Malagash church host­ing third wel­come back cot­tagers ser­vice on June 25

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Mar­ian Durl­ing Malagash & Area Mar­ian Durl­ing is the Malagash and area colum­nist for the Cit­i­zen-Record.

Greet­ings from Malagash. We have just come through another crazy week­end, weather wise. Tor­ren­tial rain and high winds on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day beau­ti­ful days but gi­ant pud­dles all over the place mak­ing yard work very dif­fi­cult. How­ever it is com­ing along nicely.

Love to wan­der through the nurs­eries and view all the new trans­plants and wish I had the time and where­with all to buy and plant them all.

Sharon United Church of Tata­m­agouche has be­come quite the mu­si­cal place to be. Sev­eral weeks ago the Tata­m­agouce Area Singers held their beau­ti­ful spring con­cert and just re­cently men have taken over the venue.

A men and boys a cap­pella group from King’s Col­lege in Hal­i­fax per­formed and on June 10 Four Men from Toronto pre­sented a con­cert. Th­ese last two concerts were spon­sored by the Out Reach Com­mit­tee of the church pro­mot­ing so­cial jus­tice and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment groups, lo­cally and glob­ally.

The United Church has al­ways been in the fore­front of such ap­peals.

In fact, Jannie Berke­laar, a mem­ber of Malagash Church, ran the Bluenose Half Marathon and most of her pledges went to the South Su­dan hunger ap­peal.

There was a ‘pickle bot­tle’ at the en­trance of our church for sev­eral weeks for do­na­tions to the Ex­treme Hunger Ap­peal for parts of Africa and the Mid­dle East. We are so for­tu­nate to live in such a peace­ful and fer­tile area where no one re­ally has to go with­out food.

Our church used to have a Food Bank Sun­day the last Sun­day of each month but at our con­gre­ga­tional meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary it was de­cided to have a sec­ond of­fer­ing at the end of ev­ery three months to go to our lo­cal food bank as cash for sup­plies is al­ways needed.

The sec­ond one is com­ing up on June 25 when we will be cel­e­brat­ing our third an­nual open door-wel­come back cot­tagers ser­vice. We will also be cel­e­brat­ing the 150th birth­day of our won­der­ful coun­try.

Come join us at 9 a.m. with a so­cial hour to fol­low the ser­vice. Wear some red and white!

Speak­ing of cot­tagers re­turn­ing-wow it sure has been busy in that area lately. Laura and Darcy Wikeruk have ar­rived back with their mo­tor home, large trailer, packed no doubt with boxes and boxes.

They win­ter in Ari­zona and from all re­ports will be start­ing to build their new home. Their prop­erty is right across from the church and fea­tures a lovely light­house and garage. A great start.

Dick and Liza Cur­tiss have ar­rived back to spend the sum­mer months with us. They are from Cal­i­for­nia and can be seen help­ing out at all our com­mu­nity events. Another cou­ple re­turn­ing this past week were Wayne and Lee Stordall from Bri­tish Co­lum­bia.

Vangie and Derek John­ston are com­ing for a few days with Don and Bev Ri­p­ley-Hall to help wel­come Lee and Wayne back in our midst.

Greet­ings go out to Don Hall on his birth­day on June 10. The Durl­ing fam­ily have a big one com­ing up as Russ’s mom, Kather­ine, will be 100 on the 17th.

Hope­fully her pic­ture will be on ATV on Satur­day and we will be cel­e­brat­ing with her and a lot of fam­ily and friends at an open house in Wood­stock.

Won­der­ful to have her reach this age and still be fi­esty and smart! Doesn’t let her el­dest son get away with too much!

Sorry to hear that Elden MacNeill is a pa­tient in the Truro Hospi­tal. He has been there for a bit and di­ag­no­sis has not been com­pleted as of this writ­ing. We are keep­ing Elden and Dar­lene in our prayers and hope for a speedy re­cov­ery.

Best wishes go out to all who are cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial event this week - birth­days and an­niver­saries, etc.

School will be wind­ing down soon and our thoughts are with all the stu­dents, es­pe­cially those grad­u­at­ing from high school and plan­ning their fu­tures. Have a good week ev­ery­one and stay safe.

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