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lost in the details of the extraordinary stories of Jesus’ birth and to miss the fact that all the detail is pointing to the source of God’s love, Jesus himself. When the shepherds encountered God’s angel outside in the fields the angel said to them: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12). Despite the story’s emphasis on poverty and squalor which we might perceive from the fact that Jesus was to be found lying in an animal feeding trough, the principal purpose of the manger was to identify Jesus to the seeking shepherds. Here was the evidence of God’s love for them and I trust these Advent and Christmas’ seasons you find that love again, maybe in a place you hadn’t expected. Just as Lulu was impressed by the notion of God’s story may we also be drawn back to the story to experience God’s love afresh. May God bless you all this festive season, Rev Geoff McKee Minister of St. Gerardine’s High linked with St. James’ Church of Scotland: Lossiemouth

Holy Trinity Elgin. Sundays 8am: Holy Communion. 11am: Family Eucharist. 6.30pm: evening service. Tel: 01343 547505. Hopeman Baptist Church Sundays 11am and 6pm. Living Waters Fellowship Wednesdays 7pm: Road to Recovery - for alcholics, addicts and the homeless. Sundays 12.30pm: preachin’, prayin’ and singin’ followed by lunch. Sundays 12.30pm and Wednesdays 7pm: Truck Stop Ministries - for truck drivers & bikers. New Elgin & Ashgrove Hall, King Street, Elgin, IV30 6BN. Tel: 07730 256543. Website: www.livingwatersfellowship.co.uk Lossiemouth Baptist Church Sundays 9:15am, 11am (and junior church) and 6pm. Thursdays 6.15pm - 8pm: kids church (P4-P7). Contact Rev. Rae Mackenzie: 01343 812062. Website: www.lossiebaptist.org Lossiemouth Gospel Hall Sunday club12.30pm (Sept - May). Gospel meeting 6.30pm. Tel: 01343 812211. For details visit www.lossiemouthgospelhall.org.uk Lossiemouth United Free Church of Scotland Sundays 11am and 6pm including Sunday school. Website: www.ufcos.org.uk/lossie

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With Christmas fast approaching and there having been much hype around so-called Black Friday sales and big discounts from online retailers – often to the detriment of local shops – I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight my support for our local businesses. While I appreciate that household budgets are stretched more than ever at this time of year – we should do everything we can to shop at local businesses which are often at the heart of our communities. I hope shoppers throughout Moray can find time to support our local, independent businesses when carrying out their Christmas shopping this year. I know that local spending will be very much appreciated by local retailers and their staff. I would like to wish all readers a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous new year. 2017 is another year that holds a lot in store and I hope that whatever you have planned for the coming year works out well for you.

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30 wednesday the drouthy cobbler comedy club 7.30pm. visit www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk alzheimer scotland - musical memories 1.30pm 3pm at new elgin & ashgrove hall, land street, elgin £1 (incl teas & coffees). an opportunity for anyone with dementia & their carers to meet & in the enjoyment of music, singing & memories. for info contact: shirley mackenzie on 01343 552080/07584 408209.

DECEMBER 2016 1 thursday bullet for my valentine@ironworks, inverness. tbc, www.ironworksvenue.com. christmas concert! hosted by moray music lessons 6pm - 8pm, miltonduff village hall. £4. first christmas concert by students of moray music lesons bullet for my valentine@ironworks, inverness. tbc, www.ironworksvenue.com. "come for a christmas waltz, but you won't need your dancing shoes!" 11am - 1pm, harvest centre (next door to yeadon's bookshop. harvest centre mah jong club (american rules). come along & give it a try. beginners welcome. contact: hce.roombookings@gmail.com www.spanglefish.com/harvestcentremahjongclub.

1 thursday - 31 saturday still life studio art sale tbc, still life studio, aberlour all welcome.

2 friday sigma christmas quiz & prize draw 7pm for 7.30pm, birnie village hall, thornhill, elgin. contact: stan barber at stan@sigma-astro.co.uk. visit sigma-astro.co.uk. cinderella: presented by logie primary school & the highland youth theatre doors open 6.30pm for 7pm, forres town hall. adults £4, children £2 (incl mulled wine & mince pies). contact: logie primary school on 01309 611258. bishopmill primary school christmas fayre 6pm 8pm, bishopmill primary school. elgin. adults £2, £1 children. stalls, raffles, tombola & refreshments. santa will be taking time out of his very busy schedule to come & meet the chidren. contact: 01343 547841.

