Breaking DAWN


Sunset Spiritualist Church
103 Hanes St
Wells, KS  67467
Adult classes every Sunday at 10 am 

Church at 11 am  every Sunday

Potluck Dinner first Sunday each Month

September 2004

Annual Membership Meeting
October 3


Come for the weekend to reconnect with friends and to welcome the new board members. Saturday can be spent visiting with friends or make an appointment for a reading with Gary or a massage with Patti. We will have potluck for Saturday meals and Sunday Dinner. The Membership Meeting and installation of new Board will follow dinner, about 2 p.m. It is important to come and show your support for the new Board as well as the workings of our church. Cabins are available so bring your bedding and spend the night. See you there.

New Officers Elected at Annual Camp Meeting

Karen Lyons

Vice President 
Irene Keith

Norma Johnson

Javene Whitley

Leroy Windhorst
George Larson
Leo Whitley
Ron Boden
Patti Nicholson

Daya’s Jewelry Class

Daya’s jewelry class will be on Sat. October 2nd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the church basement. Anyone is welcome to join in. Bring your lunch. Any questions call Daya 620-442-1310 or email her

Gary Nicholson will be available for readings and Patti will be available for Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage on Saturday, October 2nd. Proceeds will be donated to the Church. Suggested donation is $40. for 45 minute sessions. Please call 402-228-3558 or email to schedule an appointment.

If you have any information you would like to share with others please send to Patti to be included in the newsletter. It could be a picture (on line newsletter only) a story, poem, book review, recipe, or something about your first visit to Sunset Church or Camp or how you found about us. Email or U. S. mail:

Patti Nicholson
612 N. 5th St.
Beatrice, NE 68310

Thought For the Day

“Strangely it was comforting when I read that Squirrels
forget where they hide half their nuts.”

….. Ruth Casey

Leo Whitley is home again after undergoing surgery, he will continue rehabilitation for the next 8months at which time he will be fitted with his 3rd and last prosthetic. Please send prayers for Leo’s continued healing.
Last month shear winds picked up the mobile home owned by Kitty and Lee Greenwood and set it down 6 feet off the foundation. The Greenwood home was a total loss, they are now residing at a rental home in Bennington, KS.


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


From Judy Evinger

A Call For Prayer … Email sent on September 19th

Hello everybody,  I am asking all my friends to keep my son and his fiancée,  Mike and Amanda, and our soon to be born granddaughter, Lilly in their prayers.  Amanda is a little over 7 months pregnant and in the last 3 weeks has developed diabetes and high blood pressure.  Her blood pressure went extremely high last night and the Dr. sent her to Wesley Hospital in Wichita today because there are specialists there.  They are talking about inducing labor or taking the baby by cesarean  tomorrow afternoon if her blood pressure doesn’t come down, if not tomorrow, probably sometime in the next week or so.  That will put Lilly at 6 or 7 weeks premature, which isn’t too bad, but her lungs may not be fully developed, so she will be in intensive care for 3-4 weeks.  She is healthy at the moment and the doctors say that they will not let her get in distress.  I am worried about Amanda, with blood pressure as high as she has right now, she could have a stroke or any number of things could go wrong.  So please keep us in your prayers. 

Thanks.   Love and light,  Judy Evinger

The Power of Prayer …Email sent on September 20th  

Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone for your prayers.  Lillian Grace Evinger was born last night, Sept. 20, at 11:50 pm.  She weighs 4 lbs 1/2 oz. and is 18 inches long.  She has blond hair and a good set of lungs on her, when she remembers to breath.  She is far from out of the woods, but is not near as far as most babies they get in the baby ICU.  They are running tests and all that stuff, but dr. says that from first looks she is as healthy as she can be at this time.  She is 7 weeks early, so her brain isn’t fully developed and that is why she forgets to breath sometimes, and she needs a little bit of oxygen on her because her lungs are not fully developed.  We can go in and see her and touch her, so that is a good sign.  Amanda did fine, all your prayers worked and her blood pressure came down enough that the headache eased and was able to deliver naturally with no complications.  I really did feel the love and healing prayers being sent to us and I knew that it would be okay.  Not perfect  :o), but we’ll get there.  Lilly will be in the hospital for anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, so please keep us in your prayers.

I love you all and will keep you updated.  Love and light,  Judy

One day while on the computer I typed Sunset Spiritualist Church in a search engine,  I checked out a website called Enchantments.  I found the following story.   Kathy Copp is a manager of the site and the author of the story.  For more miracle stories check out

Grammie’s Miracles 

Just a little miracle story to pass along, it is a true story, as it happened to me.

Back in 1982 I was driving along the back roads of Kansas in my little Datsun 2 door car.  It was around midnite, and I had my two youngest in the car with me, Josh was 1 and Gracie was 3.  My ex was in the pick up truck behind me, he had the two older girls with him.  Heather had just finished rehearsal for Marymount College production of “Annie”, she was 10 at the time, had an orphan part, so we were heading back to Wells, KS, about 25 miles north of the college.

