Archive for April, 2017

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Mount Moriah #39 has the following events coming up in May.

Monday, May 1 – Henderson Temple Association meeting at 6:00
Wednesday, May 3 – Casual Dinner at 6:30, Stated Meeting 7:30. All Brothers and visiting Brothers and prospective members are invited to dinner. The meeting at 7:30 is for all Brothers and visiting Brothers.
Wednesday, May 10 – Family Dinner 6:30. This dinner is specifically to honor our Masonic widows. Open to all Brothers, visiting Brothers, family, friends, invited guests, prospective members, and certainly, all Masonic widows.
Wednesday, May 17 – Education at 7PM. The topic will be Freemasonry in the Fabric of America, presented by Worshipful Brother Alan from Nevada Lodge of Research #2 and Mount Moriah #39. This lecture is open to all Brothers, visiting Brothers, prospective members, friends, and family.
Wednesday, May 24 – Lodge will open at 7PM on the First Degree to hear an EA proficiency. All Brothers and visiting Brothers are welcome.
Wednesday, May 31 – Lodge will open at 7PM for a Fellowcraft Degree. All Brothers and visiting Brothers are welcome.

From the East
WM Tony York

Greeting Brethren,
I want to thank those that represented Mt Moriah at the Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference (Las Vegas) April 21-23, 2017. I hope this event of education and fellowship provided you an opportunity to grow in the Masonic fraternity.
Please join us for our May Family Dinner as we honor our widows. As part of the Nevada Masonic education observation and our community education programs, please help Mt Moriah #39 by volunteering May 10th at Laura Dearing ES to assist with their career day. Those of you that are available please contact Worshipful Brother Eric Holder.
My brethren as summer is fastly approaching please take the time and opportunity to share with your brothers before we close down for three months.

From the West
Bro Dennis Ashley

I would like to thank all our Brothers who attended the NMLC; personally, I would like to see more fraternal gatherings from surrounding bodies.  It just feels great to be around people who have the same vested interests as you.
This month we will be gearing up to wind down, but our responsibilities are not lessened or diminished.  In fact, much more will be expected of us as we return.
So, stay focused and let’s all convince the world that by becoming Master Masons we are better Men.

From the South
Bro Eric Willson

I hope May finds everyone happy and productive.  The year has passed by quickly, with only a few meals left before elections.  I hope everyone enjoyed Mexican night in April.
This month we will be having pizza and salad for the stated meeting.  On the 10th we will be throwing our annual Widows Dinner.  We will be having a barbeque.  Invite friends and family!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kessler, PM


Up through the first part of the 20th Century quite a few people were probably attracted to Masonry for little more than its entertainment value. New members were eager to join because they heard their friends and associates talking about interesting things that happened in lodge.
With the advent of bowling alleys, movie theaters and, later, television, people found many other means to satisfy their interests. Thus, although Masonry in our time has competition it never had before, it must be offering something to those of us who devote a fair portion of our time and energy to its interests. What might be these attractions?
First, a little bit about Masonic organization. A candidate advances in Masonry by receiving its “degrees.” There are many degrees in Masonry. They generally consist of:

  1. An oath or obligation consisting of certain promises to be a true and worthy member of society generally and the group.
  2. A story or drama section intended to teach some moral principal or lesson in ethics.
  3. A lecture that explains the story and lesson.

Thousands of degrees have been developed over the past three hundred years, most of them before 1900. A few hundred degrees are currently being practiced around the world. Of these, perhaps somewhat more than 50 could be called “common.” In Ohio there are two main sequences of membership degrees: 13 in the York Rite (which includes the lodge) and 29 in the Scottish Rite.
There are some other degrees outside the two rites that would also be considered common, such as the Shrine, Tall Cedars, etc. The common degrees are about the same in other states, but quite different around the world. Both York and Scottish Rites are essentially American concepts, each having older foreign roots. Neither rite works the same rituals in every U.S. state. The same degree name or number does not necessarily equate to the same story or moral lesson from one place to another. Neither does it mean the same thing in one location at different times. So, attempting to count the degrees is simply impossible.
The Masonic system has a hierarchy. Each Masonic degree is worked under the authority of some ruling body: Lodge degrees are worked in lodges; Chapter degrees in chapters, etc.
Lodges hold authority from grand lodges; chapters from grand chapters, etc. In the USA, the grand lodge in each state is recognized as sovereign by all other Masonic groups. This means that grand lodge rules and regulations can limit the independence and autonomy of other Masonic groups.
The term “York Rite” is used to describe an organization of degrees worked out in America around 1800; thus, it is sometimes called the American Rite.
The York Rite is just a name, not a ruling body. It has no charter, constitution, by-laws or officers, but instead refers, as a group, to four independent bodies: Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery.
The first, second and third degrees are the Lodge degrees. After receiving the Lodge degrees, a candidate may proceed to either or both the Scottish Rite or remaining York Rite degree sequences.
In the York Rite, the three Council degrees follow the Lodge and Chapter degrees, and are followed by the Commandery degrees. The three Commandery degrees, called “orders,” use the same ritual in all states because all Commanderies work under the common authority of the Grand Encampment of the United States, a national body which controls those degrees and the state “encampments” which charter local Commanderies.
Unlike the York Rite, the Scottish Rite degrees are specifically numbered, starting with the fourth (which is the first Scottish Rite degree offered following the Lodge degrees).
Although the Scottish Rite has its own rituals for the first, second and third degrees, these rituals are, with one or two exceptions, not worked the United States. In most states, Chapter ritual consists of four degrees, Council of three degrees, and Commandery of three orders.
It was mentioned that each degree in Masonry offers a lesson in morals or ethics. Many of these lessons are based on biblical stories, although Masonry does not ask any member to support or belong to a particular faith. As a Mason, one is expected only to believe in God. Hebrews, Christians, Buddhists, etc., can all see God differently through their own faith, but they all see him as the one who created and oversees the universe. Thus, there is a common thread of morality to which followers of every faith can relate.