3 saturday coffee morning in aid of logie primary school 10am - 12pm, forres town hall. raffle, stalls & homebakes. for saint george: the zeebrugge raid 2.30pm, elgin library. free, but collection for branch funds western front association - speaker: derek bird, branch chairman. contact: derek bird on 01343 page26 -December2016

870562 or email chairman.wfasnb@virgin.net. visit wfascotlandnorth.org.uk. annual fireworks display & festive market 3pm - for market, 6pm - fireworks, the dowans hotel, aberlour. adults £5, children free (incl mulled wine) in aid of the aberlour child care trust. special guests, the military wives choir. contact: 01340 871488 or enquiries@dowanshotel.com. tombola night hosted by elgin youth cafe. 7pm 10pm, elgin youth cafe, francis place, elgin. grandmaster flash@ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com moray conservative & unionist association christmas coffee morning 10am - 12pm, new hall, st giles church, elgin. adults £3, children free. festive stalls. raffle. all welcome. elgin driving range challenge hosted by moray sports centre 10am, elgin driving range. christmas fayre & festive pancake brunch 10.30am, grantown ymca. lots of great christmas ideas grandmaster flash@ironworks, inverness 7.30pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com a night of hip-hop@ironworks, inverness tbc visit www.ironworksvenue.com reap scotland: community orchard tree planting 10am - 12pm, cooper park, elgin. join us ro plant more fruit trees in the developing community orchard. tools provided. meet at the play park. annual fireworks display & festive market in aid of aberlour child care trust 3pm - 9pm, the dowans hotel, aberlour. special guests - the military wives choir. join in the festive fun. moray conservative & unionist association christmas coffee morning 10am - 12pm, new hall, st giles church, elgin. adults £3, children free. festive stalls. raffle. all welcome. buckie choral union annual christmas concert 7.30pm, methodist church, north pringle street, buckie. £10 adults £5 children from members. special guests - the bel canto youth choir. all welcome. coffee morning in aid of church funds 10am - 12pm, holy trinity church, elgin. adults £2.50, children 50p usual stalls - jewellery, christmas cards, raffle, etc. all welcome. 60s, 70s disco in aid of a community accsesible defibrillator for lossiemouth 8pm, lossiemouth sports & social club. £7. all welcome. contact: yvonne murray on 07929 008392 or email muzyvonne@aol.com.

3 saturday - 4 sunday brodie castle christmas craft & food fair 10am - 4pm, brodie castle. £4. exclusively highlands return to brodie castle with over 40 stalls of wonderful wares and fabulous foods. contact: rebecca harrison on 01309 641371 or email raharrison@nts.org.uk. visit www.nts.org.uk.

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Tickets (£11 adult, £9 concession with 10% discount for groups of 10 or more) available from www.elgindrama.co.uk or from Beaver Travel in Elgin each Saturday (12pm – 3pm).

4 sunday

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fraxi queen of the forest presented by asylon theatre. 2pm, the universal hall, findhorn. £8 / £6 st andrew's lhanbryde & urquhart connect breakfast 9.30am - 10.30am (before church service), st andrew's lhanbryde & urquhart parish church hall. free. enjoy free breakfast, then explore how the first christmas is relevant today via film, discussion & activities for all. visit www.salucofs.wordpress.com christingle service in inchberry hall 6.30pm 7.45pm, inchberry hall. delightful candlelit nativity, community kirk evenng service with appeal for children & adults alike. www.wherecanwego.com.

elgin amateur dramatic society: cinderella 7.30pm each evening; sat 10th matinee at 2pm, elgin town hall. £11 adult or £9 child/concession, 10% discount for parties of 10 people or more. for info visit www.elgindrama.co.uk.

7 wednesday

2manydjs@ironworks, inverness. tbc. visit www.ironworksvenue.com. martha reeves & the vandellas@ironworks, inverness. 7pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com.

friends of grant lodge, agm. 7pm, elgin museum hall speaker, rona walker, historic environment scotland, will talk about the new exhibition in elgin cathedral. refreshments. rafford s.w.i.: dick whittington panto at eden court theatre. tbc, eden court theatre. december's meeting moray, banff & badenoch decorative & fine arts society (mbbdfas): 'the brilliant british humour in the forgotten art of the picture postcard' - lecture by dr james taylor. 11am, st columba's church, duff avenue, elgin.new members welcome. contact: membership@nadfas-in-elgin.org.uk or visit www.nadfas-in-elgin.org.uk.

