Jesus, The Given One

December 2, 2016 Josh Howeth Branch Notes

“Unto us a Son is given.”

Those words in Isaiah 9 seem to get me every year. It’s such a powerful thought that Jesus wasn’t just born into the world, he was given to the world. Meaning that God opened his hands, so-to-speak, and gave to the world the most precious of all things that He possesses…Himself.

Advent is a time of year where we celebrate that God kept His promise and sent a Rescuer into His world to redeem people for Himself. It’s also a time where we anticipate His coming again, fully and finally to make all things new.

You see, we had devastating needs, namely our need of forgiveness and reconciliation to our Creator. We had no hope to meet those needs with our own or the world’s resources. But God, the only One with the resources, generously gave Jesus to meet our needs.

It’s this gospel story that shapes us into generous people who seek now to meet other’s needs with the fervent praying and hoping that God would meet their deepest need of salvation.

This is why we as a church family are seeking to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all this season of Christmas. We, as well as many other churches across this world call this Advent Conspiracy. I’d love it if you learned more about what we are trying to do as a church this Christmas by visiting our Advent Conspiracy page: http://thebranchcorvallis.org/adventconspiracy

Please slow down this month and spend time reflecting on what God has done for you by giving you Jesus. He gave Jesus to you!

It’s my prayer that as we consider that, we will be shaped by it and therefore consider giving generously this month through Advent Conspiracy so that we can meet real, hurting people’s needs. And all the while we will pray and hope that through our giving and presence He will meet their deepest need. That they will know that Jesus was given to the world for them too.

 

Other Branch News:

Hey ladies! Join us today at 2 pm in The Branch Office (760 SW Madison Ave, Suite 11) for an afternoon of fun, tea & treats. This will be a great opportunity to relax, meet other women in all stages of life at The Branch and lift each other up in prayer. Contact Victoria Renard if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.


Advent is the season before Christmas culminating in the celebration of Christ’s birth. Yet, sometimes the meaning and power of Christmas gets lost in the shuffle. Therefore, this Advent we at the Branch are going to seek to spend less on Christmas, so that we can give more away. All donations given to the Branch for Advent Conspiracy are going toward a non-profit serving our Foster Care system in Linn-Benton.


Sunday, December 11th. Come ready to hear our adorable kids sing Christmas songs to celebrate Jesus’ birth.


Ladies! Save the date for the Branch’s Women’s Retreat on February 3-5, 2017. Stay tuned for more information!

Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 Stephen Brucker Branch Notes

 

This week is Thanksgiving.

We’re told to be thankful, many times sharing our blessings around a table, while stuffing our mouths with turkey and mash potatoes. I’ve been thinking lately about my responses I’ve historically given. I’ve spoken of good health, of my wife/children, and even lately about ministry. Those are definitely things I’m thankful for, but should I be thankful for something deeper and more profound?

My daughter came home from school with a paper hat she explained made her a pilgrim. At first I thought I might correct her. But then I realized that she was right. All Christians are pilgrims. We’re all on a spiritual journey toward it’s fulfillment in Christ. And on that journey God grants us with all sorts of things to be thankful for. Some are earthly and others spiritual, but all of them find their source in God sending his Son to save sinners, transforming them daily into His imagine.

This year I think as we go around the table, mouth full of turkey, I’ll share that I’m thankful that God has made me a pilgrim, all because of the Gospel.

I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving, filled with laughter, joy, stomach-aches, and thankful hearts at the God who loved us so much he sent his Son as a substitute for sinners.

 

Other News:

Ladies, join us on Saturday, December 3rd from 2-4pm at the Branch office (760 SW Madison Ave, Suite 11) for an afternoon of Tea & Treats. This will be a great opportunity to relax, meet other women in all stages of life at The Branch and lift each other up in prayer. Contact Victoria Renard if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.


Advent is the season before Christmas culminating in the celebration of Christ’s birth. Yet, sometimes the meaning and power of Christmas gets lost in the shuffle. Therefore, this Advent we at the Branch are going to seek to spend less on Christmas, so that we can give more away. All donations given to the Branch for Advent Conspiracy are going toward a non-profit serving our Foster Care system in Linn-Benton. Type “Advent” in the Other field when giving online or include a note with your offering if using the baskets on Sunday. Contact Stephen Brucker for more information.


