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Wow! It’s Labor Day weekend already, and lots of people are going to be out of town on Sunday. But C3 Teacher Kent Dobson is back from Colorado to ask What is Home (and Why Do We Long for It)? We’re addressing some of The Great Questions in our current series of teachingsPlease join us in person if you’re able, or view the Gathering on C3’s Facebook page, for Kent’s talk, a meditation from David Dean, and music from The Rough and Tumble! Award-winning singer-songwriters Mallory and Scott have visited several times, as they travel the country in their 16’ trailer with two big dogs (one of whom just had emergency surgery in GR), making music along the way. We are grateful that they are able to step in at the last minute and join us!

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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. 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 Back: In Person
    A chance to share questions, comments, and stories related to the morning gathering.

 Additional Resources

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. Kent is leading a program entitled, Exploring the Sacred Masculine, on October 27-30, 2022. More information here.


Look for Changes Starting Sunday

There are important changes coming to the shared space of the Community Center on Sundays. Beginning this Sunday, September 4, Life Church will hold its adult services in the theater room, keeping their kids’ services across the street in their existing building. They are out of space and have been looking for some months for a solution. The Board is working with them and the Community Center to make this change go as smoothly as possible. 

     This is an opportunity for us to be hospitable and come together as a community, so we encourage you to attend on Sunday mornings to both welcome Life Church and to show your support for C3. Please follow this link to some FAQs. Look for our lobby tables, including the name tags, Small Bites, Welcome Table, and Week [email protected] inside the Mackinaw Room, rather than in the lobby.

     If you have more questions, you’re encouraged to contact Kent or any Board member. There will be some kinks to work out in the flow in sharing the Community Center and we’ll all work together to make this a mutually beneficial space.

Five-Year Celebration and C3 Auction 35 Days Away on Sunday!

Do we have questions? Heres one: What better way to celebrate and honor five years with Kent as our lead teacher, survival through COVID, and our commitment to continuing on our unique C3 journey?

We have an easy answer to this one: Coming together October 9, with a celebration that honors our Kent and an auction fundraiser to help us stay financially stable. And do it in 35 days!

The first teaching Kent recorded during the C3 pandemic period was Courage, Vulnerability, and the Importance of Staying Connected on March 24, 2020. Check it out here.


 Auction Update

Our early auction items are as fabulous as our members! They’re a collection of unique items, experiences, and services. There’s nothing here you can buy at a store. These truly are amazing! 

  • Wall Hung Sculpture by Wayne Johnson
  • ”Honey Do” List Services from Mark Smith
  • Reiki from Jennifer Chulski
  • Travel Tutorial—Tips and Tricks from Andy and Joyce Cawthon
  • Photography by Jeff Van Abbema
  • House Concert with Live Music, Drinks, and Food from Ira and Valerie Engeltjes
  • Baked Goods once a month for a year from Teresa Colbry

Those are some of the confirmed items, with more to come from: Ryan and Karen Cotton, Kim Crozier and Bob Kleinheksel, Rod Van Abbema, Margaret Willey, and…you?

     If you have questions or want to help, talk to or email: Teresa Colby, Andy Cawthon, Tom Edwards, or Shannon McMaster.

Book Cart Needed for C3 Kids

Mary Crouse is currently in need of a new book cart for C3 Kids. We found one from a library supply catalog; cost is around $275. The Education Committee is asking for 1) donations to help cover the cost of a new book cart or 2) suggestions for finding a used book cart in good condition. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about this, contact Margaret Willey.

Book Cart

Volunteers Needed for Office Interim

Until a new Office Manager is hired, the Board is reaching out to the community for volunteers to help with office responsibilities. If you are interested in volunteering one or two days a week for a few hours, please contact Sally AlderinkTom EdwardsValerie Engeltjes, or Mark Smith.

Please send information for the weekly email C3 Update and C3 Matters (back of the Sunday bulletin) directly to Chrys Moelter-Gray and Annie Wassmann by Wednesday of the week it is to be included. Thank you!

        New C3 logo stickers are now available to promote our community. Suggested donation $5, available before and after the Gathering.

        C3 Logo Stickers

        Flag Displays to Cease

        Although we’ve received positive feedback from our community, the Grand Haven Community Center will not allow us to display the flags outside of the center anymore.

        Flag Display
        Volunteer for 2022 Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

        The event is Saturday, September 24, in Central Park in downtown Grand Haven. Volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch.

         • Info and sign up here

         • C3 is a sponsor and team member to this great event

         • Questions? Contact Rod Van Abbema


        Vigil for Peace and Justice

        Join our Vigil for Peace and Justice this Saturday from noon–1:00 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park. Bring a chair to sit, if that is easier for you. We have plenty of signs to use, or be creative and make your own!


