Mariners Lodge #150 Barnegat, NJ
1Jun/17Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Brethren,
 
My term as Master is half over and I want to thank everyone for their support so far this year. We have accomplished many things and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year.
 
As the sun in the sky at meridian reaches its zenith for the year remember that we do not go “dark”. As Freemasons we never go dark. Although we may not see each other for several weeks, the light each of us emits will always reach the rest of the brotherhood. Think of the summer break as going on an extended refreshment. We are still a lodge and we continue to do the work we perform outside of the lodge room including charity, fun, and brotherhood.
 
Please continue to support our ongoing food drive for those who are less fortunate than we are. You may contact me or WB Jeffrey Rawley if you have donations to make. We will also have several social events over the summer break included in the Trestleboard & Dates for Your Calendar sections of this trestleboard. I hope to see you all there.
 
Freemasonry is an attempt to organize harmony, and therefore it is essential that all its arrangements for the promotion of concord should be of the most perfect character and most delicately adjusted. Whatever tends in the least degree to produce disagreement and discord, to cause a jarring and clashing among the elements composing the society, or any of its branches, must have a tendency to defeat the purposes of the institution, must in itself be destructive of the spirit of Masonry, and must be something foreign to that spirit, something not to be cultivated, but to be avoided by Masons
- The Masonic Monthly, February 1867.
 
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper,WM 2017
1May/17Off

A Message From The east

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Brethren,

In the most special of months I remind you of to honor those who sacrificed everything that we may live in a free country. This coming Memorial Day is more than a day to cook out and enjoy the nice weather. Without the sacrifice of our fallen brothers and sisters we would not have the freedom nor treasure that we enjoy so much. I also remind you to remember she who gave you life on Mother’s Day. I borrow from the Order of DeMolay Flower talk:

You may have risen to positions of great influence in commercial, political, or professional life, but you can never reach the heights of your mother’s secret hopes for you. You may sink into the lowest depths of infamy or degradation but never below
the reach of her love. The memory of it will always stir your heart. There is no man so entirely base, so completely vile, so utterly low that he does not hold in his heart a shrine sacred and apart for the memory of his mother’s love.

Whether she is with you or if she has passed on memories of her love will always be with you and will always be a guiding light for you. On that special day dedicated to her please think of your mother and, if she is still with you, call her, take her to (or make her) dinner. Send flowers. Whatever you do she will be thrilled that you thought of her on her special day. If she has
passed on, please remember her on this day. She will know.

"Few delights can equal the mere presence of one we can trust utterly.”
- Brother George MacDonald

Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper,WM 2017

1Apr/17Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Brethren,

Seven Score and twelve years ago the bloodiest war in American history, the American Civil War, ended. During the struggle that nearly tore our country apart, there were many occasions when Freemasons on both sides of the lines remembered their obligations toward each other and, despite their political differences, they risked life, limb and treasure to aid and relieve a brother in need. A remembrance of that time follows:

“My father had been a soldier in the Union Army.
He was made a Mason in a military Lodge. Taken
prisoner at Arkansas Post, he was carried up the
Mississippi River to Rock Island, Illinois. My father
became desperately ill, and made himself known
as a Mason to an officer of the camp. The officer
took him to his own home and nursed him back
to life. When the war ended, he loaned Father
money to pay his way back to his Texas home,
and gave him a pearl-handled pistol to protect
himself. This experience of my father, when
I learned about it, had a very great influence
upon my life; the fact that such a fraternity of
men could exist, mitigating the harshness of war,
and remain unbroken when states and churches
were torn in two, became a wonder; and it is not
strange that I tried for years to repay my debt to
it.”
- Joseph Fort Newton, D.D. in River of Years

Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper,WM 2017

4Mar/17Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Brethren,
 
Spring is just around the corner. In a few weeks the world will waken anew, the flowers will bloom, and life will spring forth. As the season turns and we exit our winter burrows, it’s the perfect time of year to awaken our Masonic selves. If the mortar of your Masonic self has become worn, or the stones are loose, or have rough edges, this is the perfect time to pick up your gavel, square, and trowel, and reshape and reset those stones, and, if you want your work to be Square, don’t cut corners.
 
If you are a regular attendee of Lodge we look forward to seeing you during the coming months. If you haven’t been to Lodge for a while, why not come out and see what’s happening at Mariners? You might see a friend you haven’t seen for a while. If you would like to attend Lodge and and cannot get there yourself, please call me directly. I will arrange to have you driven both ways.
 
For those looking for new ways to help the Lodge and the brethren, RW Brother John Kaiser is assembling a list of skills and talents (even hobbies) each of us might be willing to use to help a brother in need. this is intended to be a directory of things we can do to help each other, not a for-profit business listing. If you have a skill you are willing to list, please contact RW Brother Kaiser directly at: jcaek@aol.com.
 
