From the East
I have been preparing a float for our participation in this year’s Christmas parade. Bring your families to ride on the float while we toss out candy to the Waco community. We have been working diligently to be ready for the Grand Lodge Communication where we will once again be working the coffee shop and I encourage all of you to come downtown and hang out with us there.
At the last stated meeting, I had the extreme privilege to present Brother Kim Cowart with the Golden Trowel Award. Brother Cowart has served our masonic lodge and the general Waco community in a variety of ways over the past several years. No matter the job, Brother Cowart is always ready to help. Thank you, Kim.
As you celebrate the holidays with your families, don’t forget to pause for a moment on December 27th, the Christian feast day of John the Evangelist, one of the “saints John” that figure prominently in masonic ceremonies. There are two main saints John and at least one other, all of which offer good lessons to masons. John the Baptist is best remembered in Christian tradition for having lived with such a zeal for his religious beliefs, a zeal made apparent in his readiness and preparation for the coming of Christ. This John was a “voice crying in the wilderness.” Amid chaos, he believed that divine light was coming and lived his life accordingly. John the Evangelist was the first of Jesus’ followers to recognize Him as Christ. Thus, John the Evangelist ought to be loved masonically for his wisdom in acknowledging divine light when presented with it and making a decision to orient himself according to that light. It is in this John’s account of the Gospel that we find such powerful imagery of light and darkness, much the same way in which we use them as masons. When Jesus died, it is said that He entrusted John the Evangelist with the care of Mary. Such a trust is at the heart of freemasonry and we are reminded of it when we promise to care for mothers, widows, and orphans of our deceased brethren. Please join us in a few weeks as we deliver poinsettias to our widows. If you’d like to hear about the third saint John, one that I think is just as important to masonry as the previous tw
o, ask me about him at the stated meeting.
We have had new Nike polo shirts made with the lodge’s logo and several of the officers have purchased some. If you would like one, please contact myself or Brother Waden and we will get a new order put together.
From the Secretary’s Desk
I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Thanks to all that came to the Scottish Rite on Thanksgiving Day to help with the Meals On Wheels. This was my fifth year to help with that worthy project. If you have not worked with us on that day, I hope to see you next year.
Congratulations to our two newest EA’s. They were initiated on Saturday, November 14th. We had a good turnout for their degree. We also have a new member by affiliation. Br. Joe R. Goodman, Jr joined our lodge coming from C.F. Spencer Nol. 1384 in Pearland, Texas and Red Oak Lodge No. 461 in Red Oak, Texas. Welcome Br. Goodman. Br. Goodman’s father was a 50+ Year Mason and a member of our lodge. Br. Joe R. Goodman, Sr. passed away on November 17, 2015. Our sympathy goes out to the Goodman family at this time.
The 180th Grand Communication of the Grand Lodge of Texas is just around the corner. The dates are December 3rd thru the 5th. Judging from the resolution booklet sent to the lodge, there are quite a few resolution to be discussed and voted on this year. Hope to see you there.
The month of December will be a busy month for Waco 92. After Grand Lodge we have several activities that the lodge will be involved with. The first one is the bell ringing for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 12th at the Wal-Mart in Hewitt. We start ringing bells at 10am and go through 7pm. There is still time to sign up to ring the bells. You can contact me at 254-214-0311 to sign up. Also on that same day we will be participating in the Waco Winter Wonderland Parade in downtown Waco. Contact Br. Dave McHam at 254-722-5233 for more information concerning the parade. On Saturday, December 19th beginning at 10am we will meet at the lodge to distribute the poinsettias to the Waco area widows.
Hope to see everyone in lodge this month. We will be having our annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 10th before the stated meeting. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tom Waden, Secretary