January 23-29, 2021

If you have information or news pertaining to Trinity’s ministries, please submit those articles to or call the office at 262-242-2045. Deadline for all submissions is 12:00 Noon on Wednesdays.


All of Trinity’s faculty & staff will not be available this day to take part in Professional Development.

A Message from Pastor Chris

Unlike past New Year’s celebrations in recent memory, 2021 was a rocky start. The streets were quieter, the parties were smaller, and the optimism of what this year would bring was mixed. In fact, the pastor at my parents’ church on New Year’s Eve joked how, for the first time, there were more people in his pews than in Times Square. Indeed, we were all happy to say “goodbye” to 2020.

Nevertheless, not all was lost in the last year. While major news outlets and social media sites unanimously condemned the events and mass-suffering wreaked by the global pandemic, many overlooked a single factor which has powerfully been at work since last March: Jesus. Trinity has not been a stranger to the grief felt by the world over the last ten months, yet Pastor Carl and I have been privileged to watch the Lord’s work in the hearts of people in new, exciting ways!

In the week before we re-opened our doors for the 2020-2021 school year, Dr. Seefeld and Stefanie Hebert found themselves giving at least ten tours to prospective families, all of whom decided to send their kids here. Even more exciting was how most of these families had no prior connection to Trinity. This presented an opportunity to not only share the Gospel with our new students, but to also engage their families in our work at Trinity and foster new relationships.

And such engagement has already borne fruit in a short amount of time! On Christmas Eve, Pastor Carl and I spotted at least one NEW school family in nearly every service. Even more, a few of them have returned for Sunday morning worship (Praise God!). More recently, I had the privilege to meet and talk with several new school families during our game night. Without any expectation, several of these conversations turned to spiritual matters and even gave an opportunity to pray with them.  I certainly hope these conversations will continue in the future.

The Lord has been very active in our school ministry, and the same can be said regarding our congregation. Since March, we have welcomed six new families into our congregation, all of whom are active and range across different age groups. Even more, we are currently in the process of welcoming another few people!

These are only some of the highlights where God’s hand has been evident over the last ten months, as there are more instances that could be recorded. But, to borrow from John 20:31, these are written so that you may believe that Jesus remains the Christ, and that He and His promises have not departed our world.

Therefore, I encourage you to take this week and reflect on where God’s hand has been visible in your life, whether at home, at work, or in your relationships. If you are struggling to see His work right now, ask Him to show you. I doubt He will let such a request fall on deaf ears.

This Week at Trinity

Saturday 1/23

7:00 am Men’s Bible Study | Gathering Room

5:00 pm | Anchored Worship

Sunday 1/24

8:00 am Anchored Worship | Sanctuary

9:20 am Anchored Worship | Sanctuary

9:20 am Revelation Bible Study | Science Lab

10:45 am Connected Worship | Gym

12:00 pm Congregational Meeting | Gym


Monday 1/25

Tuesday 1/26

7:30 am Men’s Bible Study | Gathering Room

Wednesday 1/27

Thursday 1/28

Friday 1/29



All of Trinity’s faculty & staff will not be available this day to take part in Professional Development.

Coming Up

1/31 Discussion on Karenni Proposal | Noon | Gathering Room

2/2 Discussion on Karenni Proposal | 6pm | Gathering Room

2/7 Special Congregational Meeting | Noon

EdTalk | 9:20 am

2/8-2/12 Kindergarten Signing Week

News & Information

January 24th, 2021 | Noon

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church – Freistadt
Congregational Meeting
January 24th, 2021 at Noon

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Introduction of BLL
  3. Approval of minutes from the June 28, 2020 Congregational meeting (Please refer to handout). (VOTING ACTION)
  4. Elections (VOTING ACTION)
  5. Housing Allowance for all Ministers of the Gospel- (VOTING ACTION)
  6. Peaceful Release (VOTING ACTION)- Susan Ernst
  7. Teacher Calls (VOTING ACTION)- John Tarr and Cassie Makela
  8. Shall the Synod add a year to the current 2019–2022 triennium, allowing districts to hold their conventions in either 2021 or 2022, and moving the upcoming national Synod Convention from 2022 to 2023 (VOTING ACTION)
  9. Budget/Financial Update (see handouts)
  10. School Update
  11. Other items/Questions
  12. Closing Prayer

Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Freistadt

Congregational Meeting

June 28, 2020

(Held outdoors due to COVID-19 Precautions)

  1. Opening Prayer

The meeting was called to order at 11:07 AM by Dr. Chris Weber and a prayer by Pastor Lehenbauer.

