As Guest Teacher this week we welcome Kelly Parker, Ph.D, Professor of Philosophy, and Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Grand Valley State University. He led the development of the new BA and BS programs in environmental and sustainability studies. The program emphasizes collaborative, community-based learning and practical problem solving. With him will be four GVSU students who will contribute to the topic Futures We Can Envision Together: A Dialogue. Read the students’ bios here.


Our musician is Sandra Effert, who returns with her voice, songs and piano melodies (which we love). Effert ’s captivating voice reckons with despair and transcends heartache into healing with tangible sincerity.Sandra has become one of our “regulars,” and we’re happy to welcome her again. 

Masks are optional now at our In-Person Gathering. The decision of whether or not to wear a mask will be up to each individual. Also, please allow a couple extra minutes to negotiate the southbound US-31 detour

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.


Call-out to C3 Members: Be Part of the Outreach Team

Outreach, a standing committee at C3, sponsors or participates in these exciting, well-developed programs and more: 

  • Earth Day Celebration 
  • Adopt-a-Highway
  • Library volunteering in Muskegon Heights with CCD (Coalition for Community Development)
  • Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta
  • Humanity for Prisoners

We are reaching out to ask some folks to join the team because several devoted members have felt the need to go on to other things. Please contact Rod Van Abbema or Chrys Moelter-Gray for information. (They are the entire team at the moment)!


Special Spring Gathering

It’s getting closer! Will we see you on Sunday, April 24, for C3’s Welcome Back Sunday? Mark your calendars now for Sunday, April 24. That morning will be a special time of community celebration and reconnection—and Small Bites make their comeback! It’s time to see some familiar faces and some new ones. Bring a friend! (Of course, if you can’t make it in person, you can still watch the Gathering on Facebook).

Welcome Back Sunday Gathering

Behind the Scenes at the Gathering

This week we are spotlighting the support volunteers who help the Finance Team every Sunday. Betty Jean PorterLana BrockYvonne Olmsted, and Debbie Gianetti provide valuable assistance and we sincerely appreciate their help!

Dine With Nine is Back!

The first post-pandemic Dine with Nine will be on Saturday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. Mark it on your calendar now!

         Several times a year, you are invited to gather in people’s homes to share food, fun, and conversation. This popular program aims to connect adults regardless of age or relationship status, bringing together widows, singles, couples, partners, and divorcees at the home of the evening’s host. Each person is asked to bring an element of the meal – an appetizer, salad, dessert, wine, or bread, while the host provides the main entrée. Sign up at the Connections Table in the lobby any Sunday in April or on May 1.Coordinators of the event are Joyce Cawthon, Kathy Smith, and Mary Ackerson. Contact Joyce with questions: or 616-502-3133.

Don’t Miss the Earth Day Fair and Parade on Saturday, April 23! 

C3 is a sponsor and participant—

  • Join the Green March at 12:30 pm
  • Check out all the booths in Central Park from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • Prevailing Winds Performance and other events
  • C3-sponsored Kids activity booth with Sunflower Planting
  • C3 Outreach booth where visitors can sign up for our Duncan Park Cleanup (Saturday, May 21)

We Need More Assistance—

  • This Sunday and next, Cindy VanIttersum will be soliciting volunteers to help with the Kids activity and collecting empty toilet paper rolls needed for the project.
  • We need one more 10’ by 10’ canopy, contact Rod Van Abbema.


Our Spring Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 30. If you’ve driven along our section of US-31 recently, you know that we could use a lot of help! We meet at the Community Center parking lot at 10:00 a.m. and carpool from there, and we are typically done by 12:30 p.m. You can sign-up in the lobby at C3 on Sundays or contact Mary Ackerson at mfjackerson [at] gmail [dot] com.

Vigil for Peace and Justice on Saturday

Our Vigil for Peace and Justice has resumed and meets each Saturday, from noon–1:00 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park in Grand Haven. All are welcome.


New Opportunity for Community Outreach

On Friday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. the C3 Outreach Team is partnering with the American Red Cross to provide volunteers for the blood drive at the Community Center. Blood supplies continue to be low and critically needed. The Outreach Committee is asking for four volunteers to participate: two to cover the 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. shift and two for the 1:00–4:00 p.m. shift. One volunteer will check in donors and the other will assist donors in the canteen after they have donated. If you would like to be one of the volunteers helping at the blood drive, please contact Nancy Owens at nl_owens [at] comcast [dot] net or call 616-502-4779. To sign up to be a blood donor on May 20, use this link.

C3 and Friends Book Discussion Group

What a great discussion last week, so many ideas and interpretations!

Our next book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. Because of the elections on May 3, our meeting will be moved to Tuesday May 10, 6:30 p.m. at The BookmanNew members are welcome. If you need to meet by Zoom, please email joycevcawthon [at] gmail [dot] com.

May 10Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

June 7The Humans by Matt Haig, author of Midnight Library

Bookclub May June

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 April10, 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.

Want to make your life easier and more predictable?

  • Why not put your donations to C3 on autopilot?
  • No more having to remember to send a check!
  • No more trying to remember — did I or didn’t I?
  • It is a secure and easy set up — just call Carol Takas 616-613-3222) at Selby Accounting. Please direct any questions to Mark Smith at

Your ongoing support of C3 is greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made hereChecks 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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Humanity for Prisoners April Newsletter

Click here to access the April newsletter from Humanity for Prisoners, including information about their spring fundraiser, the Unball.

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Momentum Center

  • 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.

Saturday, April 9

12:00 p.m.: Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)

Sunday, April 10

Grand Haven Community Center (421 Columbus Ave., GH)

9:00 a.m. Pre-Talk, In Person

10:00 a.m. Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook

  • Meditation: Beth Buelow

10:00 a.m.: C3 Kids, in Woodbine Room with Miss Mary

11:00 a.m.: Talk Back, In Person

Tuesday, April 12

 7:00 p.m.: C3 Men’s Group via Zoom



Wednesday, April 13

6:30 p.m.: Board of Trustees Meeting, C3 Office (1447 Washington Ave., GH)



Saturday, April 16

12:00 p.m.: Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)