We’re pleased to see Kent Dobson for the second week in a row. He’ll  wrap up his take on Be of Value: Care of the Earth this Sunday with his teaching Defeated Decisively. And there will be another Rilke poem.


House of Hamill last played at C3 early in 2018, so it’s been a while since they have visited. Be ready for some high-energy Irish/Folk music from Rose and Brian, and there’s sure to be some Irish fiddle!

May Be of Value Banner
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.

Membership Committee to Update the C3 Directory

With the COVID interruption, we have not kept our membership records up to date. So, for three Sundays, June 5, 12, and 19, we will be taking pictures to update our membership directory. For some, it will be your first time, for others it will be an update. The directory is a way for our members to connect to one another, and a picture is sometimes useful. Look for the camera in the Mackinaw Ballroom after the Gathering.

Behind the Scenes

Look for our new, rotating flag display outside the Community Center during our Gatherings. Valerie Engeltjes inquired during a board meeting if a Pride flag could be displayed on Sundays. Tom Edwards took on the challenge and devised a system to display different flags that show C3 support. Have a flag idea? Email Tom. Also, thanks to Yvonne Olmsted for donating additional flags for display. 

How about  a Few More Volunteers . . . 

for the Grand Haven Parks Clean-Up Blitz? You can still sign-up for tomorrow’s (Saturday, May 21) Clean-Up Blitz hosted by C3. Just email Rod Van Abbema, rodvanabbema [at] gmail [dot] com, and let him know you would like to help. Come to East Grand River Park Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (20 S. Eastern Street; take Franklin Avenue east off Beechtree to the park entrance on S. Eastern Street). Bring some gloves and go to work with us! Light lunch at noon!

Earth Day Fair and March

Our C3 Community was well represented at the Earth Day Parade and Fair last Saturday, as the weather cooperated with sunshine! About 100 kids visited our Kids’ Table and planted sunflower seeds to take home. At the C3 table, people signed up to participate in our Grand Haven Parks Clean Up Day, scheduled for May 21. (There will be more information about that event next week). Steel Doin’ It and Prevailing Winds provided delightful music, and the March featured an all-electric truck, which garnered lots of attention. The booths included recyclers, artists who create with recycled materials, the Audubon Society, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and wildflower planting programs. Thanks to C3 members Leslie Newman, Patti Baldus, Yvonne Olmsted, and Dawn Briegel, who are on the planning committee.

Vigil for Peace and Justice

Our Vigil for Peace and Justice will be held in Grand Haven from noon–1:00 p.m. this Saturday, so if you are participating in the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup activity, which begins at 10:00 a.m., you may arrive a bit late to the Vigil, and that’s okay!


C3 Men’s Group     C3 Men’s Group meets in-person at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays at the US Retail Office (next door to i’move, 18000 Cove Street) just off the Van Wagoner exit, east of US-31. For additional information, contact Phil Koster at 616-402-1751. New participants are welcome to join
C3 and Friends Book Discussion Group We will continue to meet at The Bookman, but we’ll start at 7:00 p.m. (instead of 6:30) for our next meeting on Tuesday, June 7. Please join us for our discussion of The Humans, by Matt Haig, author of Midnight Library.      The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some ideas of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Matt Haig’s latest novel. —Goodreads Happy Reading! If you need to meet by Zoom, please email joycevcawthon [at] gmail [dot] com. New members are welcome to join!  July 5:  Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Bookclub June July

Did You Know?

Did you know that you can use money from your IRA to contribute directly to a charitable organization, like C3, without it being considered a taxable distribution? It may also serve as your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2021. To make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), be sure to consult with your tax advisor or financial representative before making this decision, because it is important to follow the guidelines and understand the process.

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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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Momentum Center
  • Prom with a Purpose Tomorrow Night If you’d like to enjoy a fun night out with great people, who will soon be your friends, even if you don’t know them yet, come on out to the Prom with a Purpose benefitting the Momentum Center. Tickets are still available online or at the door tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Trillium. Click on the link for all the details.
Prom with a Purpose
  • Town Hall Meeting on Organizations Confronting Racism The Momentum Center is hosting a town hall this month on organizations confronting racism. The (Anti) Racism Task Force town hall will be held via Zoom on Monday, May 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. See the details and register to attend here.
Saturday, May 2110:00 a.m.: Grand Haven Parks Clean-Up Blitz (East Grand River Park, GH)12:00 p.m.:  Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)
Sunday, May 22Grand Haven Community Center (421 Columbus Ave., GH)9:00 a.m. Pre-Talk, In Person10:00 a.m. Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook
  • Meditation: Nelleke Knarr 
  • 10:00 a.m.: C3 Kids, Central Park Clean Up! in Woodbine Room with Miss Mary
11:00 a.m.: Talk Back, In PersonTuesday, May 247:00 p.m.: C3 Men’s Group (US Retail Office, 18000 Cove St, SL)   Saturday, May 2812:00 p.m.:  Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)Sunday, May 29Grand Haven Community Center (421 Columbus Ave., GH)9:00 a.m. Pre-Talk, In Person10:00 a.m. Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook
  • Teacher: Civil Rights Road Trip Panel with Moderator Barbara Lee Van Horssen 
  • Meditation: Cindy Anderson 
  • 10:00 a.m.: C3 Kids, End of School Party! in Woodbine Room with Miss Mary
11:00 a.m.: Talk Back, In Person