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.

James Buchanan Wreath Dedication

Brother James Buchanan was a member of Lodge No. 43, served as Worshipful Master and then was named the first-ever District Deputy Grand Master in Pennsylvania.  All of this in addition to being the only Pennsylvanian to ever serve as President of the United States.

A celebration will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, beginning at 10 am at Woodward Hill Cemetery (508 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA).  This program is conducted annually by the Board of Trustees to honor their most famous internee and raise funds for the maintenance of the facility.

February 2018 Message from The East

Brethren, I would like to thank all of our members that attended our January Stated Meeting, and for showing support for your 2018 Officers.  We have had a very busy January conferring many degrees, and have an equally busy February ahead. I would like to thank, not only the Officers for their work but express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our Past Masters and our assisting Brethren for their contributions on our Extra Meeting nights.

Just a reminder, a meal is provided at no cost during our Extra Meetings. Also, these Extra Meetings and Degree nights would not be successful without the assistance of our members serving as guides and mentors. If you have an interest in serving in one or both of these roles contact an Officer.

Just a reminder, our February Meeting will be opened in the Entered Apprentice Masons Degree where we will welcome and recognize the newly Entered, Passed, and Raised Masons.  Please come out and show these gentlemen your support and welcome them into our great fraternity.  In keeping with our focus on Masonic Education, the program will be about the Oath and Obligation of the Entered Apprentice Mason.  I do hope you attend this meeting, join in the fellowship, and welcome our newest members of Lodge No. 43.

Lastly in an effort to better understand our your taste, I’d like to know your thoughts on our meal choices for our March Stated Meeting.  Please follow the link in your digital lodge notice to an online survey, you will be prompted to select one of three choices. I look forward to your reply.
Humbly, Worshipful Master L. Kenneth Bray III

Lodge No. 43 Lecture Series Presents

We are very excited to announce our upcoming Lecture Series, Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 12:30 to 5 pm.

Our presenters and topics will be:
Christopher D. Rodkey, Ph. D:
“Joseph Fort Newton: Minister, Mason, and author of ‘The Builders'”

Jason M. Richards:
“Operative to Speculative, the Evolution of Early Scottish Freemasonry”

Jon T. Ruark:
“The Revelation: A Critical Analysis of Masonic Demographics”

Sign-up link for our upcoming Lecture Series

This event is OPEN to all, however registration is required.