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Full Ash Wednesday service at St. John’s Church in Wallace

['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']
['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Well once again our weather is crazy! A skiff of snow and then the rains came down! Freezing rain Sunday morning which meant the cancellation of our church service in Malagash.  Years ago it was unheard of to cancel a service, but seems lately it is quite frequent.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and a full service is planned for St. John's Church in Wallace.

All three churches in Three Harbours Pastoral Charge are involved and the service will consist of Holy Communion and the laying on of Ashes. All are welcome to attend. 

This year we are combining Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and will begin with a Pot Luck supper at 6 p.m. with the service starting at 7 p.m. 

Rev. Connie will be leading the service. Could be a real nice way to celebrate Valentines Day!

There will be a luncheon at the community hall on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with delicious soups and chowder plus dessert.  

Our Friday walking group will meet on Thursday this week.  Come and join us - we start at 10 a.m. and are usually through by 10:45 - lots of room for everyone! 

The Legion "Jig the Joker" pot is building and it is now over $1000. 

Russ and I have both drawn the lucky ticket lately but can't seem to find that Joker! Why don't you come down and try! 

The legion is open on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 with the draw taking place around 8:15 p.m. There was a crib tournament at the legion last Saturday--guess they play the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Unfortunately, I don't have any information on the winners, but I am sure they all had a great time. 

Had a brief visit with Marjorie Grayley and her brother, Ken McNab, Saturday morning.  Marjorie is recovering from hip surgery and is coming along quite well.  Impatient as most of us would be but doing a bit of walking with her walker.  Know we will see her out to Church shortly. 

This week a Bible Study entitled "How the Bible Came to be" by John  Bolton is starting at the Pugwash United Church and is led by Rev. Meggan King and our own Rev. Connie.  It was supposed to be held in the Manse but the response has been so good that it has been moved to the Church It is being held on Tuesday mornings and I am sure there is room for more.  Just contact Rev. Megan or Rev. Connie for more information.

Now for a minute of bragging. A lot of you know that our daughter, Karen Durling Stiller, is a free-lance writer, Assistant Editor of Faith Today Magazine and writes such terrific blogs and articles. 

Well, this month she has an article in Readers Digest. She wrote an article for the Walrus Magazine-based on the life of a minister's wife and it is quite humorous in spots but all true!  A couple of weeks ago the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) which publishes Faith Today had her article on their audio web site--lo and behold--it was introduced by Lloyd Robertson. 

It was something to hear this veteran broadcaster introducing our daughter's article. The cover of Readers Digest list of contents shows the following: Being A Minister's Wife isn't Always a Blessing. 

Needless to say, e-mails went all over Canada to family and friends and I am heading out to buy a large one and will probably have the cover framed as a gift for her office or my loft!  Well, maybe I will do two! Always so thrilled when a guy or gal from Nova Scotia makes the headlines for something good! 

This is the start of the Week of Love - the busiest week for florists, jewellers, candy makers. Wednesday is Valentine's Day and I found this little verse in a booklet compiled by a dear friend of mine, Marjorie Morgan of Ontario. 

It goes like this: "In the midst of everything, Take time to love, and laugh and pray. Then life will be worth living, each and every day.”

Have a great week everyone, wish you lots of valentines but more importantly, good health and be safe! 

Marian Durling is the Malagash and area columnist for the Citizen-Record.

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