  1. Introduction of BLL

Chris Weber introduced the current BLL (Chris Weber-Chair, Deb Yahr- Vice Chair, Eric Huber- Treasurer, Lucas Dieringer-Secretary), Dale Bruss, Drew Pipkorn, Amanda Kropp, Mark Jaeger, and Ron Storck.

  1. Approval of minutes from the January 26, 2020 Congregational meeting. (Refer to handout). (VOTING ACTION)

A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the January 26, 2020 Congregational meeting.  Motion passed.

  1. Approval of minutes from the March 8, 2020 Special Congregational meeting regarding HVAC. (Refer to handout). (VOTING ACTION).

A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the March 8, 2020 Special Congregational meeting. Motion passed.

  1. Financial Review and Approval of 2020-2021 Budget (refer to handouts). (VOTING ACTION)

Brian Axtman updated the congregation on the current financial report (see report).  Of note, he was happy to see how the congregation responded with increased giving during the COVID-19 shutdown.  Also, to clarify, the school tuition income increased with increased student enrollment.

Brian also informed the Congregation that Trinity applied for and received a forgivable loan through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) of the CARES Act during the COVID-19 shutdown.  The amount is for $258,672 and will be applied this year and into the next fiscal year.  This does not show up on the budget as it will most certainly be forgiven.  This will also help offset the current shortfall of $104,574.12.

Brian presented the proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (please refer to handouts).  In discussion, Principal Dr. Sam Seefeld informed the congregation of the teacher positions and staffing needs in regards to the proposed budget.  He also indicated that Lexi Schmidt has accepted a director position in Chicago, and therefore we are currently looking for an ELA teacher to replace Lexi.

A motion was made and seconded to approve the proposed budget for 2020-2021.  The motion passed.

  1. Divine Call for Teachers- Alexis Reincke and Anna Armbrust (VOTING ACTION).

A motion was made and seconded to approve the Teacher Calls to Alexis Reincke and Anna Armbrust.  The motion passed.

A question was asked after the vote regarding the hiring process.  Pastor Carl and Principal Sam Seefeld discussed the current process including the involvement of faculty and members of the congregation in the hiring process.  This is in accordance to the Church Constitution and BLL Policies that were updated a few years ago and approved by the congregation.

  1. Peaceful Release- Bob Anderson (Retirement). (VOTING ACTION).

A motion was made and seconded for Peaceful Release of Bob Anderson upon his retiring from teaching at Trinity School.  Motion passed.

  1. Summer Projects (Informational Item).

Brian Axtman updated the congregation on some of the summer projects that have been happening (see bottom of financial handout).  The COVID-19 shutdown did allow for a jump start on a lot of the cleaning.  Floors were refinished in one of the school wings.  The HVAC controller upgrade is near to start as we are waiting on a funding question to be answered by the company.

