Minutes Stated 5-8-24  on 05/09/2024

Please find attached minutes of Stated Communication of 5-8-2024

Minutes of 5-1-24  on 05/02/2024

Please see attached the minutes of the Emergent Communication of 5-1-24

Emergent communication 5-1-2024.pdf

Minutes of Stated Comm 4-24-24  on 04/25/2024

Please see the Stated Communication 4-24-24.pdfattached minute of Stated Communication of Apr 24, 2024

Minutes 4-10 & 4-17 2024  on 04/18/2024

Please see the attached minutes for Sated Communication of 4-10-24 and Emergent Communication of 4-17-24

Stated Communication 4-10-24.pdf

Emergent communication 4-17-2024.pdf

Minutes 3-13-24  on 03/19/2024

Please see attached minutes of Stated Communication of 3-13-2024

MRIP School  on 03/02/2024

Good Day Brethren,

I want to thank each of you and the members of the Lodge who attended the MRIP at Grantham this morning Mar 2nd. I was very pleased to see so many Brothers come out on a rainy morning ready to learn about and share their knowledge in Masonary.

Fraternally,

Wayne Lytton

DDGL &th Masonic District

minutes 2-28-24  on 03/01/2024

Pleas see attached minutes of Stated Communicatioon of 2-28-2024

minutes 2 Feb LoS and stated 14 Feb  on 02/16/2024

Please find the Minutes of Emergent Communication of 2 Feb 2024 and Stated Communication of 14 Feb 2024

Minutes of 2-2-2024 LoS  on 02/05/2024

Please see the attached minutes of 2 Feb 2024.

Lodge of Sorrow for Brother Rodney K. Bell  on 01/31/2024

Brethren,

If within the length of your cabletow.

St. John's #3 will be conducting a Lodge of Sorrow to honor and remember Bro. Rodney K. Bell (Sept 30, 1961 - Jan 24, 2024) on Friday, Febuarary 2nd, 2024 at 6:30PM. 

The funeral service will be Saturady Feburary 3rd at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of New Bern. A graveside service will follow at Greenleaf Cemetery where W.B. Buddy Williams will deliver Masonic Funeral Rites. 

The obituary can be found here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/new-bern-nc/rodney-bell-11640145

1-24-24 Minutes  on 01/29/2024

Please find the minutes of Jan 24th, 2024 stated communication

Minutes 1-10-24  on 01/12/2024

Please see attached minutes of Jan 10, 2024

Heartfelt Message to You  on 12/28/2023

My Brethren,

This will be my final greeting, and as always, I earnestly pray this message finds you and yours well.

To say that this Masonic journey to serve you as the Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 3 has been an honor, would be an extreme understatement. I will never be able to fully express the gratitude for the trust you placed in me to sit in such a prestigious chair, in such a prestigious lodge. I will go to my grave humbly honored to have been blessed with many titles in my life, a child of God, husband, dad, papa, police officer, and now Past Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 3.   

Many times, I have stood at the Past Masters wall in Lowthrop Hall, pondering the legacy left behind by each Past Master, and feeling the weight of my own internal burden to meet they’re and the lodges expectations. For the past year, I have strived to preserve and build upon the legacy they have left behind for more than 250 years. No successful achievements could have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of every brother who fulfilled their elected and appointed positions this year. For any shortcomings they are mine to bear alone.

St. John’s Lodge No. 3 is like no other. In a previous gathering while speaking of our lodge, I exclaimed, “beyond her flaws and disparaging looks, this building has seen wars, famine and has welcomed some of the brightest and most influential minds”. Our lodge has never let us down, it has stood tall and strong for every Mason who has been lifted from her floor. St. John’s Lodge No. 3 is truly majestic in every way. The extent of her beauty and grace can be witnessed in the eyes of every visiting person as they first cross the threshold of the north door, as they become visibly overwhelmed with the beauty of the decorative walls and the starry canopy of heaven.     

One year is but a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of time, and as such my year as Master has surely escaped me, leaving some goals unachieved and some which we all should be proud of.  Please, rest your thoughts knowing the future of our lodge is in great hands for the coming years. I pray that they will get the same support many of you offered me.      

