma stage IV, and asks for prayers for the family as well as for Kristi as she cares for Rick, the business, and all other aspects of family life. The Rev. Rick Weber and his wife, Annie, live in Vancouver, WA. Their daughter, Malarie, was married in the summer of 2009.

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Adine Harsch and his wife, Lillian DeKrey, live in Velva, ND. They ask for prayer for Lillian’s arthritis and for continued healing for Adine’s knee replacement.

‘93

Pastor John Stolz and his wife, Donna, live in Vancouver, WA. They have prayers of praise for their new business.

‘96

Pastor David Hatheway and his wife, Angenette, reside in Seatac, WA. They request prayer for Angenette’s health issues. David is a chaplain in the military. Pastor Daniel Edwards and his wife, Adrienne, live in Appleton, WI. They request traveling mercies as Daniel travels frequently for his job as a hospice chaplain.

‘97

Rhoda Carpenter (‘97, ‘05) and her husband, Paul, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Rhoda, who teaches at the seminary part time, lost her mother (Emma W. Jordeth) on November 3, 2009.

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The Rev. Daryl Dachtler and his wife, Cecelia, (’01) reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Daryl’s mother, Dee Dachtler, passed away on December 24, 2008. The Rev. Ron Ford and his wife, Wendy, live in Grand Manan, NB. They ask for prayers of healing for Ron, who had hip replacement surgery in February 2009. He stayed in the hospital for a lengthy period because of blood clotting in his leg.

The Rev. Randy Bobzien and his wife, Julie, live in Marion, IA. They ask for prayer for continued growth at First Baptist Church in Marion where they are serving. Fred Wilgenburg is the pastor and Director of Center of Hope in Sioux Falls. NBC Nightly News recently featured Fred’s ministry in a national news segment, sharing how the Center of Hope distributes bicycles to those in need.

‘99

Neil Beavan and his wife, Pamela, reside in Edmonton, AB. Neil asks for prayer as he works on his doctoral dissertation and looks for a job.

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The Rev. Rodney Veldhuizen and his wife, Deborah, live in Yankton, SD. They rejoice that their church, Riverview Park Reformed, transferred into a larger building last year.

‘02

Liz Teel lives in Sioux Falls, SD, where she is the youth pastor at Community Reformed Church. She asks for prayer that God would continue to work and shape the church congregation.

‘03

Geraldine Schnabel lives in Parker, SD. She recently traveled to Haiti where she works with a mission group called Helping Hands for Haiti. Pastor Brian Stroh and his wife, Tarina, reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Brian is the ministry pastor at Hillcrest Church. He asks for prayer for his ministry—that he continues to proclaim God’s word.

‘04

Pastor Duane Deckert and his wife, Linda, live in Minot, ND. Duane is the pastor at Bible Fellowship Church. Pastor Gavin Retzer and his wife, Jennisa, live in Brookings, SD. Gavin is the pastor at First Baptist Church. Rita Weber was ordained on November 8, 2009, at Sioux Valley Baptist Church in Dell Rapids, SD.

‘05

Dan Boyle and his wife, Jenny, celebrated the birth of their son, Logan Eugene, on April 21, 2009. Ryan Franchuk and his wife, Sallie, live in Baltic, SD. They ask for prayer for their ministry—that it would make an impact for the kingdom of God.

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Richie Hutchinson and his wife, Allison, celebrated the birth of daughter, Karis Spring, on April 13, 2009. Karen Tim lives in Sioux Falls, SD. She asks for prayer for God’s direction. She is working with Youth Enrichment Services’ after school program. Andrew Wright and his wife, Megan, live in Dell Rapids, SD, and have two children, Maggie and Judah. They ask for prayer for their ministry with the Dell Rapids and Baltic church plants.

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Daniel Cravatt and his wife, Audrey, live in Norfolk, NE. Daniel asks for prayer for his job, which is being terminated. He would like prayers that God would keep him in ministry.

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Lori Marty and her husband, Dean, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Lori’s father, Virgil Shelquist of Sioux Falls, passed away on January 18, 2009.

from the president President Hagan gives a brief update on the seminary and shares about the things that richly impact its ministry.

A glimpse into the journey that seminary students take to get from where they are to where God is calling them to be.