  1. Other items/Questions
  • Why are full names (first and last name) of individuals not mentioned in the prayers during the service?
    • Pastor Carl indicated this was an intentional change for prayers to be time for praying for the individual and not for announcements.
  • How is the school year going to be different in the Fall in regards to the COVID-19 situation?
    • Principal Dr. Sam Seefeld indicated that face to face courses will resume in the fall.
    • The DPI released guidelines for schools, and this is being reviewed. Since these are guidelines, schools will need to create their plan.  The current plan is to hold Chapel and Assembly.  There will be distancing of desks, inclusion of sanitizing stations, and screening of visitors.  Parents are to screen children at home prior to sending to school.  More info to follow as updates occur.
  • Concern regarding use of grape juice for Holy Communion?
    • Pastor Carl indicated that due to the COVID-19 situation, the use of prepackaged host and cup with grape juice has been implemented. He indicated that he is looking for prepackaged wine for communion but not available at this time.  He indicated that grape juice has been implemented in the past under special situations within the Lutheran Church history.  This is temporary.
  • Will there be an option for a service in the Sanctuary without masks? Do we need these restrictions?  Should there be a survey about re-opening/phases of re-opening?  (These were questions to consider but no specific answer at this time).
  1. Closing Prayer

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 11:47 AM.  Motion passed.

Pastor Lehenbauer closed with a prayer.

51 voting members were signed in.

Respectfully submitted by,

Lucas Dieringer, BLL Secretary

Candidates for Board of Lay Leaders

Richard (Dick) Frohmader

Dick and his wife Patti have been members at Trinity for 38 years. Their children attended Trinity School. Dick has served as an usher, and in the past on the Board of Properties and School Board.

Jack Hoelz

Jack and his wife Cheryl have been members of Trinity for 20 years. Daughters Kaitlan and Sophie attended Trinity and Living Word Luther High. Kaitlan graduated from Concordia Mequon and Sophia graduated from Concordia Seward last December. Jack has served on several committees over the years. Jack and Cheryl have also chaperoned for two youth gatherings and participated in mission trips to the Wind River Reservation.

David Kaemmer

David Kaemmer has been a member of Trinity for 30 years. David and his wife Crescent have two adult children. Jeremey and Noah both attended Trinity School. David had been involved at Trinity in Board of Evangelism (6 years), Board of Elders, taught 7/8 grade Sunday School (4 years), along with attending Bible study regularly. David enjoys spending time playing tennis, pickle ball, golf, hiking, drums along with volunteering percussion talent with the students at Living Word Lutheran HS.

Dave Otis

Dave has been an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church- Freistadt since 2015, after moving to Germantown. He would like to expand his participation within the church community by being a member of the Board of Layman Leaders. Previous related experience include:
1. Member of Call Committee for finding a replacement Assistant Pastor in 2018.
2.  Served on Church Council (Social Ministry) at St. Luke’s in Slinger, WI for 3 years.
3. Manager at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, prior to retirement in 2012.
4. Volunteer at church assisting with communion setup, painting projects, and meal preparation kits for export to Africa.

Adam J. Schoessow

Adam has been a member at Trinity for over 40 years.  He attended school at Trinity from Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Adam and his wife Christina have 2 children that attend school at Trinity.

Deb Yahr

Deb and her husband Jim have been Trinity Members for over 20 years. Their two sons, Preston and Luke are Trinity graduates. Deb has taught Sunday school/ T3 for kids over the past 20 years and participates in small group Bible study. She has also volunteered for activities including the Trinity Human Care board, Trinity School PTL board, Basketball Tournament Committee, tutoring, and she is currently on the Board of Lay Leaders, serving as Vice Chair.

Deb is a Physical Therapist and enjoys golf, sports, fitness activities, gardening, and time with family and friends.

Candidates for Endowment Committee

Robinson (Rob) L. Butz

Rob and his wife Jane joined Trinity Lutheran Church Freistadt in 2017. He is currently serving on the Endowment Committee and is also active in the Homebound Program. They have been married 47 years and have a daughter, twin sons and a granddaughter. In 2010, after 34 years with Robert W. Baird & Co., Rob retired as a Sr. V.P. of Investment Operations. Interests include gardening, golf, traveling, online courses, music and creating short video movies.

Marianne Menzel

Marianne and her husband Gary have been members of Trinity for 12 years.  They were previously members at Beautiful Savior in Milwaukee.  Marianne is retired after teaching physical education at Martin Luther High School for 30 years.  Marianne and Gary have two married sons and 6 grandchildren. They have a grandchild at Lake Country High School and a grandchild at Divine Redeemer.