Our Twigs program will be performing for us on Sunday, December 11th at the beginning of our normal Sunday service. Come ready to hear our amazing kids sing Christmas songs to celebrate Jesus’ birth.


This summer we’ll be sending two mission teams overseas (East Asia & Haiti) You can find an application online or grab an one at the Connect Table on Sunday. The cost will be around $3,000 and the deadline to apply is December 19th. Contact Stephen for more information.


In addition to our Sunday offering baskets, The Branch offers safe and secure online giving. Use this tool to give to international missions, support one of our interns, give your one-time tithe or even set-up a recurring tithe. Use our website or download our App on iTunes or Google Play.


Don’t forget! All of our sermons are available right here on the blog and on iTunes.

Delightful Communication

November 17, 2016 Victoria Renard General

A little over a month ago I took a road trip to Washington Family Ranch for a Young Life Leader’s retreat. If you have heard anything about the Ranch you’ll probably know that the gravel road to camp is slightly crazy, and has potholes galore. In light of the roads the family I rode with had borrowed a truck to make the trek. As we left camp the tire pressure warning signal lit up. Much to our dismay we watched the air pressure go from 50 to 20 in the span of just a few minutes. As we pulled over and looked at the flat tire we all tried to remain calm. None of us had ever changed the tire on a truck before, and it certainly didn’t help that this wasn’t our vehicle! To top it off there wasn’t any cell phone service.

Immediately we grabbed the driver’s manual and started looking for the tools needed to replace the flat tire. 20-30 minutes later After attempting to lower the tire from underneath the truck bed we accidently broke the tool needed to lower the tire! In that moment of uncertainty (and frustration) we began to pray. As soon as we said, “Amen,” a man with a truck similar to ours stopped, helped us change the tire with his truck’s tools and sent us on our merry way. The appearance of the truck driver, and changing of the tire all happened so quickly that we didn’t realize that help had arrived almost immediately after we had prayed until we were well into our drive back to Corvallis. This answer to prayer came in the form of a pickup truck.

I wish I could say that this isn’t the only time I haven’t immediately turned to God in prayer, but unfortunately this happens frequently. When I lose my keys (for the millionth time), am asked to do project at work, or help plan an event I often jump into action without thinking twice about praying. I would love to say that I am fully dependent on God, but my lack of communication with Him would beg to differ.

It blows my mind that God, the all-knowing creator of the universe, doesn’t just tolerate communicating with us, he delights in it! He wants us to talk to him about the things we are excited and happy about, as well as the things we struggle and are frustrated with. He invites us to ask him for things and to simply be with him. It’s incredible!

Just imagine what our lives would look like if we were people whose initial reactions to the ups, downs and inbetweens of life were to turn to God in prayer both individually and corporately. If we were a community acutely aware of how much we desperately need God that we can’t help, but be in constant communication with him. Would it energize us to pray more fervently for each other, for our city, the nations and in turn share the gospel with others?

May we be a family that delights in talking with our Heavenly Father and waits in expectancy of Him moving mightily!

 

Other News:

The Members’ Forum on November 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm is for members of the Branch to come together and hear about where we’ve been and where we are headed, make decisions as a church, welcome new members, and share a meal together. This month we will be receiving elder recommendations from you, talking about church planting, local missions and Advent. Childcare is also provided for our families. If you are a member, this is a very important time for us to spend together, we hope you will make being there a priority.


Ladies, join us on Saturday, December 3rd from 2-4pm at the Branch office (760 SW Madison Ave, Suite 11) for an afternoon of Tea & Treats. This will be a great opportunity to relax, meet other women in all stages of life at The Branch and lift each other up in prayer. Contact Victoria Renard if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.


This summer we’ll be sending two mission teams overseas (East Asia & Haiti) You can find an application online or grab an one at the Connect Table on Sunday. The cost will be around $3,000 and the deadline to apply is December 19th. Contact Stephen for more information.


In addition to our Sunday offering baskets, The Branch offers safe and secure online giving. Use this tool to give to international missions, support one of our interns, give your one-time tithe or even set-up a recurring tithe. Use our website or download our App on iTunes or Google Play.


