C3 inspires spiritual, intellectual, and creative exploration and action, led by the questions, “what are the biggest challenges we face on our shared journey, and how do we respond to those challenges?”

The Gathering this Sunday features Guest Teacher Beth Buelow, musician John Sanger, and a meditation from Wayne Johnson. We’re addressing some of The Great Questions in our current series of teachings. This week’s teaching asks What is the meaning of life? We would love to see you in person, but if you are not able to join us at the Gathering, you can watch the livestream on C3’s Facebook page.

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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. Sign up here for updates about his programs, events, podcasts, teachings, and more.

Countdown to the big event!

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, than by coming together Sunday, October 9, with a celebration that honors Kent (including Big Bites and cake!) and an auction fundraiser to help us stay financially stable. We’ll do it in 23 remaining days!


Sunday, September 25 is the last day to submit auction donation forms.


Silent Auction Fundraiser

Our 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! A growing list of auction items with descriptions and photographs is here.

  • House Concert with Live Music, Drinks, and Food (Nov. 4) from Ira & Valerie Engeltjes
  • Airbnb Holland Bungalow Stay from Karen and Ryan Cotton
  • Wall-Hung Sculpture by Wayne Johnson
  • Grand Rapids Landmark Painting by Donna St. John from Ira & Valerie Engeltjes
  • “Honey Do” List Services from Mark Smith
  • Reiki: Japanese Energy Healing Session from Jennifer Chulski
  • Explore the World—Travel Tips and Tricks from Andy & Joyce Cawthon
  • Two Photographs by Bill Klouw
  • Photography by Jeff Van Abbema
  • Baked Goods once a month for a year from Teresa Colbry
  • Four Author-Signed Books from Margaret Willey
  • Author School Visit from Margaret Willey
  • 10 Hours of Manuscript Editing from Jenny Roberts & Margaret Willey
  • Four Author-Signed Books from Robert Burleigh & Jenny Roberts
  • C3 Tshirt Quilt  from Teresa Colbry
  • Photography Artwork by Beth Buelow
  • Poetry/Image Wall Art by Rod Van Abbema
  • Gourmet Dinner for Six  (Oct. 29) from Lynne Deur & Jean McCabe
  • Quilt and Wool Felted Scarf from Leslie Newman
  • $100 Gift Card to Evereve from Annie Wassmann
  • Born with the Rising Sun book by Mary Jo Haskins
  • Canoe and/or Kayak riding/usage on Lloyds Bayou with Bob Kleinheksel & Kim Crozier
  • Guitar Lessons (3) for beginner(s) with Bob Kleinheksel
  • Tree of Life Original Painting by Crista Barnell from Kim Crozier & Bob Kleinheksel
  • Angel Light Original Artwork by Holland Native Joel Tannis from Bob Kleinheksel

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

    • Auction Donation Form (pdf) here
    • Website Event Page here

    Changes at the Community Center 

    We continue to adjust to sharing space with Life Church at the Community Center. They hold their adult services in the theater room, keeping their kids’ services across the street in their existing building. 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. Please follow this link to some FAQs. Look for our lobby tables, including the name tags, Small Bites, Welcome Table, Week 3@C3 and Connections inside the Mackinaw Room, rather than in the lobby. If you have more questions, you’re encouraged to contact Kent or any Board member. 

    Five-Year Celebration and C3 Auction 28 Days Away on Sunday!

    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? By 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 28 remaining days!

    It’s Time for Dine with Nine!

    The next Dine with Nine will be Saturday, October  22, at 6:00 p.m. Mark your calendar! Sign up dates are September 18, 25, October 2 and 9, at the Connections Table. 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 will provide the main entrée.

    Coordinators of this event are Joyce Cawthon, Kathy Smith and Mary Ackerson. Questions? Contact Joyce by email.

    Website Event Page here.

    Need a name tag?  

    New members or members who have lost a name tag may contact Jeff Crandle (chair of Membership Committee) by email or at 616-638-5266 (text preferred). Please be aware that each name tag costs C3 $10, so consider adding that to your contributions.

    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 by email.

    Book Cart

    2022 Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

    The event is Saturday, September 24, in Central Park in downtown Grand Haven. C3 is a sponsor and team member to this great event. 

    Volunteers Still Needed for 2022 Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

    Have the most fun at the Fiesta by helping out for a couple hours! Volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and lunch. View the list of volunteer opportunities and sign up hereNancy Owens especially can use more help on the “Greening the Fiesta” project. Scroll down the list to Saturday and find “Greening…” items and pick a spot that works for you, or volunteer for other tasks. Contact Rod Van Abbema with questions.

