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PASTORAL LETTER & CHURCH MEETINGS

I think that one of the most cruel remarks said about a person was that they were February personified. February is such a low month for many people. The weather is often cold and grey, the nights are still long and there seems to be little to excite most people about the month, unless of course your birthday happens to fall in this time. The joy of Christmas is passed and the hope of Easter has yet to be felt. Certainly there is St. Valentine’s Day, which for some people, the popular people, brought a glimmer of joy. But for many, even that is looked at with dread as they remember those teenage years when no card arrived and their lack of popularity was simply amplified in their own minds. And so, for many, February is simply a low point of the year. And yet February can actually be a month of great hope and joy. The first snowdrops of spring appear and the sweet smelling crocuses. The days are lengthening, there are longer days to enjoy and there is the good news of Easter just around the bend. I think also that as Christians we have the added blessing of the fact that our joy is not determined by the weather or our circumstances. Remember what Jesus said in John’s Gospel:15:9-13 ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain

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and December in St Columba’s South & The Williamson Hall, Duff Avenue at 10:30am. Wednesdays 6:30pm & Thursdays 12.30pm at St. Giles Church. Minister: Rev Stevie Thomson. Call 01343 551501 or visit www.elginstgileschurch.co.uk St James Church of Scotland Lossiemouth. Sunday family worship 11am including crèche and Sunday school. 6pm: evening service . 7pm: Hands & Feet youth group. Contact Rev. Graham Crawford: 07817 504042. St Margaret’s Church Lossiemouth. Sunday 9.30am: family Eucharist . Thursdays 10am: Holy Communion. Thursdays 5pm: evening prayer. St Sylvester's Catholic Church Elgin. Vigil Mass Saturday 7pm. Sunday Mass 11.45am.Tel: 01343 542280.

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Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Confidential Spiced Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup Ingredients 2 medium size sweet potatoes (peeled) 1 red pepper 1 small onion (peeled) 1 clove of garlic crushed 1 carrot (peeled and grated) 1 table spoon of curry powder 1 table spoon of paprika A knob of butter 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 litre of vegetable stock Salt and pepper Small handful of fresh coriander Method Roughly chop the sweet potatoes, onion and pepper. Heat a thick based pan and slowly sweat all the vegetables with the butter, curry powder, paprika and garlic for 10 minutes. Add the tin of tomatoes and vegetable stock, simmer for 1 hour until all the vegetables are soft ensure the soup does not go too thick. Add a little water if necessary. Take off the heat and liquidise. Return to the heat; chop the coriander and add it. Season with salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick add a little more vegetable stock.

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McCalls of Elgin Ex-Hire Sale starts 1st March McCalls of Elgin, on South Street, are the ultimate Highlandwear outfitters, supplying exceptional tailored kilts starting from ÂŁ285 and high quality hire outfits from as little as ÂŁ47. McCallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; friendly staff pride themselves in offering a high standard of service and unmatched choice, from the initial tightening of the tape measure to the last stitch made to your kilt. Choose from the contemporary classics of the PRIDE range, or get kitted out in the more traditional Flower of Scotland. McCalls will always have something to suit.

McCalls of Elgin begin their Ex-hire sale on Saturday 1st March 2014 at 9.00am. Perhaps you have a wedding or graduation this year, want to buy a 21st birthday gift for that special someone or want to dress to impress then now is the perfect time to do so.

For one week only McCalls of Elgin have fantastic bargains to offer, including:A wide range of Gentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kilts starting from only..................... ÂŁ100 McCalls very own exclusive PRIDE of Scotland range from ...... ÂŁ155 Ghillie Brogues from ................... ÂŁ25 Sporrans from ........................... ÂŁ30 Plus many more deals that are just too good to miss. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also 20% off our current stock throughout the sale. There really is no excuse not to pick up a bargain. But hurry, sale ends 5.00pm Saturday 8th March 2014. Call McCalls of Elgin on 01343 540590 or visit www.mccalls.co.uk for more information.

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“The big day itself was all that we wished it to be and more” We had both fallen in love with the Scottish Highlands since coming up on holiday to visit my family, so when we got engaged it seemed like the perfect location to have our wedding. We needed somewhere that could hold both the ceremony and the reception plus have enough rooms for our guests to stay. We visited venues around the Highlands and the Newton Hotel was the clear winner. The hotel itself is stunning, successfully combining old fashioned charm with more modern additions. Seeing the grounds and the views across the Moray Firth for the first time took our breath away... and once I’d seen the field of Highland Cattle the deal was sealed! Throughout the planning stage all the staff at the hotel were really helpful, so rather than being a stressful experience, planning our wedding turned out to be an enjoyable one. It did sometimes feel as though I was at the Newton Hotel so often that staff must be getting fed up of me but they never showed it if they were! The big day itself was all that we wished it to be and more. The hotel had kindly cordoned off the car park so we had some gorgeous pictures of us at the front of the hotel, uninterrupted by other vehicles. We had originally planned to have the ceremony outside but the weather had other ideas! We always knew it would be a risk (it is the Highlands after all!) and the hotel staff were very happy to be flexible, giving us the option of the Chapel as our back up plan. In the end, even though we couldn’t have our wedding outside, the Chapel looked absolutely beautiful and it comfortably seated all our guests. The staff were excellent throughout and ensured that everything ran smoothly without a hitch, leaving us to enjoy our special day to the full. The food was always very important to us and the hotel did not disappoint, giving us a wide range of options for both the wedding breakfast and evening buffet, even allowing us to add some of our own suggestions. We are so glad that we chose to have our wedding at the Newton Hotel, it gave us both everything we ever wanted our wedding to be and we will cherish the memories for a lifetime. Plus our guests are still telling us what a great time they had! Vanessa and Tony Wedding Feature


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