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?”

C3 Teacher Kent Dobson’s exploration of the masculine and feminine continues this week with The Question of the Masculine and Feminine: Part Two.  Please join us at Central Park Place for the morning’s events: Pre-Talk at 9 a.m., the Gathering at 10, and Talk Back at 11. Our Guest Musician will be Gabrial James, who joins us for the first time. Rod Van Abbema will provide the meditation.

What a great turnout for Talkback last week! The conversation about masculine and feminine continued after the Gathering! Stick around for Talk Back and be part of exploring the week’s teaching—ask questions, share experiences, and deepen your connection to the the C3 Community.

Talk Back

Sunday Gathering Information hereAdditional Resources here
Last Weekend at C3: Kent Dobson’s Teaching here (21:08)Meditation here.

🆕  Treasurer’s Report for October

As we move toward the end of the year, I wanted to update you as to our current status regarding our goal to end the year with a balanced budget.

     Thanks to the efforts of Teresa Colbry and her team, and all who participated, we had a very successful and fun fundraiser in October, the result of which was a significant positive movement towards balancing our budget—THANK YOU !!

     As of the end of October, our current deficit has decreased to $13,000. Projecting our routine income and expenses for the next two months, we calculate that we will need to raise $20,000 in our year-end fundraiser. Details of the fundraiser are coming soon. We recognize that this is a challenge and your gift in any amount will support us in meeting that goal and ensuring that the C3 Community has a strong start to 2023.

Mark Smith, Treasurer

From the BOT: Being a Good Neighbor

Weve been sharing space with our neighbors, Life Church, since September. Overall, its going well. We had a meeting recently where we—and they—had the opportunity to voice some petty annoyances. This ability to discuss issues is an important part of having a healthy relationship.

Were asking the C3 Community to be as kind as possible. One of our values is inclusivity, and Life Church hasnt always felt welcome. (Maybe some of us can say the same thing…)

We want to be as welcoming, gracious, and inclusive of our neighbors as possible. A few steps you can take:

  • Learn some names. We ’ve reached the stage where you ’ll start to recognize the same people, so be sure to greet them.
  • Practice hallway etiquette. We’re sharing the hallway space, which can offer some challenges. Because they meet in a room with tiered theater seating, they—unlike we—have no place to stand around, so are more likely to do so in the hallway.
  • You may purchase their coffee. Remember that we offer free coffee in the Mackinaw Room.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk to Kim Crozier or Teresa Colbry. They re serving as C3s liaisons. Theyll be in close contact with the Life Church liaisons so we can easily work through any issues, which will enhance Sunday mornings for both communities.

Think Hike

About 30 of us joined David Dean after the Gathering last Sunday for a Think Hike at Hemlock Crossing Park. The weather cooperated, and it provided the chance to explore nature and get to know fellow C3ers a little better, sometimes even speaking with folks with whom you had never had a previous conversation! Thanks, David, for organizing this activity!

Think Hike
Annual Board of Trustees Election Deadline 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 Buelow 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 or need further information, please contact any of the current Board members by Thursday, December 1
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.
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, 616-402-3108, or Mike and Charlotte Rozich: email, 517-918-5464.
    🆕  Chelsea, Megan, and Paul Huber shared this information and invitation: Ottawa County United Way will be dedicating a little free library in Sandy Huber’s name on the grounds of her beloved White Pines Intermediate School. At the dedication, Paul, Megan, and Chelsea Huber will also accept the G.W. Haworth Strength of the Community Award on her behalf. The award is described as “a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an organization, family, couple, or individual that exemplifies United Way’s leadership spirit of volunteering, philanthropy, and community decision making.” This award is the highest honor United Way bestows! You are invited to join the Huber family on the lawn in front of White Pines Intermediate School on Friday, November 18, at 1:30 p.m. for the dedication and award ceremony.

    Week 3@C3 for November: Greater Ottawa County United for Warmth Campaign

    Help keep families in Ottawa and Allegan counties warm during the cold weather, by providing the items suggested  below. Please note that United Way requests new or unused items. Bring the items to the Gathering on November 13, or 20

    • For men, women, and children: coats and heavy sweatshirts; flannel shirts, sweaters, and vests for layering; hats, mittens, gloves, scarves.
    • For indoors: blankets, fleece throws, warm quilts or comforters.

