Breaking DAWN


Sunset Spiritualist Church
103 Hanes
Wells, Kansas 67467

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

Potluck Dinner first Sunday each Month

August 2005

Monthly Board Meeting

Sunday August 7th will be the next board meeting following potluck dinner. All members are welcome to come and share ideas. As usual there will be fellowship Sat. thru the day ending with potluck Sat. evening followed by games, circle, or drumming. If you are interested in getting a reading or bodywork please call Norma or Patti to make arrangements. Cabins are furnished to those in need of a bed. Bring your own linens spend the weekend. For more info: Norma 785-823-6118, or Patti 402-228-3558

From the “A.B.C. of Spiritualism”

If the early miracles really happened such as the healing of the sick, the gift of tongues, the lights and sounds of Pentecost, the remarkable deliverances of the followers of Jesus, etc…it is evident they occurred in nature’s order, and therefore, may happen in our time. If, on the other hand, the psychic phenomena of today are genuine, why should we doubt precisely the same happenings (under another name) in early Christianity?

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

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 will be available for members to use so plan to come for the weekend. Look for an itinerary in next months newsletter. Please bring linens and potluck dishes. Your presence is an important part of being a member of Sunset Spiritualist Church.


The 2nd Row, Javene, Gay, Bob, Kathleen, Jim, Sharon, Vicki, Chris Martindale , Becky Blaha, Jo, Paul, Tammi, Shannon, Joyce, Lee, Jolene, Rob, Evadne, Betty, Phyllis, Families of Kelly Auer & Virginia Jones.

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

Past Member of Sunset Church Crosses Over

Virginia Jones of Gypsum Kansas was a longtime member of Sunset Spiritualist Church. She served many years on the Board. Ill health the past several years kept her from participating at church and camp. She passed at age 83 on Sunday July 24. Funeral services were Wednesday, July 27th 10 a.m. at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Evadne Tuxhorn officiated.

From President Karen Lyons

The Board of Trustees is happy to announce that Billy Branson will be ordained as a minister of the First Society of State Spiritualists at Wells, Ottawa County, Kansas on October 1, 2005 at 2:00PM. Activities to mark this celebration in honor of Billy are being planned so please mark your calendars and join us at the Church or in Spirit, as you are able on this joyous occasion. The annual Business meeting and installation of Officers will take place as scheduled on October 2.

As of the publication of this newsletter, the dates and details concerning the Hypnotherapy Workshop to be presented by Billy Branson are a little up in the air. Billy has requested some changes, including the dates. I do apologize to those who are interested and trying to make plans to attend. For the sake of time, e-mail Norma Johnson that you are interested and as soon as details are available, the information will be forwarded to you.

On behalf of the Board, thanks go to Rev Mary Brown who has been ministering to the needs of Vickie Adams as she recuperates following surgery. Vickie is home doing very well for which we are thankful. Rev Evadne Tuxhorn has been busy ministering to the needs of the family of Virginia Jones during their loss, a loss shared by the Church. Continue to hold these up in prayer, along with Javene Whitley who is still in the Salina hospital. Thank you to all of our Ministers who are busy serving in other ways.

We are very excited about the Spring Workshop. Rev Evadne Tuxhorn has arranged to bring renowned author Ted Andrews to Wells. The workshop will be in April. The topic, date, and more details will be published in the newsletter so watch for these announcements and start planning now to participate.

Laura Coffey spoke recently about the trials and tribulations we are currently experiencing. It does seem things are mounting up on all fronts. I would like to remind you, remember the promise. We will not be tested beyond our ability to withstand. Be of good cheer. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Thanks be to God for you all.

Our sympathy to Gary and Bonnie Cardinal and their family on the passing of Gary’s mother Eileen.


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

The Cookie Thief by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting in an airport one night, and it was several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shop, found a bag of cookies, and a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see the man beside her as bold as can be, grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

She munched cookies, and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking if I wasn’t so nice I would blacken his eye.

With each cookie she took, he took one too, and when only one was left she wondered what he’d do.

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other. She snatched it from him and thought O’Brother, this guy has some nerve and is also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude.

She had never known when she had been so galled and sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, and sought her book, which was almost complete, as she reached in her baggage she gasped with surprise, there in her bag was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes.

