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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

July 2006

July Board Meeting
Due to the holiday weekend the July board meeting will be held on Sunday July 9th following our usual potluck dinner.  If you have any questions please contact Norma at 785-823-6118,

July Activities

We hope you will join us in Wells for a weekend of fellowship and fun on the second weekend of July 8 – 9. Cabins are available just bring your own linens and potluck. At 3:00 Saturday afternoon Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn will lead a class on Mediumship Development. We will have supper around 6:00 then end the evening with a Trumpet Séance.

Winners of Raffle Gifts
Artwork – Priscilla Yotter, Virginia Savage. Santas – Pat Tetreault, Gary Nicholson. Angels – John Markham, Ozzie, Vicki Adams, Patti Nicholson. Misc. Items – Dave Butler (2 items) Joel Bourell, Patti Parker, Evadne Tuxhorn.

“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did. “ 1 John 2:6 NLT

Constitution and Bylaw Meeting
Join us in the church basement on July 8th at 1 p.m. to discuss important issues concerning the Constitution and Bylaws, it is important that the committee have your ideas and feedback. If you are unable to attend and have any concerns or questions please call Norma 785-823-6118, Javene 785-488-3373 or any board member.

Officers For the Upcoming Year

President :  Karen Lyons
Vice President:   Larry Stepanek
Secretary:   Rev. Norma Johnson
Treasurer:   Javene Whitley
Debbie Grosser
Eugene Whitley
Leroy Windhorst
Leo Whitley
Patti Nicholson

Keeping Up With the Board – from President Karen Lyons

I am thrilled with the turn out at Camp 2006. It was a time of growth and reunion that for me was long overdue. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to take this last opportunity to thank everyone who participated in Camp, in whatever capacity. Your mere presence on the grounds made Camp the delightful experience that it was.

The July Board meeting will be convened on the second Sunday of July due to the holiday. I have a very full agenda for the July meeting and I encourage everyone who can to come. Have a safe and happy Fourth.

The Board is now accepting applications for membership in the First Society of State Spiritualists, Sunset Church. Applications may be mailed to the Church or emailed to If you apply by email, please include a phone number. You will be contacted to verify the authenticity of the email. (What a world we live in) Your application should include your agreement with the Principles as published in the Constitution and also found in the front of the hymnal, as well as acceptance of the Constitution of the Society. I must confess that questions regarding membership were raised at Camp that the Board had not yet addressed. At the July Board meeting these questions will be taken up. If you possess a Certificate of membership, or a Certificate of Baptism, please notify the Board of that fact.

I am putting together an agenda for the October Business meeting. In addition to the installation of Officers, we will take up the question of publication of the minutes of the Board meetings, and the question of Camp dates for 2007. If you have additional questions you would like on the agenda, please notify me. Make plans now to attend this important meeting.

The Board did not meet in June except as needed to facilitate Camp, which means in order to pay bills, so I have no news concerning Board actions, except the bills are paid.

I am holding onto a feeling of expectation. I feel as if I have come out of a very dark tunnel having seen the light from afar and not able to progress toward it. I am basking in that light and expectant of miracles. I have heard it said there is no such thing as a miracle. I don’t know about that. I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams. All things are possible through Christ (love), you have taught me that miracle. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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


2nd Row, Sue, Maxine, Javene, Evadne, Charlotte & Henry, Judy, Kristi, Marty, Russell, Roger, Linda, Teresa, Nancy, John & son, Peggy, Linda & Mike, Kathy, Pat, Nancy, Dianne, Phyllis, Douglas, Becky, Kelly, Travis.
My apologies for not having the extended prayer list from camp.

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

A special thanks to all who donated toilet tissue, paper towels, kleenix, dish and hand soap, & coffee. We are grateful for your generosity.

Church Services

July 2                               Carla Mahon
July 9                 Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn
July 16                            Pat Stepanek
July 30                            Bonnie Smith
August 8   TBA

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

“Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in rerun.” John McCain


From Debbie Grosser

We are looking for ways to improve camp. We want to know if you would be able to attend more of camp if we changed the dates? Which of the following would be better for you and why? We will vote on the dates for camp at our Oct. 1 meeting.

1) Same as it is now – next year’s dates would be Sat, June 2 – Sun, June 17, 2007.

2) Sat, June 9 – Sun, June 24, 2007.

3) Sat, June 16 – Sun, July 1, 2007.

4) Sat, June 23 – Sun, July 8, 2007

5) Sat, June 30 – Sun, July 15, 2007.

6) Sat, July 7 – Sun, July 22, 2007.

If you have any other suggestions that would work best for you, please include that as well. Please send your information to: Debbie Grosser, 2363 Chapel Ridge Place, Apt. 8-I, Salina, KS 67401 or e-mail Debbie at:

From The Medicine Wheel Committee: 

Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn, Pat Stepanek, Mary Stewart

The center of energy has been re-established at the site of the original medicine wheel on the church grounds. During the summer, as found, the basic 8 stones will be laid in place for our Medicine/Prayer Wheel. On Sat. Oct. 7th we will have a Prayer-Stone Ceremony.

The new wheel will be a Sedona Style Wheel, with all who visit it free to lay in a stone and leave their prayers. So everyone bring their stones that week-end. The original stones you lay should be fairly large, 5-6 inches across. You are not limited to only one stone, the circle and the 4 arms will eventually be full of stones.

You may bring smaller stones and leave them anytime you visit the wheel. The smaller prayer stones can be whatever you feel moved to leave – any small stone, tumbled stone or crystal. However, with the small ones be prepared for them to leave the circle with someone else who might have need of that particular prayer. Rule: If you take a stone, only the small ones, if you take one you must leave another one (or more) in it’s place. Help keep our wheel active and alive. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.



