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?”

There’s a special treat in store for us at this week’s Gathering: new music by Folias Duo and a teaching from Carmen Maret, flutist for the Folias Duo and instructor at Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College. We are grateful to Carmen for taking on double duty this week—and at short notice! Our meditation this week comes from Margaret Willey.

All Sunday-morning C3 events take place in the Mackinaw Ballroom at Central Park Place. Pre-Talk and Awakenings start at 9 a.m. The Gathering begins at 10 a.m.; Small Bites and Talk Back follow the Gathering. C3 Kids meet at 10 a.m. in the C3 Kids’ area in the Mackinaw Room. If you aren’t able to join us in person, you can watch the Gathering online on C3’s Facebook page.

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🆕  Last Sunday’s Teaching here.  🆕  Kent Dobson’s Meditation here.

🆕  May 14 Social Event!

Make plans now to join everyone at Central Park Place’s lower level at 6 p.m. on May 14!  All three ingredients of a great time are included: wonderful people, fun music (by Funky Brewster, no less!), and delicious food. To keep everything simple, please bring appetizers or something sweet to share, if you’re able. Think: finger foods! BYOB, too! Kent will say a few words, and the evening’s emphasis will be on enjoying the C3 Community.

🆕  Good News—and a Survey!

Our members with mobility issues were able to use the downstairs entrance and the elevator last week without issue, so feel free to park on the north side of Central Park Place if you need handicap parking and access. Our Welcome Host will continue to be available at the front door to help also.

     The discussion at our Community Talk Back on April 23 provided valuable feedback for the liaison team for their meeting with the city. You should have received the Gathering Space Survey from the liaison team in your email inbox earlier this week. Every members input is valuable, so please take time to respond before Tuesday, May 9, so that the information is available for the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, May 10. 

     Our community conversation will continue. Please share any urgent concerns with our liaisons Teresa Colbry or Kim Crozier (not directly with Life Church members).

🆕  List of C3 “Longhaulers”

Earlier this year, Ellie Williams asked long-time C3 members to identify themselves, and during last week’s Gathering, the list of those members who responded and acknowledged how long they have been affiliated with C3 (or its predecessors) was distributed. That list is also available here. Please let Ellie know if you should be added to this list, and include the year your affiliation with C3 began.

C3 Kids and Noise

All of our Sunday morning activities, including Awakenings, take place in the Mackinaw Ballroom. Our C3 Kids occupy the space in the Mackinaw Room that has been partitioned off, and sometimes we will hear their voices. Let’s welcome that indication of their presence with us and let it be part of our meditation. Note: Due to noise outside the Mackinaw Room, if you must leave during the Gathering, exit through the door to the kitchen, and please refrain from exiting during the Meditation and Moment of Silence.

Week 3@C3

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our April collection of Hygiene Kits for refugees. 47 kits along with an extra 27 bars of Dial soap and 242 toothbrushes will soon be delivered to MCC headquarters in Goshen, Indiana as part of their distributing for world relief. 

     In May, we will be honoring the women and their children housed at the Residential Crisis Center at Every Woman’s Place in Muskegon. Please bring kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies—liquids, powders, bars, sprays. Paper items are NOT needed. Please consider ecologically-friendly items. And since Mother’s Day falls in May, please come with at least one package or box of individually-wrapped sweets or otherwise tasty treats or snacks—something that would be considered special and thoughtful for these moms and kids. Collection dates are May 7, 14, and 21.

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.

    🆕  Bill Klouw thanks the C3 Community for the large outpouring of kind thoughts, words, and cards in memory of Kathy Klouw

    🆕  Pam Park is looking for recommendations for someone to do light housekeeping once every two weeks. She would prefer a one or two-person service to a large cleaning company. Text her at 616-834-7461 with suggestions.

    Jeanne Shell wrote:  A huge and sincere thank you for all the cards, calls, thoughts and prayers that you extended my way during this very difficult event in my life. I’m still in the process of recovery but will be back in Michigan around the first of May to finish up that process with family around.

    🆕  Grand Haven Parks Clean-Up Blitz Next Saturday!
    Join us on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to noon for our C3-sponsored Grand Haven Parks Clean-Up Blitz. Meet at 10 a.m. at East Grand River Park parking lot (far eastern end of Franklin Avenue). We cleaned up the highway, now let’s do the same for some of our local parks! Sign up with Charlotte Rozich at the Outreach Table this morning.

    🆕  C3 at the Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration

    C3 folks were out in force at the Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration last Saturday! Several members of the team that plans and organizes the celebration are C3ers; there were several C3 members who joined the Green March; C3 had two tables at the Earth Day Fair—one for kids to plant sunflower seeds, and one to talk with visitors about C3. Our value of Environmental Sustainability is important to us! Thank you to all who worked on the celebration, attended and supported this event!