Charles Stanga and his wife, Cindy, reside in Sioux Falls, SD. They request prayer for Charles who had surgery last spring.

new educational technology With the ability to view class live anywhere with an Internet connection, all SFS students are benefiting—especially distance and commuting ones.

summit house report

Mission, theology, and service are central to the work done through Summit House and by its student residents.

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Krissie (Houske) Benson and her husband, Luke, live in Sioux Falls, SD. They celebrated the birth of their first child, Liam Ellis, on March 30, 2009.

center for lifelong learning Introducing new, non-graduate programs to assist in the journey of lifelong learning.

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alumni in action Meet SFS alumnus Chris Marchand and discover why he wrote a book on the subject of compassion fatigue.

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Connect with SFS at upcoming events. Event listings are always available online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

Mark Eliason was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on June 7, 2009. Mark has accepted the call to serve as Associate Pastor at Shalom Lutheran Church, in Harrisburg, SD.

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Roxanna Grogan and her husband, Dan, live in Brandon, SD. They ask for prayer for Roxanna’s employment.

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Jeremiah Whitebird and his wife, Tylinn, live in Ramona, CA. They ask for prayer for their family. Jeremiah is currently going to school for his doctorate and recently began an internship.

News, updates, and prayer requests from Sioux Falls Seminary alumni.

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Pastor Robert Duemig and his wife, Carolyn, recently relocated. Bob now serves as the pastor for Eureka United Methodist Church in Eureka, SD, and Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Ashley, ND.

Dawn Gardner resides in Keller, TX. She asks for prayer that she would find employment where she can use her gifts for Christ’s kingdom.

(April 12) 2009. He is survived by his wife, Edith (Dede); children, Kathy and Mark; and sister, Laverne Samb.

Gretchen Hartmann and her husband, Joshua, live in Sioux Falls, SD. Gretchen recently joined Sioux Falls Psychological Services as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. She will work with the Journey Program, which partners with churches to provide counseling services to their congregants.

Rev. Herbert Schauer of Hebron, ND, died on June 16, 2009. He was a longtime NAB pastor and area secretary. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Andrew (Pamela) Schauer, April (Rodney) Zimmerman, Austen (Angela) Schauer, and Ashley (Jocelyn) Schauer; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruby Sukut and Glenna Fouberg.

Bob Holtrop and his wife, Brenda, live in Sioux Center, IA. They ask for prayer for their ministry.

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Michael Wheaton and his wife, Mary, reside in Sioux Falls, SD. Michael recently joined Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, SD, as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. He will work with the Journey Program, which partners with churches to provide counseling services to their congregants. Pastor Ryan Zurbriggen and his wife, Renessa, reside in Parkersburg, IA. They welcomed their fourth child, Josiah Paul, to their family on November 16, 2009. Ryan is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. They ask for prayer for the family of Ed Thomas, a coach at the Parkersburg school who was shot and killed on June 24, 2009, as well as for the family of the shooter, the students who witnessed the incident, and the Aplington-Parkersburg region. Parkersburg is still recovering from an F5 tornado that struck the town in May 2008.

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Mark Bonnema recently joined Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, SD, as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. Sebit Moi, recent Master of Divinity graduate, was ordained on November 22, 2009, at First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Dave Penn and his wife, Allison, welcomed a son, Jonah David, on May 20, 2009.

in memoriam

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Ruth Potratz, wife of Willis Potratz, died on September 18, 2009, following a lengthy illness. She leaves her husband of over 61 years; sons Steven (Laurie) and Nathan (Tracey); daughters Eloise Potratz and Leora (Tim) Herrmann; and six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

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The Rev. Don Ganstrom, D.D., passed away on January 16, 2009. Donald was a missionary to Cameroon and pastored several churches in Minnesota, California, Oregon, and Washington. He is survived by his wife Verna; daughter Glennis; son Norris; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Becky (Heerts) Dewey (wife of Marvin Dewey ‘79) passed away on August 17, 2009, following a battle with cancer. Becky taught in Owatonna, MN, Osaka, Japan, Sioux Falls, SD, and Edmonton, AB. She and husband Marv also served together at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC, and Taylor University College and Seminary in Edmonton, AB.

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The Rev. John Nfor went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2009, after battling cancer. He served as executive director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention and president of the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. He is survived by his children.

‘94

Donna Kopfmann, wife of Darwin Kopfmann, passed away on November 1, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. Darwin serves three United Methodist Churches in the Streeter, ND, area.

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Dr. H. John Vanderbeck of Matthews, NC, died on Easter Sunday 13

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