     C3 Mercado Booth Volunteers

    Volunteers are also needed to sign up to take a shift at the C3 booth at the Mercado on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. We’ll be selling cookies, so bakers are also encouraged to sign up at the Connections table!


    Questions? Contact Rod Van Abbema   Website Event Page here. 

    Blood Drive Volunteers Needed on September 28

    In July, four C3 volunteers worked at a Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Community Center. It was a satisfying way to give back to our Tri-Cities Community and help people get the blood products that may save their lives. This will now be an ongoing volunteer opportunity for C3 members. The next clinic will be on Wednesday, September 28 at the Community Center. We need three more volunteers to help out that day, registering the donors as they enter the clinic, and working in the “Canteen” where donors stop for 10 minutes before leaving. Contact Nancy Owens if you are interested, and indicate which shift you prefer (9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. or 1:00– 4:30 p.m.). 

    Vigil for Peace and Justice

    Join our Vigil for Peace and Justice any Saturday from noon–1:00 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park.  Website Event Page here.

    Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers Needed

    Thanks to all the volunteers, committed to beautifying our community, who signed up last Sunday! We still need more! The cleanup will be held on Saturday, October 1, with Sunday, October 2 (after the Gathering) as a rain date. Sign up anytime via email (name and phone number please) or at the Connections table. Questions? Contact Tom Edwards. Website Event Page here.

    Humanity for Prisoners Newsletter and Event

    Click here to read this month’s newsletter from Humanity for Prisoners. Also mark your calendar for An Evening with Susan Burton on October 13.

    Caring for the members of our C3 Community is a shared communal responsibility, rather than a role reserved for a pastor, priest, or leader. Our C3 Community Care Team encourages members to support each other at time of need with notes, cards, phone calls, visits, meals, and transportation. C3 members are urged to contact the Community Care Team to inform them of life events, illness, or hardships, which can be shared with the C3 Community. To report a need or request help, or to help visit members in hospital, rehab or recovering at home, contact Cheryl Van Abbema: email or Mike and Charlotte Rozich: email.

    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 at 616-402-1751. Website Event Page here.

    C3 Book Club and Friends

    Join the C3 Book Club at The Bookman at 7:00 p.m. on October 4, to discuss this month’s selection Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, which Barnes and Noble called “a book to focus the eyes, open the heart and stretch the imagination about our appropriate relationships within the natural world.” We hope to see you all there. Friends are encouraged to join. Please email Joyce with any questions.

    November 1: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermitby Michael Finkel.

    Week 3@C3 for September and October: Dignity Kits—Keeping Girls in School

    This Sunday, September 18, is the week we would normally conclude collecting for Week 3@C3 for September. However, for this project the collecting will continue through Sunday, October 16. Visit the Week 3@C3 table in the Gathering room to drop off items; submit contributions by cash, check or card; or learn more about Dignity Kits. 

    • Click here for a printable list and instruction sheet.

    We’ll do the shopping for you! One kit/$35; three kits/$100. Stop at the Week3@C3 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. Website Event Page here.

    Momentum Center: Civil Rights Road Trip

    There is still time to sign up for the next Civil Rights Road Trip from October 24-27, 2022; the registration deadline is Monday, September 19. This will be the same itinerary as the trip which was the subject of the meditation and the panel discussion by several C3 members during our Gathering on May 29 of this year. It is a life-changing experience.

      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 17

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

      Sunday, September 18

      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: John Sanger
      • Meditation: Wayne Johnson
      • 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 20

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

      Saturday, September 24

      11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.: Hispanic Heritage Fiesta (Central Park, GH)

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

      Sunday, September 25

      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: Richard Kamischke
      • Music: Jen Sygit
      • Meditation: Leslie Newman
      • 10:00 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary  and volunteer Margaret Willey (Woodbine Room)

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

      Richard Kamischke is a Michigan native, whose formal education started in physics, the study of matter and energy, and ended in social psychology, the study of small group behavior. He has had a lifelong interest in common ground held by philosophy and religion. Richard has been on the C3 Board and is a recipient of the Phil Koster award.

      Jen Sygit is a Lansing, MI based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with four solo albums. In addition to her solo career, Jen is also a member of the all-female string band Stella!, roots rock band Lincoln County Process and is a veteran back up singer/session vocalist having appeared on over 50 albums.