After three weeks with excellent guest teachers (Kent Dobson and Joe Kuilema), we are pleased that C3 Lead Teacher Brad Ruggles steps back into the teacher role. His teaching will be Unfolding: An Invitation to Surrender to Life’s Flow. This gives us a good opportunity to become better acquainted with Brad again! 

Grand Rapids musician Molly brings her special style and music, and Rod Van Abbema will share a meditation with us.


This Sunday’s Gathering will take place at Central Park Place (Mackinaw Ballroom, 421 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417). The schedule begins with Pre-Talk at 9 a.m. The C3 Kids session with Miss Mary runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The main Gathering, which will be available both in person and via livestream on Facebook, begins at 10 a.m., and is followed by Talk Back, which concludes at noon. Join us for any or all parts of the morning! Teaching archive here and Meditation archive here.


Simplified Newsletter Format and Early Submission Deadline

You’ll notice the simplified format of today’s C3 Update. This is a result of experimentation to simplify the newsletter creation and formatting procedure. Any news items to be included usually should be submitted to Chrys Moelter-Gray by Wednesday morning. However, due to the July 4 holiday next week, please get anything to be included in either the C3 Update or C3 Matters to Chrys and Becky by Monday, July 1.

Let’s Walk (and Talk)! 

After the Gathering this Sunday, June 30, join us for an engaging Conversation Walk at Coast Guard Park (18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg, MI 49409). Park where you like, and meet up at the white Coast Guard marker at the trailhead at 12:30 p.m. We will set out on a hike or a leisurely walk, depending on your preference. Remember to wear or bring your hiking shoes! 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.

A Note from Patti about Small Bites

We have had some wonderful spontaneous donations for our Small Bites table, beyond those that our regular volunteers bring in. Thank you so much! I just have a very simple request. If you (very generously) bring in something for Small Bites, please leave a note on it with your name, so I can give you credit for the donation, and so I know to whom to return the plate. Thank you.

C3 Summer Celebration! 

Don’t miss the highlight of the summer, our C3 Summer Celebration! On Thursday, July 18, 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 Outreach Table at the Gathering. Event web page here.

Awakenings on Pause this Summer

Awakenings will not meet on Sunday mornings this summer. The fall schedule is yet to be determined.



Pride Vigil for Peace and Justice Saturdays in June 

Join us in celebrating Pride Month and Juneteenth at the PRIDE Vigil for Peace & Justice this Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. on Washington Avenue at Central Park in Grand Haven.


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 was held at VanZantwick’s Grand Haven chapel on Monday, June 24. Condolences may be sent to Jeff at 16045 Harbor Point Dr. Spring Lake, 49456. Read her obituary here.

Connie Farell was admitted to Trinity Hospital Friday, June 21, and received IV fluids for dehydration. Options for continuing care are being explored as the newsletter is being prepared.

Amy Hodson, mother of Dave (Susan) Hodson, died on June 13 in Muskegon. Notes of support and condolence can be sent to Dave and Susan at 2880 Rolling Hills Court, Hudsonville 49426. Her obituary can be read here.

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.



Sunday Dinner Group at the Park

For the summer, the Sunday Dinner Group will meet at William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic items, or stop and pick up some take-out food on the way! No need to sign up—just come!

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.

C3 Book Club and Friends

Book Club continues to meet at The Bookman at 6:30 p.m. through the summer.

July 23: The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

August 27: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

September 24: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman

Women ’s Journey

Women’s Journey will adjourn for the summer.



Your ongoing support of C3 is greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made here. Automatic donations can be set up by contacting Carol Takas, 616-613-3222, 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.


Charter for Compassion

Week 3@C3 

Thank you to all who contributed to the Green Valley Samaritans. We collected $1,002!

Please note we take a break from Week 3@C3 in July. The August project will be announced at the end of July.


Values in Action

Community Events for Your Consideration 

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    Saturday, June 29

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


    Sunday, June 30

    9 a.m. Pre-Talk

    10 a.m. C3 Kids with Joyce Cawthon and volunteer Sally Alderink

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

       • Lead Teacher: Brad Ruggles

       • Music: Molly

       • Meditation: Rod Van Abbema

    11 a.m. Talk Back

    12:30 p.m. Conversation Walk (Coast Guard Park, 18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg, MI 49409)

    Monday, July 1

    12 p.m. Submit Announcements for this week’s publications


    Tuesday, July 2

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


    Saturday, July 6

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


    Sunday, July 7

    9 a.m. Pre-Talk

    10 a.m. C3 Kids with Miss Mary and volunteer Ryan Cotton

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

       • Lead Teacher: Brad Ruggles

       • Music: Ruth and Max Bloomquist

       • Meditation: Karri Absenger

    11 a.m. Talk Back


    Brad Ruggles, our lead teacher, is a former pastor that deconstructed and later left the faith he was raised in after 18 years in ministry. He and his wife Lisa enjoy adventuring and traveling with their two adult daughters. Brad ’s interests are diverse and include backpacking, meditation, breathwork, yoga, sport kiting, and photography.

    Ruth and Max Bloomquist need no introduction for most C3 people. They have played for us often for many years. Ruth and Max have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart. Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.


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    frontdesk [at] c3westmichigan [dot] org


    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.