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

May 2006

May Board Meeting

The May Board Meeting will be on Sunday May 7th 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,

May First Weekend Activities

Saturday May 6th and May 7th will be devoted to getting things in order for our upcoming camp. There is much to do but we always have fun things going on as well.

We hope you will join us in Wells for a day of work, fellowship and fun!

Camp Notes

We are in great need of people to work in the kitchen and the snack bar as well as other odd jobs around the grounds during camp. It takes many people working together to have a successful camp and it is always a rewarding experience. If you want to share in the fellowship of working together or if you want to attend camp and finances are a concern you may be interested. If you are interested in working or want more information contact Patti: 402-228-3558 or Linda: 620-663-2988, in demand.


Irene M. Whitley was bom October 10, 1929 near Oak Hill, Kansas to Clarence R. and Viola M. (Comfort) Whitley. She passed away Sunday, March 26, 2006 at the Ottawa County Health Center, Minneapolis, Kansas, having attained the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 16 days.

Irene was united in marriage with James “Butch” Keith on August 2, 1949 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Wells, Kansas most of their married life. Butch and Irene owned and operated Keith’s Gardens in Wells and later Irene opened Keith’s Floral in Minneapolis. After Butch’s death and her retirement, Irene served as the Assistant Activities Director at the Ottawa County Health Center for a short time.

Irene was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the First Society of State Spiritualists, and she was a charter member of the Wells Lions Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband Butch on January 8, 2002.

Irene is survived by her brothers Eugene Whitley and Leo Whitley and his wife Javene all of Wells, Kansas; and her sister-in-law Evelyn Monk and her husband John of Sam Rayburn, Texas.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Society of State Spiritualists, ESTARL, or the Wells Lions Club. Mail
condolences to Leo Whitley, 208 Main St. Wells, KS 67467

Keeping Up With the Board – from President Karen Lyons

If you missed the Home Coming Celebration, you missed out on a good time. Ted Andrews was delightful and educational. I have heard only good things about the other classes that were held as well as the circles. Thank you to all who were able to come and help celebrate Sunset Church 125th year!

We will continue the celebration at Camp. Speaking of Camp that is right around the corner. The Camp Committee is busy making the last minute changes that always crop up as well as putting the finishing touches on the schedule. I believe there will be something for everyone at Camp this year and we look forward to seeing you there. There will be a Teen Day on the second Tuesday, the 13th, so check it out and invite the Teen’s you know to come and enjoy. These classes will be good for Teens as well as adults.

The Board of Trustees has designated the first weekend in May and the last weekend in May as work days. Some of the cabins are still needing minor repairs and paint which we hope to get done before Camp. Come if you can and give us a hand. After the work, I’m sure we’ll have a little fun.

I hope you all had a happy Easter. I stayed home and prepared lunch for my family and a few friends. I spent the day celebrating the resurrection. You know, the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus was given as proof that Jesus is the Christ and that the dead are asleep to the physical, but very much alive to the spiritual plane. We have all suffered loss, and as nature takes her course we will continue to suffer loss of the physical presence of those we love. Knowing that, the time I spend with friends and family is very precious to me. My comfort is knowing through the Holy Spirit, all spiritual beings have the ability and the desire to communicate with us and help us as we complete our task in this life.

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


2nd Row, Javene, Irene, Maxine, Becky, Julie, Judy, Evadne, Kristi, Marcella, Kathleen, Russell, Sue, Linda, June, John, Peggy, Glen, Linda & Mike, Shorty, Kathy, Don, Jolene, Marella, Nancy, Dianne, Phyllis, Theresa, Jennifer, Kelly.

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

About this time of year we ask for donations of supplies to help us through camp. Toilet tissue, paper towels, kleenix, dish or hand soap, & coffee are items always needed.

Rev Gwendolyn is working on a project that requires recycled  greeting cards. They can be any type of card. If you have any used greeting cards please leave them off at the church for her to pick up when they attend on first Sundays.

Always keep several get well cards on the mantel…….so if unexpected guests arrive, they will think you’ve been sick and unable to clean.

