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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 

September 2005


September Board Meeting

Because of the holiday the Sept. board meeting will be on Sunday September 11th. All members are welcome to come and share ideas. As usual there will be fellowship Sat. through the day ending with potluck Sat. evening followed by drumming & trumpet séance/circle. Cabins are available, bring linens and spend the weekend. If you are interested in getting a reading or bodywork please or for more information call Norma 785-823-6118, norma@tri.net or Patti 402-228-3558, peaceseeker@diodecom.net


Annual Membership Meeting

October 2 is the day set for the Annual Membership Meeting. There will be many festivities, including the ordination of Billy Branson and installation of officers. The weekend will end with the meeting at 2 p. m. Sunday afternoon after potluck dinner. Cabins are available for members to use so plan to come for the weekend, call Norma to reserve a room 785-823-6881. Bring linens and potluck. Your presence is an important part of being a member of Sunset Spiritualist Church. See weekend schedule contained in this newsletter.

Events planned for October 1st & 2nd

Plan to arrive on Sept. 30th, Friday evening, so you do not miss the activities planned for the weekend. Cabins are available, if it’s empty it’s yours (free will offering), bring food for potluck and your own linens. There will be fun and fellowship. Watch next month’s newsletter for class titles.

Saturday Oct 1st 
10:00 a.m. Class
Noon Lunch (potluck)
2:00 Billy Branson Ordination
3:30 Class
5:30 Supper (potluck)
7:00 Drumming
8:30 Trumpet Séance followed by traditional Message Circle

Sunday Oct 2nd 
8:30 a.m. Breakfast (potluck)
10:00 Class
11:00 Church
12:00 Dinner (potluck)
2:00 Installation of New Officers followed by Membership Meeting


Hypnosis Workshop – October 

The 3 Day Intensive Hypnosis Workshop by Billy Branson will be held October 21st – 23rd at Sunset Spiritualist Church. Billy Joy Branson is a private counselor and hypnotherapist in Emporia, Kansas. Billy is the founder and director of The Universal Institute of Hypnosis. She is also the author of “Mining the Silver Lining”, which tells of her struggle to gain bodily control and learn to walk again after spinal cord damage and crushed lungs. Through self-hypnosis, Billy woke up her totally paralyzed body, went to college and received a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in counseling with additional post-graduate training in hypnosis. She now trains people to hypnotize themselves and others. Come learn hypnosis! See what it can do for you! Learn to hypnotize friends, clients, patients. Obtain 16 hours of workshop training! You will be presented a certificate for attending. Billy requires a minimum of ten participants due to the nature and structure of the presentation. If, by October 15 we have not received sufficient reservations, Billy respectfully reserves the right to cancel the workshop and fully refund all fees. The price of the workshop is $200.00 which includes lodging and meals. Please fill out the registration below and return along with payment by October 15th to Norma Johnson. Call Mary Brown for more information about the workshop 785-523-4133.  

Billy requests that no children or pets be included in your attendance at the workshop.

Workshop hours are;
Friday eve 7p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
please arrive in a timely manner.

Registration Form Link 
(printable form)

Proceeds from the workshop will go towards making the basement handicap accessible.


Excerpt from “The Story of Healing” 
by Peggy Jefts

In the early church we find the priest-physician. Many early priests dispensed medications along with their religion. They also gave charms and amulets supposed to overcome sickness. It was not until the ministry of Jesus that Spiritual Healing really came into its own. Jesus evidently considered his healing and other psychic manifestations as a part of his religion — they all came from the Father. It is regrettable that the early Christian Church grew away from the acceptance of psychic manifestations. All such phenomena were declared to be miracles and became a part of the church creed — all miracles were supposed to cease after the death of the disciples. However, we find evidence in the Bible that Jesus believed that these psychic manifestations would continue after his crucifixion for in St. John 14:12, we read these words: “Verily, verily I say unto you. He that believeth in me, the works that I do, shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father.” He also said that he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it and that the law would not change in any way until all was fulfilled in Matthew 5:17. Therefore, it is logical for us to believe that the works of Jesus and the other prophets have been carried on down through the centuries.


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


LOVING CONCERN
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The 2nd Row, John & Heather Markham, Mike Smith, Kathleen, Vicki, Chris, Joyce, Becky, Pat Chalmers, Carl, Family of Betty Grimsley, Deborah, Rev Gwendolyn, Karen Haynes,  Irene Keith,  Al,  Jolene.

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


FYI
The Citibank building in New York City was found to have structural flaw in 1978, a year after completion,  there was a 50% chance of collapse in winds over 78 miles per hour, typical in a hurricane. There were rumors about the “glowing Citibank building” from the welding as the building owner secretly had the flaw corrected in the middle of the night. The same night a hurricane was headed straight for NYC.  156 blocks could have been demolished from the domino effect caused if it had fallen over.


From President Karen Lyons

Greetings from the Board of Trustees.

The arrangements for the Hypnotherapy Workshop to be presented by the future Rev Billy Branson have been firmed up. The Workshop will be October 21-23 on the grounds of Sunset Church. The price of the workshop is $200.00. That price includes lodging, if desired and meals. The fee must be received by October 15. Billy requires a minimum of ten participants due to the nature and structure of the presentation. If, by October 15 we have not received sufficient reservations, Billy respectfully reserves the right to cancel the workshop and fully refund all fees. The Board will do everything we can to make this event successful for those who have shown an interest.

