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Masonic News & Views -- Cows at the CowChows
February 21, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Every now and then, for no apparent reason and with no forewarning, God pulls back the curtain just a tiny bit and gives us a peek of the bigger picture. Sometimes it's a moment of insight or perhaps just a glimmer of enlightenment. It might be just a nudge that alters, ever so slightly, the trajectory of our thinking and sends us down an unfamiliar path to a wondrous realization. And, if we're especially lucky, this peek behind the curtain gives us not only a new perspective but a glimpse of his sense of humor.

The Lady BG and I had just finished breakfast and were lingering over another cup of coffee before getting on with the day. I was blathering on about nothing in particular when I realized not only was she not listening, but she was fixated on something behind me. I stopped talking and turned to follow her gaze through the window and out to the fence that separates the back yard of the CowChows from the pasture beyond. And there, lined up along the fence and scattered about was.... a herd of cattle.

It wasn't the fact that the cattle were there that caught her attention. We see them coming and going every day. What was interesting was their behavior. They were standing almost statue-like and staring directly at the CowChows. In fact, it appeared as if they were staring directly at us. And, they were not moving, not a flick of an ear, not a swish of a tail. They stood stock-still, looking in our direction as if they were watching and waiting. After several minutes of being stared at by a bunch of cows I became a bit unnerved.

I marched out onto the back porch and demanded, "What're you lookin' at? You want some of this? Come and get it you big ol' black and white dumb butted bovine!"

Still, they barely moved. They looked at each other as if amused and then went back to staring at me. I realized this approach was going nowhere so I decided to speak their language. I had no idea what I was saying but tried to make it sound aggressive enough to send them on their way. This stirred them a little. Some took a step back from the fence; others stepped closer, and still they stared. I thought perhaps a big angry dog would scare them off so I went into my most intimidating impersonation of a Rottweiler. This seemed only to bemuse them. I was about to go running across the yard, screaming and waving my arms when it occurred to me. They were spending the day at the zoo, and had stopped at the people habitat.

From their side of the fence they were free to come and go as they pleased. They could walk all day and though they might come to a boundary they were free to change direction. But we, from their perspective were always here, captives in our little dwelling and our little habitat, on exhibit for their enjoyment.

At first, I thought it was funny. I contemplated on how something as simple as a few strands of wire can alter or confirm our entire perspective of our world. I thought how silly those old cows were, how their limited environment determined their view of the world. And then, the curtain parted just a tiny bit and the whole of creation came into view. In that moment, that peek, I saw that a multitude of Universes lay beyond the curtain, and then I felt God give me a little nudge and whisper, "Moooooooo."

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Monday, February 21, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422, 1700 N Boonville in Springfield, MO, 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.

Monday, February 21, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587, 100 Chief’s Circle in Branson, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195, 301 S. Killingsworth Ave in Bolivar, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Four duly elected candidates will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Lodge will be duly Opened at 5:30 PM. Supper will be provided.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011: Henderson Lodge No. 477, located at 127 E Center Street in Rogersville, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Two duly elected candidates will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011: Solomon Lodge No. 271 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Several duly elected candidates will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM. There will be nourishment following the work.

Thursday, February 24, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453, 141 Pinet Drive in Forsyth, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. One candidate will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Refreshments at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Friday, February 25, 2011: A Masonic Home Area Presentation will be hosted tonight by University Lodge No. 683. Dinner at 6:00 followed by the presentation at 6:45 PM.
The Masonic Home offers many great benefits available to Masonic Brothers, Sisters, wives, widows and family members. Members, family and friends are invited.

Saturday, February 26, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will have a Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 AM. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will go to benefit the works of two local charities, the Bolivar Area Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and Polk County Christian Social Ministry Outreach Programs. Everyone is invited and all are welcome.
Bolivar Lodge is located at 301 S. Killingsworth Avenue in Bolivar, MO.

Saturday, February 26, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will host a MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification and Protection) event at the Boys & Girls Club, 1460 Bee Creek Road in Branson, MO. This is a free service provided by Missouri Freemasons to protect and help locate missing children. For more information about the MOCHIP program visit MOCHIP.ORG

Saturday, February 26, 2011: Come enjoy a Masonic Family Night at the Barn at Cave Springs Riding Club. This event is hosted by Hazelwood Lodge No. 459, Henderson Lodge No. 477 and Mt. Olive Lodge No. 439, and is open to the public. The evening will include a gourmet trash can dinner and live music. Please bring a side dish or desert and your own silverware and cups. Come and enjoy the fellowship and dancing, even sing along if you like. It's all at the Barn at Cave Springs on February 26, beginning at 6:00 PM.
Click here to view a map and get directions.

Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19, 2011: Multi-State Scottish Rite Reunion hosted by the Valley of Joplin. This is going to be a once in a lifetime event. Freemasons from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, as well as other States will gather in Joplin for a two day Reunion to confer the Scottish Rite Degrees. Degrees will be conferred by teams from differing States. This is definitely a Reunion that you will not want to miss. Contact the Orient of Missouri Membership Director, RWB Greg Ross KCCH @ 417-872-8179 for information, details, and petitions.

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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

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

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

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