Greetings My Brothers:
I woke up this morning at the same time I’ve been awakening for the last six months, and it dawned on me. It is still dark outside! Autumn is upon us. It is time for raking leaves and preparing for Winter, and a time to rejoice in the harvest and for festivals and holidays of thanks. It is also the time where we really start working hard in the quarries of Masonry. Brothers, we had a little going on last month, but we certainly have a lot going on this month!
Our September regular communication was great. Dr. Marc Genest of the Naval War College spoke on Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty and presented a very different angle on the American Revolution, its events, and its principle players.
As I stated in last month’s message, I have been contacting a number of different catering companies to provide our dinners for us. Please be honest and insightful in your feedback, but remember, Brothers, please be polite and conduct yourselves in a way that is honorable to the Craft. Again, if you have any suggestions or recommendations on caterers, please let me know. Our meal for October will be catered by Pranzi Catering. Please see the appropriate section of the newsletter for the menu.
October is a busy month for us. We have our statewide Masonic Open House on Saturday, October 17th running from 10 AM to 4PM. If you know anyone who might be interested in Freemasonry, please invite them to visit us.
We also have degree work. We are only running one class this year, Our EA Degree will be done across our regular communication night, Wednesday, October 21st, and a special on the following Saturday, October 24th. As of this writing, we may have up to 13 candidates this year. Your support for the candidates is important for Making St. Johns 1P and the craft as a whole strong and vibrant. You can show your support by attending meetings with degree work and getting to know the candidates.
St. Johns #1P has been invited to worship with Hope Congregational Church, 120 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence, on Sunday, November 1st. The service starts at 10AM so we will be assembling at 9:30AM. For the past two years Pastor Amy Frenze and their parish has made us very welcome. Brothers of all faiths are welcome to attend. I encourage you to join us to worship together.
Remember to check the Grand Lodge web site and our newsletter for happenings and visitations, other events in the district, and events in the jurisdiction. There is always something going on if you are looking for fellowship with your Brothers.
Remember to let me or Brother Secretary know of anybody who should be put on or taken off the sick list.
Finally, thank you for your support, input, suggestions and ideas. I am always interested to hear what you have to say.
Timothy L. Culhane