In unfinished business, the Board decided to keep cabins one through five and not to tear them down or move them. There is sufficient level ground to expand without destroying what we now have.

In a controversial and painful decision, the Board voted to vacate the contract with the contractor of the building project due to apparent breaches by the contractor. If anyone would like more information on this decision, contact Norma by email or phone and information will be sent to you.

The Board remains committed to the project of updating the grounds and especially the bath facilities. Many of you have entrusted substantial donations to the Board of Trustees to see these improvements completed before Camp 2006 and by the Grace of God it shall be so.

I’m not getting any younger. It is my personal goal to find the ways and means to make our facilities ADA compliant to the extent possible. I encourage each of you to give the Board your ideas for the continued improvement of Sunset Church/Camp.

TED ANDREWS is coming to Wells! Start making plans now to attend an April workshop with Ted Andrews. We now know the dates will be April 7 and 8, 2006. Keep watching the newsletter for more details as they become available.

I thank God for the measure of faith that has been bestowed to me by the very Grace of God. Let us each say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.


From Barb Wills – Chantel had her baby Miles James Toler at 5:11 this morning Aug. 22nd, 6 lbs 14 1/2oz., both are doing well.

Vicki Adams sends thanks to all who have been praying for me, and my recovery. Special thanks to Mary Brown the wonderful help she gave to me, her time and love, may she and of our wonderful church be abundantly blessed.


Excerpt from “The Story of Healing” 
by Peggy Jefts

In the early church we find the priest-physician. Many early priests dispensed medications along with their religion. They also gave charms and amulets supposed to overcome sickness. It was not until the ministry of Jesus that Spiritual Healing really came into its own. Jesus evidently considered his healing and other psychic manifestations as a part of his religion — they all came from the Father. It is regrettable that the early Christian Church grew away from the acceptance of psychic manifestations. All such phenomena were declared to be miracles and became a part of the church creed — all miracles were supposed to cease after the death of the disciples. However, we find evidence in the Bible that Jesus believed that these psychic manifestations would continue after his crucifixion for in St. John 14:12, we read these words: “Verily, verily I say unto you. He that believeth in me, the works that I do, shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father.” He also said that he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it and that the law would not change in any way until all was fulfilled in Matthew 5:17. Therefore, it is logical for us to believe that the works of Jesus and the other prophets have been carried on down through the centuries.


From Linda Anderson

I’m not sure if this is automatic writing, but it is at least inspired writing. The thought came to me one day “There are three sides to every issue”. I then sat down at the computer, and this is what came out without any further thought or editing on my part. I say this to give the proper credit to whoever gave me this. It is not my usual style of writing. Linda

We must remind ourselves, always, that there are three sides to every issue; this side, that side, and the truth. We are all influenced by our own perceptions and attitudes, to the point that a single statement made and heard by several people will be repeated by each of those individuals and result in many different versions being proclaimed, with each person exclaiming (and believing) “I was there! I heard it with my own ears!”. Our own ears – influenced by our own issues. This is true even amongst those we know and love, even amongst our own – and every other – church. Even when we say nothing, our bodies speak loudly in their own language. Even in written form, we express ourselves beyond the literal meaning of the words we choose, for words have many different definitions. Perhaps this Age of Information we live in does not serve us all that well. With the single click of a “send” button we can disseminate information and misinformation alike, and cause hurts that do not soon heal. The term “sincere but mistaken” can be applied to each one of us on any number of subjects. All we can do is remain constant in our prayers for our own clarity and guidance. Think before we speak. Remain vigilant in our quest for the highest good. Be filled with God’s love, and do all we can in our own imperfect and mortal way to go forth and spread that love.


Church Services

September 4                 Ron Boden
September 11        Patti Nicholson
September 18                Irene Keith
September 25       Linda Anderson
October 2                    Karen Lyons
October 9     Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn

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


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from Evadne

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?
21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or
foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb he must be between 5′ 10″ and 6′ 2″ tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.” They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.

They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extends to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, “No way, Sir!” Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment; it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.


Are You A Psychopath?

This is a story about a romantic girl. While at the funeral of her mother, she met a man whom she did not know. She thought he was amazing, her dream guy, and she fell in love with him but never asked for his number and could not find him after the funeral. A few days later the girl killed her sister.

Question: What was her motive in killing her sister?

Answer: She was hoping that the guy would appear at the sister’s funeral.

If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test that a famous American psychologist used to test if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took this test and answered it correctly.

If you didn’t answer correctly, good for you. If you DID answer correctly, please let me know so I can take you out of my address book!


The following is the philosophy of  Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through and you’ll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier?
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.


SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don’t panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat and presto, the blockage will be
almost instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

3. Avoid arguments with the little woman about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember
to use a timer.
5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze
button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you will forget about the toothache.

Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are…You only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You get another chance. And finally, be really nice to your family and friends; you never know when you might need them to empty your bedpan.


Email from Phyllis Bernstein  “…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”  Victor Frankl 


Everything…from Larry Haynes

For those of you who just thought you knew everything, here’s a refresher course……Then you will know everything!!!

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age or older.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one (1) olive from each salad served in first-class.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer. So did the first “Marlboro Man.”

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Pearls melt in vinegar. (The correct word would be dissolve)

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

And the best for last….. Turtles can breathe through their butts.

Now you know everything there is to know.


“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”….Anais Nin (writer)