Elmer Timberman Masonic Lodge No. 54, AF&AM

WE ARE a Masonic Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons chartered February 11, 1953 AD (5953 AL) holden under the Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of VA

FROM THE EAST - Greetings Brethren, I want to thank all of you who came out to Past Masters’ Night in August; it was a great meeting.  I hope to see you all again throughout the year.  Also, last month Elmer Timberman participated in the one day conferral.  Elmer Timberman had six candidates go through the one day event.  I want to take this time to welcome all of our new brothers.  This was the first time I participated in the one day conferral, it was an exciting experience; and we are working diligently to certify our new brothers.  It was also fantastic to have all of the new brothers join us for Past Masters’ Night last month; what a fantastic turn out of Past Masters!!
     We have some exciting events coming up this month.  I have spoken with the Worshipful Master of Roseville Lodge and our brothers from Roseville will be coming up to visit us over the weekend of September 29th.  We will have our annual lodge picnic in conjunction with the Rossville visit.  The picnic will begin at
3pm and go to 6pm on September 29, 2018.  We will have a great spread of food.  I hope to see all of you at the picnic.  Please bring your families and any friends that wish to attend. 
     The Grand Annual Communication is also approaching quickly.  The communication will be held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa, 12042 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. The Business Session will commence on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 8:30 O’clock A.M. Exemplification of the Degrees will be held beginning on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 O’clock P.M. and ending on Thursday, November 8, at 3:00 O’clock P.M.
     It is with great sadness that I pass on the following information.  On August 18, 2018, Brother Joseph Della Hartsoe, “JD”, laid down his working tools and passed on to the Celestial Lodge above.  There will be a funeral service at the Annandale United Methodist Church on September 29, 2018 at 11am, with a reception to follow.  His family has requested a masonic funeral; I am working with the new minister to solidify those arrangements.  Please keep Brother Hartsoe and his family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. 

Sincerely and Fraternally, Mark Coldren, WM


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A Freemason conducts himself in society as if there were no laws - human or Divine, except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator.  He kneels before the universal throne of the Divine in gratitude for the blessings he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection.  He does not disturb or mock the Religion of others.  He restrains his passions in a manner that will not injure himself or his neighbor.  He gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended.  He contracts no debts which he is certain he cannot fulfill, because he is honest upon principal.

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