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The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

It is exciting to see the young DeMolay men in the building again. Thank you to all those who helped make their meeting last month a success. As we celebrate DeMolay’s return I would like to also point out the approach of the end of the school year. Each year we award a scholarship to one or two deserving seniors from Basic High School.

If you are looking for a good cause to donate to then please consider helping support this scholarship. As always, I look forward to seeing you in lodge and do not forget to give me a call if you want to practice any degree work.

On the Level,
Eric Holder
Senior Warden

The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

Greetings,

This past month we performed a great Fellowcraft degree. We will be having more degrees coming up soon and I hope all officers are preparing for their parts.
If anyone is in need of some extra help, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Worshipful Chuck our DGL.
I will be arriving at lodge at least an hour early each Wednesday night for anyone wanting to practice their footwork or lines.
Also, for those that wish to step up and perform a part for a chair ahead of them please let me know. It is always a good idea to be ready to move up. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful March and I look forward to seeing everyone in Lodge.

On the Level,
Eric Holder

The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

Greetings,

This month looks to be another exciting month for Mt. Moriah!

As is with tradition we get to enjoy a great night of fellowship with our Acacia Lodge brothers and their families at our annual George Washington observance dinner. It is always a night I look forward to with delight. Also, this month we will be conferring a Fellow Craft degree for a very eager brother. I will be contacting all officers and involved brothers concerning their parts in the degree.

To close I would like to share a quote from our first president, “The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.” Masonry has brought much happiness into my life and I hope to bring the joy it has given me to all of you. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Senior Warden.

On the Level,
Eric Holder
Senior Warden

The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

From the West

Brethren,

Hello Brethren! The Fall weather is upon us and I freely admit that this is my favorite time of the year. I wait with anticipation for the baking pies, roasting meat and time with family and friends that will make fond memories. We are still collecting donations for our local food banks warm clothing and non-perishable food items are always in need by those less fortunate than ourselves. Should a brother who cannot make it to Lodge like to contribute to our efforts, please contact the S.W., J.W. or S.D. our contact information is in the Trestle Board.

In closing, our annual meeting is upon us once again. Let us remember our Brothers in prayer while we are making important decisions regarding our Fraternity

Fraternally,

Pat Welsh
Senior Warden

The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

As you know for quite some time now we have been assisting those less fortunate than ourselves throughout our community and I would like to see that continue. Please bring your canned goods and coats or blankets to our family dinner in September and I will see they get distributed. If you have ideas for other outreach programs or if you want to assist in degree work, Please give me a call.

Fraternally,

Pat Welsh
Senior Warden

The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

Greetings from the west …..

I hope everyone enjoyed the Grand Masters Official Visitation as much as I did! The Grand Master’s message was timely, and as our Lodge prepares to go “dark” for summer, we will have ample time to reflect upon it in greater depth. For many of us summer months are a time for vacations and spending time with our families, but, it also an excellent opportunity to practice our craft work and learn the memory work we rely upon so heavily. I would ask every brother to commit to spending some time learning a new part of the ritual. Every Brother can bring much needed relief to degree work by memorizing a single piece of a degree. In closing, I pray all of you enjoy a safe and productive summer filled with enjoyment.

Fraternally,

Patrick Welsh

Senior Warden

The chairs in the west, with jewels and aprons waiting.

Greetings from the west

Hello my Brothers!! I hope all are happy and well. There have been several ideas that have come up recently and as a Lodge we have decided to pursue a few of them. We will begin to collect non-perishable food items at Family Dinner’s. These non-perishable foods will be donated to local food pantry’s that minister to our community.We will also be starting a 50/50 drawing at our Family Dinner.Tickets will cost a dollar each or six for five dollars. One half will be used to support a worthy cause ( Scholarship fund, J.W. fund, Food Banks,etc….) while the other half will belong to the lucky winner.

We will also be looking closely for our Masonic Widow’s who could benefit from our support. On Saturday May 10, 2014 at 9 A.M. I will be helping Vivian Johnson ( Bro. Harold Ray Johnson’s widow) move from her home in Sun City Anthem to an apartment near-by. With the help of a few brothers we would be done by noon. Please contact me if you are able to lend a hand. Be blessed my brothers and give thanks for all The Architect provides!

Fraternally,

Patrick Welsh
Senior Warden

Greetings from the west …

My Brothers, I sincerely hope your Holiday Season was filled with happiness and joy. I am truly honored to have been elected to the Senior Warden position and I will serve our lodge to the best of my ability. I am looking forward to our new year and the challenges that come with it. I feel confident that, as always, we will rise to meet the occasion and continue the prosperity of our lodge. To my Brothers in “line”, as we are all learning our new positions, in the coming weeks your attendance is more important than ever. Working together we can insure the continued success of Mount Moriah.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend the hand of friendship to those brothers who have not attended Lodge in a while. I would also ask those brothers who regularly attend to reach out to our attendance committee and see if there is a way you could be of some assistance. Perhaps there is a brother who could benefit from a ride or upon receipt of a phone call from a friendly voice would like to visit for a dinner or called communication. February is an important month as it marks our annual George Washington Observance.
This year we are traveling to Acacia Lodge to celebrate the occasion with our brothers in North Las Vegas. I will close with a quote from Brother Washington…

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

Fraternally,
Patrick Welsh
Senior Warden

Keir Hales, Senior Warden, 2013

Brothers,

For me, Masonry in the second half of the year is a special time. After a rejuvenating Summer break, the second half of the year is a time when I can really excel at my station. Having learned the lines for my seat during the first half of the year, I can start to focus on the seat above me. Having spend the first half of the year getting proficient and comfortable with my lines, It is a time to polish ritual, and really start to enjoy the degree work. It is a time to learn other parts, like the apron lecture, or the prayers, or parts of the charge. It is a time to do some masonic reading and chase some masonic thoughts and ideas and see where they lead.

However, we have suffered from dwindling numbers in the second half of this year, to the point where I have struggled just to fill enough seats to open lodge. Brethren, we need to renew our commitment, do some self evaluation and adjust our cable tow if necessary. Masonry is for the betterment of ourselves and our brothers. We cannot achieve that goal with half-hearted participation.

Fraternally,
Keir Hales
Senior Warden

Keir Hales, Senior Warden, 2013

Brethren,

This past week we were pleased to hear from Robert Kaltenbach who discussed some of the origins of Masonry, and brought several books for our consideration. It turns out the Regius Manuscript (also known as the Halliwell manuscript) was written about 1390 a.d. and is the oldest Masonic document in existence. It lays down the basic structure and rules of the operative stonemason guilds in the middle ages. It consists of a poem of 15 moral duties, 15 points of pleural constitutions and the art of geometry and 4 crowns. It is unusual because it was written as a poem. Although libertarian, it was written when Roman Catholicism prevailed in England. It includes much of the legendary “history” of Freemasonry and was most likely interpreted in poetic form by a monk who was inspired by even earlier masonic writings that no longer exist.

The original document is written in Old English language that difficult to understand. This is a translation made of it by James Halliwell in 1840. It is preserved in the British Museum in London and was donated to the museum 1757 by King George II.

We are but links in a long and noble chain.

Fraternally,
Keir Hales
Senior Warden

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