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Lodge Night – September 11, 2018

.: Tonight’s Communication :.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

All Master Masons are welcome to our first meeting of the new Masonic Year at Blazing Star Lodge #694 F&AM. Our new officers practiced for their new parts by learning their lines in the dark of summer. R:.W:. John W. Koller Erie District Deputy Grand Master and his team are officially visiting. It is always informative when they join our Lodge for the evening.  If the past is any indication, the conversation will extend into refreshment time after closing the Lodge.

Dinner starts at 6:30 pm and Lodge opens promptly at 7:30 pm.  Normal Lodge attire required (Officers in Tuxes or dark suits if you have them).

Come on out and meet R:.W:. John Koller and his team, reacquaint yourself with your Lodge, and enjoy the fellowship with your Brothers.  If you need a ride please contact the Lodge we will be happy to pick you up and have you home safely.

Are you interested in Freemasonry?  Contact us to learn more.

Bro. Russ McGregor

Brethren,

It is with great sadness to report that DSA Brother Russ McGregor put down the working tools of life last night (Monday, August 27, 2018). Surrounded by family and friends, Brother Russ passed away very peacefully.  Brother McGregor had been battling lung cancer for some time. Details are still being made but there will be a memorial service at the American Legion probably in mid-September. Please keep the McGregor family in your thoughts and prayers.

Prior to moving to Indiana, Russ was very active in our Lodge and did so many things behind the scenes for us. Things such as the sound system in the Lodge, the dishwasher, plate warmer and several other necessities we enjoy. He provided these things on his own initiative and expense.  We will miss our Brother but take comfort in the realization that we too will one day join him in the Grand Lodge Above.

Funeral Dirge

By David Vinton

Solemn strikes the fun′ral chime,
Notes of our departing time
As we journey here below,
Through a pilgrimage of woe!

Mortals now indulge a tear,
For mortality is near!
See how wide her trophies wave
O′er the slumbers of the grave!

Here another guest we bring––
Seraphs of celestial wing,
To our fun′ral Altar come,
Waft this friend and brother home.

Lord of all! below––above––
Fill our hearts with truth and love
When dissolves our earthly tie,
Take us to Thy Lodge on high.

I was a bit hesitant to post this but remembering Brother Russ I know he would enjoy it.

Grand Lodge Above

Pat & Bill had been Lodge Brothers for many years. They had promised each other long ago that the first to go to the Grand Lodge above would return to tell the other whether there really were Lodges in Heaven and what they were like.   By and by, it came to pass that Bill went first.

One day shortly after, Pat was working in his garden when he heard a whispered voice;

” Pssst Pat!” – He looked around but saw nothing.

A few moments later he heard, now quite clearly

” Pat! It is me, Bill!”

“Bill” Pat exclaimed, ” are you in Heaven?”

” Indeed I am, ” said Bill.

Pat paused for a while to get over the shock and then said;

” Well, Bill, are there Lodges up there in Heaven?”

“There certainly are, Pat. There are Lodges all over and they are quite magnificent, equal or better to Blazing Star Lodge. The meetings are well attended, the ritual is word perfect, the festive board fantastic and the spirit of Masonic Fellowship is all pervasive.”

” My goodness, Bill,” said Pat, ” It certainly sounds very impressive but for all that you seem rather sad. Tell me, old friend, what is the matter.”

” Well, Pat, you are right. I have some good news and some bad.”

” OK, What’s the good news?”

” The good news is that we are doing a 3rd this coming Wednesday”

“Great” said Pat. ” What’s the bad news then?”

” You’re the Senior Deacon! “

Erie District Family Picnic

Erie District Family Picnic
August 4, 2018

W:. Capron having a good time.

The Erie district of Masonic Lodges sponsored the first annual family picnic.  This was an outstanding opportunity to get out and meet our fellow Erie District brothers.  Erie Masons and their families enjoyed a day of sun, BBQ (courtesy of our very own Bro. Andy Egressy), games, a bounce house, live music by Myron Deputat and his friend Denis Kitchen, and general good times and Fellowship spent with good men and their families. Brothers made new connections and Brotherhood prevailed.  It was truly a great feeling being among so many friendly people.  About 100 people attended the picnic with all Erie District Lodges represented.  Next year we hope to double the attendance.  All extra food was donated to the VFW Post #9249.

 

Bro. Egressy supplied his monster home-built BBQ which quickly cooked up hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken shish kebab.  The grill/smoker can cook numerous burgers and dogs, several chickens on a rotisserie, and even a whole pig.  Bro. Egressy wants to make this BBQ available to all Masonic Lodges to help with their events.  Anyone interested please contact us for details.


Ready To Grill


Not Quite Full


Grill In Action



Bro Andy Resting