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Sunset Spiritualist Church
103 Hanes
Wells, Kansas 67467
785-488-3929


Adult classes every Sunday at 10 am
Church at 11 am  every Sunday


Potluck Dinner first Sunday each Month

February 2006


February Board Meeting

The February Board Meeting will be on Sunday February 5th following Church and potluck. All members are invited to attend and take part in discussion and concerns of our church. Your presence is an important part of being a member of Sunset Spiritualist Church. If you have any questions please contact Norma at 785-823-6118 or norma@tri.net


Saturday February 4th Fellowship

Soup and sandwiches will be served Saturday around 5 in the church basement. A new game has come to our attention that actually teaches us about Astrology as we play it, we hope you will join us as we explore this fascinating topic in a fun way. We will also be having a Trumpet Séance led by Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn. Cabins are available and we have a few heaters but if you have one please bring it.


Committee Meeting

The committee working on updating the Constitution and By-Laws of The First Society of State Spiritualists will be meeting at the Church on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 P M. If this project interests you, please join in.


“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, German Philosopher, Novelist and Poet.


Healing Work or Private Counseling available after any Sunday Church Service by an attending Minister.


LOVING CONCERN
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2nd Row, Javene, Irene, Maxine, Elise, Aimee, Becky, Chris, Jolene, Shorty, Nancy, Shannon, Judy, Evadne, Kristi, Marcella, Sue, Linda, June, Mike & Linda, John

If you would like prayer requests in the monthly newsletter please contact Patti 402-228-3558.


If you have email and are not getting the computer newsletter online email  Patti at peaceseeker@diodecom.net


If you are interested in teaching a class or helping in any other way at Camp 2006 please contact Linda 620-663-2988 or 620-727-4329, linda@sctelcom.net 



Irene has finished radiation treatments & continues with her therapy. Dr. gives her an A+ !

Our prayers to June Sylvester whose husband Paul recently passed.


The most destructive habit………………….Worry
The greatest Joy………………………………Giving
The greatest loss……………Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work…………Helping others
The ugliest personality trait………….Selfishness
The most endangered species……….Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource…………Our youth
The greatest “shot in the arm”…..Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome…………Fear
The most effective sleeping pill…….Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease…….Excuses
The most powerful force in life………………Love
The most dangerous pariah………….A gossiper
The world’s most incredible computer….The brain
The worst thing to be without………………..Hope
The deadliest weapon…………………The tongue
The two most power-filled words…………”I Can”
The greatest asset…………………………….Faith
The most worthless emotion……………Self-pity
The most beautiful attire…………………..SMILE!
The most prized possession…………… Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication ……Prayer
The most contagious spirit………….Enthusiasm 


Test

It doesn’t hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time. This test should get you started. During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what criteria defines a patient to be institutionalized.
 
“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask the patient to empty the bathtub.”
 
Okay, here’s your test:
1. Would you use the spoon?
2. Would you use the teacup?
3. Would you use the bucket?


“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would choose the bucket since it is larger than the teacup or spoon.”  “No,” answered the Director. “A normal person would pull the plug.”

Those with an abnormal tendency scrolled to the bottom to get the answer before taking the test.  So how did you do?


From Phyllis Bernstein: My friend Gloria sent this to me. I thought it “said it all” most eloquently.

I prayed for you today, gave thanks for your life, wished you the best, asked heaven to bless you with good health and happiness. I sent you good thoughts, surrounded you with hope and faith and love. I asked your guardian spirits to protect you and keep you safe from harm and to blanket you with joy and contentment and peace and prosperity.

I prayed for you today. I asked that you be guided with the wisdom to make choices to enhance your life and the awareness to make changes that are in your best interest. I wished for you a storehouse of opportunities, the ability to meet your goals, and the joy of your own approval and acceptance. I wished for you your heart’s desire, every dream come true.

I prayed for you today. I asked that you be prepared for whatever life hands you or whatever you’re going through. I asked that your spirit be strong and lead you and guide you each step of the way down every path you take. I asked the universe to confirm for you that you’re someone very special. I asked the earth to be good to you, and I asked Spirit to show you “it’s” perfect way

Thank you for all your loyalty, kind thoughts, and giving heart. Thank you for being there for me.


Church Services

Jan. 22             Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn
Jan. 29              Rev Norma Johnson
Feb. 5                            Bonnie Smith
Feb. 12                    Linda Anderson
Feb. 19                   Rev. Mary Brown
Feb. 26                          Laura Coffey
March 5             Rev. Gary Nicholson


Please call Norma for further information, to make any changes, or to add your name to schedule


If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
…..Mother Teresa


From Karen Lyons, President of Board of Trustees

This is a busy time for the Church. The Board is putting the final touches on the Spring Workshop. This year the Board is planning a Homecoming weekend featuring Ted Andrews in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the First Society of State Spiritualists, known as Sunset Church. We hope you are making plans to attend.

In other business, we are happy to announce the roof on the office has been replaced. Rev Gary Nicholson will soon be installing a newly purchased sound system, and other projects are being pursued as well.

A newly formed committee of volunteers held an organizational meeting on January 14th. The committee will undertake the task of updating the Constitution and By-Laws of The First Society of State Spiritualists. The next meeting will be at the Church on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 P M. If this project interests you, please join in.
Preparations are under way for Camp, but there will be more on that later. The Board has chosen the theme for 2006: Celebrating 125 Years of Spiritualism – Experience the Gift in You.

