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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?”

Michael DeWilde, one of our frequent and favorite guest teachers, will be with us this Sunday. He will contribute Modern Mystics and the Fulfillment of (a Misfit) Humanity to our current series of Saints, Mystics, and Misfits. We have a “new” musician coming to play at C3 this week, Hannah Laine. Charlotte Rozich will give the meditation, adding a new voice in this role—thanks, Charlotte!

Will you join us this week at Central Park Place (formerly Grand Haven Community Center)? Pre-Talk is at 9 a.m. in the Woodbine Room, the Gathering in the Mackinaw Room begins at 10 a.m., and Talk Back follows the Gathering at 11 a.m. C3 Kids meet at 10 in the Woodbine Room. If you can’t join us in person, you can watch online on C3’s Facebook page.

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Sunday Gathering Information hereAdditional Resources here
🆕  Last Sunday Teaching here. 
Meditation here.

👏 Welcome Our New Office Manager!

We are happy to announce that Becky Park will begin orientation as our new C3 Office Manager on Monday! As many of you know, Becky has a long history with C3. She is excited to begin a new chapter with us and looks forward to connecting with everyone. She will work part-time at the C3 office, and continue her part-time work at The Bookman. She will need some time to learn the ins and outs of the job, and office hours will be determined in the next few weeks. Welcome, Becky!

Would you take five minutes to help promote C3?

Type “C3 West Michigan” into Google’s search engine and leave us a review! Whether you attend our Gatherings in person or watch online, you can help us spread the word about our community. Reviews can be of any length or simply give us your star rating. Reviews can also be “liked.” Our goal is to reach 150 reviews in 2023. Thanks for helping us out.

Save the Date!

The C3 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 19. We typically give the community a report on the state of things, vote on acceptance of a budget for the year, vote on new Trustees for the board, affirm membership, and happily recognize one person’s extraordinary contributions with the Phil Koster Meritorious Service award.

Year-End Finance Update

As a result of your ongoing financial support and the Finance Team’s meticulous eye on expenses, we ended the year with a balanced budget and we begin 2023 on strong financial footing. The year-end campaign goal was $20,000, and you exceeded that with contributions of $22,000! THANK YOU!!!   
—Mark Smith, Treasurer

Year-End Finance Update

As a result of your ongoing financial support and the Finance Team’s meticulous eye on expenses, we ended the year with a balanced budget and we begin 2023 on strong financial footing. The year-end campaign goal was $20,000, and you exceeded that with contributions of $22,000! THANK YOU!!!   —Mark Smith, Treasurer

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.

    Georganna Klemp, daughter of C3 members Bill and Karen Klemp, died on January 11. Her obituary can be read hereCards may be sent to Karen, Bill, and Georganna’s daughter Emma at 15901 Leonard Road, Spring Lake, MI 49456.

    Lowell and Mary VanDeRiet sent this message: Many thanks to all of our old friends at C3 who took the time to send us cheerful Christmas Greetings! We are both doing well for our age, except for Lowell’s major hearing and memory loss.  He always remains cheerful and content, which is a huge blessing for both of us. We love to see how well C3 is doing and the wonderful things that you accomplish for the community.

    We received this note from Kathleen and Justin Kleaveland: Thank you so very much for the beautiful poinsettia plant and for all the many Christmas Greetings. You all are so very generous. At almost 90 + 99 we are doing quite well. Love, Kathleen & Justin

    🆕  Connie Farell has a clean home, thanks to these hard-working, compassionate women! Left to right are Cheryl Van Abbema, Connie, Mary Jane Montgomery, Patti Baldus, and Becky Park. This one-time cleaning party will help Connie and those who visit feel more comfortable.

    Use your IRA and/or Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to support C3

    Would you like to save money on your taxes and support C3 at the same time? You can use money in your IRA to contribute directly to a charitable organization like C3, without it being considered a taxable distribution. The same applies if you are required to take an RMD. Be certain to consult with your tax advisor or financial representative as it is important to understand the process and follow the appropriate guidelines.

    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.

    No Week [email protected] in January

    We’re taking a break for January! There will be no Week [email protected] collection this month, but Week [email protected] resumes in February.

    🆕  Momentum Center Volunteers

    A number of C3 members volunteer in a variety of ways at the Momentum Center, and there is always ample opportunity to spend some time in a volunteer role there, either for ongoing tasks, or as occasional helpers. Some examples of ongoing tasks include staffing the Momentum Café, helping out at weekly events, mentoring members, or offering a class or instruction to members. Occasional tasks include accompanying members on outings, and planning or helping at special events. Take a look at the volunteer page for ideas about what kinds of opportunities to volunteer are available. The volunteer registration also gives an extensive list of volunteer tasks. Would you like to help eliminate stigma in our community?

    C3 Book Club and Friends

    Join us at The Bookman at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, for our discussion about The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (which is available on Hoopla).

    March 7: Apeirogon by Colum McCann

    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.

    🆕  Community Involvement

    Our Core Values at C3 guide us, and challenge us to define and live a good life. A review of the Core Values at the link indicates several areas in which C3 promotes involvement in the greater community. Are you among the West Michiganders concerned about the adverse effects of Ottawa Impact in the county? To learn more, several groups are listed here to explore. Local TV channels and the Holland Sentinel have also provided significant coverage.

    Muskegon Museum of Art Postcard Salon 2023 Here’s another opportunity to stretch your creative wings! The popular Postcard Salon event returns for 2023. Join in by creating your own cards for the show and attending the party on April 20. All postcards will be on sale for $30 each, so show them, sell them, and buy them. Cards due: February 24, 2023. Exhibition: March 30 – April 21, 2023. Salon Reception: Thursday, April 20, 5:30-8:00 pm (Sale starts at 6:30 pm)
     

    Attention, Writers of All Ages!

    The Bookman is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Snowbound Writers’ Contest through January 31, 2023! All writers who live in Ottawa or Muskegon County are eligible to submit a short story or poem connected to the theme of TIME, in particular as it relates to the following quotation: “I wish it need not have happened in my time.” – Frodo Baggins, “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Surely some of the gifted writers among our C3 family will find this an entertaining and timely challenge, considering the recent change in Ottawa County government!

    Momentum Center Happenings

    — Implicit Bias Training

    Understanding Perspectives, a program in implicit bias training, will be held in person from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 23, at the Momentum Center in Grand Haven. The training is limited to the first 35 people to register.

    — Registration Now Open for Civil Rights Road Trip

    The second Civil Rights Road Trip has been scheduled for April 24-27, 2023An informational meeting will be held at the Holland Momentum Center on February 16 at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

    Sunday, January 22

    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 Patti Baldus

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

    • Guest Teacher: Michael DeWilde
    • Music: Hannah Laine
    • Meditation: Charlotte Rozich                                     

    11 a.m. Talk Back

     

    Tuesday, January 24

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

     

    Sunday, January 29

    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: Ruth and Max Bloomquist
    • Meditation: Margaret Willey                                     

    11 a.m. Talk Back

    Kent Dobson has been the lead teacher at C3 since 2017. He’s also in the guide-in-training program at Animas Valley Institute in Colorado, an organization specializing in wilderness intensives. Kent leads Israel study tours, wilderness retreats, and has his own podcast called Hints and Guesses.

    Ruth and Max Bloomquist bring Ruth’s award winning abilities as a songwriter and singer and Max’s harmony and touch on the upright bass, to share their heart-touching, 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.

    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

     

    Newsletter Submissions and Editor: Chrysteen Moelter-Gray

    Newsletter Designer: Annie Wassmann

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