Marianne has been an active volunteer at Trinity. Her service includes hosting at Lenten Suppers and other congregational events, tutoring at Trinity’s after school program and packing college care packages.

Jenise Seeger

Jenise is a lifelong member, being baptized, confirmed, and married at Trinity. She attended grade school at Trinity from K through 8th grade and has great memories of her teachers and pastors and is so thankful for both the academic and faith foundation that they built in her. She is married to Scott and they have a beautiful daughter, Emily, who is a junior at Germantown High School. Jenise has a degree in Horticulture from UW-Madison and works for Carlin Sales Corporation, supplying greenhouses, nurseries, and landscapers with the supplies they need. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with family.

 Candidates for Elder

Tom Boehlke

Tom has been a member of Trinity most of his life. He is married to Gayla for 46 years. He has served Trinity in many capacities. He has been a Choir member, usher, a regular on the 4th of July committee, and served on the BLL and Vice Chair for 8 years. Currently he serves as Elder.

Neal Degner

Neal and his wife Erika have been members at Trinity for over 30 years. He has been active at Trinity in many ways including as an usher, on the Board of Adult Education, Sunday school navigator, and Board of Lay Leaders. He was part of the LCMS SW District Child Education Committee from 1989-1997. Currently he serves as a Worship Assistant and an Elder. Prior to joining Trinity he was an usher and Sunday School Superintendent at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend 1978-1983.

FEBRUARY 17, 2021

4:30 pm-Masks Required

6:30 pm-Masks Suggested



To register for one of these services please contact the church office at or call between 8:00 am & 4:00 pm.

Family’s may only register for one of the services as space is limited. When emailing please include your first and last name and the total number of seats needed. Once the office has completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation via email or over the phone.

IMPOSITION of ASHES will be administered prior to the service and those wishing to partake should arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the service.

All other mid-week Lenten services do not require registration.

Each year Dr. Sam Seefeld offers a detailed look into the operations of our school and talks about the future of education at Trinity Freistadt. This “EdTalk” is designed to be both informational and engaging, and offers parents multiple opportunities to ask questions, offer feedback, etc. It is also the foremost opportunity for church members to hear updates on their school. Save the date for Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 9:20 am for EdTalk 2021 to be held in the gym. We will also work to ensure that the live streaming of this event is available.

We are hoping to fund the remaining LWML grants by March 31. A new report should be coming out soon, so keep checking to see how we are doing. Please pray for our grants and the new grants which will be chosen at the convention in June. May these grants reach many who need the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Keep checking here for news on our plans for our Trinity group. We hope to get together soon.


FRIDAY MORNINGS–Beginning February 5, 2021


Trinity’s Gathering Room (Room for social distancing/masks suggested)

Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy by Beth Moore. Join Beth in a faith-building study of prophecy and learn how to live with integrity in today’s self-absorbed society. The prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressures to compromise his faith, to live in a hostile culture, and to confront temptations and threats. Today, believers in Jesus Christ face many of the same trials. This is a video-based study and a participant guide will be available for a small cost.  Questions can be directed to Lori Scheck at 262-242-2045.

IN-PERSON BIBLE STUDY! – The Book of Revelation

Led by Trinity members Brian and Joanie Forke on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Science Room (located off the library.)  Begins Sunday, January 17th.  Masks are required and efforts will be made to keep socially distanced.  You can also join this study from home by using Google MeetI  Join by phone  (US) +1 386-603-3086‬ PIN: ‪242 162 959‬#


Utilizing Barna Group data, Lutheran Hour Ministries has produced Households of Faith, a four-session video study to help households apply three core habits that foster a spiritually vibrant household.

Read more about it here.


Y4Life in Washington, D.C. is going VIRTUAL and we want YOU to join us!

Our free conference for college and high school YOUTH begins Thursday, January 28 at 8 P.M. ET with a presentation on LFL’s LIFE WEEK 2021 theme “From Invisible to Indispensable” followed by social time with 4Life youth from across the nation.