“Man has always sought the Fountain of Youth, and has never found it. Those who work with young people, however, know that to stay young is nothing more than thinking young, being part of what is going on now, and staying close to the aspirations and enthusiasms of the young.”
- Brother Henry Clausen
 
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug HarperWM 2017
1Jan/17Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,
 
I would like to thank you for trusting me with the care of the Lodge for the coming year. I would also like to thank the officers and committees who are serving for the year. As we once again begin the cycle of life the days become longer and each day more light shines upon us. Let us use this light wisely and productively. We have much work planned for the year. The designs upon the trestleboard include degrees as needed, most likely monthly. When we are not making masons I plan to have programs that are educational and, I hope, interesting. The intended program will be published in the trestleboard each month and I hope to see you all frequently. Last summer I had the opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Barnegat, and Mariners Lodge is recognized as the largest charitable institution in the town. Over the last several years Mariners Lodge has been actively contributing to help those in need in the area. We have an active donation program to the Barnegat Food Bank and we run a Christmas gift program that has increased each year since its inception. We have also established a discretionary fund for the Master to donate to a needy family. I hope we can all continue to support these worthy programs.
 
“I ask of each Mason, of each member, of each brother, that he shall remember ever that there is upon him a peculiar obligation to show himself in every respect a good citizen;for after all, the way he can best do his duty by the ancient order to which he belongs is by reflecting credit upon that order by the way in which he performs his duty as a citizen of the United States.”
- Brother Theodore Roosevelt
 
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper, WM 2017
1Dec/16Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

Brethren,

I would like to thank you all for helping make this a great Masonic year. We had many accomplishments, and made some outstanding new Masons. I would especially like to thank my officers line for their hard work and dedication, and I know that it will continue into the future to keep this Lodge great. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as Worshipful Master in 2016. I encourage everyone to continue to support Freemasonry. And finally, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Fraternally,

Gregory J. Stevens, WM 2016

1Nov/16Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,
 
In our 20th District, we recently had 4 Master Mason degrees in as any weeks. With all those newly raised brethren, I found this poem very fitting:
 
LAST NIGHT I KNELT WHERE HIRAM KNELT
 
Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt and took
 
an obligation. Today I am closer to God and I
 
am a Master Mason. Tho’ heretofore my fellow
 
men seemed each one like the other, today I
 
search each one apart; I am looking for my
 
Brother. And as I feel his friendly grip it fills
 
my heart with pride, I know that while I am on
 
the square that he is on my side, his footsteps
 
on my errand go if I should require, his prayers
 
will plead on my behalf if I should desire. My
 
words are safe within his breast as though my
 
own, his hand forever at my back to help me
 
safely home. Good council whispers in my ear
 
and warns me of any danger, by square and
 
compass Brother now who calls me stranger.
 
I might have have lived a moral life and risen
 
to distinctions without my brothers helping
 
hands and fellow Masons, but God who knows
 
how hard it is to resist life’s temptations knows
 
why I knelt where Hiram knelt and took the
 
Obligation.
 
Brethren, with the holidays approaching, I would ask everyone to consider helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Mariners Lodge is continuing our food drive to support the Barnegat Food Pantry, as well as our yearly toy drive.
 
Fraternally,
Gregory J. Stevens, WM 2016
1Oct/16Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

 

Brethren,

Four Things

Four things a man must learn to do

if he would make his record true:

to think without confusion clearly;

to love his fellow-man sincerely;

to act from honest motives purely;

to trust in God

and Heaven securely.

  • Henry Van Dyke

Surely Freemasons satisfy the four things required by the poet to maintain a true record as evidenced by your progress through the three masonic degrees. On your first entry into the Lodge you professed your trust in God. This trust was further emphasized in the Charge and Reception Address, and you were charged to be true to yourself and exercise the Golden Rule. The Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees continued to stress the duties you owe to God, your neighbor, and yourself. If you follow these precepts, you can not materially err.

Fraternally,

Gregory J. Stevens,WM 2016

2Sep/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,

   The chief architect of Solomon’s Temple was and is often referred to as “The Builder”. The term is also applied generally to the Craft, for every speculative Mason is as much a builder as was his operative predecessor. Masons are also known as moral builders. As the operative Mason spreads the cement to bind the stone, speculative Masons spread Brotherly love, relief, and truth to bind men morally and spiritually. The operative builder builds for a century and the speculative builds for eternity. In this sense, “The Builder” is the most noble title that can be bestowed upon a Mason.

Fraternally,
Gregory J. Stevens, WM 2016

2Jun/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,
 
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
 
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
 
Be yourself; especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
 
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune, but do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
 
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here, and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
 
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors or aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann 1927
 
Gregory J. Stevens, Worshipful Master 2016