The Traveling Gavel Awarded to Lodge No. 43

Congratulations to Past Master TJ Quinn for all of his efforts to claim the traveling gavel. Also a very special “Thank You” to DDGM Ronald B. Carson for presenting the gavel at our Stated Meeting. Such a wonderful night of fellowship! Thank you to all the members, and guests, for making tonight a very special and memorable evening.

Message from the East – April

“To be great, truly great, you have to be the kind of person who makes the others around you great” – Mark Twain

Brethren, I would like to thank those of you that came out to the Academy of Masonic Knowledge this month and made it such a great success. As you know, Masonic Education is the cornerstone of this fraternity and my focus on the year ahead. When attending our meetings, take note of the educational flyers that are placed at the Tyler’s station. Our Junior Master of Ceremonies has prepared these flyers to hopefully spark your curiosity in learning more about the lodge and the fraternity at large.

April is another month that is full of Masonic happenings, please make sure you visit our Lodge’s website, as well as the First Masonic District’s website to receive the most up to date information. We are a very fortunate lodge to have so many new petitions and candidates, please support these new members as they go through their Masonic journey. I encourage you to get involved and help support your lodge; you get out of it, what you put into it.

I will be hosting an online discussion about “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton, as well as hosting a brief crash course about the Academy of Masonic Knowledge. Stay tuned for an event email that will be circulated about a week before the event for you to sign-up and join in the discussion, or just follow along.

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

Your humble servant,
L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master

A Message from our Lodge Librarian: 

An inventory of our Masonic library books has recently been completed. There are over 150 books that are overdue, some dating back to as early as 2002, and all years up to the present.

Please check your bookshelves, night stands, etc. for any books that you have completed, and may have overlooked returning. Return them to the Lodge Library at your earliest convenience so others may have an opportunity to enjoy them. Please log them back into the current “sign-out sheet” in the library so I may account for them.

Thank You and continue to enjoy what the Lodge Library has to offer. I look forward to continuing to maintain and grow what is one of the finest Masonic libraries of its kind.

Nat Gilchrist P.M.

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge – March Symposium

Brother, you may have received a phone call about the upcoming Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge symposium this Saturday, March 17, 2018. As you may have discovered, I am extremely passionate about Masonic Education. I encourage all Masons to get the most value from their membership be taking advantage of these educational opportunities. The Academy meetings are held in our backyard at the Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown, PA. We are very fortunate to have these meetings so close to home, as I have heard some brethren travel 2-3 hours just to attend these events. Please make every opportunity not to miss out on what promises to be an educational and informative event. More on the event speakers can be found: http://pamasonicacademy.org/meetings/

The program will begin at 9:30 am however, registration starts at 8:30 am and all Masons are encouraged to attend. Please be sure to fill out an online registration form: http://pamasonicacademy.org/symposium-registration/
A lunch (requested contribution of $10) will be served at noon and the program will be completed by 3:00 p.m. All Masons are welcome to attend. The dress is coat and tie. Please recognize that a cost is incurred to the program for your registration. If you pre-register and subsequently determine that you will be unable to attend, please have the Masonic courtesy to cancel your reservation by the same method and providing the same information.

It’s with our support that makes these opportunities available for years to come, so please come out and support this wonderful educational event.

Your humble servant, Worshipful Master L. Kenneth Bray III

Message from the East – March

Brethren, the world needs Freemasonry.  There is no hiding from the current events that are taking place around the world, it seems that now, more than ever, the population would benefit from the tenants of the craft.  Faith, Hope, and Charity should be exemplified by every Mason in his daily life.  I encourage you to recall the lessons taught in each degree and remember how to put your working tools to better use.  I would also like to remind you that in April I will be hosting an online webinar to discuss “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton.  This month will be full of Masonic activities, I encourage you to visit the First Masonic District’s website to stay connected to all the happenings within the district lodges.

I would like to thank those that have expressed an interest in our first ever Lecture Series, and hope everyone finds it as informative and enjoyable as I know it will be. I feel our membership and district at large, will benefit greatly from these educational opportunities.  I also want to remind you that a Director from Masonic Villages will be speaking at our Stated Meeting, to talk about some of the requirements to become a resident of the Masonic Villages.  The Director will also take a few moments to answer any questions you may have, so please be sure not to miss this informative session.  Following the Director’s presentation, Brother Joshua D. Parmer, PM will provide a Masonic Education on the scripture references in Freemasonry. I look forward to seeing you at our Stated Meeting, as well as throughout the active month.

Also, be sure to check your digital Lodge notice for a link to vote on next month’s meal before the stated meeting. The members have voted and before this month’s stated meeting we will be having Beef Stew and Biscuits!

Your Humble Servant,
Worshipful Master L. Kenneth Bray III

Collector’s Coin 2018

Just Announced: Lodge No. 43’s very own Fellowship Committee will be selling a collectible Masonic-themed Coin for the 2018 year! The cost is $15, all proceeds from the coin sales will go to charity and to the First Masonic District’s Relay for Life Team Freemasons for a Cure! If you are interested in purchasing this coin, please see the Fellowship Committee or inquire with the Worshipful Master.

The front of the coin states “A Brotherhood of Man, Under the Fatherhood of God” and displays the square and compass proudly.

The back of the coin features the square and compass, along with the seven liberal arts, which were greatly esteemed by our ancient brethren in Freemasonry.

The Worshipful Master’s Book Club – Part I

This quarter the Worshipful Master will be hosting a webinar about the Academy of Masonic Knowledge, and outline some of the recommended reads for all participants. The topic of discussion will be in regard to, “The Builders“, by Joseph Fort Newton.

“The Builders” is a must-read for all masons, new and old; Joseph Fort Newton lays the foundations of Freemasonry in his writing of the History, Meaning and Philosophy of the craft. This book goes beyond our humble beginnings in 1717 and takes the reader on a journey back in time to where Freemasonry all began. “The Builders” is a clear text of not only the history and origins of Masonry, but the morals and structure of what the Fraternity means to all men – To be better, following the practices that define our religious foundations, and discovering our individual divinity.

Copies of this book may be borrowed from the Lodge Library, as well as the Grand Lodge Library, and is sold at many retail outlets.