Plan to return Friday, January 29, at 8 PM ET for a panel discussion on the theme “I am Indispensable” that explores how we, though imperfect, have been made perfect in HIM.

Finally, join us on Saturday, January 30, at 9 AM for two sessions on the closing theme: “You are Indispensable.” Come hear how you have been uniquely made to be Life messengers to the world and discover some practical ways to carry out that message. 

Our lineup of dynamic and energetic speakers includes Rev. Hans Fiene, Deac. Chrissie Gillett, Deac. Pat Nuffer, Carl Nuffer, Amy Skogerboe, and Michelle Bauman. Join us each day from January 28-30 as we celebrate and affirm life!

All college and high school youth are welcome:

Thursday’s Youth Event @8 PM ET: Youth only on Zoom.

  •     Meeting ID: 8256674 8458
  •     Passcode: 531186

Friday’s Panel Discussion @8 PM ET: Youth only on Zoom; also live-streamed on YouTube

  •     Meeting ID: 863 1277 9776
  •     Passcode: 815150

Saturday Morning Conference Sessions @9 AM ET: Youth only on Zoom; also live-streamed on YouTube

  •     Meeting ID: 895 5508 4619
  •     Passcode: 563456

Karenni Ministry Church Plant Proposal


In the last decade, Trinity has quietly been part of one of the great ministry stories in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. What began as an effort to help a single family of refugees integrate into American society suddenly exploded into a new mission field on our doorstep. A quiet Bible study in a living room grew into an adult baptism, then a larger Bible study, then a worship service with more than fifty people sitting on the floor in an apartment. Now we have witnessed dozens of Karenni people baptized and/or confirmed. At one time our Karenni worship service was larger than some of Trinity’s Sunday morning services. Karenni students at Trinity and at Milwaukee Lutheran have often been leaders, both academically and spiritually. What a blessing to see God’s Word producing so much fruit!

At the same time, we have also had to come to grips with the limits of this ministry. It is simply not possible for us to build the close relationships of fellowship in Christ or to provide truly responsive pastoral care through a translator. Sharing this ministry between a rotation of pastors has helped us to sustain it for more than a decade, but it has also severely limited our ability to build relationships and truly serve as shepherds. These limitations have seriously hindered the effectiveness of our ministry among the Karenni. It has been difficult to address the influence of pastors and teachers from outside groups, especially those who speak languages more familiar to many of the Karenni people. This has resulted in unfortunate divisions between Karenni Christians of different denominations, a vastly shrunken Lutheran congregation, and the great likelihood that many Karenni people have fallen through the cracks or fallen away from the church altogether as a result of the division. All the while, the English speaking pastors have been looking on, wishing we could understand and address the issues at stake.

If only there were a Lutheran pastor who spoke the Karenni language!

Soon, there will be. We are working together with Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, Beautiful Savior Lutheran, and Concordia Seminary to bring Daniel (Su) Reh back to Milwaukee to serve as a pastor to the Karenni people here. With a dedicated pastor, the Karenni congregation will be positioned to begin overcoming some of the challenges that we have been unable to address, and with time, guidance, and support, what was once just a Bible Study in a living room will become an independent congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Click the image to read the whole proposal.


We will provide forums for discussion of this proposal on Sunday, January 31st at noon, and on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6pm. These forums will both be conducted in-person, in the Gathering Room, with an online option via Google Meet. A special congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, February 7 at noon for the purpose of voting on this proposal.

We are in need of chess boards for our Chess Club that begins on Monday, February 1st. All donations can be dropped off in the office. Thank you!

GOAL: $5,000 Collected so far: $3138.00
With two weeks left in this campaign please prayerfully consider contributing to this month’s Nehemiah Project and support the efforts of Feed My Starving Children.


