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 are delighted to welcome back our former lead teacher, Kent Dobson, as our Guest Teacher. He will be presenting a teaching titled “The Old Will Dream, the Young Will See Visions: Renewal of the Mystical (Part One).”

Spencer LaJoye will share their musical talents with the Gathering, and Nelleke Knarr will offer a meditation.

Sunday Gathering

Come for Pre-Talk at 9 a.m. to get a jump on the rest of the group; join us at Central Park Place in Grand Haven for the Gathering at 10 a.m., which is live-streamed on C3’s Facebook page. Snack and socialize during Small Bites, then respond to the teaching at Talk Back from 11:15 to noon. C3 Kids meet in the C3 Kids’ area of the Mackinaw Room from 10 a.m. to noon.

    🆕  Join us for a Conversation Walk!

    After the Gathering on Sunday, June 30, join us for an engaging Conversation Walk at Coast Guard Park (18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg, MI 49409). We’ll meet in the parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and set out on a hike or a leisurely walk, depending on your preference. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the meaningful conversations as we explore the beautiful park together. If the weather is poor, we will reschedule for another Sunday. Questions? Contact host David Dean.

    Our last post-Gathering hike on November 6, 2022.

    🆕  Upcoming Guest Teachers 

    How nice it is to welcome Kent Dobson back to C3! He will be our Guest Teacher again next week. On June 23, Joseph Kuilema comes to C3 as Guest Teacher. He is a social worker and global studies professor who lost his job at Calvin University for officiating at the wedding of a former student (a transgender man) and their fiancé. Kuilema has filed suit against Calvin. He now is an assistant professor at GVSU and is committed to fighting for LGBTQ+ equality.

    C3 Pride T-Shirts! 🏳️‍🌈

    If you did not collect your C3 Pride t-shirts at the Gathering last Sunday, the remainders will be available to pick up at the C3 table at the Grand Haven Pride Festival on June 8 or at the Gathering on Sunday, June 9. There are a couple extra t-shirts available for $20 each.

    C3 Summer Celebration 🌞

    Mark your calendar now for C3’s Summer Celebration at Mulligan’s Hollow on Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m., when we will recognize Brad Ruggles as our Lead Teacher and Shannon McMaster as our Executive Director, among other festivities. 🆕 Look for food sign up sheets at the Gathering. Event web page here.

    C3 Kids Helpers Needed!

    Mary Crouse is our C3 Kids teacher. She needs a helper each Sunday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Mary plans the morning schedule and leads the activities. She needs a second adult with her for support and to accompany kids to the restroom down the hall. There are five women currently on the rotation to help Mary. We need three more volunteers, so that each person only needs to take a turn every eight weeks. Please consider joining this essential team. Men are also encouraged to volunteer!  Contact Sally Alderink.

    🆕  No Vigil for Peace and Justice This Saturday

    Please note that there will be no Vigil on June 8, so that everyone can attend or volunteer at the Pride Festival 🏳️‍🌈. The Vigil for Peace and Justice will resume on June 15 and continue every Saturday (except for Coast Guard Week) through November, along Washington Avenue at Central Park, from noon to 1 p.m.

    Week 3@ C3 for June

    We will support The Green Valley Samaritans, members of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Sahuarita, AZ, who work to relieve the suffering of migrants and asylum seekers in the borderlands of Sonora, Mexico, and southern Arizona. They do desert searches for stranded migrants, maintain water drop stations, provide for El Comedor migrant station and assist at the Welcome Center in Tucson. Our monetary gifts will support general expenses of water, food, blankets, clothing and first aid. Cash, checks, and credit card donations are accepted. Make checks out to C3, with “Green Valley Samaritans” in the memo line. Donations may be deposited in the donation boxes at the Gathering, credit card donations can be made with Chase at the sound table, or checks can be sent to the C3 office, PO Box 371, Grand Haven, MI 49417. Be sure to indicate clearly that the gift is for GVS.

    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.