I am always eager to hear from a brother, so should you ever need anything now or ever, my personal number is 252-675-5754.

 

Forever Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, PM

St. John’s Lodge No. 3 A.F. & A.M.

Worshipful Master 2023 

St. John's Lodge Agenda for 12-27-2023  on 12/27/2023

My Brothers,

Please see the attached meeting agenda for tonight’s stated meeting. 

Tonight, Wednesday, December 27th, Installation of elected and appointed officers for 2024.
Please come out in support of your new line of officers, while enjoying great fellowship, and a great meal.

Meal served at 6:30 pm, Lodge will open at 7:30 pm for short Stated Meeting, then Open Installation
following lodge closing. The installation is open to all visitors and Masons of all degrees.

Jason D. Williams, WM

St. John’s Lodge No. 3

(252)675-5754

Minute of Dec 13 and Dec 20  on 12/22/2023

Please see minutes of Sated Communication of Dec 13 and Emergent Communication of Dec 20 PM 3rd Degree

How to Setup Your Grandview Account  on 12/13/2023

Grandview Setup Instructions

Did You Know…. You can now pay your lodge dues online and…you can set it to come out monthly if you want, but ONLY if you have signup on Grandview. See attached instructions or ask a Brother and we will help you.

"Please follow these instructions to register and sign into Grandview.”

It can be done on a computer or mobile phone, please ask and we will assist you.

1.) https://nc.grandview.systems/membership_registration (do not bookmark this page)

2.) Type in your lodge number (3, 47, 345, etc.) of your primary home lodge

3.) Type in your Member ID (do not include the M or any leading zeroes (M001352 is 1352, M123456 is 123456)

4.) Type in your Last name, please capitalize the first letter.

5.) Click CHECK MEMBERSHIP STATUS

6.) Type in your email and create a password and confirm it.

7.) Click SIGN UP.

8.) Now you are on the main portal. This is the website you should bookmark. Click LODGE in the upper right. The LODGE button will take you to the dashboard.

If you have questions regarding how to do something and the Help Desk function does not clear it up, your DDGMs will be able to help. Also, please reach out to support@glnc.us to reach the office directly regarding a Grandview support question.

Please check your personal information, address, email address, phone number, spouse information etc. and let the lodge Secretary, Bill Zerby, PM, know if anything needs to be corrected or added. billzerby59@gmail.com  

Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3 dated December 13, 2023  on 12/12/2023

From the East

Brethren,

Please see the attached Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3, for December 13, 2023.

Reminder of upcoming events.

  • Saturday, December 16th, 12:00 pm, Wreaths Across America at New Bern National Cemetery. Your lodge will be helping place wreaths on the 6,500 graves of our forever Honored Soldiers. Come out if you can. Please contact Bob Mull, JD, or me for more information on purchasing a wreath.
  • Wednesday, December 20th, Past Master’s 3rd Degree Conferment, meal at 6:30 pm, degree beginning at 7:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, December 27th, Installation of elected and appointed officers for 2024. Meal served at 6:30 pm, Lodge will open at 7:30 pm for short business, Open Installation following lodge closing. 

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Upcoming Events, Please Read  on 12/06/2023

My Brothers, 

Please see the upcoming events for this month. I would love to see and met as many Brothers as I can. If you need a way to any of the events, please let me know.

  • Thursday, December 7th, times are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Blood Drive at the Trent Woods Town Hall, $20 per pint will be donated to our New Bern Masonic Historic Theater Preservation Foundations Inc. Appointments can be made by calling the Town Hall at 252-637-9810. PLEASE Consider Donating!
  • Saturday, December 16th, 12:00 pm, Wreaths Across America at New Bern National Cemetery. Your lodge will be helping place wreaths on the 6,500 graves of our forever Honored Soldiers. Come out if you can. Please contact Bob Mull, JD, or me for more information on purchasing a wreath.
  • Wednesday, December 20th, Past Master’s 3rd Degree Conferment, meal at 6:30 pm, degree beginning at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27th, Installation of elected and appointed officers for 2024. Meal served at 6:30 pm, Lodge will open at 7:30 pm for short business, Open Installation following lodge closing. 