It had rained earlier in the day, but the dirt roads seemed fine, and I was only traveling about 45 miles per hour.  I had Gracie and Josh in the front bucket seat, sitting side by side, instead of in the back seat car seats.  This is something I very rarely did, but knew they would be too fussy since it was so late.

As we topped a hill, we hit a section of sand and the car began to swerve. (This occurs when sand gets wet, it becomes almost bottomless)  We continued to swerve back and forth then suddenly we were rolling into the ditch.  The next thing I knew, the car had rolled back over onto its wheels and stopped about 60 feet out in a pasture.  My kids were nowhere to be found! About this time my ex’s pickup tops the hill and his headlights pick up my two little ones climbing out of the ditch!  Then he sees my car out in the pasture.

Gracie had a small cut on her shoulder, Josh a very tiny cut on his head, I had some neck and knee injuries, but was able to walk to the pickup!

This is the Miracle – when the car rolled the babies went up in the air turning side to side and as the car rolled to the passenger side they landed on the window glass, the glass broke out, and they fell into the bottom of the ditch, unhurt!   The car flipped on over onto it’s wheels, took out a fence and went on out into the pasture!  When we went back to look at the car the next day – the roof above the babies car seats was crushed completely down – they both would have been killed if they had been in the seats!

3 weeks after this accident we got our old Volkswagon Bus back from the shop where they had rebuilt the engine (they had had it for 3 months – go figure!).  I decided to take Gracie and Josh the 15 miles down the road to my mom’s for a visit.  As we are traveling down the Highway, again, I had them on the front seat, instead on the far back seat where their car seats were, this was first time since the accident that I had let them ride in front without the car seats, they were sitting side by side on the front seat.

I looked in my rearview mirror and saw flames shooting out of the side to the engine vents in the back of the van.  I slammed on the brakes, grabbed each baby by an arm, leaped from the van, and ran across the highway.  I got about 20 feet from the van when the engine blew up!

Luckily, the rural fire department was close and they got the fire out within 5 minutes, but the babies car seats were charred!  The oddest thing about it was, sitting in the back, right over the engine compartment, was a cardboard box full of all the Sunset Spiritualist Church Records (I was the secretary) some of them dating back to the late 1800’s.  The box and it’s contents were unharmed!  Everything around the cardboard box, including the carpet was burnt and charred, except the box!

The cause of the fire turned out to be that the mechanic had not put a clamp on the gas line that runs over the engine, the gas line worked it’s way off and spewed gasoline onto the hot engine.

All I can say is the “spirit” was looking out for us both times – they definitely have something in store for my two kids (who are now 23 and 25).

Submitted by Debora Imhoff   

God does not call the qualified.  God qualifies the called.”  When I read these words in Neale Donald Walsh’s book, “Tomorrow’s God”, I felt excited.  So often we think in order to serve, we must first have a great deal of education.  Or at the very least, a great deal of experience.   

As I thought about these words, I thought about Moses.  When he was called, he argued with God. Moses insisted that his speech impediment would hamper his ability to do God’s bidding.  However, this argument didn’t hold.  Moses’ brother Aaron was chosen to speak.  And look at what Moses was able to accomplish!

God called Moses and he answered.  Can we say the same?  What are we being called to accomplish? 

I think people believe being “called” means doing something really big…like parting the sea!  Actually, I think our calling is just as big, just different.  In today’s society, we all are being called.  Our calling is to live life the best we can.  To love ourselves and others.  I believe our task is to recognize the “God Light” in others.  You do this by first recognizing it within yourself. 

Try this experiment the next time someone upsets you.  Instead of being angry, try saying or thinking, “My God Light recognizes your God Light.”  Feel the difference between these words and the harsher ones? 

Our world is going through some major chaos.  As each of us focus on our calling, we will be able to help the world one person at a time!    

Fresh Apple Cake


1 ¼ cup cooking oil

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 cups sifted flour

3 cups peeled, chopped apples

1 cup chopped nuts

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla or rum flavoring

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Sift dry ingredients together.  Beat eggs.  Add sugar and oil.  Beat 3 minutes.  Add flour slowly.  Fold in apples, nuts, and flavoring.  Bake in 9 x 13 greased and floured pan at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until tests done with a toothpick.




1 cup packed brown sugar

1 stick margarine

¼ cup milk


Boil together for 3 minutes.  Poke holes in cake.  Pour topping over hot cake.


A funny footnote:  as I was typing this recipe in I decided to change the word oleo to margarine for the younger generation who have never heard of oleo.   Quite a few years ago my oldest daughter Tracey was in Atlanta, GA for a year as a nanny.  She had requested I send the family recipe for Kolaches.  The recipe called for 1 stick of oleo, she drove to 3 different grocery stores trying to find oleo before calling me to tell me she could not find oleo so would not be able to make them.


“The greatest among you will be your servant”   Matthew 23:11