EPHRATA LODGE NO. 665
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. February's snowfall kept the brethren indoors or shovelling what fell. The decision was made therefore to present brethren with their 50, 60, and 70 year Emblems of Service at the Day Light Lodge on June 22nd. April contained two 3rd degrees and a 2nd degree for our lodge. We visited Columbia lodge on 4/6 for the District Degree team's 2nd Degree conferred by our Senior Warden who did a fantastic job, and on May 4th the District Degree team will confer the 3rd degree in Manheim. That degree will be conferred by Brother Harley, PM. Please consider coming out to our degrees and the district degree team. The brothers have a lot of pride in the ritual work and it is a blessing to have the ritual performed beautifully at our lodge and in the district. It is also great to listen to the words we have in our degrees. There is some real beauty and excellent advise 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. We also have our Spring picnic on 4/30 located at the High Sports venue. Manheim Lodge No. 587 will also be there to celebrate their 125 anniversary. The event is free to brothers and their families. Food will also be provided. It will be a great day of family, food, fun, and fraternal friendship. Remember to check the calendar for other dates, times, and addresses as events approach.
Our next stated meeting will be held on May 10th. This meeting will contain our Table Lodge after we conduct a short business meeting. I hope to see all there for a great night of fellowship.
Brethren and guests, we have a few dates for the 2016 Masonic Blood drives. If you can donate blood please consider one of these dates. The Pennsylvania blood bank is in dire need of more blood. Enter you name below and submit your intent to donate so we may update our records. If you need to contact me before the dates 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,
M. Todd Hoak
Blood Drives for 2016
From the West
Brethren, the "Help for our Heros" program, has almost reached 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.
We continue to receive petitions and therefore will be busy with degree work...always a good thing. 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. 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. 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. So come out and enjoy the brotherhood. See you at the next event.