EPHRATA LODGE NO. 665
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. The Table Lodge for May was a success with great food once again from our caterer. Many thanks to Manheim Lodge No. 587 for helping serve us. We plan to return the favor in October for their Table Lodge. For those of you that missed the meeting, there is an open district Table Lodge to be held at Manheim Lodge on June 1st beginning at 7pm. Friends, women, and children are invited to come. If interested, please contact me or the lodge so that the proper channels may be notified. Brethren, please also remember on June 22nd we have our special meeting day lodge at the Eicher Arts Center in Ephrata. Brothers will receive their 50, 60, and 70 year Emblems of Service at the Day Lodge on June 22nd. Lunch will be provided and a guest speaker will be present.
The district degree team conferred a beautiful 3rd degree for 8 brethren simultaneously in Manheim last month. A wonderful job by Brother Jack Harley, PM. We were also fortunate to witness the bible presentation and the Canadian Charge. We have no extra meetings in May but plan to have two degrees in June, so please consider coming out to support our new brothers. 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 in the district. Come and listen to the words we have in our degrees as the morals and lessons they deliver are fantastic. 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. After June we will be off of labor for our Summer break so come to district Table Lodge and remaining events in June before the break. Please remember to check the calendar for dates, times, and addresses as events approach. Our next stated meeting will be held on June 14th. 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.