EPHRATA LODGE NO. 665
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. Welcome to the new year and the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry around the world. The installation of officers took place at the December stated meeting and a huge congratulations to Brother Jeff Yorty, PM for an outstanding year. There is plenty to look forward to in the coming year such as the May luncheon on the Strasburg Railroad, the June degree at the Indian Echo Caverns, Lodge in the Woods in September, and the Rainbow Comedy Dinner Theater in December. I look forward to seeing all at each event.
Thank you to the brethren serving as officers for the next year. Several the officers are newly made masons and we appreciate their desire to serve the lodge as such. Regarding degree nights, I urge the brethren to come out and support the new members and perhaps pick up on something you may not have the first time you received it. The officers have a lot of pride in their work and it is a blessing to have the ritual performed so beautifully at our lodge and throughout the district. Come and listen to the words we have in our degrees as the morals and lessons they deliver are fantastic. There is real beauty there, and excellent guidance to live our lives by in our ritual brethren. If you haven't seen a degree in a while, I encourage you to attend, both for your own benefit and for that of the new brother. Please remember to check the calendar for all dates, times, and addresses as events approach. If there is anything that you would like to see placed onto the calendar, please let myself or one of the other officers know. You may also use the contact us section on the website for any inquires if not listed on the calendar. Let's all enjoy celebrating this wonderful organization and fraternity we call Freemasonry in its 300th year.
From the West
Brethren, the "Help for our Heros" program, has surpassed the 1 million milestone simply from your pocket change donations. Please continue to be generous with your spare change that goes to this great cause. The basket to make any donations will always be on the table right outside the lodge room near the Tyler station as you enter.
For those that are not aware, we now have a food pantry in the basement behind the dining hall. It is available to any brother that needs it, no questions asked. We would like however for brethren who can, to bring a non perishable item whenever they come to a meeting to help keep it stocked.
We continue to receive petitions and therefore will be busy with degree work...always a good thing. We could use some help for guides with the numerous petitions coming in though. Please see me or contact the lodge if you would like to help in this manner. Helping as a guide is a great way to experience the ritual with little memorization required. Serving as a brother's guide is an experience he will remember for the rest of his life. For the officers and anyone interested in learning the ritual, please note the monthly ritual practice is on the Thursday prior to our stated meetings unless otherwise noted in the Trestleboard. I invite all our members and any visiting brethren to come out to support the officers and see the excellent degree work we enjoy delivering. It is also a great feeling for our new brethren to have a full sideline of supporters. So come and support your new brethren of Ephrata Lodge. If you haven't seen a degree in a while, I highly encourage you to come out as Ephrata Lodge delivers some of the best ritual around. The ritual has such wonderful meanings behind it and if taken to heart will truly change how you live your lives. You can't hear the messages the ritual conveys enough, plus it's fun. Come and enjoy the brotherhood. See you at the next event.