Antique Square and Compass on a white background

Mt Moriah #39 will open on the Third Degree at 7PM on Wednesday, April 26th for a Master Mason proficiency and education. The educational lecture will be delivered by Brother Hales PM.

Holy Bible, Square, and Compass, arranged for the first degree on Psalm 133.

Mt Moriah #39 will be conferring an Entered Apprentice Degree on Wednesday, April 19th at 7PM. All Brothers and visiting Brothers are invited.

Mt Moriah #39 will hold a family dinner on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30PM. All Brothers, visiting Brothers, family, friends, prospective members, and invited guests are welcome.


Mount Moriah #39 has the following events for April 2017.

Wednesday, April 5 – Casual Dinner at 6:30, Stated Meeting 7:30. All Brothers and visiting Brothers and prospective members are invited to dinner. The meeting at 7:30 is for all Brothers and visiting Brothers.
Wednesday, April 12 – Family Dinner 6:30. Open to all Brothers, visiting Brothers, family, friends, invited guests, and prospective members.
Wednesday, April 19 – Entered Apprentice Degree at 7. All Brother and visiting Brothers are welcome.
Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23 – Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference (Southern) – See the Grand Lodge for details.
Wednesday, April 26 – Lodge will be open on the Third Degree for a MM Proficiency and there will be education. All Master Masons are welcome.

From the East
WM Tony York

I want to thank the Representatives from NV Rainbow Girls Daylite # 22 who spoke to us on March 15th as part of our observance of March as Nevada Masonic Youth Month.
As spring arrives, we have been busy with activities and an increase in visitors. When at lodge be sure to take time to meet our visitors and share in our activities.
The last two family dinners have involved a real fellowship atmosphere and I encourage you to help keep the festivities going by attending our family dinners.
It is that time of year to remember to support the scholarship fund. If means are permitting, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to the Lodge for awarding scholarships to Basic High School Seniors.
It is not too late to register for the Nevada Masonic Leadership Conference (Las Vegas) Conference April 21-23, 2017 the Conference details and registration form is available on the Nevada Grand Lodge website. We would love to have the lodge well represented at the conference.

From the West
Bro Dennis Ashley

The summer is quickly approaching us and soon we’ll find ourselves spending more time abroad than in the lodge. While most has held a prejudiced view of Freemasonry, it is still up to us to convince the world of its magnificence. It is important not to neglect our loved ones (Masons included), and to also balance a hectic work and Masonic schedule. So, it’s ok to call on your fellow brother for any type fellowship or wisdom.
It will not be long before our new stations approach and much is expected from us upon arrival, but remember; “proper preparation prevents poor performances”. I hope to see you all at the NMLC, in closing. Remain steadfast!!!

From the South
Bro Eric Willson

I hope April finds everyone healthy and in good spirits. This month we are going to have assorted sandwiches and sides for the stated meeting.
Family dinner is on the 12th of the month, and we will be serving Mexican food. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you there!

From the Secretary
Bro Larry Kessler, PM

From the Secretary,
List of Dates for your Calendar
April 3 – HTA Meeting
April 5 – Stated Meeting 730 pm
April 12 – Family Dinner 630 pm
April 19 – As Called 7 pm
April 21-23 – NMLC
April 26 – As Called 7 pm

May 1 – HTA Meeting
May 3 – Stated Meeting 730 pm
May 10 – (Widow’s Appreciation) & Family Dinner 630 pm
May 17 – As Called 7 pm
May 24 – As Called 7 pm
May 31 – As Called 7 pm

June 5 – HTA Meeting
Hope to see you all soon.

Dues Card
What is a dues card and what sort of privileges does it give you?
Have you lately and really looked at your dues card? What’s so special about it? Take it out of that hidden place in your wallet and let’s take a look at it. It’s that small piece of paper or card that has written on it several things or items that should be important to you.
Somewhere (usually near the top) is the name of the Lodge that issued you your card which you are a member of, which you must really care for and are proud enough that you carry that card that you belong to as a member of that Lodge. Just that name alone will give you some special privileges, such as being able to attend a lodge of your choice (if you pass their entry tests.)
Within that Lodge you are a member of, it automatically allows you to enter and to partake in the meetings or Communications, such being able to Vote on any special legislation or motion that the Lodge that will be presented and if you have a valid card you can vote, which means that your card must be valid.
On that Card, there is a place on it that has your name typed or written out, and it identifies that it’s you and yours only.
Under your name is the date that the card is valid for and for the length of time it’s valid. This is very important because this date it expires the same time every year. In this way, you don’t have to be reminded when to pay the dues that the lodges require in order the lodge being able to pay their obligations’ and bills that come due during the year.
Below that date is probably is most likely the date that you last paid and the amount, I hope that it’s just prior to the Expiration date, because any time after the expiration date it starts the clock and you become in violation and could be dropped from the roll of membership for Non-payment of Dues (NPD), I don’t think you want that.
Near the bottom is the Signature of the person issuing the card to you is on the card, and along with the Mt. Moriah Lodge Seal is stamped on the Card, along with the Grand Lodge information on the front and back with own Seal and Signature of a Grand Secretary.
I think one of the most important Signature lines on the card is where the member signs his name because he acknowledges and verifies all his obligation information on the card and will abide with what the card stands for.