    Update on Dignity Kits

    Congratulations on the excellent response to the call for Dignity Kits! The folks at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) were pleased with our contribution of 57 kits,which had a cash value of $1,995. Our kits will be going to school girls in South Sudan. MCC 2023 calendars are available at the Week 3@C3 table.

    Would you like to support C3 through your purchases on Amazon?
    It’s easy using Amazon Smile! Of course, we encourage you to shop locally, when possible, but if you do find yourself using Amazon, you can support C3 using Amazon Smile. Instead of going to your usual Amazon site, go to smile.amazon.com. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com. Select your charity (C3 – West Michigan’s Inclusive Spiritual Connection) and voila!  Amazon will contribute .5% for each qualifying purchase you make! So far, C3 has received $612.70 from Amazon through this program. Need help with this process? Please contact Mark Smith.

    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. As Veterans’ Day is observed, might this be a small but significant way to remember someone who served? A Veterans’ Day donation in memory of Jack Pimm was made by Chrys Moelter-Gray.

    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.

    Vigil for Peace and Justice

    Dress for the weather and join our Vigil for Peace and Justice the next two Saturdaysfrom noon–1 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park, before we take a break for the winter. Bring a chair if sitting is more comfortable for you.  Event webpage here.

    🆕   Bell Ringers Needed

    It will soon be time to ring the bell for the 2022 Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, which supports all the programs of the local Salvation Army. These include housing for six families, a food pantry, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, utility assistance, and Pathway of Hope programs. C3ers who participated in the past felt positive about the experience. People were grateful to have us there, providing the opportunity for them to contribute to a familiar holiday act of giving. 

    We will be at Leppink’s (Ferrysburg) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 14 and 15, for one-and-a-half hour shifts. Sign up on Sundays after Gathering, or email Betty Jean Porter with your available times. It works to have only one or two at the kettle for each shift.

    C3 Men’s Group 

    The C3 Men’s Group meets each Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Harbor Drive in Grand Haven. Questions? Contact Phil Koster at 616-402-1751. Event webpage here.

    C3 Book Club and Friends

    C3 Book Club is having a Holiday Party on December 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Bookman!  Please bring a hearty appetizer, a gift of an unwrapped used book that you love, and maybe a beverage? Any questions email Joyce Cawthon. Event website here.

    January 3: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr


    Dinner and Movie Night—Tonight!

    To enhance the observation of Native American Heritage Month in November, the movie The Canary Effect will be shown at the Momentum Center’s Dinner and Movie Night on Friday, November 11. Dinner at 5 p.m. (pot luck items welcome), movie at 6 p.m.

    Oppose Book Ban in SLPS

    Charity and Shannon McMaster have filed a complaint with the ACLU of Michigan about the removal of the book Gender Queer from the Spring Lake High School library. They encourage other community members concerned about this book ban to do the same. See details here about how to take action. A complaint can also be filed with the National Coalition Against Censorship here.

    Saturday, November 12

    Noon Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)

    Sunday, November 13

    Central Park Place (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Ave., GH)

    9 a.m. Pre-Talk, in Person

    10 a.m. C3 Kids, in Woodbine Room with Miss Mary and volunteer Joyce Cawthon

    10 a.m. Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook

    • C3 Teacher: Kent Dobson
    • Music: Gabrial James
    • Meditation: Rod Van Abbema                                      

    11 a.m. Talk Back


    Tuesday, November 15

    7 p.m. C3 Men’s Group (American Legion, GH)


    Saturday, November 19

    Noon Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)


    Sunday, November 20

    Central Park Place (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Ave., GH)

    9 a.m. Pre-Talk, in Person

    10 a.m. C3 Kids, in Woodbine Room with Miss Mary and volunteer Charity McMaster

    10 a.m. Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook

    • Guest Teacher and Music: Josh Rose
    • Meditation: David Dean                                      

    11 a.m. Talk Back

    Josh Rose, teacher and singer-songwriter, will fill two roles next week, Guest Teacher and Musician. He has been with us several times before. He describes his music as “Head-in-the-Clouds” folk music, with songs that “come from your soul and etch themselves into your being.”

    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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