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Our Sunday Gathering Team leader Leslie Newman will be our teacher this week! In our series The Great Questions, Leslie poses a question apropos for these times, as well as times past: Are exile and renewal inevitable parts of our human condition?

Kate Pillsbury has devoted most of her life to music, including a decade and counting as co-lead singer/guitarist for the band The Crane Wives. Having written hundreds of unreleased songs, her current focus is on publishing a body of solo work. Maybe we’ll hear some new songs from her this week!

Gathering Information
Masks are optional at our In-Person Gathering. The decision of whether or not to wear a mask will be up to each individual.

Sundays at the Grand Haven Community Center (421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven)
9:00 a.m. Pre-Talk: In Person
Meet the morning’s teacher in a small group setting for an open discussion of the morning’s theme.
10:00 a.m. Gathering: In 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 Back: In Person
A chance to share questions, comments, and stories related to the morning gathering.

Lead Teacher Kent Dobson
There is a lot more to discover and learn from Kent Dobson on his website, and by listening to his podcast Hints and Guesses. Sign up here for a monthly update about his programs, events, podcasts, teachings, and more.

C3 News
Message from Our Treasurer
Semi-annual statements were recently emailed to all who donated in the first half of 2022. If you made a donation, other than cash, in the first six months of this year, you should have received an email indicating the amount. If you did not receive an email, please first check your junk folder for a message from c3westmichigan.org. For questions about your statement or to report any errors, please contact Carol Takas at Selby Accounting and courtesy copy the front desk. Your donations are vital to the ongoing success of C3 and are GREATLY APPRECIATED!

C3 Outreach

Vigil for Peace and Justice
Our weekly vigils continue every Saturday from noon to 1:00 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Grand Haven’s Central Park. Drive by and wave, or better yet, join us!
Vigil for Peace and Justice, August 2021
Vigil for Peace and Justice, August 2021


C3 Groups
🆕 New Meeting Place for C3 Men’s Group
The C3 Men’s Group has a new meeting location as of next Tuesday, July 26. Join them from 7:00–8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Harbor Drive in Grand Haven. Questions? Contact Phil Koster .

C3 Book Club and Friends
Our next meeting is August 9 at 7:00 p.m., a one-week postponement from the usual first Tuesday meeting, due to the Coast Guard Festival and parking problems. Also, Joyce is leading the discussion, and since the weather tends to be favorable in August, Joyce has offered to host us on her porch. Our book is The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. This is the remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, who became one of the most powerful women in New York, despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true.
September 6: Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu


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🆕 Week [email protected] on Vacation in July
We take July off from our Week [email protected] campaign, but in August we’ll be collecting school supplies for kids—just in case you’re out shopping and spot some deals! The recipient organization will be announced in August.

C3 Finance
Your ongoing support of C3 is greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made here. Automatic donations are handled by Carol Takas 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.

C3 Values in Action
🆕 Diatribe Event Saturday Evening in Muskegon Heights
The Diatribe conducts summer programming for kids in Muskegon Heights. Their Final Reading presentation will take place at Pathfinders, located at Temple United Methodist Church, 2500 Jefferson Street, Muskegon Heights, just south of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy, on Saturday, July 23, 7:00–9:00 p.m. The program is free to attend. Click here for more information.
Diatribe Event Saturday Evening in Muskegon Heights

Momentum Center Events
There are events happening at the Momentum Center! Follow their Facebook page to stay informed. These upcoming events may be of interest.
Christmas in July: Monday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Summer Series: Exploring Mental Illness, Mondays in August
Next Civil Rights Road Trip: The dates for the next Civil Rights Road Trip have been set as October 24-27, 2022.

Resources on Civil Rights
The following links to two short interviews with Bryan Stevenson are an excellent reminder of the struggle for Civil Rights and the essential work he does at the Equal Justice Initiative, the Legacy Museum, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These places were stops on the Civil Rights Road Trip taken by several C3 members in April.
Confronting history, to heal a nation
Expanded Legacy Museum Opens in Montgomery

C3 Calendar
Saturday, July 23
12:00 p.m. Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)

Sunday, July 24
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
Teacher: Leslie Newman
Music: Kate Pillsbury
Meditation: Margaret Willey
10:00 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary with volunteer Joyce Cawthorn (Woodbine Room)
11:00 a.m. Talk Back, in Person

Tuesday, July 26
7:00 p.m.: C3 Men’s Group (C3 Office, 1447 Washington Ave., GH)

Saturday, July 30
12:00 p.m. Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)

Sunday, July 31
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
Teacher: Linda Palter
Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist
Meditation: Bob Keinheksel
10:00 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary with volunteer Patti Baldus (Woodbine Room)
11:00 a.m. Talk Back, in Person

Linda Palter is a native of Brooklyn and Long Island, NY. She has held way too many jobs, including but not limited to, park naturalist, Peace Corps volunteer (Guatemala), ESL instructor (Japan), and chiropractor. She moved to Muskegon in 1995, where she lives with her spouse and two dogs. She enjoys a variety of crafts as hobbies, but she is a master of none of them.

Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been making music together for more than 45 years. Ruth’s award-winning abilities as a songwriter and singer are accented by Max’s harmony and touch on the upright bass. With influences of folk, bluegrass, and country, they have created a heart-touching, audience-pleasing acoustic Americana that is all their own. Ruth’s trademark rich alto is unmistakable, and her songs evoke images and emotions common to us all.