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Monday, January 25, 2010

Scottish Rite Express

Kights of St. Andrew –
Knighting Ceremony

The knighting of new members of the Des Moines Valley Knights of St. Andrew will take place on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will take place in the Consistory auditorium and a meeting of the Knight will follow the investiture. This event is open to Scottish Rite Masons only. Dress is coat, tie and Scottish Rite cap.

Hertzberg Reunion Kick-off

Our Spring Reunion is fast approaching. The Spring Reunion will honor Grover Hertzberg 33°, who served as Master of Kadosh in 1998. To get everyone in the mood we will have our annual reunion kick-off on Thursday, January 28th.

It will begin with a social hour at 6:00 pm. After everyone has had a chance to say “hello”, there will be a pork loin dinner and a special program introducing the Scottish Rite to potential members. The cost is $10 for SR Masons. However, Masonic and Scottish Rite candidates are free with a reservation. In addition, if you bring a SR candidate with a signed & paid petition, your dinner is free as well. Prospects for the Blue Lodge are always welcome. This event is for men only. The spring reunion is not far away, now is the perfect time to approach that Master Mason who has been considering joining but hasn’t for one reason or another. If you plan to attend please contact the office (515-288-8927 or today!

Consistro Bistro (Ladies Night)
Have you taken your lady out for dinner recently? Do you think to yourself, “I haven’t been to Scottish Rite since the Holiday party?” Well, here is a chance to do both. Invite your lady to come to dinner with you at the Scottish Rite on Tuesday, February 16th. Our Consistro Bistro is designed to be a night where you and your lady just come enjoy the fellowship of Freemasonry. No speeches, degree work, or program, just a nice leisurely dinner of good food and great company. It will be held in our Tapestry Lounge, which will be decorated as your favorite Italian Bistro. There will be a choice of several different pastas on the menu, along with fresh baked breads, two salad choices, and spumoni ice cream complete the meal. But your evening is not limited to just good food; Italian Bistro music, anti-pasto appetizers, and a selection of wines will complete the affair. The cost is $13 per person and we need your reservation by February 12th. Feel free to invite your friends and family as this event is open to all.

Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Des Moines Consistory will take place on February 10th at 7:30 pm. There will be a light dinner preceding the meeting beginning at 6:30 pm. There will be an election for the position of 2nd Lt. Commander for the Council of Kadosh in addition to the annual meeting business.

University of Free Masonry – “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Masonic Fraternity”
The Des Moines Consistory is pleased to have for our 2010 University of Freemasonry series a special program designed by Lyle Simpson 33°. Lyle has spent and great deal of time researching and traveling to learn about the ancient scrolls discovered in Israel in 1947.

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS (Part 1) - February 24, 2010

In our early history those of faith were among the few that could read or write. Moses designated one of the tribes of Israel to be the keepers of the Ark of the Covenant and the ancient scrolls. They became the Priestly class, or Rabbi’s of the Jewish faith. Since the time of Moses, Priests reduced the wisdom of their day in ancient scrolls. These were carefully preserved to pass to future generations our ancient traditions. In 1947 the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Israel. These are duplicates of the original ancient scrolls that were kept under the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple and extend from the time of Moses to 70 AD. What has happened to them? What do they tell us? Since they were written from 200BC to 70AD they were contemporaneous with the life of Christ and the Exodus of the Jewish people from Israel. Since they were not discovered until 1947 they have not been affected by history. They tell a different story than our current traditions. Will this knowledge make any difference for us today?

Part two will take place on November 18, 2010. It is titled: “What does Masonry have to do with the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Please plan to join us.

Did you know…Today (January 25th) is the birthdate of Scottish Poet and Mason, Robert Burns.
Spring Reunion
The Spring reunion is scheduled to begin on March 20th. You can download a petition from the link in the right hand column

Reunion Schedule

MARCH 20, 2010
8:45 AM 4° Secret Master
9:45 AM 5° Perfect Master
10:35 AM 6° Confidential Secretary
11:15 AM 7° Provost and Judge
11:45 AM LUNCH
12:45 PM 8° Intendant of the Building
1:45 PM 9°/10° Elu of the Nine/Elu of the
1:45 PM 9°/10° Elu of the Nine/Elu of the Fifteen
2:40 PM 11° Elu of the Twelve
3:30 PM 12° Master Architect
4:15 PM 13° The Royal Arch of Solomon
5:00 PM 14° Perfect Elu

APRIL 10, 2010
8:30 AM 15° Knight of the East
9:30 AM 16° Prince of Jerusalem
10:30 AM 17° Knight of the East & West
11:30 AM LUNCH
12:30 PM 18° Knight Rose Croix
2:05 PM 20° Master of the Symbolic Lodge
3:15 PM 21° Noachite or Prussian Knight
4:45 PM 22° Knight of the Royal Axe

APRIL 17, 2010
8:15 AM 27° Knight of the Sun, Prince Adept
9:15 AM 28° Knight Commander of the Temple
10:25 AM 29° Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
11:30 AM 30° Knight Kadosh
12:20 PM LUNCH
1:25 PM 31° Inspector Inquisitor
2:50 PM 32° The Royal Secret (1st Section)
4:00 PM 32° The Royal Secret (2nd Section)

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