        Adopt-A-Highway: Saturday, October 1

        Our fall highway clean-up will be Saturday, October 1. Sign up anytime via email (name and phone number please) or at the Gathering information table starting Sunday, September 11. Questions? Contact Tom Edwards.

        C3 Members participate in Adopt a Highway

        C3 Men’s Group 

        The C3 Men ’s Group meets each Tuesday 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

        This coming Tuesday, September 6, we meet at The Bookman at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu, which is described as a “. . . deeply felt memoir about the push and pull of belonging, the seismic emotional toll of family secrets, and the heart it takes to pull though.” We hope to see you there, and please encourage friends to attend! Email Joyce Cawthon with any questions.

        October 4:  Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

        Week [email protected] for September and October: Dignity Kits—Keeping Girls in School

        Dignity Kits mean sustainable support for women and girls. Kits contain eco-friendly, washable menstrual pads and other hygiene items and fill an urgent need for hygiene supplies. Week [email protected] will assist the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) of Goshen, Indiana, in putting kits together by providing the following:

        Click here for a printable list and instruction sheet.

        • 3 pairs of briefs (cotton; women’s sizes small, medium or large – one size per kit; no red)
        • 1 hand towel (medium weight; dark or bright color; approximately 16” x 26”)
        • 1 washcloth (medium weight; dark or bright color)
        • 2 regular bars of bath soap (leave in wrappers; no “hotel” bars)
        • 1 large bar of laundry soap (Fels Naptha, Sunlight or Zote brand)
        • 1 wide-toothed comb (6 – 8 inches)
        • 1 nail clippers (good quality)
        • 4 plastic or wood clothes pins
        • 4 heavy duty safety pins (two one-inch pins and two two-inch pins)

        Instructions: Place contents in a brown paper bag and label the bag according to the size of the briefs. Kit will be repacked at MCC into a new two-gallon pail with a lid. Note: if unable to find any of the above items, attach note to bag, committee will add item.

        We’ll do the shopping for you. One kit/$35; three kits/$100. Stop at the [email protected] table, or make a check out to C3, note C3-Dignity Kits on the memo line, and mail to: C3, P.O. Box 371, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

        Your support matters and is greatly appreciated! 

        It takes a lot of time, energy, and money to produce all the great things that happen at C3. Whether it is our Sunday Gatherings or working within our West Michigan communities, we strive to make a difference, with compassion. Your financial support allows us to continue to learn, teach and live our values to heal and effect change.



        Your ongoing support of C3 is greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made here. Automatic donations can be set up by contacting 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.

        Donation Link
        Momentum Center

        There are events happening at the Momentum Center! Follow their Facebook page to stay informed. These upcoming events may be of interest. Click on each link for details.

        • Dinner and Movie NightReunited StatesFriday, September 9. Click here for details. Followed by a Virtual Community Conversation on Thursday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.
        • Next Civil Rights Road Trip: The dates for the next Civil Rights Road Trip have been set as October 24-27, 2022. See the flyer with all the details here.
        • Looking for Volunteers: The Momentum Center locations in Grand Haven and Holland are always on the lookout for people who want to lend a hand. Click here to see the many opportunities to share your passion for ending stigma in our community. There are quick, recurring errands; one-time activities; and opportunities to share an interest, hobby, or skill. What might fit your schedule?

          St. John’s Episcopal Church to Host Enough is Enough Event

          St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold a “Die-In Protest” at their location to urge an end to gun violence and adopt gun-safety legislation at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. More information can be found on the web here

          Saturday, September 3

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

          Sunday, September 4

          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: Kent Dobson
          • Music: The Rough and Tumble
          • Meditation: David Dean
          • 10:00 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary  and volunteer Patti Baldus (Woodbine Room)
          • 11:00 a.m. Talk Back, in Person


          Tuesday, September 6

          7:00 p.m.  C3 Book Club and Friends (The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave St., GH)

          7:00 p.m.  C3 Men’s Group (American Legion Hall, 700 S. Harbor Dr., GH)


          Saturday, September 10

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


          Sunday, September 11

          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: Kent Dobson
          • Music: Folias Duo
          • Meditation: David Lewis
          • 10:00 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary  and volunteer Joyce Cawthon (Woodbine Room)

          11:00 a.m.  Talk Back, in Person

          Gathering September 11, 2022

          Kent Dobson helps people orient their life to be in deeper relationship with Mystery, the shape of their own soul, and to a meaningful sense of their unique voice in the world.

          Folias Duo, flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, are a married couple whose unique interpersonal performer-composer collaboration of nineteen years breathes new life into classical music. Their music melds characteristics of European classical music with jazz, world music, and the art of improvisation.