If mine are here she moaned with despair, then the others were his and he tried to share.

To late to apologize she realized with grief that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

Life’s Journey from Marge Glasgow

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain? He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, there is a mousetrap in the house.

The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, Wow Mr. Mouse, I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house-like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.


Church Services

August 7th          TBA
August 14th              Pat Stepanek
August 21st      Rev. Debora Imhoff
August 28th         Rev. Mary Brown
September 4                  Ron Boden
September 11         Patti Nicholson

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

Morsels and More…by Sharon Snively

Many recent pharmaceuticals have resulted from the use of plants that exhibit healing properties. Turmeric is an example. Turmeric is the root of a tropical plant that has been used in cooking since 600 B.C. Not only has it been used for flavoring food, and as a dye, but it has also been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. Turmeric is frequently misspelled as tumeric. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and widely used in Asia, it colors foods much the same way that saffron. It may look like ginger, but it has a more curry like flavor. Turmeric has long been used as an anti-inflammatory among Indian practitioners. Today, the yellow coloring substance presence in turmeric, called curcumin, is drawing the attention of oncologists and researchers. They are finding the extract does indeed work as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Researchers are learning that curcumin is a powerful carcinogenic inhibitor. Some of the many areas that curcumin is proving encouraging in laboratory studies are multiple scleroses, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and in cataract research. Most importantly, it has also proved promising enough to gain the attention of the National Cancer Institute, as a possible anticancer agent. However, there is a huge difference between an “isolated constituent” and a whole herb or plant. If you decide to experiment with turmeric (in it’s natural form, working in synergy with other constituents of the plant itself), remember that it is extremely pungent, and actually gets stronger when cooked. You can find it in the spice ilse of the grocery store. Use it sparingly because a little goes a long way. Turmeric goes well with chicken, turkey, vegetables, and rice. It is one of the main ingredients in dry curry blends, chutney and mustard pickles, and it gives mustard (the hotdog type) it’s yellow color.
10 oz Oyster Crackers
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Granulated Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Dill
1/2 tsp Turmeric
Place Oyster Crackers in a large mixing bowl. In small sauce pan boil Chicken Bouillon in water. Add other ingredients to sauce pan and simmer for a few minutes. Pour about 1/4 of the liquid over the Oyster Crackers. Mix. Repeat. Place Oyster Crackers in a microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave oven on high for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Cook in microwave oven for another 3 minutes. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
This information is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as medical advice.

How Smart is Your Right Foot? from Patti’s grandchildren

This is so funny that it will boggle your mind. And you will keep trying at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can’t.

1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so…… And there’s nothing you can do about it!

I hope you all have a good day!! haha!!!!

p.s. it also works with your left foot

“Just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men…
Romans 5:18


1. Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).

2. Respect. Respect means “To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy”. Showing respect is a basic law of life.
a. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.
b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.
c. No person should be made to feel “put down” by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.
d. Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially sacred objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.
e. Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person’s quiet moment or personal space.
f. Never walk between people that are conversing.
g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.
h. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.
i. Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).
j. Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.
k. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.
l. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.
m. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.
n. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist that your idea prevail. Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if they are true and good, even if those ideas are quite different from the ones you have contributed. The clash of ideas bring forth the Spark of Truth.

3. Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no one speak secretly against what has been decided. If the council has made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time.

4. Be truthful at all times, and under all conditions.

5. Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests.

6. The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all

7. Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family.

8. All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected.

9. To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, and the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important tasks. True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.

10. Observe moderation and balance in all things.

11. Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.

12. Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.

We all seek truth.  Yet sometimes what we must understand is that it is not always necessary to understand


Seven letters are we, three different words we make.
Guess us or be ridiculed; your reputation’s at stake.

The first has pictures,
Paintings and such.
The second causes sneezing,
From ragweed or dust.
The third is an adverb,
It’s hard to explain
It’s the same as immensely
But it’s much more plain.

These clues are sparse this riddle may be tough.
But if you are smart then it will be enough.

Answer is below but don’t peek yet!

Gallery, Allergy and Largely
A gallery has pictures and paintings
Allergies make you sneeze
Largely is somewhat difficult to describe – it is certainly a synonym for immensely, but not as strong

“Love, compassion, and tolerance are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”….The Dalai Lama