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Masonic News & Views -- An Easter Story
April 25, 2011
Greetings Brother,

What an absolutely glorious day it has been here at the CowChows. The gentle patter of rain on the roof is like a soft lullaby. The distant rolling thunder sounds as if God herself rests in peaceful slumber. The cool, moist air and the scents of Spring in bloom are both a tonic and a salve.

There was a break between rain showers a little while ago and the silence roused me from my nap. I stepped outside to drink in the amazing creation that today has been. I closed my eyes and listened to the songs of birds, the still-dripping rain, and the soughing breeze through the treetops. It seemed one of life's perfect moments. I turned and was about to go back into the house when movement caught my eye. There at the foot of the driveway was Mason, the little brother of the little blond haired girl next door. He was crouched and engrossed by something he had found in the mud. I stepped up behind him and said, "Whatchya doin'?"

He jumped, and when he turned around his playful smile confirmed what I had always suspected. He knew exactly what he was doing all those times he had done the same to me. "Nothin' much," he said. "Just playin'. What you doin'?"

"Nothing much, also," I said. "Have you had a good Easter?"

His beatific smile brightened even more and he nodded enthusiastically. "Yeah," he said, "we had a real good Easter. We had a Easter Egg hunt at Church and we got candy and when we got home the Easter Bunny had left each of us a chocolate Easter Bunny with the ears still on!"

"Wow," I said impressed, "that does sound like a good time, but you know there's more to Easter than eggs and candy."

"I know," he said as he went back to poking at the fascinating object in the mud.

"Do you know the story of Jesus," I asked him.

He rolled his eyes and said, "Yeuusss. Duddn't everbody?"

"Well, not everybody," I told him. "Why don't you tell me the story."

"Don't you already know it," he asked as he continued to stir the mud.

"Yes, I do," I said, "but I still like to hear it. Won't you tell me the story?"

"Okay," he sighed. He turned to face me and as he unfolded the story he became excited and his muddy little hands waved through the air.

"Once upon a time God had a only forgotten son named Jesus, and he sent him down to earth to wash everbodies shins. And, while they were all lined up waiting to get their shins washed away they got hungry so Jesus ordered fish and chips for everyone. But, the mean King didn't like fish and chips so he told the Sheriff of Nottingham to arrest Jesus and put him in jail. But, even in jail Jesus kept right on washin' the shins of the other people that were in jail until the mean King said, "If you don't stop washin' people's shins I'm gonna take you up on that hill and put you across my knee!"

And, Jesus said, "I can not stop because my Father told me to do this," and he just kept on washin' people's shins. So, the mean King took him up on the hill and put him across his knee and gave him a right good spankin', but Jesus just said, "I forgive you 'cause you don't know any better."

So, the mean King put Jesus in a rabbit hole and pushed a rock over the hole. And, the rabbit said, "Don't worry Jesus. I'll share my eggs and candy with you." And, after three days Jesus pushed the rock off the hole and got away and went back home to Heaven.

And, when Jesus got back home God said, "You done good washin' peoples' shins away, son. And, from now on to remind them to keep their shins clean you can go back every year on Easter and bring them candy and colored eggs. And, Jesus smiled. The end."

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


Now, on with the news........................

Monday, April 25, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brothers Jon Paul Rasmussen, Chris Gordon Crawford and Byron Dossey will be presented for the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner will be ready at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Monday, April 25, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work.

Thursday, April 28, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 453 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Eric Reuschhoff will be presented for the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7, 2011: The York Rite Spring Festival will begin on Friday evening and carry through on Saturday morning. If you are not yet a York Rite Mason you are missing out on an excellent experience and more Masonic light. Contact any York Rite Mason for more information. If you don't know a York Rite member, just ask around. We're everywhere.

Saturday, May 7, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will host its 4th Annual Bowling Marathon beginning at 6:00 PM at Dogwood Lanes in Branson, MO. Team Sponsorship is just $300 for a four person team. Corporate Sponsorship is only $200, and individuals can bowl for just $75. Entry includes T-shirts with a sponsorship logo for bowlers, and there will be doorprizes througout the marathon. For more information e-mail W:.B:. Herb Terrill at:
hterrill_41@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 21, 2011: There will be a Chance-to-Advance (C2A) today at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. This C2A will be hosted by Solomon Lodge No. 271. This is a great opportunity for Masonic education and all Master Masons are encouraged to attend and participate in bringing our younger Brethren to more Light.

The Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin needs your help in preserving our beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral. And, in helping preserve this piece of American history you could win a brand new Chevy Camaro. Tickets are just $50 each and only two thousand tickets will be offered. There will be cash prizes awarded, as well. For all the details on how you can help us preserve this beautiful building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or visit and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro. While you're at it be sure and tell your friends. Thank you very much.

As you can see there's lots of Masonry going on in Missouri. See the links below to keep up with the latest or to submit information for your upcoming meeting.

For more news of upcoming events and special communications visit the Upcoming Masonic Events page on Masonsmart.com

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on Masonsmart.com

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on Masonsmart.com

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