Message from the East

From the East

Brethren,
     April was again a good month.  We initiated a couple of new brothers, we passed a brother and we raised a new brother as a Master Mason after our May Stated Meeting.  It has been many years since we have had our Stated Meeting on the 3rd floor in the large lodge room.  What a blessing that was!
     Practices are set for Tuesdays and Thursdays this month.  Lodge Inspection is set for May the 15th.  A Fellow-craft degree is set for May the 18th.  Saturday the 20th is a motorcycle fun run, for time and location and more information please contact me.  Also, Chota Lodge has called for our help on Thursday the 25th to help out with a Masters Degree.  We heard the words, ‘free food’, so chances are some of us will be there.
     For our June Stated Meeting (on June 1st) we will have a guest from Germany and member of Faith Lodge to give us a talk on ‘Persecution of Masons in Germany during WWII’.  
     We have had a lot of brotherly love and affection and blessings raining down from heaven on our brothers and families.  Some brothers have passed on to the celestial lodge already this year, but that is not stopping us from getting together for fellowship.  One night we had at least 12 people show up for practicing lectures and floor work.  I think there was something going on in every room of the first floor that night.  What a blessing to see so much work being accomplished.  We have been helping other lodges with their work and have even traveled all the way to Jellico, TN to help out with a double Masters degree this month.  And we have been blessed with brothers coming to visit us!  Our furthest visitor, this month, came all the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We are indeed staying busy.
     In order to keep up to date with the latest of what is going on you may go to:  www.mckinney433.org/calendar/ or www.knoxvillemasons/20.html
 
Your Servant in the Lord,
Curtis Phibbs
Worshipful Master of Charles H. McKinney Lodge #433
Brethren,
     March was again a good month for us.  Grand Lodge was full of good spirits and friendly faces.  It was really nice to see brethren from across the State and Nation come together for fellowship. 
     This month we are a little busy.  
  • On April 13, we will be having 2 Entered Apprentice degrees.  
  • On April 19, is our turn for hosting the District 20 meeting.
  • On April 20, we have a Fellow Craft degree and will be performing it with a Fellow Craft candidate from Oriental Lodge.  
  • On April 27 we have a Master Mason degree (cancelled), and it will also be performed with an Oriental Lodge Master Mason candidate as well.  
  • Every Tuesday this month is practice night at the lodge.
  • May 15, will be our inspection.  So if there are any of you needing to renew your cards, please mark your calendars.  
  • We will schedule our banquets either next Stated meeting or after the inspection on May 15, so let me know when you would prefer to have these.  
     In order to keep up to date with the latest of what is going on you may go to: 
 
Your Servant in the Lord and Worshipful Master,
Curtis Phibbs

Brethren,

     February was again a good month for us.  Brother Mark S. was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason and Brother Andrew S. was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft.  This coming month we anticipate a lot of Masters Degrees around the area and hope that you get a chance to visit other lodges to fellowship and help them out with their work. We are scheduled to be initiating 4 candidates this month and hope that you can attend March 7 and March 9 to witness these events.  Grand Lodge is also this month, in Nashville.
     Brother Carl W., who was raised in January, has taken on the responsibility of Lodge Librarian with great enthusiasm.  Brothers, if you have any masonic books to donate to the McKinney Library or if you have a list of books that you think should be included into our library that would be appreciated, Thank you.
     One of our brethren has passed on to the celestial lodge above in February.  Take a minute and pray for the families and widows of the brethren who have gone on before us.  Job 1:21, “…The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away…”  Please speak with your family and let them know that there is a Masonic Funeral which we can perform and what to do with your Leather Apron at your death.  This is the last honor we can bestow to a brother.
     Numbers 6:24-27, “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee. The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.  And they shall put my name upon [them]… and I will bless them.”
 
Your Servant in the Lord and Worshipful Master,
Curtis Phibbs.

January was a good month, we have had.  Congratulation to Carl … and Charles … who were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason last month.  As we look to God for our daily guidance and fill out hearts will His love and ask God to work through us and make us better men and masons, it seems that God is [blessing] and has been blessing us with others who are seeking the light.  My prayer is that all of our brothers continue in their daily study of the scriptures and continue to grow.

There are a few things that have been of concerns of some of the brethren.  One concern is our continued communication with the widows of past brethren.  We have lost touch with the [some of the] beloved widows of our brothers.  How can we do something to show that we still care?  Maybe a fruit basket and card once in a while or a dinner for the widows?  Think about this issue brethren, and lets see what we can do to keep them in our thoughts and prayers and not forget that they supported our passed brethren in their quest of a closer walk with God.  Any woman who supports her man to become a better person should never be forgotten.

Another concern we should be thinking about and discussing is our continued quest for charity wherever we may be useful.  One charity of interest has been in establishing a relationship with he local orphanages in the region and doing what we can to help these children who are truly orphaned or are in some situation where they are separated from their parents.  Ideas such as building playgrounds, helping with educational outings, and food are just a few ways that we may be able to help.

It all begins with discussion, so may we all think about and discuss these issues among our fellow brethren.  May God bless each and every one of you.

Thank you,

Curtis Phibbs

Worshipful Master of Charles H. McKinney Lodge #433