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.
And on a final note, Sunday, May 6th, at 5 PM, Lodge No. 43 will be hosting a Benefit Dinner for the First Masonic District’s Relay for Life team, Freemasons for a Cure.  Please come out and help us support the American Cancer Society, and the Lancaster Relay for Life.  Cost is $20 per person at the door, however, reservations are required no later than April 25th.  Please make your reservations by visiting the Eventbrite Page

Community Needs Grant

Prior to the 4/11/18 Stated Meeting L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43 and Brother Vince Spadea presented a check to Maryanne O’Neill. Mrs O’Neill is the program coordinator of Safe Families for Children, a part of Bethany Christian Services. The check was for $1000 called a Community Needs Grant from our Lodge charity fund.

 

Relay for Life Benefit Dinner

All are Welcome!  Come out for an evening of food and fellowship as we help raise funds for the First Masonic District’s Relay for Life team: Freemasons for a Cure!

When: May 6, 2018
Where: Lancaster Masonic Center
213 W Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Time: Beginning 5 PM (until 8 PM)

Tickets are $20
Buffet Style Meal will include:
Beef, Chicken, and a Pasta option
Market Fresh Vegetables
Salad and Dinner Rolls

Beverages include:
Water, Iced Tea, Lemonade
Coffee (Regular and Decaf)

Dessert will also be included.

During the meal a raffle will be held for various gift baskets, all proceeds benefit the Lancaster Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Reservations are required, please email:
Freemasonsforacure sign-up on Eventbrite.

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.