This week, we’re pleased to welcome back Guest Teacher Kent Dobson for the second part of The Old Will Dream, the Young See Visions: Renewal of the Mystical. Musical performances will be provided by Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, known as The Rough & Tumble, and Andy Cawthon will present the meditation.

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?”

This Sunday’s Gathering

Central Park Place (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417)

  • 9 a.m. Pre-Talk
  • 10 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary
  • 10 a.m. Gathering, In Person + Livestream on Facebook
  • 11 a.m. Talk Back

Last Week’s Gathering


      🆕  Awakenings on Pause this Summer Awakenings will not meet on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. this summer. The fall schedule is yet to be determined.

      LET’S WALK (and talk)! 

      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.

      C3 Summer Celebration! 🌞

      Mark Thursday, July 18, as the C3 Summer Celebration! We will recognize Brad Ruggles as our Lead Teacher and Shannon McMaster as our Executive Director with a potluck supper at Mulligan’s Hollow.  Look for the 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.

      Just for Fun, Remember This? 👀 


      🆕  Pride Festival Wrap Up

      A big thank you to everyone who helped staff our booth during the Grand Haven Pride Festival last weekend. Your efforts sparked many interesting conversations with visitors. We also appreciate all the C3 volunteers and attendees who made the event a success, despite the late afternoon rain. It was a great day for C3!

      Cheryl Van Abbema, Jeff Crandle, Joyce & Andy Cawthon, and Karen Cotton in the C3 Pride Fest booth.

      Wood TV8 opened their video coverage of Pride Fest with a shot of the C3 booth signage! Pretty neat!

      🆕  Pride Vigil for Peace and Justice Saturdays in June 

      Join us in celebrating Pride Month and participate in the PRIDE Vigil for Peace & Justice every remaining Saturday in June from noon to 1 p.m. on Washington Avenue in Grand Haven.

      🆕  Humanity for Prisoners June Newsletter

      Click here to read the monthly HFP newsletter.

      Charter for Compassion

      One Chance Left for June’s Week 3@C3 

      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.

      Care and Concern

      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.

      🆕  Lois Bennett, mother of Pete (Julia) Bennett passed away June 7. Services were held June 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake. Condolences may be sent to Pete and Julia at 13987 Lincoln Ave., Grand Haven. Read her obituary here.

      🆕  Jeff Crandle’s mother, Nancy, passed away June 2. A memorial service will be held at VanZantwick’s Grand Haven chapel on Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. Condolences may be sent to Jeff at 16045 Harbor Point Dr. Spring Lake, 49456. Read her obituary here.

      🆕  Connie Farrell is now residing at Lakewood Nursing and rehab after a fall at home. Room 4, Bed 1, 1684 Vulcan St. Muskegon 49442.

      Chase Gue and his family are repairing their home after significant water damage caused by a plumbing issue. If you would like to assist them during this challenging time, Meijer gift cards would be greatly appreciated.

      Pam Park is continuing her recovery from surgery on a smashed thumb. Cooking is challenging for her and Jean, so dinner donations would be greatly appreciated. Please call to coordinate.

      Tom and Kathy Tosa‘s son, Michael, continues to undergo rehabilitation after his motocross accident in May. He is expected to be transferred to the next hospital this week for a focused 3-4 week rehab program. 🆕  After an extended stay to assist her son, Kathy returned home this week.


      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

      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 Monday!

      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!

      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.

      Values in Action

      🆕  Juneteenth Freedom Festival celebrates Black voices

      The fourth annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 2-7 p.m. at Kollen Park in Holland. The event will honor history, celebrate resilience, and embrace the spirit of Juneteenth. More here.

      🆕  Grand Haven Pride Volunteer Thank You Party

      To show their appreciation, the organizers of Pride festival are hosting a Volunteer Thank You Party on Saturday, June 18, at The Unicorn Tavern. If you volunteered last Saturday, keep an eye on your inbox for your invitation.

      🆕  Silence the Violence March

      Join St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Gun Violence Prevention Team for the Silence the Violence March on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. in Central Park, Grand Haven. Participants will march from Central Park to the church, featuring honored guests Gun Violence Survivor Amedy Dewey and Legislative Advocate Rosemary Bayer. All are welcome to join.

      The Diatribe Newsletter

      Catch up with what is happening with The Diatribe here.

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

      • Every MondaySummer Author Series, June 3–August 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
      • June 14Free Dinner and Movie Night (Barbie!) at the Momentum Center
      • June 25: League of Women Voters In-Person Primary Education Event, Central Park Place, 6:30 p.m. 


        Saturday, June 15

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


        Sunday, June 16

        9 a.m. Pre-Talk

        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


        Monday, June 17

        6:30 p.m. Woman’s Journey (The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave., GH) 

        Tuesday, June 18

        6:30 p.m. C3 Book Club and Friends (The Bookman (715 Washington Ave., GH)

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


        Wednesday, June 19

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


        Saturday, June 22

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


        Sunday, June 23

        9 a.m. Pre-Talk

        10 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary and volunteer Charity McMaster

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

           • Guest Teacher: Joseph Kuilema

           • Music: Nelleke Knarr

           • Meditation: Charlotte Rozich

        11 a.m. Talk Back

        June 11 Banner

        Joseph Kuilema (he/him) is an assistant professor of social work at Grand Valley State University. He taught at Calvin University until 2022, when he was fired after officiating a Queer wedding for a former student. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and three children. 

        Nelleke Knarr is a longtime C3 member, who has lived in SW Michigan for 18 years. She has studied piano since the age of 10, has a BS in Music Therapy, and many years experience as a teacher, accompanist, music director, and performer. Given her love of beautiful, moving pieces, her favorite styles are contemporary & traditional classical, movie soundtracks, Broadway and New Age. 

        Additional Resources

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        C3 Website>Values (printable list here)

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        🆕  Last Week’s Update and Bulletin

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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

        616-842-1985 (number can receive text messages)


        Becky Park, Office Manager

        Weekday office hours by appointment.


        Shannon McMaster, Executive Director

        smcmaster [at] c3westmichigan [dot] org


        Brad Ruggles, Lead Teacher

        brad [at] c3westmichigan [dot] org


        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


        Tabitha Blanski

        Karen Cotton

        Kim Crozier

        Cheri Eshenaur

        Kathy Humphrey

        Wayne Johnson

        Rod Van Abbema


        Newsletter Submissions and Editor: Chrysteen Moelter-Gray News items 

        to be included in the C3 Update should be submitted by Wednesday morning.