C3 Teacher Kent Dobson will be with us this Sunday to wrap up the consideration of our value Open Inquiry as we move though our six-month series Be of Value. We look forward to his teaching.


Award-winning singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids Karisa Wilson plays and sings for us this week. She not only writes and performs a blend of indie-folk, jazz, and blues, but she is also a classically-trained violinist. It will be lovely to see Karisa (Ka-ree-sa) again.

A few tidbits as you get ready to join the C3 Gathering on Sunday:

  • Masks are Optional: Starting Sunday, March 13, the decision of whether or not to wear masks will be up to each individual. Masks will remain available to those who are more comfortable with one, but wearing a mask will no longer be a requirement for Sunday morning participation.
  • Travel Time: Don’f forget to allow a couple extra minutes to negotiate southbound US-31 over the bridge. More information here.

Sundays at the Grand Haven Community Center (421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven)

  • 9:00 a.m. Pre-TalkIn Person
    Meet the morning’s teacher in a small group setting for an open discussion of the morning’s theme.
  • 10:00 a.m. GatheringIn Person + Livestream on Facebook
    Welcome, readings, meditation from a community member, teaching and music
  • 10:00 a.m. C3 Kids: 

    In Person (Woodbine Room)

  • 11:00 a.m. Talk BackIn Person
    A chance to share questions, comments and stories related to the morning gathering.

Special Spring Gathering

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, April 24. Call it a  welcome back” or a  homecoming!” Whatever you want to call it, that morning will be a special time of community celebration and reconnection. Weve been apart for too long. It s time to see some familiar faces—and some new ones. Bring a friend!

Good News!

Cheryl Van Abbema has volunteered to serve as the coordinator for the Community Care Team. This means that, starting in April, if you experience a life event, illness, or hardship, which can be shared with the C3 Community, Cheryl will be the person to contact. Her contact information will be printed under the Community Care and Concern heading beginning in April. Thanks, Cheryl, for stepping into this vital role!

Ellie Williams has served as the contact person for several years. We are grateful for her compassionate and effective assistance. Thanks, Ellie!

Behind the Scenes at the Gathering

There are a lot of people who help make our Gathering a success. This week, we highlight Mary Crouse (aka Miss Mary) for providing a safe and welcoming environment for our C3 Kids in the Woodbine Room. We thank Mary for the quality time and instruction that she affectionately showers on our kids! We also want to give a shout out to Claude McMaster. Claude is responsible to help set up and break down the Community Center each Sunday morning. Thanks Claude!

Board of Trustee News

  • Wednesday, March 9, marked the end of Charity McMasters 5½-year tenure as C3 Board of Trustees chair. She started when we were searching for a new leader and is ending as we return to a new normal after a worldwide pandemic. Read more about Charity’s work on the Board at this link. 
  • The Board of Trustees selected the following members as officers: Chair: Sally Alderink, Vice-Chair: Tom Edwards, Secretary: Valerie Engeltjes, and Treasurer: Mark Smith. Congratulations and thank you to these members who are willing to serve the C3 Community.

Stand for Peace Returns in April

Next Saturday, April 2, our Vigil for Peace and Justice returns to Washington Avenue in Grand Haven’s Central Park from noon-1:00 p.m. With the brutalities going on in Ukraine, Yemen, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Tigray region, we rise to advocate for peace at home and abroad, in our community, and  in ourselves. This is a silent vigil. We do not chant, shout, or march, but rather stand or sit and meditate on peace, and send our peaceful intentions out to the world. All are welcome to join this vigil, co-sponsored by C3 and Stand for Peace–Michigan.

Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration

C3 will once again be a sponsor of the Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration, which will take place on Saturday, April 23, in Grand Haven s Central Park. Another date to highlight on your calendar! And please, start to save your empty toilet paper rolls for our Kids’ Project!

C3 and Friends Book Discussion Group

The C3 Book Club has selected 16 amazing books for the next 16 months! We start with Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. This well-known novella should provide endless discussion at our meeting on April 5, 6:30 p.m. at The Bookman. New members are welcome! See you there! If you need to continue by Zoom, please email joycevcawthon [at] gmail [dot] com.

C3 Men’s Group – Meeting by Zoom    With most members out of town during the winter months, the C3 Men ’s Group meets via Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. To join via the Zoom link, contact Phil Koster at 616-402-1751. New participants are always welcome.

Week 3@C3 for April

On April 3, 10, and 17, we will collect the following items for the School Gardens Program at Edgewood and Martin Luther King Jr schools in Muskegon Heights.

  • 12 hand trowels for students
  • 2 brooms & dustpans
  • 1 hoe
  • Good quality plastic tablecloths for 6’ tables
  • Clips to secure tablecloths
  • Baskets/plastic tubs for harvesting produce
  • 3 large (50-60 gallon size) totes for storage
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Plastic bowls – large & small for mixing & serving

Volunteers and professionals from MH Coalition for Community Development head and teach gardening at these two schools. Planting, tending, and harvesting the gardens go on through the spring and summer. Preparing foods and snacks for consumption from the garden harvest, using recipes, is part of the program. Read about the Muskegon Heights Coalition for Community Development (CCD) Healthy Heights Program here.

22 Days of Compassion

Compassionate Action is a core value at C3. In June 2015, the Board of Trustees approved C3 Partner Membership with Charter for Compassion. Here is an opportunity offered through Charter for Compassion for each of us to participate in the online 22 Days of Compassion campaign for 2022, which began March 14, and continues through April 4. For information on how to participate, click here

Support C3 When You Shop on Amazon!

While we encourage you to shop locally when possible, when you do shop on Amazon, why not support C3? Instead of going to the usual Amazon site, click instead on smile.amazon.com. You’ll land on a page that will ask you if you want to support C3, which, of course you do, so click “yes”, and Voila! Amazon will contribute .5% for each qualifying purchase you make!

Your ongoing support of C3 is greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made hereAutomatic donations are handled by Carol Takas, 616-613-3222, at Selby Accounting. Checks should be sent to C3 Spiritual Community, P. O. Box 371, Grand Haven, MI 49417. C3 is a 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization. Our tax ID is 38-1960212.

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Momentum Center

  • Town Hall on Race and Racism–RedliningThe topic for this month’s meeting is Redlining. See details and register for this event on March 28 here.
  • Community Book Club led by Wes McGee: An initiative of the (Anti) Racism Task Force, this group meets the second Saturday of the month at Loutit Library at 11:00 a.m. The next meeting is Saturday, April 10. For details and the book list, click here.