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Masonic News & Views -- The Process of Freemasonry
November 27, 2011
Freemasonry: A Process in an Event-Fueled Society
The society in which we live is an event fueled society. Everything is an event, and then it's over and we're on to the next event. We go to a movie, out to dinner, on vacation. Our jobs are divided into projects that we plan, design, execute and then we start another project. T.V. time at home is an event; quality time with the kids; our lives are event-full. And, in most cases we either don't realize or don't see the processes that make those events possible.
We've become so accustomed to our lives being a series of events that we, at best, ignore the processes or, at worst, find them boring and uninteresting. The Masonic society is filled with events: the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason; Lodge meetings, Lodge functions, Reunions, Festivals, Ceremonials, and the list could go on and on. Freemasonry, though, is not an event; it is a process. It is what happens in the background and in between and during those events. It is the processes involved in bringing those events to fruition that manifests as Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is working side by side with others toward a common goal and for the common good. It unites men who otherwise would never have met, and brings them together in an atmosphere of genuine support and affection. It is what happens in the heart and in the mind when men labor together to succeed, or even to fail, in shared aspirations. It is the admiration and respect of one man for another, not for material accumulation but for strength of moral character and selfless service. It is holding oneself up to an ideal even knowing that our human frailties make it impossible to achieve the ideal. Freemasonry is a process by which a man comes to know himself.
The Masonic Degrees are not Destinations
As we investigate potential candidates and discuss the fraternity with our newer members we need to make them understand that the three degrees of the Craft are only the first three steps in a lifelong journey. To presume to know Freemasonry from the first three degrees would be to stand on the seashore, advance three steps, and presume to know the world. The degrees of Masonry are intended not to impart, but to ignite a desire for more Light.
In our event-filled society it is easy to take for granted or lose sight of the processes that make the events possible. The processes, though, are where most of the learning, growth and progress happens. By understanding our own motivations and being able to express those motivations to others we can help our fledgling brethren to appreciate the truly precious jewels of Freemasonry. Find a quiet place to contemplate what being a Freemason means to you, and why it means so much to you. Then, put it into words so that the next time someone asks why you are a Mason you'll know exactly what you want to say.
Now, on with the news........................
Monday, November 28, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Keith Leo Huels will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. There will be rehearsal of the degree at 5:00 PM, Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.
The Bolivar Order of the Eastern Star, Mizpah Chapter #230 is having a food drive for Christmas baskets and would like to invite the Masons to help. Please leave your donations at the lodge hall (Bolivar Masonic Temple) Our meeting is December 6th and we will deliver the food to the Bolivar Food Pantry on Dec. 7th. We would appreciate your help. Please announce this in your meetings. Thank you Carol Fuller, Secretary.
Monday, November 28, 2011: York Rite Bodies Years of Service Recognition Dinner will be hosted by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and all members are invited.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd degree of Freemasonry. Brother James Potter will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3, 2011: The Fall Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Ceremonial is right around the corner. Candidate registration and screening will begin at 5:00 Friday evening at the Shrine temple located at 601 St. Louis Street in Springfield, MO. Saturday morning will begin with breakfast at the temple at 6:30, candidate registration and screening at 7:30 AM, and the ritualistic section will begin at 8:30 AM. If you are a Master Mason in good standing and are interested in becoming a Shriner contact any current member, or call the ABA business office for more information. Also, visit www.BeAShrinerNow.com for information and education.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Regular Communication at the lodge hall in Sparta, MO for the official visit and reception of RWB Mickey Brown, DDGM of the 43rd Masonic District. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011: Area Freemasons will be marching in the Joplin Christmas Parade and you are invited to join in. If you play the Bag Pipes or know someone who does you will be especially popular. Contact Brother BillyJoe Coleman for details and arrangements: (417)850-1959.
Thursday, December 8, 2011: Bolivar Chapter #5 RAM- St. Elmo Commandery #43 KT have changed their meeting night for December so as not to be so close to Christmas. There will be guests present and the Companions and Knights would love to have a good turnout. Eat at 6:00 PM; meetings start at 7:00 PM. The December meeting is also when Officers for 2012 and Temple Board Members will be elected.
Monday, December 12, 2011: Date Change - The December meeting of Springfield Chapter No. 15 Royal Arch Masons, Zabud Council No. 25 Cryptic Masons, and St. John's Commandery No. 20 Knights Templar has been moved to December 12 to avoid any conflicts with Christmas and Holiday plans. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.
Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ Noon: Masons' Day at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams would like to invite Masonic members, friends and family to watch the Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet at the Sparta Lodge hall in Sparta, MO for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.
Monday, January 30, 2012: Webb City Lodge No. 512 will host a Region 'F' School of Ritual Instruction. Dinner at 6:00 and instruction will begin at 6:30 PM. The Webb City Lodge building is located at 401 West Broadway Street in Webb City, MO.
Saturday, February 4, 2012: RWB Robert C. Floyd, Grand Lecturer of Missouri Masons will conduct a School of Ritual Instruction and Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition at Monett Lodge No. 129. Lunch will be available at 11:30 AM and instruction will begin at 1:00 PM. All Missouri Master Masons are encouraged to attend.
Save the Date! Saturday, February 18, 2012: Webb City Lodge No. 512 will host the 97th Annual Washington's Birthday Celebration with Masonic Degree work by three different States. The 1st Degree will be performed by Grove Lodge No. 187 of Oklahoma; the 2nd Degree by Pittsburg Lodge No. 187 of Kansas, and the 3rd Degree by Webb City Chapter No. 119 Royal Arch Masons of Missouri. The 3rd Degree will be done in full costume and promises to be most impressive.
Please Note: Due to acts of God and Government this year the date for the drawing for the new Chevy Camaro has been changed to March 17, 2012. Please help the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin in their efforts to preserve and repair the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in Joplin, MO. 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 and unique building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or find us on Facebook and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/WinANewCamaro. We're a long way from our goal so please help spread the word. We truly appreciate your assistance. Thank you very much.
Sparta lodge is doing it again this year ----------- WHAT IS THAT YOU ASK !!!!!!!!!! We are having a food drive to help the needy, MARK your calendars for JUNE 10 between the hours of 3 & 6 pm. ALL THE CHILI AND SOUP you can put away and all we ask is that you bring as a minimum admission three non-perishable food items. This was a great event last year and helped several families in the area. No kidding mark those calendars and plan on attending, and pass the word along to everyone you know.
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.
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