    Cindi VanIttersum and Cheryl Van Abbema



    Vigil for Peace and Justice

    Our Vigil for Peace and Justice takes place every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park. Contact Chrys Moelter-Gray for more information.

    Grand Haven Pride Festival 

    Because diversity is important to our community, Grand Haven will be celebrating its first Pride Festival from 12–8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10🆕 Watch a Channel 13 news clip about the festival here. The event will feature various shows, food trucks, and vendors. C3 has been asked to handle children’s activities and will have an area by the splash pad for story times, craft projects, and various games. If you can volunteer for an hour or two, please contact Jane Curtis.

    Thank You! 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.

    Sunday Dinner Group

    We plan to meet at The Kirby once again on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. Don’t forget to sign up before you leave the Gathering. 🆕  Please note that the May 14 Social Event will take the place of Sunday Dinner Group next week!

    C3 Book Club and Friends

    Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m. at the Bookman. Our book for that evening is Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. Looking ahead, we will be reading Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell for June 20th.

    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.

    🆕  Libraries are for Everyone!

    Check out the websites of our area libraries! There’s always something interesting going on, and so many good reads! Several have newsletters to which you can subscribe.

    Momentum Center

    • 🆕  Free Dinner and Movie Night
      Join the community for free dinner, conversation, and a movie on Friday, May 12, at the Momentum Center in Grand Haven (714 Columbus Avenue). Dinner starts at 5 p.m. (pot luck items or donations welcome, but not required) and the movie begins at 6 p.m. This month’s movie is Christopher Robin.
    • It’s that time of year again—the Momentum Center’s Prom with a Purpose on Saturday, May 20. The cost is only $25 for an evening of fun and friends, an event that is a stigma-free evening of dining, dancing, and possibly bidding on auction items, with the goal of raising funds to support the programming of the Momentum Center, but also providing an opportunity for Momentum Center members to gather and enjoy an evening of special fun with the whole community. Tickets, sponsorships, and more information here.

    LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion

    The LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion will be held in person on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Hope College, Holland, MI from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is also a virtual option. This is always a valuable experience.

    Saturday, May 6

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


    Sunday, May 7

    All events held in the Mackinaw Ballroom in Central Park Place 

    (421 Columbus Ave., GH)

    9 a.m. Pre-Talk and Awakenings

    10 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary and volunteer Eleanor Hills

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

    • Teacher: Carmen Maret
    • Music: Folias Duo
    • Meditation: Margaret Willey                             

    11 a.m. Talk Back


    Tuesday, May 9

    6 p.m.  Deadline to return the Gathering Space Survey

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


    Wednesday, May 10

    6:30 p.m.  Board of Trustees Meeting (C3 Office, 1447 Washington Ave., GH)


    Saturday, May 13

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


    Sunday, May 14

    All events held in the Mackinaw Ballroom in Central Park Place 

    (421 Columbus Ave., GH)

    9 a.m. Pre-Talk and Awakenings

    10 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary and volunteer Patti Baldus

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

    • Teacher: Kent Dobson
    • Music: Loren Johnson
    • Meditation: Nelleke Knarr                                    

    11 a.m. Talk Back

    6 p.m.   C3 Social Event, Escanaba Room in Central Park Place

    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. He’s the author of Bitten by a Camel, a memoir about his time living in Israel and his departure from the evangelical church he was pastoring.

    Loren Johnson of Grand Rapids has released several discs: Sleepsick in 2016, which rose to iTunes Top 10 best new singer-songwriter releases; Into the Morning, released just as the pandemic lockdown happened; a single, Patterns, in 2021; and a new single Winter released in January 2023. Her vision is to be creative with the people she loves in the places she adores, and have a good time doing it. 

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    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. The latest episode is a conversation with Ian MacKenzie, filmmaker and creator of The Mythic Masculine Podcast. Kent writes, “We’re experiencing a current renaissance in men’s work right now, which is so important for the health and healing of our culture. Ian has been exploring and bringing forth voices who are contributing to the conversation, and he has his own story of how the mythic masculine has been shaping his life. Check out his work here.”

    C3 Spiritual Community Office

    1447 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI  49417

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

    Becky Park, Office Manager

    Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30–2:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., or by appointment


    Automatic donations are handled by Carol Takas at Selby Accounting.

    Please direct any questions to Shannon McMaster.

    C3 Board of Trustees

    Chair: Sally Alderink

    Vice-Chair: Teresa Colbry

    Secretary: Valerie Engeltjes

    Treasurer: Shannon McMaster

    Beth Buelow

    Andy Cawthon

    Kim Crozier

    Tom Edwards

    Kathy Humphrey

    Wayne Johnson

    Rod Van Abbema

    Newsletter Submissions and Editor: Chrysteen Moelter-Gray.

    Newsletter Designer: Annie Wassmann 

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