If you are fortunate to still have your mother in physical form give her an extra big hug this Mothers Day and send a special prayer to Becky Blaha, Sharon Goodwin, Nancy Binter and Dianne Hollingshead whose Mothers have recently crossed to be united with loved ones on the other side.

Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. So one day he asked God:
They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow but how am I
going to live there being so small and helpless?
Among the many angels, I chose one for you.
She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.
But tell me, here in Heaven, I don’t do anything else but sing
and smile, that’s enough for me to be happy.
Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day.
And you will feel your angel’s love and be happy.
And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me,
if I don’t know the language that men talk?
Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will
ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.
And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?
Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.
I’ve heard that on earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?
Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.
But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.
Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way
for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth
could already be heard, and the child in a hurry asked softly:
Oh God, if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.
Your angel’s name is of no importance, you will call your angel “Mommy.”

Becoming a mother makes you the mother
of all children. From now on each wounded,
abandoned, frightened child is yours.
You live in the suffering mothers
of every race and creed
and weep with them.
You long to comfort all who are desolate
,,, Charlotte Gray

Church Services

April 23             Rev. Billy Branson
April 30                  Linda Anderson
May 7                       Joseph Evens
May 14        Rev. Evadne Tuxhorn

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

Love is metaphysical gravity. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Test for Old People (answers at bottom of page)

This is an Anti-Alzhiemer’s test you can all pass. Have fun with this one….. READY????? Here we go!

1. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask,
Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, “I don’t know, but he left this
Behind”. What did he leave behind? __________________

2. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on what television show?
The _________________ Show.

3 “Get your kicks, ___________________.”

4. “The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed_________________.”

5.”In the jungle, the mighty jungle,____________.”

6. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we “danced” under a stick that was lowered as
low as we could go in a dance called the “_____________.”

7. “N_E_S_T_L_E_S”, Nestle’s makes the very best ___________

8 Satchmo was America’s “Ambassador of Goodwill.” Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet
player with us. His name was _________.

9. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? ____________

10. Red Skelton’s hobo character was __________ and Red always ended his television show by
saying, “Good Night, and “___________”.

11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their____________.

12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What
other names did it go by? ___________ & _______________.

13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, “the day the music died.” This was a tribute to

14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called

15. One of the big fads of the late 50’s and 60’s was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our
waist. It was called the __________________ .

Women In History Quiz (answers at bottom of page)

1. The National Woman Suffrage Association was formed in 1869 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
and what other activisit in the Women’s Suffrage movement?
a. Betsy Ross     b. Abigail Adams     c. Susan B. Anthony

2. Who founded the American Red Cross in 1881?
a. Elizabeth Blackwell     b. Clara Barton     c. Anne Sullivan

3. What amendment gave women the right to vote?
a. 5th     b. 19th     c. 100th

4. Who was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981 as the first female Supremem Court Justice?
a. Sandra Day O’Connor     b. Madeleine Albright     c. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

5. Who was the first woman in space in 1983?
a. Kathryn Sullivan     b. Amelia Earhart     c. Dr. Sally Ride

The Beginning of “Random Acts of Kindness”

We have all seen the bumper stickers and heard the saying here is how it got started. In 1982 Anne Herbert visited a restaurant in Sausalito, California she scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat. It quietly spread to bumper stickers but the momentum increased as we were called to lives of caring and compassion. IN 1993 the book “Random Acts of Kindness was published it contains true stories of acts of kindness. After that the idea really took off. Articles began appearing in newspapers all over the United states and people everywhere were talking about it. The idea has continued to spread.

In 2000 the movie Pay It Forward starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment was released. It is a heartwarming story of an 11 year-old-boy named Trevor and the power of “acts of kindness”. Trevor comes up with a utopian idea as a project for school he suggests the concept that every person who benefits from someone else’s good deed should “pay it forward,” instead of paying it back, and in turn offer favors to three other people. It shows how far and wide reaching random acts of kindness can go to make our world a better place.

The concept continues to spread, and hopefully it will carry on until the beauty of simple kindness touches–and changes–us all.


Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed.”

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches.

Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.

She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, “I thought you were going to bed.”!

“I’m on my way,” she said.

She put some water into the dog’s dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.

She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV’s, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. “I’m going to bed.”

And he did…without another thought.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer…?

CAUSE WOMEN ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL (they can’t die sooner, they still have things to do!!)

From “The ABC’s of Spiritualism” by B.F. Austin, A.M.,D.D.

Question: Is there a safe and rational way of unfolding one’s own Mediumship?

Answer: All men (women) are mediums but most men are undeveloped mediums. In some the mediumistic gifts are on the surface; in others they are deep within the nature, and hence in many cases will not be unfolded on the mortal plane. Multitudes of people, however, have some of the simpler phases of mediumship and could unfold them greatly to their own advantage and comfort. First, let them harmonize their own powers by building their character and life on Nature’s plan – making their thought, affections and action center upon spiritual interests. So long as men are in the animal stage of life (governed by the body, and passion and appetite ruling them) they had better not unfold and use their mediumistic gifts. Mediumship on this plane can be a curse rather than a blessing/

Secondly, let them make harmonious environment. Bring all possible knowledge into the mind; music, art and culture into the life; cultivate aspiration which leads to inspiration; cultivate a love of truth as the soul’s greatest possession; let the conscience and moral nature with reason govern the life; ask and persevere in asking for teachers from the heights; give out the light and truth to others; wait patiently on the Lord (the spirit realm) and follow the monitions of the spirit.

Question: What is the Mission of Spiritualism?

Answer: Spiritualism is a World Teacher, Inspirer and Comforter of humanity. It aims at the unfoldment and uplift of the race. It emancipates the mind from error. It interprets to man the great volume of nature. It is the best key with which to unlock the store house of Spiritual Knowledge. It is an illuminating teacher on the Bible and Christianity. It explains the enigmas and riddles of life. It brings all realms of nature under law and asserts that man’s whole duty in life is to find out the laws of nature and conform to them.

Question: What is the most effective way of promoting pure Spiritualism?

Answer: Raise the standard of thought, life and character in the individual Spiritualist and bring our public services in their methods, ministry and mediumship up to the requirements of this age.

Let Spiritualists everywhere study their Harmonial Philosophy and incarnate it in their lives. There is nothing so eloquent as a good life.

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. 
~Clarence W. Hall ~

Can you sleep when the wind blows?

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, her received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he retuned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

The moral of this story is: when you are prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We, as believers in Christ, secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of the storms. God bless you and sleep well!……..Author Unknown

Many have requested this recipe that we serve at camp.

6 Week Bran Muffins

5 cups flour
3 cups sugar
5 teaspoons baking soda

Mix dry ingredients together in large Tupperware bowl.

1 quart buttermilk
I cup vegetable oil
4 eggs

Beat together and add to above dry mix and stir until well blended

Add a 15 oz. box raisin bran cereal to the mixture and stir again until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days before using. Grease muffin cups and fill ¾ full, bake at 375 for 12 – 15 minutes or until done. Test as you would a cake. Make just what you need each day. The batter will keep for 6 weeks in the refrigerator. Do not stir again. The muffins get better as the batter ages.

“Perhaps we’re too embarrassed to change or too frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? BEGIN TODAY! Carry out an act of kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.” 

~Princess Diana~

Answers From “The Test For Old People”: If you could not answer at least 12 you are a disgrace to your generation.
1. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
2. The Ed Sullivan Show
3. On Route 66
4. To protect the innocent.
5. The Lion sleeps tonight
6. The limbo
7. Chocolate
8. Louis Armstrong
9. The Timex watch
10. Freddy, The Freeloader, and “Good Night, and may God bless.”
11 Draft cards (Bras were also burned.)
12: Beetle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
14. Sputnik
15 Hoola-hoop 


Answers from the Women’s History Quiz
1. c. Susan B. Anthony
2. b. Clara Barton
3. b. 19th amendment
4. a. Sandra Day O’Connor
5. c. Dr. Sally Ride