Our October 2020 Stated Meeting will be an away game. We are traveling into uncharted territory and this will be a new experience for us as a Lodge. Having a Stated Meeting in a different location has many challenges, we will all have to try to be understanding of the situation and make the best of it. It is very important that all Members wishing to attend RSVP, as we will need an accurate count of our attendees to comply with the safety guidelines of our Lodge and the guidelines of Manheim Lodge 587.
Please be safe Brethren.
Paul M. Allen
Will you let me be your servant, let me be as Brother to you?
Plead that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travelers on the same road.
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear each other’s load.
I will hold the Masonic lights for you in the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen our journey through.
When we sing to the Almighty, we shall find such harmony, born of all we’ve known together of Masonic love and agony.
Will you let me be your servant, let me be as a Masonic brother to you?
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
May the peace of the Almighty rule in your heart.
Brother, Kenneth F. Hudson, Sr.
Chaplain Lodge 43
First Masonic District of Pennsylvania, Blood Drive at the Lancaster Masonic Center, September 22nd!
September 3, 2020
Unfortunately, I have been directed by the Grand Lodge to cancel the September Stated Meeting that was planned to be held at the Lancaster Masonic Center on September 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm. This cancellation was directed by the PA Grand Lodge in conjunction with the advisement of the District 1 Safety Committee. This cancellation is Covid-19 Virus Health related. Lodge No. 43 is working towards having an October Stated Meeting on 10/14/2020. I will communicate the information on this Meeting as it develops. Please be safe Brethren.
Paul M. Allen
Lodge No. 43 F. &A.M.
The times we are enduring are unprecedented. We can only imagine, given the length of our Lodge’s History, that Lodge No. 43 has had many difficult times. What we are experiencing right now has to be recognized as a difficult time. This Lodge has faced wars, political disputes, disease, and natural disasters. Brethren, we are living through a pandemic that cannot be ignored. There is a new definition of “what is safe?” Our safety can be jeopardized by breathing, touching or ingesting this invisible enemy. Our way conducting our everyday life has been interrupted.
Can I guarantee my Brothers safety? I have been struggling with this question a lot. As Worshipful Master, I must make difficult decisions that could affect the wellbeing of those who I truly care about. Should I have a Meeting and risk anyone with the exposure to this virus? This is a great question and I am not alone in the asking of it. I am following the direction of our Masonic Hierarchy. I will strive to provide the best environment possible to conduct our business.
Brethren, Be Safe
Paul M. Allen
Lodge No. 43 F. &A.M.
Due to the present conditions of the COVID-19 Virus outbreak, our Governor has mandated that no meetings or gatherings of more than 25 people are allowed. This is also dependent on the size of the gathering area and maintaining the 6 foot social distancing. This creates a challenge for our Lodge. The challenge is due to the fact that we normally have 60 or so Members present for our Stated Meetings. Therefore, there will not be a Stated Meeting in August. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, by the Order of R.W. Grand Master Thomas Gamon, IV has given the PA Masonic Lodges the authority to pay bills and conduct all other necessary business that is needed to keep the Lodges operating through this crisis.
The R.W. Grand Master has directed the Masonic Districts and each Lodge to appoint safety committees to properly recommend safety practices be utilized for the PA Lodges to meet under the guidelines of the PADOH (Pennsylvania Department of Health) and CDC (Centers for Disease control).
These Safety Committees have been appointed and the Chairmen and Members are listed below. I have included in this campaign the safety guidelines that are in place currently. Please note the safety guidelines are a moving target and can be subject to change daily.
On August 1, 2020, the Lancaster Masonic Center suffered a sprinkler pipe event on the fourth floor in the West side of the Blue Lodge Room. Water flooded the area and leaked down through the floors of the building. The damage was contained and a restoration company was called in by the Masonic Center Board of Governors. The damage will most likely make the Masonic Center unusable for Meetings for several months. The damage is still being investigated. It was reported to me that the Lodge No. 43 property damage is mainly some furniture. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Lodge No. 43 and its Officers wish the best for all our Members and their Families. Promoting the safety of our Members is our number one priority. We will continue to follow the advice of our District and Lodge Safety Committees as we move forward through this pandemic crisis.
If someone is in need of help, please contact me at:
or our Secretary at:
The Lodge No. 43 phone number (717) 316-0043 is now connected to a live answering system. The Lodge Secretary can now answer this phone if he is available. Leave a message if he is not available at the time of your call.
Lodge No. 43 has been and will continue to be proactive in its approach to communication during this time of pandemic. We are utilizing Zoom video chat meetings to keep the communications of our Officers and Committees open and continue to address Lodge business. The First District has also been using this form of communication with great success.
Please continue to use the safety guidelines set by the medical experts to prevent the spread of this terrible outbreak. Reach out to the other Members of our Lodge, check on them, and report to us so we can provide any help that is necessary.
Paul M. Allen
Lodge No. 43 F.& A.M.