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.

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