Honor the Memory of Dr. Saleska and Help Pre-Seminary Students
On Jan. 30 and 31, Dr. Ron Mudge will preach at all services at Trinity on the need for pastors and some of the ways that God might use us to encourage, support, and shape men who will serve as laborers bringing in God’s plentiful harvest. We will also learn about the Saleska Scholarship for Pre-Seminary students and how we might give directly now or through Christian estate planning (contact Jeff Klocko at or 262-243-2170, and visit for more information). The Saleska Scholarship is also our Nehemiah project at Trinity for the month of February. Make checks out to TRINITY and just put “Saleska” in the memo line of your check to give this way. Now and for a limited time, gifts of $2,500 and greater are eligible for a dollar for dollar match. If you would like to give this amount or more directly to the scholarship fund, please contact Jeff Klocko for match details. Jeff can also report the amount to be counted for the Nehemiah project. For other gifts, to ensure that we take full advantage of the match, please give through Trinity’s Nehemiah project, so that the sum total of all gifts will be matched. Thank you for your generosity!

January Food Barrel

Canned veggies

Fruit juices in cans or plastic bottles

Birthday and Anniversaries

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

A printed copy of this calendar is available for those members who do not have internet capability. Please stop by the office for your copy.

Ask | Seek | Knock

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

Please take a moment to pray for the following:

Father, our hearts are so easily drawn away from You, and our interests so easily divided. Teach us to see that every role we fill can be offered as service to You, and establish our hearts in Your love, so that all of our needs are met in You rather than in this world. Gracious Lord, we look to You in our time of need, and so we lift up to You those in special need of medical care. Thank you for the healing that You have given to Sharon Keller, and please also grant that gift to Cecelia Schoessow (Covid), Glen Jones (lymphoma), Carol Gutekunst (tests), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (cancer), Shawna Geidel (cancer), Carol Tschudy (recovering from heart surgery), Irm Tews (Covid), Christopher Solon (Covid), and Dorothy Reimer (stroke). Give skill, energy, and perseverance to those who care for them, and grant them the strength to face each new challenge and the faith to pray that You would be glorified as Your will is done. Almighty God, You have promised that every enemy will be placed under the feet of Your Son. Give comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones, especially Charlie Thon and his family at the loss of his uncle, and the family of Willard Reimer. Give them faith to trust Your promise that when Christ returns the last of our enemies, death itself, will be destroyed in glorious resurrection. Almighty God, please grant Your protection to Your servants who give of themselves to protect us in this nation, especially those who serve in the military, including Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in Monterey, CA), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington), Jessica Jones (being deployed to Kuwait), and Joseph Siefert (serving in Spain) Give wisdom to those who lead our armed forces, and bless us with rulers who seek to keep peace in this world. Gracious God, bless the work of your faithful missionaries around the world, especially Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro in Papua New Guinea and the Baker family in Mongolia. Sustain them in their service, surround them with the love and support of Your people, and bring forth good fruit from their efforts. We praise You Father, for all the gifts that You give to us, especially as we celebrate the 80 years of life that You have given to Carolyn Anderson. Please continue to bless her so that she is able to be a blessing to others as she lives in service to You. Heavenly Father, in Christ You have given us the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to You except through Him. Give wisdom to all the leaders in our church, that we may proclaim that message with boldness and clarity. Guide all those in authority in our nation, that Your word may go forth unhindered through your people. Amen.

Do you know of others for whom we should be praying?
Let us know by sending an email to

 Office Hours | Monday – Friday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Following CDC recommendations, sanitize or wash hands upon entering and leaving the building.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • To protect our office staff, please refrain from congregating in the main office.
  • Limit non-essential movement in the building to only the areas necessary during your visit.

  • Between the times of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors must ring the doorbell by pressing the outside buzzer at the main office doors. 
    • Office personnel will determine entry.
    • Visitors must report directly to the reception desk located in the main lobby. 
  • All visitors and volunteers (non-delivery personnel) seeking access to the building will be screened and documented at the reception desk in the main lobby
  • Guests are invited to wait in the main lobby while the office personnel contacts the staff member expecting the visitor and/or escort the visitor to the appropriate location.
  • Visitors must return to the main lobby/front office after their visit to sign out and return their badge.
Church Attendance

This section will be updated when the regular worship schedule returns.

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