Excerpt from a Mobile, Alabama Newspaper
On June 23, 1996 New Bethlehem Baptist
Church Located near Brewton, Alabama, honored members of the Masonic order
by having a special Sunday morning service. The program was designed to
put active Masons in each position such as pianist, song leader, and
narrator. All prayers were said by Masons. The American and Christian
flags were presented by members of the Mobile Scottish Rite Honor Guard.
"The Pledge of Allegiance" was said;
the "National Anthem" was sung. The "Pledge" was then said to the
Christian flag and "Onward Christian Soldiers" was sung following as
appropriate responsive reading.
"Nearer My God To Thee" and "Blest Be
the Tie That Binds" were sung by all and "Brethren We Have Met To Worship"
was sung as a special contribution by some of the Brethren.
The morning offering of $1,178.60 was
equally divided between the Mobile Scottish Rite Learning Center, the
Knights Templar Eye Foundation, and the Transportation Fund of Abba Shrine
Temple of Mobile.
Following the worship service, the
checks were presented to representatives of each of the above
organizations and a barbecued pork and fried chicken dinner was enjoyed by
The overall attendance for the service
was 108 people with fifty-two Master Masons present, representing twenty
Lodges and five Eastern Star Chapters.
Plans are already being discussed to
make this an annual event.