Don’t forget! All of our sermons are available right here on the blog and on iTunes.

Dinner Party: All Nations Welcome

November 11, 2016 The Branch Branch Notes

On November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving, at Varsity House, we will be hosting our 4th annual International Thanksgiving Dinner. We host this event every year as a church; we gather food, volunteers, and decorations to throw a huge thanksgiving celebration for international students.

Students from all over the world come and experience an American tradition which they have likely never been a part of before. They get to feel the hospitality of the family of God and receive the love and friendship of Jesus through us, His own people. This meal has been a landmark experience for me in the church, and has defined a season of thanksgiving, generosity, and community in my life year after year.

These students come from nations where the Gospel is rarely spoken of. Many come from Saudi Arabia or China, most likely grew up in families where Jesus was not worshipped, and often have never had a conversation with a follower of Jesus. They come from communities without christians, and thus are without Christ. These are some the unreached people from the nations Jesus spoke of when he said “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matt 24:14)
Have you ever considered your role in Christ’s call to preach the gospel to every nation? Does it seem daunting, overwhelming, out of reach? Here is an opportunity to bring the Gospel to the unreached people of the world, no plane ticket needed, no new language to learn. The nations are at your doorstep, and they want to have a meal with you. Will you join the dinner party?

– Ways to Serve –

  1. Volunteer for setup / tear down / serving at the meal. We are always in need of people to come a couple hours early to help put up decorations, make food, and arrange chairs and tables. We invite you to act as a server during the meal, bringing out food and keeping tables loaded with thanksgiving dishes. Tear down has been a great experience every year; so we also invite you to stay after the meal to help clean floors, wash dishes, and dance the night away (dancing optional).
  2. Volunteer to spread the word to international students. We gather in teams of 2-6 in the weeks prior to the meal to hand out invitations, meet international students, and put up flyers. Send Sarah or I an email for details and come help spread the word!
  3. Volunteer to cook a component of the thanksgiving meal. Whether you can cook a turkey, buy a pack of rolls, or mash potatoes, we are in need of volunteers who can contribute to the meal and help make the dinner itself a delicious success. Contact Sarah for what foods are needed and sign up to bring a dish for a traditional thanksgiving dinner.
  4. Come, make a friend, and share the Gospel! Come to the dinner, sit at a table, meet the international students around you, and share with those you meet the hope you have in Jesus. All are welcome to the event!

– Ways to Pray –

  1. Pray for provision in food, volunteers, and seats. It is always hard to know how many will show up to the dinner. Last year we had nearly 200 come to the meal, so please pray that we will have enough servers, food, and table settings to accommodate the number of people God brings to us that evening.
  2. Pray for Gospel centered conversations and friendships. Each year the dinner tables are filled with gospel conversations, and friendships often blossom from these long talks over a meal. Pray that many international students come to faith in Christ and into a meaningful relationship with a follower of Jesus.

Can’t wait to have dinner with you all!

 

Other News:

The Members’ Forum on November 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm is for members of the Branch to come together and hear about where we’ve been and where we are headed, make decisions as a church, welcome new members, and share a meal together. Childcare is also provided for our families. If you are a member, this is a very important time for us to spend together, we hope you will make being there a priority.


Hey ladies! Join us December 3rd, from 2-4 pm for an afternoon of fun, tea & treats. This will be a great opportunity to relax, meet other women in all stages of life at The Branch and lift each other up in prayer. Contact Victoria Renard if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.


This summer we’ll be sending two mission teams overseas (East Asia & Haiti) You can find an application online or grab an one at the Connect Table on Sunday. The cost will be around $3,000 and the deadline to apply is December 19th. Contact Stephen for more information.


In addition to our Sunday offering baskets, The Branch offers safe and secure online giving. Use this tool to give to international missions, support one of our interns, give your one-time tithe or even set-up a recurring tithe. Use our website or download our App on iTunes or Google Play.


Even though you might be home for the holidays enjoying Grandma’s pumpkin pie, you don’t have to miss a sermon. All of our sermons are available right here on the blog and on iTunes.

