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?”

We’re pleased to welcome Kent Dobson back from his training in Colorado with Animas Valley Institute. This week he continues with Transcend and Include–Part Two: Right and Left and Wonder. Longtime C3 favorites Ruth and Max Bloomquist will play and sing for us (as we hum or sing along), and Bob Kleinheksel provides our meditation.

All C3 Sunday-morning 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.  🆕  Last Sunday’s Meditation here.

Kent Dobson May 14, 2023

C3 Honors Diversity at Grand Haven Pride Festival 

June 10 is fast approaching! GH Pride Festival features shows, food trucks, vendors and adult beverages at the Waterfront Stadium area. C3 will host the Kids’ Activities on that day, near the Splash Pad from noon to 6 p.m. We have a Bounce House, Face Painting (thank you Suzie and Joyce), lots of crafts, yard games, a bubble machine, and more. If you’re willing to volunteer for an hour or two, please go to Grand Haven Pride and sign up for Kids’ Activities. Contact Sarah Jacobs  or Jane Curtis with questions.

     Our Sunday Gathering on June 11 will also be centered on Pride, with special guest musician Emilee Petersmark and a teaching from Kent.

🆕  Supporting the Billboard Project

If you have pledged support for the Billboard Project, we thank you for your support. If you have pledged, but have not fulfilled your donation, head to the table at the Gathering, staffed with people who can accept your donation as cash, check, or credit card. 

Music being played at C3 social event.

News from the BOT: Team Formed to Fill New Position

At the May 10 Board of Trustees meeting, the Transition Team—Teresa Colbry, Bob Kleinheksel, and Shannon McMaster—presented their recommendations based on answering the question: “What will C3 look like in one year?” The first step they recommend C3 take is to hire an Executive Director.  

     In the short-term, hiring an Executive Director will help with securing our gathering space and the search for a new Lead Teacher. Long-term, this person will support the sustainability and growth of our community by working with the board and volunteers on fundraising, marketing, outreach, and membership activities.

     Kathy Humphrey will lead the Executive Director Search Team, which includes Teresa Colbry, Beth Buelow, Jeff Crandle, Wayne Johnson, and Dick Kamischke. Kim Crozier will serve as needed. They will implement the hiring plan with the goal of bringing recommendations to the Board in three months or less. At that time, they may present candidates and/or propose hiring a consulting firm.

     If you would like to know more about the Executive Director position or would like to recommend a possible candidate, please contact any member of the committee. 

Submitting Information for the C3 Update 

Newsletter submission are normally sent to Chrys Moelter-Gray but for the weeks of June 4 and 11, please send all announcements to Annie Wassmann instead. Thanks!

🆕  Week 3@C3 for June: Kids Food Basket–Muskegon

KFB–Muskegon will receive our support in June. Their wish list is here:

fruit cups or pouches

pudding cups

meat sticks (i.e. Slim Jims, approx. .28 oz sticks)

8-pound or extra-large brown lunch bags

bulk items to make KFB Trail Mix—Cheerios, Pretzels, cheese crackers. 

Off-brands are fine! Keep in mind, KFB avoids serving items with peanuts or tree nuts in the ingredient list. Bring items on June 4, 11, and 18.

Vigil for Peace and Justice

Our Vigil for Peace and Justice continues to be held by a few stalwarts each Saturday from noon–1 p.m. along Washington Avenue at Central Park in Grand Haven. Newcomers are encouraged to join!

May Newsletter from Our Outreach Partner HFP

Humanity for Prisoners introduces the organization’s new Executive Director, Mark D. Hartman. In addition to an impressive professional and educational resumé, he also brings lived experience as an incarcerated person to this organization, which exists to work on behalf of people in Michigan prisons. Read about Mark and other new faces at HFP here.

🆕  Sunday Dinner Group at Ted’s

We won’t be back at the Kirby on Sunday evening! Those interested in dining out will meet at Ted’s in Spring Lake at 5:30. Please sign up at the Membership Table before leaving the Gathering!

C3 Book Club and Friends

Our Tuesday, June 20 meeting focuses on Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Meet at The Bookman at 6 p.m. We’re reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman for Tuesday, July 18.

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.

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.

🆕  On May 23, C3 member Sandy Huber was posthumously awarded the GW Haworth Strength of the Community Award by United Way at “her” White Pines Intermediate School. A Little Free Library was also dedicated there in her name. Add a couple books to the collection and think of Sandy!   

Donations of Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Funds

Did you know that we are now able to accept donations of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds? When you donate stock to charity, you’ll generally take a tax deduction for the full fair market value. Because you are donating stock, your contribution and tax deduction may instantly increase over 20% or more, depending on your tax situation and any gains in the value of the stock. If this sounds like an option for you, please talk to your financial services representative, and if you have any questions re: process, please contact 

Shannon McMaster, Treasurer.

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.

Save Your C3 Bulletin for Half-Off Baseball Seats

Keep your eye on the Whitecap Baseball schedule for Tuesday Bulletin Nights. Get half-off all bowl seats, including premium seats, when you show a worship or community bulletin. Limit 8 tickets per bulletin.

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.

LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion: The Power of Belonging

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) presents the 18th Summit on Race and Inclusion: The Power of Belonging! at Hope College in Holland on June 7,  from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 2023 Summit is a hybrid event; you can attend either in-person or virtually. Register here.  Black Man, a unique documentary film produced by Muskegon native, Jon Covington, about Black men in Muskegon County, will be shown as a keynote.

Saturday, May 27

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


Sunday, May 28

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 Joyce Cawthon and volunteer Sandy Kate Stephens

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

  • Teacher: Kent Dobson
  • Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist
  • Meditation: Bob Kleinheksel                           

11 a.m. Talk Back

5:30 p.m.  Dinner Group (Ted’s, 14977 Cleveland St., SL)


Tuesday, May 30

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


Saturday, June 3

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


Sunday, June 4

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 Charity McMaster

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

  • Teacher: Michael DeWilde
  • Music: Annagail
  • Meditation: Beth Buelow                           

11 a.m. Talk Back

5:30 p.m.  Dinner Group (TBD)

Michael DeWilde, a core Guest Teacher at C3, is the director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative in the Seidman College of Business, as well as a full professor in the Management Department at GVSU. He holds an MTS from Harvard University and did his undergraduate work at William James College (GVSU) in Michigan. His research and teaching interests include the impact of social capital on civic and economic well-being, neuroethics, and the use of roleplaying in business pedagogy.

 Annagail has always defied and stretched genres, equal parts singer/songwriters and rock band. Thinking man’s Americana. Pop for philosophers? Country for the curious? Rock for the recluse? Whatever you call them, Annagail weave heartache and hope for the disillusioned.

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Lead Teacher Kent Dobson

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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

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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