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Please Read Important Notice  on 11/30/2023

My Brothers,

As a result of very little response of interest in the New Bern Christmas Parade and due to some clerical mistakes by the city, we have decided not to pursue this year’s endeavors to participate. I can only pray that as a fraternity, we do not give up on any future opportunities to interact with our communities, thus hopefully we can try again next year.

Hope to see many of you at our Past Master/Ladies and Award Banquet.

Saturday, December 2nd, 2:00 pm at St. John’s Lodge Ballroom

 

Fraternally,  

Jason D. Williams, WM

Dues correction notice  on 11/27/2023

If you recieved a notice today regarding dues, the letter should have read 2024 dues not 2023. I apologize for the confusion.

Fraternally,

William C. Zerby

Secetary

Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3 dated November 22, 2023.  on 11/22/2023

From the East

Brethren,

Please see the attached Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3, dated November 22, 2023.

Important notices:

  • 2nd Degree on Wednesday, November 29th, 7:30 pm, meal served at 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday, December 2nd, 8:00 am, New Bern Christmas Parade, line-up will be on George Street, beside Police Station. Please come out with candy to toss to the kids. A trailer will be provided for those unable to walk.  
  • The Past Master/Ladies Night and Award presentation event was moved to Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm. Please let us know if you are able to fellowship with us.
  • Blood Drive on Thursday, December 7th, times are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Trent Woods Town Hall, $20 per pint will be donated to our New Bern Masonic Historic Theater Preservation Foundations Inc. Appointments can be made by calling the Town Hall at 252-637-9810. PLEASE Consider Donating!

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Brotherly Reminder of Events  on 11/15/2023

My Brethren,

This is just a brotherly reminder of some of the upcoming events in your lodge, at which I would be delighted to see and fellowship with you.

  • Wednesday, November 29th, 7:30 pm, 2nd Degree Conferral, meal at 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday, December 2nd, 8:00 am, Lodge Participation in the New Bern Christmas Parade, line-up will be on George Street, beside Police Station. Please come out with candy to toss to the kids. Wear a polo shirt and white apron, we will have one for you if needed. A trailer will be provided for those unable to walk.  
  • Saturday, December 2nd, 2:00 pm, Past Master/Ladies Night & Service Awards. Please RSVP with Master or Secretary by November 24th  as we need ahead count. A meal will be provided.
  • Saturday, December 16th, 12:00 pm, Wreaths Across America at New Bern National Cemetery. We will be placing wreaths on the graves of the Heroic Soldier. Please contact Bob Mull, JD for more information on purchasing a wreath for a fallen soldier.  

 

Jason D. Williams, WM

252-675-5754

Minutes 11-8-23  on 11/15/2023

See Minutes from 11-8-23 Stated Communication

Important Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3 dated November 8, 2023  on 11/07/2023

From the East

Brethren,

Important notice: The Past Master/Ladies Night and Award presentation event was moved to Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm. Please let us know if you are able to fellowship with us. The event will be held in the lodge ballroom. 

 Reminder: Tomorrow night will be the Annual Communication whereas voting will take place on officers for the ensuing year, 2024. Please come out. 

Please see the attached Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3, dated November 8, 2023.

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Annual Election of Officers  on 11/01/2023

My Brethren,

In accordance with Regulation 54-1.2, this email is to inform you that on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 7:30 pm, will be the Annual Communication of St. John’s Lodge No. 3 whereas the elections of officers will be conducted.

Please consider coming out for this historic event.

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Minutes 10-25-23  on 10/31/2023

Please see the minutes of Stated Communication of 10-25-23.

Remember, Nov 8 is our Annual Communication and we will be electing officers for next year. Come out and cast you vote.

Important Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3 dated October 25, 2023  on 10/24/2023

From the East

Brethren,

Please see the attached Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3, dated October 25, 2023.

Reminder: Tomorrow night is the Golfcart raffle ticket drawing. GOOD LUCK!! It is also step-up night, please come.

Saturday, November 25th, at 6:00 pm, will be the Past Master/Ladies Night & Service Awards Presentation in the Ballroom at the lodge. Please RSVP with Master or Secretary so we can ensure we have enough food. Please come out for great fellowship and to honor your brethren.