Preparing for the Members Forum

November 3, 2016 Josh Howeth Branch Notes, General

Our bi-annual Member’s Forum is coming up on Sunday, November 20th. The Forum will start at 6:30PM and dinner and childcare will be provided. If you are a member, these times together are so important for us as a church community. I really hope you will make it a priority to stay after and participate that Sunday evening.

I’d like to share some of the things that we will be talking about that night so that you can be prepared:

  1. We will be receiving elder recommendations from you. It’s our desire that we will have another elder as a part of our elder team by next fall. We want to hear from you regarding which men you’ve experienced a godly example from, someone who comes to your mind when you read 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, and someone who you’d submit to as a leader in our church family.
  2. We will be sharing four different cities that we are praying about planting a future church in. Our church planting cohort has done some great work and has presented to our elder team four different cities that we want to begin to pray more seriously about planting in. It’s always been our communicated vision as a church that we would be a sending church who plants other churches, rather than seeking to simply grow as an individual church.
  3. We will be talking about Advent Conspiracy for this coming season of Advent. We have a non-profit we are beginning to work with that serves the Foster Care system. She will be coming to share about their ministry in our worship gathering in late November. We are excited about the work they do and want to heavily support them and be involved.
  4. We will be sharing our three goals for the year as a church. Every year our elders assess, pray and dream about the upcoming year. We have three specific ways that we are seeking to lead the church into greater health. It’s important that we each embrace them, in order that they become a reality.
  5. We will be rolling out and sharing our new Local Engagement Strategy as well as a Global missions pipeline. These two things will radically be changing the way we engage our city as well as equip, train, and send people to foreign fields of work.
  6. We will as always be sharing where we are at financially as a church. We want to give you the opportunity to look at and speak into the budget.
  7. We will also be announcing new church members.

Josh Howeth

 

Other Branch News:

The International Thanksgiving Dinner will be here soon. Every year we invite international students to experience a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. We need individuals and families to prepare food dishes in the days leading up to this event. Contact Trevor or Sarah for more information.


Hey ladies! Join us December 3rd, from 2-4 pm for an afternoon of fun, tea & treats. This will be a great opportunity to relax, meet other women in all stages of life at The Branch and lift each other up in prayer. Contact Victoria Renard if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.

 

His Strength In My Weakness

October 28, 2016 Julia Campbell Branch Notes, General

Before starting this internship, I had a pretty naive idea of what ministry as a job looked and felt like. What could be better than devoting the majority of my day to sharing the Gospel, spending time with the Lord, and encouraging people in their faith? Nothing is better and more fulfilling than that, yes. But ministry is also very draining, messy, and humbling.

Every day I get to tell people about Jesus and encourage them in their walk with the Lord. While this is encouraging for myself in many ways, what I didn’t realize was that I would spend hours each day listening to people talk about their disappointments and struggles. Some of those people without the hope of Jesus Christ as their Savior. I didn’t realize that those conversations could take away so much of my energy. Before I discovered I had a limit to how many people I could effectively meet with in a day, I often thought and acted in the flesh rather than in the spirit during conversations. I was too drained from previous conversations, earlier in the day, to be fully present with those I met with next. I tried to do it all in my own strength rather through the Lord’s, which is when it became draining.

I also didn’t realize ministry could be so messy. How could it be when you’re working alongside the Body of Christ? If you think about it though, ministry is people working together. As people, we are sinful and broken so therefore working with each other is difficult at times. We all experience moments of defeat, we have miscommunications, or fail to see eye-to-eye on things. It isn’t always rainbows and sunshine.

The aspect of ministry that has effected me the most since starting this internship is humility. Without a doubt, this has been some of the most emotional months of my life. I am constantly humbled through the Lord revealing my sins to me. Someone close to me gave me insight into why this specific season of my life was leading me to uncover my sins. They pointed out that because of this internship, I’ve been spending more time with God, thinking about Him, reading His word, and actively living for Him. Awareness of my own brokenness is overwhelmingly enhanced because I’m daily reminded of my need for God.

