WORK SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY, 2012

Wednesday Dec. 12
8:30 A.M.
Pack and Deliver Fruit Baskets

Saturday Dec. 15
6:30 P.M.
Lodge Christmas Party (covered dish dinner)

LODGE  IS  DARK  FROM  MON.  DEC. 17,  ’12  UNTIL  MON.,  JAN.  07,  ‘13

Monday Jan.  07
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & mail bulletins

Tuesday Jan.  08
6:30 P.M.  Light Meal
7:30 P.M.  STATED MEETING

IN MEMORIAM

Joe L. Pierce was born January 10, 1934. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge on January 3, 1977. He received a 25 Year Pin on March 12, 2002. Brother Pierce entered the door of the Celestial Lodge Above on December 03, 2012.

“God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be.
So he put His arms around you, and whispered ‘Come with Me’.”
(excerpt from a poem “Come with Me”).

We dedicate this bulletin to Joe L. Pierce. May God’s special Angels watch over his loved ones during this time of sorrow and loss.

CHRISTMAS CHEER

If you didn’t get the message in last month’s Bulletin about Irving Lodge’s Christmas Party, you may miss it.   But here it is again.  On Saturday evening, December 15, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. Irving Lodge will Celebrate the Annual Christmas Party with a covered dish dinner, an evening of enjoyment with the Shady Grove Ramblers, and an expected visit with Santa Claus.  How much more could you ask for?  Put together  your favorite dish of salad, vegetable or dessert, invite the neighbors and friends.  The Lodge will provide the meat, drinks and bread.  The only things missing will be those who miss this annual event.

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

FOR THOSE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH, WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS.  FOR THOSE OF JEWISH FAITH, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HANUKKAH.  FOR EVERYONE, WE WOULD SAY TO YOU, HAVE A JOYOUS AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.  WE WISH FOR YOU AND ALL, A HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIFE IN THE YEAR OF 2013.

DUES ARE DUE

Every year the Annual Dues in Texas Masonic Lodges become due and payable by December 31 for the next year.  To apply that to the current conditions, your dues for the year 2013 are now due by December 31, 2012. Endowed, Life and 50 Year Members are exempt from the payment of dues.  All others should look at you dues card. If it states your dues have been paid to December 31, 2012, then you should make a payment to your lodge this December month.  Dues in Irving Lodge #1218 are $100 per year.  We would thank those who have already remitted the 2013 year’s dues.  We also send a special message of thanks and appreciation to those who have made donations during this, and former years.

A LESSON OF FAITH

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island.  He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.  Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

Then, one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut was in flames, the smoke  rolling up to the sky.  The worst thing had happened; everything was lost!  He was stunned with
Grief and anger. “God how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island.  It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.
“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

(JUST REMEMBER, THE NEXT TIME YOUR LITTLE HUT IS BURNING TO THE GROUND --- IT
 MAY JUST BE THE SMOKE SIGNAL THAT SUMMONS THE GRACE OF GOD.)

JUST CHUCKLE A LITTLE !

Written instructions of purchased products

On a Korean kitchen knife:  Keep out of children. (Something must have gotten lost in the translation)

On a string of Christmas Lights:  For indoor and outdoor use only. (As opposed to what, outer space ?)

On a food processor:  Not to be used for the other use. (Now I’m curious)

On an American Airlines packer of nuts: Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts. (Somebody got paid big bucks to writer this one)

On a Swedish chain saw: Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands: (Raise your other hand if you’ve tried this)