Ephrata Lodge No. 665
Free & Accepted Masons
From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. It looks like I spoke too soon about winter never coming as winter storm Stella rolled through on our scheduled stated meeting night with 12+ inches of snow forcing us to reschedule our stated meeting to March 21st. As a result, the District Deputy Grand Master's visit has also been rescheduled for our April stated meeting where we will also plan to honor our 50 and 60 year members at that time. This means that the program for April will now be held on our March 21st meeting. The program will address model railroading from two very interesting perspectives; brother Fred Whitley who has an extensive collection of model trains and history of the subject, and brother David Newall who worked in the field for manufacturing model trains. We have no extra meetings this month so please come out and support brothers Whitley and Newall.
R egarding Springtime, our May 20th luncheon on the Strasburg Railroad is coming up soon. If you would like to attend, please contact brother Jay Laser for tickets. The price is reduced from regular retail prices and will be a great afternoon of fellowship. The June 24th Master Mason's degree at the Indian Echo Caverns along side the Swatara Creek event has tickets available and are selling fast. Get your tickets now before we sell out. The Lodge in the Woods at the Camp Mack Boyscout reservation September 27th also has tickets available. Other events to keep on your calendar is October 30th Blue Lodge Banquet and the Ladies night at the Rainbow Comedy Dinner Theater in Paradise on December 16th. If anyone is interested in more information regarding an event, please send us a message through the contact us section of the website and we will be happy to assist you.
For those that do not know, we have several new masons serving as officers this year and I urge the brethren to come out and support these new officers. Ephrata Lodge is known for never repeating a Worshipful Master and from the looks of it, the lodge has several years ahead continuing this tradition. We are also known for some of the best ritualists in the district and it is an honor to be part of a lodge that embraces the ritual. The beauty in the ritual reminds us of the morals and lessons to truly live our lives by. Simply put, they are fantastic and I urge any mason to see all three degrees at least once a year to remind himself of the power contained within them. It also serves as a great refresher to the grips and passwords, especially if you plan to travel to another lodge. We should also be supporting the new brethren receiving these degrees. Nothing is more satisfying than to see a lodge room full of brethren coming together to support a new brother and enjoy each other's fellowship.
Remember that we now have a food bank at the lodge. Any brother who is in need may take advantage of it, and for those that can, to please bring a non-perishable item at any of our stated or extra meetings in order to continue keeping it stocked. 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.
Brethren and guests, we have a Blood drive scheduled for Saturday, April 8th at the Lancaster Masonic Center from 7am to 12pm. If you can donate blood please consider coming out. By donating blood you automatically become a life member of the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Club. For more information please visit the Blood Drive site. The Pennsylvania blood bank is almost always in dire need of more blood. If you need to contact me before a date or for any other reason, please use the contact us section on the web site or call the lodge.
Thanks for giving the gift of life with blood donations.
Your Masonic Blood Drive chairman,
Bro. David S. Wright
From the West
Brethren, the "Help for our Heroes" program, has surpassed the 1.2 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. 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.