With all these new discoveries about the hardships that come with ministry, I’ve learned so much about the God we serve and His faithfulness to those who love Him.  I tried to do things on my own – thinking that taking a break or allowing the Lord to help would be a sign of weakness. But it turns out that I AM WEAK. I can’t do it all on my own. Praise the Lord for his continuous grace, and his strength beyond anything I’ve ever felt before. Jesus is the reason I can do ministry every day. I’ve seen the importance of mini-retreats with the Lord, reflecting on my weakness, and being humbled by His strength. I’ve also learned to extend more grace and love to those that I work with. Oh how great and good is the God we worship for showing me all these things.

In closing, I want to share something my mom told me awhile back that I’ll never forget. She said, “Lately I’ve been praying, ‘Lord, reveal my sin to me so that I have no choice but to run to the cross.’” That’s a profound prayer to pray because the Lord will answer it if you ask Him to! As your sin is revealed to you, you’ll humble yourself before the Lord and discover that God’s grace and love for you is larger than you’ve ever known before. Even though ministry is draining (when done in your own strength rather than through God’s), messy, and humbling, it’s more than worth it because I get to be a part of growing God’s Kingdom and learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

Other News:

Branch Brunch is a great place to ask questions and hear about the purpose and values of our faith community. Our next Branch Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 30th at 10:30 am. This Brunch is
necessary if you are interested in becoming a member. If you are interested in attending contact Josh Howeth to RSVP.


The Members Forum is a time for members of The Branch to come together and hear about where we’ve been and where we are headed, make decisions as a church, welcome new members and share a meal together. If you are a member of The Branch please make plans to attend on Sunday, November 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm (immediately following our Sunday gathering.) Childcare is also provided for our families.


Calling all College Students! We have got the first ever Young Life Fall Getaway just for COLLEGE STUDENTS! Our College Getaway is November 4-6 and is only $99. We are joining up with other colleges all throughout the northwest to have the best weekend of the year. There will be OVER 500 college students there. Take a break away from the chaos of school and get away to Washington Family Ranch for an amazing weekend of community, games, teachings, and personal introspection. You will not want to miss it. Contact Davey Walker if you have any questions.


The International Thanksgiving Dinner will be here soon. Every year we invite international students to experience a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. We need individuals and families to prepare food dishes in the days leading up to this event. Contact Trevor or Sarah for more information.


Hey ladies! Join us December 3rd, from 2-4 pm for an afternoon of fun, tea & treats. This will be a great opportunity to relax, meet other women in all stages of life at The Branch and lift each other up in prayer. Contact Victoria Renard if you plan to attend, or if you have any questions.

Calling All College Students

October 20, 2016 Davey Walker Branch Notes

I want to share about something sweet that is on the horizons in my world. As many of you know, I also work for College Young Life at OSU. Young Life has been an awesome opportunity to get to share Jesus with students that you do not often find in the pews or seats of churches on Sunday. Many students have also used Young Life as a tool to have conversations about Jesus with their peers. It has been such a blessing to see people come into relationship with our Lord and Savior.

This fall we have a College Young Life first, Fall Camp. November 4-6 we are headed over to Washington Family Ranch for our college getaway. Camp will have the same feel of summer camp crammed into a weekend. Even better, it will not only be OSU out there but we will have over 500 college students through the pacific northwest including UW, UO, WOU, and PSU. I am stoked for this weekend because everyone there is going to get to hear the gospel. I encourage students to use this weekend as an opportunity to have your friends hear the gospel. We all have friends that we want to know Jesus but know will never come to church with us on Sunday. This is a great weekend to hopefully bridge that gap as they get to hear about Jesus in a setting that is much more comfortable for them.

I whole heartedly believe God is going to do big things this weekend. He is going to change lives and bring people into relationship with him. Students of OSU are going to be changed as they come face to face with Jesus.

I want all the students of the Branch to consider spending a weekend out at the ranch with their friends as the gospel is proclaimed clearly. If you have never been out to experience the beauty of Washington Family Ranch, there is extra incentive to come because there is no other camp like it. And if you are not in college, please lift up this weekend in prayer. The gospel is going to be proclaimed to over 500 college students throughout the northwest. Pray that students come to know Jesus and the overall spiritual climate of the Northwest is changed.

To God be the glory.

