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?”

Our series The Great Questions continues with Kent Dobson as teacher this week, with the question Is the Universe Friendly? Reimagining CosmologyWe look forward to Kent’s insights and probing questions! Musician Kate Pillsbury is back to share her music. She was last with us in July, The mediation will come from Bob Kleinheksel. Please join us for this sure-to-be awesome Gathering, in person, if you can, or online!

Sunday Gathering Information hereAdditional Resources here
Last Weekend at C3: Teaching here, Meditation here. 

Dine with Nine!

Those of you who signed up for Dine with Nine tomorrow evening at 6:00 (Saturday, October  22), should be ready to go! Questions? Contact Joyce by email.

How About a Think Hike!

After the Gathering on Sunday, November 6, David Dean will host a Think Hike at Hemlock Crossing Park (8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49460). The plan is to meet there at 12:30 p.m., where we will gather in the parking lot and head out on a hike. We will discuss the Gathering theme as we take in the natural beauty of the park and enjoy each others’ company. We can carpool from the Community Center, if you’d like. Plan for about an hour-long hike. If the weather is poor, we will reschedule for another Sunday.Questions? Contact David at 616-843-1979. Event website page here.

Annual Board of Trustees Election

In accordance with our community’s bylaws, the Board of Trustees is preparing for our annual board election to be held in February 2023. This message is intended to alert members to the process of becoming a candidate for the Board election.

     Three seats will be open for the 2023-2025 Board. Two incumbent board members, Beth Below and Rod Van Abbema, will be running for re-election. A third seat is open with one candidate confirmed. Please note that the Board is hoping to elect the C3 Treasurer position from one of the open chairs.

     If you are interested and need further information, please contact any of the current Board members. We will continue to update you as the process continues.

Silent Auction Fundraiser Results

What a fantastic day we had on October 9! To all those who donated items – THANK YOU! We certainly had an amazing selection of items and opportunities. Thank you to Teresa Colbry and her team for all the work they did on this year’s auction, and to Patti Baldus and her team for the tasty Big Bites. And let’s not forget all who participated in the bidding and those behind the scenes like Chuck Tawney, Chase Gue, Mary Crouse and photographer Bill Klouw. It obviously takes a village and as a result Sunday was a day enjoyed by all. Because of everyone’s efforts we raised just over $8,800! Your commitment helps us as we work towards a balanced budget this year.

If you didn’t have a winning bid, or you weren’t able to attend the auction, please consider make a special donation on Sunday or online. It takes a lot of time, energy, and money to produce all the great things that happen at C3. Your support matters and is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Welcome Hosts Needed

We need more hosts to be a strong presence at the entry to the Community Center and in the lobby! Our Welcoming Hosts act as a first point of contact, greeting people at the entrances to the Community Center and directing them to the Mackinaw Room for the Gathering. They steer newcomers to the Welcome Table. Each team has four or five members and serves every five weeks. We also need folks willing to serve as subs. Contact Ellie Williams if you would like to volunteer in this capacity.

🆕  Find it on our website!

Find a copy of the newsletter on our website! Click on “Updates” and navigate to the week you need. Special updates are posted there also, like the auction afterglow featuring Bill Klouw‘s photographs. Check it out here.

Honor and Memorial Giving Program

The Finance Committee has created a new program for Honor and Memorial giving to support C3. Look for the cards at the Gathering. The gifts, with permission, will be listed in the newsletter (names only, no dollar amounts). As always, your donations are invaluable to us. 

The first gift received through the Honor and Memorial Giving program was an anonymous gift in honor of “All my mentors.”

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.

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.

Joann Martin, long-time C3 member, died on October 1, 2022. Before the pandemic, she and husband Roger (who died in April) often attended both the Pre-Talk and Gathering, but they hadn’t been able to in the past couple years. Joann’s obituary can be read here.

Vigil for Peace and Justice

Dress for the weather and join our Vigil for Peace and Justice this Saturday from noon–1:00 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park. We have signs! Bring a chair if sitting is more comfortable for you. Webpage here.

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 

Our book for November 1 is The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.  We will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Bookman. Looking forward to the discussion, and remember, friends are encouraged to attend. Any questions email Joyce Cawthon.

🆕  C3ers Help out at Kenzie’s Be Café

Thanks to Andy Cawthon for organizing a few C3ers, who helped clean and prepare Kenzie’s Be Café on Thursday, October 20, in preparation for its opening.

American Christian Nationalism: What It Is & What You Should Know

Dr. Roger Bauman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hope College will present this program, sponsored by Progressive Lakeshore, at Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake on Wednesday, October 26, at 6:00 p.m. See details here

Friends of the Muskegon Heights Library

The Friends of the Muskegon Heights Library are working to regroup and continue their efforts to support the Muskegon Heights Branch Public Library (2808 Sanford Street). Leslie Newman and Char Zoet are active supporters of this volunteer group. Please speak with either of them to learn how you can help!

Saturday, October 22 12:00 p.m.: Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH) 6:00 p.m.: Dine with Nine   Sunday, October 23 Grand Haven Community Center (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Ave., GH) Masks are optional at our In-Person Gathering. The decision of whether or not to wear a mask will be up to each individual. 9:00 a.m.: Pre-Talk 10:00 a.m.: C3 Kids with Miss Mary  and volunteer Margaret Willey (Woodbine Room) 10:00 a.m.: Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook
  • Teacher: Kent Dobson
  • Music: Kate Pillsbury
  • Meditation: Bob Kleinheksel
11:00 a.m.: Talk Back, In Person
      Tuesday, October 25 7:00 p.m.: C3 Men’s Group (American Legion Hall, 700 S. Harbor Dr., GH)   Saturday, October 29 12:00 p.m.: Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)   Sunday, October 30 Grand Haven Community Center (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Ave., GH) Masks are optional at our In-Person Gathering. The decision of whether or not to wear a mask will be up to each individual. 9:00 a.m.: Pre-Talk 10:00 a.m.: C3 Kids with Miss Mary  and volunteer Sally Alderink (Woodbine Room) 10:00 a.m.: Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook
    • Teacher: Beth Buelow
    • Music: Jen Sygit
    • Meditation: Charity McMaster
    11:00 a.m.: Talk Back, In Person

    Beth Buelow has been part of the C3 Community since March 2018 and has loved every minute of it. She’s a business owner; leadership, team, and mentor coach; author, speaker, and mediator, and she has added photographer to the list of ways she wants to be known in the world.


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

    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.

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    C3 Spiritual Community Office

    1447 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI  49417

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 371, Grand Haven, MI 49417


    Automatic donations are handled by Carol Takas at Selby Accounting.

    Please direct any questions to Mark Smith

    C3 Board of Trustees

    Chair: Sally Alderink

    Vice-Chair: Tom Edwards

    Secretary: Valerie Engeltjes

    Treasurer: Mark Smith

    Beth Buelow

    Andy Cawthon

    Teresa Colbry

    Kim Crozier

    Kathy Humphrey

    Wayne Johnson

    Rod Van Abbema


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