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8 thursday christmas reminiscence fochabers 3pm - 4pm, fochabers library. free. all welcome to christmas memories of fochabers with members of the fochabers heritage group. call 01343 821434.

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10 saturday spey bay kids' christmas party 2pm, spey bay community hall. open to all children in the spey bay catchment area. all children must be accompnaied by a responsible adult. contact:fiona stedman on 07947 338430. we were giants@mad hatters, inverness. tbc, free let's go back to the 80's@ironworks, inverness. tbc, visit www.ironworksvenue.com. winterslam@ironworks, inverness. 7pm, ironworks,

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10 saturday - 11 sunday christmas market at logie steading 10am - 3.30pm, logie steading, south of forres off the a940. free, free parking. two day market: over 30 stalls including jewellery, christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, festive produce. bbq. hot drinks. for info contact: panny@logie.co.uk. visit www.logie.co.uk.

new elgin hall. suitable for babies, toddlers & school aged children. enjoy messy festive games - candy cane rice, reindeer dust, etc. visit www.messarounduk.com/morayaberdeenshire. turkey trot 10 mile tbc, lossiemouth. moray road runners. visit www.morayroadrunners.com st andrew's lhanbryde & urquhart messy church 4pm - 6pm, lhanbryde community centre. free. celebrate what christmas is all about - families are welcome to come & enjoy games, crafts, singing. visit www.salucofs.wordpress.com

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13 tuesday

elgin flower club: "corn dollies & straw work" 7.30pm, elgin high church. talk by mrs elaine lindsay, inveraamsay, aberdeenshire. contact: davina farquhar (sec) on 07817-157216.

14 wednesday

annual clic sargent charity carol concert with nhs grampian choir & friends 7.30pm, elgin town hall adults £10, concession £8, u16s £5. tickets from sound & vision, elgin or from choir members. the drouthy cobbler comedy club 8pm. visit www.thedrouthycobbler.co.uk. alzheimer scotland - musical memories 1.30pm 3pm, new elgin & ashgrove hall, land street, elgin £! (incl teas & coffees). an opportunity for anyone with dementia & their carers to meet & share in the enjoyment of music, singing & memories. contact: shirley mackenzie on 01343 552080/07584 408209. frightened rabbit@ironworks, inverness 7pm. visit www.ironworksvenue.com. elgin writers: christmas pot luck buffet with quiz 7.30pm - 9.30pm, elgin library choice of hearing ian rankin first in the library gallery at 7pm. ticketed. all over 16s welcome. visit www.elgin-writers.moonfruit.com.

15 thursday

"come for a christmas waltz, but you won't need your dancing shoes!" 11am - 1pm, harvest centre (next door to yeadon's bookshop). harvest centre mah jong club (american rules). come along & give it a try. beginners welcome. for info email hce.roombookings@gmail.com. visit www.spanglefish.com/harvestcentremahjongclub.

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santa in the streets in aid of clic sargent & the archie foundation 5pm - 9pm, thurs - west end & bishopmill side of elgin, fri - new elgin. donations please in exchange for sweets. santa will be in a twinkling & horse drawn carriage with special helpers rudolf & olaf. contact: janice/yvonne on 07805 855975 or 07929 396094.

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spey bay christmas carol service 6.30pm - 8pm, spey bay community hall. an evening of christmas carols & music from the youngters from take note. service led by rev morris smith, locum. andrew mill & four fingered fre@hootananny, inverness. 9.30pm celebrate christmas with cantare 7pm, elgin town hall. £8 adults. £4 children. "cantare" - elgin ladies choir - sing songs and carols to celebrate christmas. tickets from cathedral windows

elgin city f.c. xmas fayre 2016 hosted by elgin city fc community football 9.30am - 12pm, borough briggs, elgin. £1.50 (incl hot drink & mince pie). various stalls from local groups & businesses, bottle stall, home bake table & raffle. briggsy the badger too.

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jack & the beanstalk - out of the darkness theatre company 7.30pm - 9.30pm, st giles' church, elgin. adults £8, concessions £6 (for tickets call the box office on 01343 559653.

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