Specifics:
Date: November 4-6
Cost: only $99
Where: Washington Family Ranch
Contact: davey@thebranchcorvallis.org

 

Other News:

Branch Brunch is a great place to ask questions and hear about the purpose and values of our faith community. Our next Branch Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 30th at 10:30 am. This Brunch is necessary if you are interested in becoming a member. If you are interested in attending contact Josh Howeth to RSVP.


The Members Forum is a time for members of The Branch to come together and hear about where we’ve been and where we are headed, make decisions as a church, welcome new members and share a meal together. If you are a member of The Branch please make plans to attend on Sunday, November 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm (immediately following our Sunday gathering.) Childcare is also provided for our families.


Community groups gather together weekly to get to know one another, pray, study the bible and live life together. It’s never too late to join a group so if you didn’t attend one earlier this week you can still do that! You can find a list of weekly meeting locations and times on our website or on the Community Group Map in the back of the auditorium on Sunday nights.


In addition to our Sunday offering baskets, The Branch offers safe and secure online giving. Use this tool to give to international missions, support one of our interns, give your one-time tithe or even set-up a recurring tithe. Use our website or download our App on iTunes or Google Play.


We get it – cold and flu season, midterms, visiting family – sometimes you just can’t be at church on Sunday. Don’t worry, all of our sermon series are available on our website and iTunes so if you miss a week you don’t have to miss out.

One Of The Reasons Our Church Values Membership

October 7, 2016 Josh Howeth Branch Notes, General

Our faith community values membership. Not because we are trying to create a special club but because we think what the New Testament describes and commands God’s people, the church, to be and do can only be accomplished in our culture with some form of declared commitment. How can we encourage each other, love one another, carry each other’s burdens, pray for one another, do life together in a way that reflects the image of Jesus if church is merely a Sunday event that we attend?

Membership is a very meaningful thing to us because it is a declaration to others that we are committing our lives to them. We are saying in becoming a member that we care about other people’s growth in Christ-likeness and not just our own. We are saying that I choose to do life with you for the glory of Jesus. We are saying that I want to try and let myself be known by others, and I want to know others as well.

You see, membership is meaningful because it’s about people. We are committing our lives to each other, not to a 501C3 or an organization or a brand. It’s about following the desire of Jesus to not just save individuals for their own personal fulfillment, but to save individuals and gather them into a new community – a family.

We live in a day where commitment is not a value but a wavering individual choice that changes under the slightest transitions. When we experience other’s commitment to us, and they experience our’s to them, it is a beautiful picture to the world of how worthy and unifying Jesus is. The world will know Whose we are, by our love for one another. It’s just hard to love one another though, if we don’t do life with one another.

So it has been my prayer from the beginning that no matter who you are, I want to encourage you to become a member of a church somewhere. I hope it is a church that seeks to faithfully preach and embody the gospel and there are many incredible churches in our beautiful city that do that. So join in somewhere. But don’t see your commitment as a commitment to a worship service, or a brand, but to people.

If you’d like to take a step of exploring becoming a member of The Branch please RSVP to attend our quarterly Branch Brunch. This is a time where we share a meal, discuss our church’s story and the reason we exist, and what we are laboring to see God accomplish through our faith community. This brunch coming up at the end of this month, October 30th. (And did I mention that it’s only once a quarter?) It starts at 10:30am at my house. Don’t worry I’m not cooking, but someone who is amazing at cooking is (she’s pretty pretty and we share the same last name.)

 

Other News:

We will be celebrating The Branch’s 4th birthday with a 3rd Meal on this Sunday, October 9th! Our theme is 4 Years 4 Ingredients. Bring something yummy that is made with only four ingredients to share while we celebrate being a church family. Contact Jesse Parker for more information.

Community groups gather together weekly to get to know one another, pray, study the bible and live life together. It’s never too late to join a group so if you didn’t attend one earlier this week you can still do that! You can find a list of weekly meeting locations and times on our website or on the Community Group Map at the back of the church.


In addition to our Sunday offering baskets, The Branch offers safe and secure online giving. Use this tool to give to international missions, support one of our interns, give your one-time tithe or even set-up a recurring tithe. Use our website or download our App on iTunes or Google Play.


Did you miss it? All of our sermon series are available on our website and iTunes. Head on over to listen again or to catch up on what you missed.