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

Adult classes every Sunday at 10 am

Church at 11 am  every Sunday

Potluck Dinner first Sunday each Month

March 2004 



Sunset Spiritualist Camp 2004

Plans are in the works for our 70th Annual Camp Meeting.   Be sure and put the dates on your calendar now and plan on joining us for great fun as well as a wonderful learning experience and interesting readers from all over the country.

This years dates are from:
June 5th thru June 20th

 We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Help Wanted For Annual Camp

We are in need of help in the kitchen. Call any Board member listed at the top of the newsletter if you or anyone you know may be interested. It is a very rewarding job and is a paid position. We also need volunteers to work in the snack bar which is a very fun, social job and a great way to get to know everyone and to feel a part of the camp experience.


Daya’s  Jewelry Class 

Join Daya and her other students and learn how to make your own jewelry on Sat. April 3rd from 9am until 1pm in the church basement. Bring your lunch.  
Any questions call Daya
: 620-442-1310; or email her :
mjkhnds@hit.net
(The May
jewelry class will be on May 1
.)


Crystal Healing Workshop ( Level 1)

With Kitty Greenwood

Saturday March 20th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the church basement.  Bring your own lunch as well as a floor mat or massage table. Cost is $75.00. Class size is limited so call to reserve your spot.  Kitty 785-488-3712.


“Leap of Faith Physic Fair”

The weather did not dampen the spirits of the many people attending our “Leap of Faith” mini fair the last weekend of February. Those in attendance had a great time! There were readers and body workers,jewelry and crystals for sale, and a wonderful class.  Our bookstore featuring “previously owned” books and miscellaneous was a great success (we may just make it a permanent fixture at the church). All of the proceeds of the fair were added to our Building Fund. Many thanks for the readers, body workers, vendors   and members of the church who donated time and money to make the fair successful.


Upcoming Events

If you missed the fair you will have another chance for fun and fellowship,

We have planned 2 weekends of get-togethers to start getting ready for our annual camp.  We always are able to combine great fun along with the work.  The first weekend of April and the first weekend of May.  Bring bedding, a bite to eat and come on down. Cabins will be available.  Call Daya 620-442-1310, or Debora 785-452-9062 for more information.


Thought For the Day

Not to believe in the angels is to believe in a mindless, meaningless, and soulless universe. 

                  – Harold Begbie, “On The Side Of The Angels”


EASTER TODAY

  We all know the reason we celebrate Easter, as Christians we teach that Jesus Christ was crucified, died, was buried, descended into hell and was raised from the dead and exalted into heaven, We believe that Jesus died for us to make Atonement for our sins, that he was raised from the dead so that we might be truly forgiven, that we are all children of God (the Father) and that we can all enjoy communion with God in this life and beyond.  But here is a bit of history to understand how modern tradition and ancient rites came together to form the Easter celebration as we know it today.

  Easter was originally a pagan festival in its conception in the second century.  The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with a festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime “Eastre”.  When the second-century missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations they spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts but to do so in a Christian manner.  Coincidentally the pagan festival Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the  Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ.  Converts were slowly won over as they altered the festival to be a Christian Celebration.  The early name Eastre was eventually changed to the modern spelling Easter.

  Prior to 325 A.D. Easter was celebrated on different days of the week, the Council of Nicaea , convened by Emperor Constantine, issued the “Easter Rule” stating that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday occurring after the first full moon on  or after the vernal equinox, in the rule the “full moon” is the ecclesiastical full moon defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation (day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon and does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon.  The ecclesiastical “vernal equinox” is always on March 21, so Easter has to be celebrated on a Sunday sometime between March 22 and April 25.  At the Council of Nicaea Constantine decreed the cross to be the symbol for Christianity.  The Cross symbolizes the Crucifixion rather than the Resurrection.  The cross is used as a year-round symbol of faith for some religions as well as a symbol of Easter.

  The Easter Bunny originated with the pagan festival of Eastre, the goddess Eastre who was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons used the rabbit as her earthly symbol.  The Germans brought the symbol of the “Easter Rabbit to America.  Easter was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until after the civil war.

  The Easter Egg also predates the Christian holiday of Easter.  The custom was centuries old by the time Christians celebrated Easter.  The egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures, they were wrapped in gold leaf by those in upper class, if poorer class they were brightly colored by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.  This has evolved to our modern day custom of coloring eggs and Easter Egg Hunts.


Good News

The bathroom in the basement has been completed and is beautiful. Thanks to all who donated to the cause and to Ron & crew for the work they did.


BUILDING CAMPAIGN

The Board of Directors of Sunset Church and Camp are busy raising money for a proposed new building. Our goal is $50,000. Please consider sending your donation today for Sunset Camp Building Fund. Mail your donation to: Sunset Church, 103 Hanes, Wells, KS 67467


“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” Buddha.