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

williamsj@newbernnc.gov

Golf Cart Fundraiser Drawing  on 10/20/2023

Brethren,

This is a brotherly reminder that if you helped sell any of the raffle tickets for the Golf Cart, please turn your ticket stubs and monies into the Treasurer before Tuesday, October 24th.

The drawing will be held at our next stated meeting on Wednesday, October 25th. If you purchased a ticket, good luck.

Consider coming out to join us.

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

Minutes 10-17-23  on 10/19/2023

Please see attached the minutes for an Emergent Communication of 10-17-23

Important Upcoming Events and Topics  on 10/16/2023

My Brethren,

I pray this message finds you and yours well.

The agenda for your next stated communication will come out soon, but I wanted to give you notice on a few matters and events soon to come.

  • Tomorrow night, Oct. 17th, your lodge will be conducting a 1st degree, please come out and fellowship with us if you can, meal at 6pm, degree at 7:30pm.
  • Step Up Night will occur at your next stated communication on Oct. 25th. I would be honored to see a great turnout as your officers will fill the roles in what could be their next chair.
  • The drawing for the winner of the Golf Cart Raffle will be done at the October 25th stated meeting. If you still need a ticket, we still have some. Good Luck to all and THANK YOU for supporting your foundation.
  • Lastly, if you need to pay your dues, please do so soon, or contact me or the lodge Secretary, Bill Zerby Sr.   

 

Fraternally yours,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252)675-5754

Minutes 10-11-23  on 10/13/2023

Please see minutes from 10-11-2023 Stated Communictation

Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3 dated October 11, 2023  on 10/10/2023

From the East

Brethren,

Please see the attached Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3, dated October 11, 2023.

My Brothers, if you are an Entered Apprentice or a Fellowcraft who desires to finish your masonic journey, please reach out to us, we can assist you.

Master Mason's, Reminder: If you have not paid your 2023 dues, please do so as soon as possible, mailings and phone calls are being made at this time.

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3 dated September 27, 2023  on 09/26/2023

Brethren,

Please see the attached Meeting Agenda for St. John's Lodge No. 3, dated September 27, 2023.

 

Beginning at 5:30 pm there will be a tour of the building, followed by an important announcement and presentation at 6:15 pm from NC Representative Steve Tyson. All are encouraged to attend.

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Exciting Event and News UPDATE  on 09/22/2023

Brethren,

Please join us this Wednesday, September 27, 2023, for an exciting event beginning at 5:30 pm whereas NC State Representative, Steve Tyson will be touring your historic building. Following the tour at 6:15 pm, he will have exciting news concerning our lodge and its future.

Please spread the word throughout our brothers. Hope to see you there.  

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

Minutes 9-13-23  on 09/18/2023

Please see the minute of Stated Communication of 9-13-23 

Minutes 8-9, 8-16, 8-23  on 08/24/2023

See attached minutes from Stated Communications of Aug 9 and Aug 23, 2023. Also Emergent Communication of Aug 16, 2023

Minutes 8-9, 8-16, 8-23  on 08/24/2023

See attached minutes from Stated Communications of Aug 9 and Aug 23, 2023. Also Emergent Communication of Aug 16, 2023

Minutes 9 Aug 23  on 08/10/2023

Pleas find the Minute for Stated Communication of 9 Aug 2023

Minutes Stated 7-26-23 & Emergent 8-2-23  on 08/04/2023

Please find the minutes of the Stated Communication of 26 July 2023 and Emergent Communication of 2 August 2023

Exciting News From the East  on 07/20/2023

 

From the East

St. John’s Lodge No. 3  A.F. & A.M.

MumFest and Golf Cart Fundraiser Updates

Brethren,

I pray everyone is doing well. I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that the Golf Cart Raffle is in full swing. Thanks to many of our brothers, tickets sales are doing very well for the New Bern Masonic Historic Theater Preservation Foundation. Your brothers are working extremely hard to raise the funds needed to continue the lifelong efforts to preserve our historic building for generations to come. You should really come out and see some of the work being done to your building.

