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Successful Shrove Tuesday at Malagash United Church

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

It has been a busy week in our area ¬– Shrove Tuesday was celebrated at Malagash United Church.

A short service was held in the Sanctuary and then down to a delightful pancake and sausage supper with about 30 people enjoying the food and fellowship. 

A short service was held in the Sanctuary and then down to a delightful pancake and sausage supper with about 30 people enjoying the food and fellowship. 

It was delightful to have a couple of our more senior ladies there and I can assure you they enjoyed themselves.

The tables were decorated with red candleholders and Mardi Gras beads.

During the service, the congregation was invited to bring forth their Lenten gifts and symbolic ingredients for the making of pancakes.

The griddles downstairs were ably manned by Peter Berkelaar and Russ Durling.    

An Ash Wednesday service was held in St. John's Church in Wallace with Rev. Connie officiating.

Lent has now begun and today once again Lenten gifts were presented during the service. The theme is Giving and everyone is encouraged to participate. Many of the congregation came forward during the Offertory to present their gifts of food and/or other items.

Friday evening a lovely World Day of Prayer service was held at St. John's Church with representatives of several congregations taking part. This year the service was written by women of the Philippines.

We were fortunate to have Solly Gosselin, who was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada many years ago, as our guest speaker. Solly explained the history of her country of birth and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. She had a display table with many beautiful items including her husband's dress shirt. The material was created by using pineapple leaves.

A lovely lunch followed the service featuring a Philippine chicken dish – unfortunately, I didn't get the name of it, but it was very tasty. There was lots of fresh fruit and pineapple upside down cakes made by several of our ladies.

Next year the service will be hosted by St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Wallace.

Another successful card party was held at the Community Hall on Tuesday with eight tables in play. Men's High went to Vernon Sprague, Ladies High Shelia MacKinnon; Lucky by Cyril Purdy; Travelling went to Shelia MacKinnon and the 50/50 went to Martha Wilson.

Robert and Jocelyn Dobson, Wanda and Dale Langille of Malagash returned this weekend from a trip to Veradero, Cuba. While there they met up with Kris and Holly Larsen of Wallace and George and Monica MacKenzie of Malagash and helped  Kris celebrate his birthday. Great place to have a birthday party. Must keep it in mind.

I seem to be always warning everyone to be on the watch for deer but this time on Tuesday on our way to the church, I had a once in a lifetime experience – a bobcat ran across the road in front of our car. He ran into the open field, sat down and looked at us. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera or phone with me to take a picture. It was only the second time that Russ has seen one in the wild. Beautiful animal, but wouldn't want to come up against it while out walking.

I saw eight deer in a field on Smith Road the other morning. The deer looked really good. I guess it has been an easy winter for them. But continue to watch out for them while you are driving. They can jump out in front of you when you are least expecting it. Have a great week everyone and stay safe!


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

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