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Masonic News & Views -- Henways and Angels
April 11, 2011
Greetings Brother,

I was out back of the CowChows late this afternoon taking a break from a particularly grueling nap. The sun had settled successfully behind the western hill, and the day was drawing toward a peaceful close. I wandered about the back yard for a time making a mental list of all the projects I didn't get done last summer, and adding it to the list of things I likely won't get done this summer. I was considering burning the brush pile as I tossed a fallen tree limb onto it, but a sudden breeze blew the thought right out of my head. I headed up the path to the back porch and paused to pull a few weeds, and while I knelt there among the ivy a timid, small voice from behind me said, "Whatch ya doin?"

I turned and there stood Mason, the little brother of the little blond haired girl next door. "Hello Mason," I said, "what are you up to on this glorious Spring afternoon?"

"Nothin' much," he said with a shrug. "My mom sent me to borrow a henway."

"She did, did she," I asked. "Well, I'm sorry but we're fresh out of henways."

"That's okay," he said. And then, "What's a henway, anyway?"

"Oh, about two pounds," I said.

His smooth brow furrowed and he tumbled the question and answer around in his mind for a bit. Finally, he just shrugged and repeated his original question, "Whatch you doin?"

"I just stopped here to talk to James," I said, gesturing to the memorial stone.

He looked around curiously and then asked, "Who's James?"

"Well," I said, "James is a little boy whom the Lady BG and I love very much, and he's not with us anymore."

Puzzled, Mason looked all around and then said, "Where is he?"

"Well," I said, "I guess God loved him so much that he decided to keep him in heaven for a while."

"When will he let him come back," he asked seriously.

I smiled at him and shaking my head I said, "I don't know."

"How can you talk to him if he's in heaven," he asked. "Is heaven very far?"

"No," I told him, "heaven is only a breath away, and even though James isn't here I think he can still hear me."

He looked down at the small stone angel nestled in the ivy, and then he looked back at me and said, "You should tell him to come home. It's almost supper time."

"I'll be sure and tell him," I said, "but I'm pretty sure they have supper in heaven, too."

This seemed to satisfy him for a moment, but then his little face grew serious again. "If heaven isn't far away and James can hear you, how come I can't see him?"

I turned and sat down on the steps leading to the back porch. "Hmmm," I said, "that's a very good question." I gestured for him to sit on the step beside me and when he had I continued, "Mason, heaven is where we go when we die, and even though it's very near and it's filled with people who love us we can't see them while we are here."

He was staring deep into my eyes as if waiting for me to say something sensible.

"Okay," I said, "close your eyes," and he did. "Now, you know I'm still here and you know that if you talk to me I'll hear you, but you can't see me. Well, going to heaven is kind of like that. When we go to heaven our eyes are opened and we can see things that we couldn't see before. Do you understand?"

He opened his beautiful blue eyes and looked up at me. "Yeah," he said, "I understand. There's no such a thing as a henway, is there?"

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2011: Brother Paul Skidmore,a member of Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 and Rice Camp, has been relieved of the working tools of life. All Freemasons are asked to attend the Masonic Funeral Service for the purpose of conferring final Masonic rites for our Brother. The service will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 East Seminole in Springfield, MO at 1:00 PM. So Mote It Be.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular Communication. Travis Kincheloe will be presented for initiation into the Mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM. All regular Freemasons are invited and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011: Monett Lodge No. 129 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st degree of Freemasonry. Nathan Bowen Fisher, who has been duly elected, will be presented for initiaion into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Snacks will be provided at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. All regular Freemasons are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, April 14, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will have work in the 2nd degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular Communication. Brother Bracey will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

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.

Saturday, April 16, 2011: The Knights of Seven Chapter of DeMolay will hold their Installation of Officers for the 1st term at 3:00 PM at the Sparta Lodge building. The first regular meeting of the Chapter will follow at 4:00 PM.
The Knights of Seven Chapter will hold their regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 4:00 PM at Sparta Lodge.
All Masons, Ladies of the Eastern Star, Amaranth, White Shrine, etc, and parents of DeMolays are welcome(and strongly encouraged) to attend all regular Chapter meetings, fun events, Initiations, and Advisory board meetings. Installation of Officers is open to anyone.
DeMolay is open to any young man age 12 to 20. A Masonic relationship is not necessary for membership.

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. 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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