In addition to selling tickets, we have secured a vendor’s booth for this years MumFest, which will be held on the weekend of October 13, 14 and 15. The goal is not just to sell tickets, but more importantly to increase the exposure of St. John’s Lodge and to educate our community about importance of masonry and our historic lodge. If you find yourself at MumFest, please come visit with the brethren of your lodge. If you want to help, we need folks to work in booth the during MumFest or help selling tickets for the raffle. I have also attached a copy of the Golf Cart Raffle Flyer for dissemination.

Also, your lodge will be conducting a 3rd Degree on two brothers, Wednesday,  August 2, a gourmet meal will be served at 6:30 pm with the degree beginning at 7:30 pm. 

As always, I am only a phone call away should you need anything or have any questions. Hope to see or talk to you soon.

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252)675-5754     

Minutes 6-28-23  on 07/07/2023

Please see attached minutes of June 28,2023.

St. John's Lodge No. 3 Agenda for June 28, 2023  on 06/27/2023

From The East

Brethren,

Please see the attached St. John's Lodge No. 3 Meeting Agenda for June 28, 2023.

 

Fraternally,

Jason D. Williams, WM

(252) 675-5754

Minutes 6-14-23  on 06/15/2023

Bretheren,

  Please find the Minutes for Ststed Communication of Jun 14, 2023

Minutes of 5-17-23 & 2-24-23  on 05/29/2023

Bretheren,

  Please find the minutes for Emergent Communication of 5-17-23 and Stated Communication of 5-24-23

Franternally,

William C. Zerby PM

Secretary

WB Jeremy Taylor's Loss  on 05/17/2023

 

From the East

 

Brethren,

It is with a heavy heart that I ask you to keep our WB Jeremy Taylor, Past Master of St. John’s Lodge No.3 and his family in your thoughts and prayer. On May 14, 2023, WB Jeremy Taylor unexpectedly lost his 26-year-old son, Austin Taylor. Although we may not understand Gods plan, as his Brothers, now is the time to be there for him in any capacity needed.

Austin’s obituary reads as follows:

Austin Avery Taylor (ATAYLOR), age 26, of Grantsboro, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023. An incredible son, brother, grandson, uncle, and friend, Austin enjoyed playing video games, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He had a big heart and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

Austin is survived by his father, Jeremy Taylor (Jessica Chase); his mother, Jennifer Lynn (Brad Tarplee); siblings, Hannah Dunford (Isaiah), Madison Tarplee, Logan Davis, and Mason Chase; paternal grandparents, Buddy and Anita Taylor; maternal grandmother, Brenda Perry; aunt, Jamie Coombs (Benji); nephew, Nolan Dunford; many cousins; and his service dog, Hershey, whom he dearly loved.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Cotten Funeral Home. The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. He will be laid to rest at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.

Austin's favorite color was pink and in honor of him, we encourage his friends and family to wear pink to his service.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/new-bern-nc/austin-taylor-11289781


Fraternally;
Jason D. Williams, WM
St John's Lodge No. 3 AF&AM

(252)675-5754

 

Stated Comm of 5-10-2023  on 05/11/2023

Bretheren,

  Please find the minutes from the Stated Communication of May 10, 2023

Minutes 4-26-2023  on 04/27/2023

Minutes of Stated Communication of Arp 26, 2023

4-12-23 Minutes corrected  on 04/14/2023

Kindly refer to the corrected minutes of Apr 12, 2023. 

4-12-23 Minutes  on 04/13/2023

Please see attached the minutes for Apr 12, 2023.

Minutes 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 30 Mar 2023  on 04/05/2023

Please, find attached, the minutes from stated communication Mar 22, 2023, Emergent communications Mar 29,2023 and Mar 30, 2023.

Minutes 29 Mar, 2023  on 04/04/2023

Attached are the minutes from St. John's Lodge #3 last meeting

Upcoming Events
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    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    28
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    11
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    25
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    09
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    23
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
  • NOV
    13
    St. John's No. 3 Annual Communication / Election of Officers
    7:30 PM
    516 Hancock St, New Bern, NC
  • NOV
    27
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM
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    11
    St. John's 3 Stated Meeting
    7:30 PM