Carl was a quiet man. He didn’t talk much. He would always greet you with a big smile and a firm handshake. Even after living in our neighborhood for over 50 years, no one could really say they knew him very well. Before his retirement, he took the bus to work each morning. The lone sight of him walking down the street often worried us. He had a slight limp from a bullet wound received in W.W.II. Watching him, we worried that although he had survived W.W.II, he may not make it through our changing uptown neighborhood with its ever-increasing random violence, gangs, and drug activity. When he saw the flyer at our local church asking for volunteers for caring for the gardens behind the minister’s residence, he responded in his characteristically unassuming manner. Without fanfare, he just signed up.

He was well into his 87th year when the very thing we had always feared finally happened. He was just finishing his watering for the day when three gang members approached him. Ignoring their attempt to intimidate him, he simply asked, “Would you like a drink from the hose?” The tallest and toughest-looking of the three said, “Yeah, sure,” with a malevolent little smile. As Carl offered the hose to him, the other two grabbed Carl’s arm, throwing him down. As the hose snaked crazily over the ground, dousing everything in its way, Carl’s assailants stole his retirement watch and his wallet, and then fled. Carl tried to get himself up, but he had been thrown down on his bad leg. He lay there trying to gather himself as the minister came running to help him. Although the minister had witnessed the attack from his window, he couldn’t get there fast enough to stop it. “Carl, are you okay? Are you hurt?” the minister kept asking as he helped Carl to his feet. Carl just passed a hand over his brow and sighed, shaking his head. “Just some punk kids. I hope they’ll wise-up someday.” His wet clothes clung to his slight frame as he bent to pick up the hose. He adjusted the nozzle again and started to water. Confused and a little concerned, the minister asked, “Carl, what are you doing?” “I’ve got to finish my watering. It’s been very dry lately,” came the calm reply. Satisfying himself that Carl really was all right, the minister could only marvel. Carl was a man from a different time and place.

A few weeks later the three returned. Just as before their threat was unchallenged. Carl again offered them a drink from his hose. This time they didn’t rob him. They wrenched the hose from his hand and drenched him head to foot in the icy water. When they had finished their humiliation of him, they sauntered off down the street, throwing catcalls and curses, falling over one another laughing at the hilarity of what they had just done. Carl just watched them. Then he turned toward the warmth giving sun, picked up his hose, and went on with his watering.

The summer was quickly fading into fall Carl was doing some tilling when he was startled by the sudden approach of someone behind him. He stumbled and fell into some evergreen branches. As he struggled to regain his footing, he turned to see the tall leader of his summer tormentors reaching down for him. He braced himself for the expected attack. “Don’t worry old man, I’m not gonna hurt you this time.” The young man spoke softly, still offering the tattooed and scarred hand to Carl. As he helped Carl get up, the man pulled a crumpled bag from his pocket and handed it to Carl. “What’s this?” Carl asked. “It’s your stuff,” the man explained. “It’s your stuff back. Even the money in your wallet.” “I don’t understand,” Carl said. “Why would you help me now?” The man shifted his feet, seeming embarrassed and ill at ease. “I learned something from you,” he said. “I ran with that gang and hurt people like you. We picked you because you were old and we knew we could do it, but every time we came and did something to you, instead of yelling and fighting back, you tried to give us a drink. You didn’t hate us for hating you. You kept showing love against our hate.” He stopped for a moment. “I couldn’t sleep after we stole your stuff, so here it is back.” He paused for another awkward moment, not knowing what more there was to say. “That bag’s my way of saying thanks for straightening me out, I guess.” And with that, he walked off down the street.

Carl looked down at the sack in his hands and gingerly opened it. He took out his retirement watch and put it back on his wrist. Opening his wallet, he checked for his wedding photo. He gazed for a moment at the young bride that still smiled back at him from all those years ago.

Carl died one cold day after Christmas that winter. Many people attended his funeral in spite of the weather. In particular the minister noticed a tall young man that he didn’t know sitting quietly in a distant corner of the church. The minister spoke of Carl’s garden as a lesson in life. In a voice made thick with unshed tears, he said, “Do your best and make your garden as beautiful as you can. We will never forget Carl and his garden.”

The following spring another flyer went up. It read: “Person needed to care for Carl’s garden.” The flyer went unnoticed by the busy parishioners until one day when a knock was heard at the minister’s office door. Opening the door, the minister saw a pair of scarred and tattooed hands holding the flyer. “I believe this is my job, if you’ll have me,” the young man said. The minister recognized him as the same young man who had returned the stolen watch and wallet to Carl. He knew that Carl’s kindness had turned this man’s life around. As the minister handed him the keys to the garden shed, he said, “Yes, go take care of Carl’s garden and honor him.”

The man went to work and, over the next several years, he tended the flowers and vegetables just as Carl had done. In that time, he went to college, got married, and became a prominent member of the community. But he never forgot his promise to Carl’s memory and kept the garden as beautiful as he thought Carl would have kept it. One day he approached the new minister and told him that he couldn’t care for the garden any longer. He explained with a shy and happy smile, “My wife just had a baby boy last night, and she’s bringing him home on Saturday.” “Well, congratulations!” said the minister, as he was handed the garden shed keys. “That’s wonderful! What’s the baby’s name?” “Carl,” he replied.

Layered Ice Cream Dessert

· 1st layer – ice cream sandwiches
· 2nd layer – pour caramel ice cream syrup
· 3rd layer – ice cream sandwiches
· 4th layer – more ice cream syrup
· 5th layer – whipped topping
· 6th layer – crushed Skor or Heath candy bars
In a 9x13x2-inch pan, layer all ingredients in the order given. Freeze

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