    🆕 Chase Gue and Family are repairing their home after significant water damage due to a plumbing issue. If you would like to offer some assistance to them during this difficult time while they are in the midst of renovations, Meijer gift cards would be appreciated.

    Mary Jane Montgomery is at home recovering from a recent surgery. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 722, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

    Pam Park had surgery on a smashed thumb on Wednesday. Dinner donations would be appreciated. Call to coordinate. Cards may be sent to 11682 152nd Avenue.

    Want to make your life easier and more predictable?

    •   Why not put your donations to C3 on autopilot?

    •   No more having to remember to send a check!

    •   No more trying to remember — did I or didn’t I?

    •   It is a secure and easy set up — just call Carol Takas at Selby Accounting. Please direct any questions to Andy Cawthon.

    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

    Join us on Sunday evenings for the Sunday Dinner Group! We meet at 5:30 p.m. Sign up on the sheet at the Membership table before you leave the Gathering.

    Women’s Journey

    Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17, at The Bookman. Come prepared with a joke, a summer recipe, and a favorite travel memory to share.

    C3 Book Club and Friends

    Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. at The Bookman will be our meeting to discuss Sisters Under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris.

    C3 Men’s Group

    The C3 Men’s Group provides a valuable time for men to meet and talk with each other. Feel free to join them on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Room B, in Grand Haven. Questions? Call Phil Koster.

    🆕  The Diatribe Newsletter

    Catch up with what is happening with The Diatribe here.

    Metal Recycling at First Church Grand Haven

    First Grand Haven Christian Reformed Church has an comprehensive metal and appliance recycling program. For an extensive list of accepted items, click here.

    Community Events for Your Consideration 
    Click on the links for more information.

      VIP Volunteer Needed—Early Notice 

      The Momentum Center will host the annual Santa in Centertown celebration on December 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A volunteer is needed to play Santa Claus. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in this very important job, please contact Jenna at the Momentum Center.

      Saturday, June 8 ️‍ 

      Noon to 9 p.m. 🏳️‍🌈 Grand Haven Pride Festival (Lynn Sherwood Waterfront Stadium)

      Sunday, June 9

      9 a.m. Pre-Talk & Awakenings

      10 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary and volunteer Char Kole

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

         • Guest Teacher: Kent Dobson

         • Music: Spencer LaJoye

         • Meditation: Nelleke Knarr 

      11 a.m. Talk Back

      Tuesday, June 11

      7 p.m.  C3 Men’s Group (Room B, St. John’s Episcopal Church, GH)


      Saturday, June 15

      12 p.m. Vigil for Peace and Justice (Central Park, GH)


      Sunday, June 16

      9 a.m. Pre-Talk & Awakenings

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

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

         • Guest Teacher: Kent Dobson

         • Music: The Rough & Tumble

         • Meditation: Andy Cawthon 

      11 a.m. Talk Back

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      Kent Dobson is a wilderness guide, podcaster and author. He worked for the church as a pastor, and at C3 as the lead teacher.  He cares about questions of the Soul, the mystery of the Divine, and about a culture more connected to the Sacred.

      The Rough and Tumble are songwriters and storytellers, Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler will have you in stitches one minute and falling apart at the seams the next. Their voices fluctuate between power and delicacy, demonstrating restraint while sinking the accelerator to give each song its due. Their close-harmony weaves interchangeably. They aren’t afraid to take an audience from the lighthearted to the gut wrenching, and they do it seamlessly, with care for their listeners and integrity to their craft.

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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

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      Becky Park, Office Manager

      Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 noon – 2:30 p.m., or by appointment.

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      Brad Ruggles, Lead Teacher

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      Automatic donations are handled by Carol Takas, 616-613-3222, at Selby Accounting.

      Please direct any questions to Andy Cawthon


      C3 Board of Trustees

      Chair: Teresa Colbry

      Vice-Chair: Tod Wyn

      Secretary: Beth Buelow

      Treasurer: Andy Cawthon


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