It has come to our attention that a newly organized group, Sundance Drumming Circle has come to possess our email list. We have discovered how this happened and immediately took steps to protect your information from future compromise. As their name implies, Sundance Drumming Circle is primarily the pursuit of Native American Cultural wisdom. Sundance Drumming Circle has also recently begun to use the name Society of Spiritualists. While the Board of Trustees holds no animosity toward the group, we would like to make it clear that this group is not associated with the First Society of State Spiritualists in any manner. If you wish to be removed from Sundance Drumming Circle’s emails, please contact that entity and again we apologize that your information was compromised. If you are interested in investigating the Native American Culture, we encourage you to check them out.

I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy New Year. I am looking forward to sharing a Spirit filled 2006 with you.


There are two ways to look at every situation in life: Is the cup half empty? Or is the cup half full?

It is amazing how our perception can be changed by our attitude. For example, think about God and then look at these letters. N-O-W-H-E-R-E You can assume that God is NO WHERE. Or you can believe that God is NOW HERE!

Follow this advice and you can improve your life: Always remember that you are loved, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Believe in yourself and your values.

Don’t sell out when things go wrong.

Don’t let anything get you down; always bounce back up.

Set goals for your future and never settle for anything less.

Realize that there are others in the world with much bigger problems than you.

Appreciate the good things in your life, and be thankful for the time you have with your loved ones.

Spend more time with your family and friends.

Appreciate the simple things in life, and don’t get caught up in material things.

If you follow that advice you can’t go wrong! So the next time you’re looking at a situation in your life: Is the cup half empty? Or is the cup half full? Be an optimist and see the cup as being half full. Before long, your attitude will rub off on others. You can make the world a better place by simply making yourself a happier person. If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Here’s one to get you started.


Parable of the Spoons 

Author unknown

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.” The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I don’t understand.”

It is simple” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other.”


Some Valentines Customs

It was once believed that a woman could tell what kind of man she would marry by what bird she would see flying overhead on February 14. During the middle ages if a young woman saw a sparrow she would most likely marry a farmer, a robin would foretell her marriage to a sailor, a blackbird meant her husband would be a Priest, a happy man would be the intended for the girl seeing a bluebird, much sadness fell on the girl seeing a woodpecker for she would not marry, lucky indeed was the girl who saw a goldfinch for it predicted her marriage to a rich man! If the girl saw a hen and cockerel together on the same day she would marry in the upcoming year.

During the 1700’s unmarried woman would pin 5 bay leaves to their pillows on Valentines Eve in hopes of dreaming of their future husband. If this did not work the woman could write the names of men on paper, roll them up in a piece of clay, drop them in the water the first one to float to the top would be the name of the husband to be. During this period the men would draw the names of a local girl out of a jar, they would wear the name pinned to their shirt sleeve, this is wear the saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve” came from.

Carved wooden lovespoons were given on Valentines Day in Wales. Hearts, keys, and keyholes were the decorations used on Valentines Day symbolizing “unlocking” ones heart.
Inportant information! Did you know that what flower you give your Valentine sends a message? Roses are the flower of love, but each color has its own message.

Daisy – innocence
Forget-me-not – true love and constancy
Fuchsia – elegance
Lily – purity
Pansy – loving thoughts
Periwinkle – early friendship
Poppy – consolation
Snowdrop – hope
Sunflower – warmth of feeling
Tulip – a declaration of powerful love(red), hopeless love (yellow)
Red Rose – true love
White Rose – I love you not
Yellow Rose – jealousy
Pink Rose- My love for you is innocent
Orange Rose – I love you vigorously
Purple Rose – I will love you forever


“As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.”
Song of Solomon 2: 2 & 3


Independent Or Direct Voice Mediumship With The Trumpet
(from “Mediumship and It’s Phases” by Margaret L. King)

This form of physical mediumship has been variously called Independent Voice, Direct Voice, or Trumpet Mediumship. Its interest for the average Spiritualist probably exceeds that of any other phase. In voice séances an aluminum trumpet is used to magnify the voice of the spirit wishing to speak and to serve as a cabinet or voice box in which the vocal organs may materialize, as in all forms of physical mediumship, the production of ectoplasm is needed to materialize the vocal organs and to levitate the trumpet. For this reason the medium must possess the necessary chemicals within his body.

To produce an audible voice the spirit entity must learn how to pick up the sound vibrations in the séance room and use the materialized vocal organs for articulation. The thought waves of the entity must be converted into sound vibrations. Singing by the group helps to build up the sound waves upon which the spirits who are manifesting may draw.

The actual voice of the medium is not used. However, the manifesting spirit does draw from the vocal organs of the medium in making the required ectoplasm. For this reason the voice speaking may have some resemblance to that of the medium, or on the other hand, may be strong and clear, with the normal accents of the spirit. The vibrations are gathered from all who are present. The thoughts of all the sitters affect the nature of the phenomenon. The best results are obtained when the group is harmonious and positive thoughts are maintained by all.

Because a bright light will destroy ectoplasm, a dark room is required for levitation of the trumpet. A sudden light coming into a room through the opening of a door, for instance will cause the trumpet to drop to the floor.

However, there are a few mediums who can in full public view in a lighted auditorium, hold the large end of the trumpet to the ear of a designated member of the audience and the person whose name has been called may then listen through the part of the trumpet held to his ear and hear the voice of the spirit communicator.

The English investigator, Dennis Bradley, predicts in his book, Wisdom of the Gods: “Communication with the spirits in their natural voices may, within this century, become as simple as the telephone or wireless. In fact it seems to us that it is a new and phenomenal wireless communication.”


From “The Bible for Translating from Physical to Spirit” by Terry Livingood


The kingdom of God,
the kingdom of perfect peace, love, joy, and harmony,
the kingdom of perfect Oneness.
It feels like Home….
returning Home.

Again, imagine the Christ light glowing from within
and your physical body becoming pure light,
becoming invisible Omnipresent Spirit


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