Relay for Life

This year, a few members of Lodge No. 43, representing the First Masonic District, attended the Annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in over twenty countries. It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised nearly $5 billion to date.

The WM at our tent!

Last year our team, Freemasons for a Cure, raised over $4,000 for the cause. Please consider making a contribution to our team, Relay for Life is a 501 (c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax deductible. To find more information about the Relay for Life, please visit www.cancer.org
This year we fell short of raising $4,000 and managed to raise a noteworthy $1,530.  If you’d like to make a donation online, you can still do so by August 1, 2018.  Please follow the link below to help us get closer to our goal!

ONLINE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS HERE 

Community Needs Grant Awarded to Off the Streets Lancaster

Last night Lodge No. 43 issued a $1,000 Community Needs Grant to Off the Streets, Lancaster.  We were honored to offer this grant to such a noble and honorable organization. Off the Streets works to get currently homeless people out of shelters and the streets into housing.

More information about Off the Streets can be found on their website, and Facebook page.

Website: http://offthestreetsnow.com/lancaster/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/offthestreetslancaster/

If you’d like to help support Off the Streets, you can make a tax deductible donation to the organization, volunteer your time, or donate furniture.  Off the Streets can be found:

Off The Streets – Lancaster PA
601 East Delp Road
Lancaster PA 17601

Message from the East – May 2018

Brethren, Lodge No. 43 is faced with a unique problem.  We have been receiving an overwhelming amount of petitions from men interested in joining this great fraternity.  I would encourage you to please support these men on their Masonic journey by attending our extra meetings.  It would mean a lot to this lodge, to our fraternity, and to these men, to have the doors of Freemasonry thrown wide open to receive them and to be greeted by a large audience of supportive Brothers.

I would also encourage you to make the most of your Masonic journey and pursue the Master Builders, Master Craftsman, or Master Pillar Awards.  These certificate programs are designed to get you involved so that you may experience all Masonry has to offer.  No fathomable value can be placed on such an experience, and I can assure you, you will reap the benefits of your labors.

On a final note, please be sure to support your Lodge and the First Masonic District’s Relay for Life Team, “Freemasons for a Cure”.  The Relay for Life holds a very dear spot in my heart, having lost so many family members to Cancer over the years, and I know I’m not alone.

Please note: Unfortunately we will not be hosting a Benefit Dinner on Sunday, May 6th, due to lack of participation. As mentioned above please support our District’s Relay for Life team, and mark your calendars for Friday, June, 8th through Saturday, June 9th. Come out and join us at the Conestoga Valley high School track as your schedule permits, bring the family for this wonderful FREE event. So much of our charity is done behind closed doors that this is an opportunity for Freemasonry to be on display, please help me make this another successful year.

I look forward to seeing you at our next upcoming stated and extra meetings!

Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III, WM.

Worshipful Master’s Book Club

Join the Worshipful Master on an informative discussion about the Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge, and a book evaluation of “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton. This discussion will be live streamed on YouTube and will allow for you to interact via the YouTube chat function. Please remember all discussions will be open to the public, and on the level, govern yourselves accordingly.

Link: HERE

Cant join us? Don’t worry, this will be recorded for future reference.

First Masonic District Events

Brethren, as April approaches an end, I’d like to keep you informed about some upcoming events:
Saturday, April 21st, we will be hosting our Spring Blood Drive, beginning at 7 AM at the Lancaster Masonic Center.  This event concludes at 12 NOON, please come out and support the Children’s Dyslexia Learning Center of Lancaster.  $10 is donated to the Learning Center for every unit collected. A Valid form of ID is required in order to donate blood. For more information, please visit: http://www.masonicblooddrive.org/
Thursday, April 26, beginning at 7 PM we will be holding an Extra Meeting for the conferral of three degrees, a meal will be provided at this meeting at no cost, please come out and support these candidates on their Masonic Journey.
Saturday, April 28th, is the James Buchana Celebration at the Woodward Hill Cemetary, please arrive at 9:45 AM to collect an apron.  Support our first ever District Deputy by helping us honor his life.
Saturday, April 28th, is also the Bridging the Gap dinner, held at the John Wright Restuarant in Wrightsville – this event is sponsored by the First and 42nd Masonic Districts.
Sunday, April 29th, at 2 PM I will be hosting an online discussion and book review of “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton and will be discussing how you can get involved in the Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge and the basics to get you started. Please check the digital events notice in your email inbox for details.
Friday, May 4th, we will be hosting a First Friday event at the Lancaster Masonic Center, beginning at 6 PM.
Saturday, May 5th, we will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Open House with Lamberton Lodge No. 476 at the Lancaster Masonic Center.  The pancake breakfast begins at 7 AM, the cost is $5 per person, $3 for children 4 and under.