We are thrilled and so looking forward to hearing from special Guest Teacher Casper ter Kuile. This Facebook Premiere event can be viewed Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on our Facebook page. Video viewing does not require a Facebook login, and the video can also be viewed anytime after the event on our YouTube Channel.

Stay tuned after the teaching for a special conversation between Casper and Kent Dobson. If you haven’t already heard it, you might want to click here to listen to an interview Kent had this week with Shelley Irwin on WGVU’s Morning Show!

Talk Back via Zoom takes place at 11:00 a.m. Join in to share your reactions, opinions, questions, or experiences.

Music for the morning will be provided by Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, also known as The Rough & Tumble. They have been with us before. They always contribute great music!

C3 News

In-Person Gathering Update We continue planning to gather safely in person, but that will not happen on May 2, as we had hoped. We are watching the trend of COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and vaccination percentages in Ottawa County; the current trend is going down from a peak seven days ago, and we want that trend to continue. We are monitoring current CDC guidelines, Community Center processes, and orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The latest MDHHS order was extended through May 24. Because of the frequent changes in conditions and guidelines, scheduling all the pieces for an in-person gathering is tentative. Our goal is to have a few key things in place so we are ready to move quickly when we are able. Please know that we will post a date here with as much notice as possible; we are working on safety protocols, in general and for the kids; we will be wearing masks. We are eager to see each other again! And we want the process for making that happen to be as transparent as possible. Please contact me with any questions you have. Looking forward to being in community again. Charity McMaster, Chair, Board of Trustees

Grow the Meditation Team

Each week on Wednesday we are inspired by the reflections shared by a member of C3. Right now, our team is small and we would love to add more voices. It’s pretty simple—all you do is record your short, informal talk using your own device. Then we will be sure it gets to Facebook and the C3 website. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Rod Van Abbema.

C3 Groups

C3 and Friends Book Discussion Group

With the arrival of spring, we hope to gather in person at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 (one week later than originally scheduled, due to elections on May 4), to discuss The Round House by Louise Erdrich, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. “The Round House follows the story of Joe Coutts, a 13-year-old boy who has become frustrated with the poor investigation into his mother’s gruesome attack and sets out to find his mother’s attacker with the help of his best friends, Cappy, Angus, and Zack. Like most of Erdrich’s other works, The Round House is set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.” (Wikipedia) Erdrich herself was raised on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, and one of the themes of the novel is the problems of reservation versus state and federal government prosecution over crimes involving reservation residents.
Tuesday, June 1: 50 Words for Rain: A Novel by Asha Lemmie

C3 Men’s Group

The C3 Men’s Group meets via Zoom on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and invites you to join them. Call Phil Koster at 616-402-1751 for the Zoom sign-in information.

C3 Outreach

We Need a Crew for Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup!
Due to the threat of rain, our work session to clean up our section of US-31 has been rescheduled from tomorrow (Saturday) to Sunday, May 25, at 1:00 p.m. We will need all the help we can get! It’s a mess! The weather for Sunday looks much nicer, and the later start will allow us to join the Virtual Gathering with Casper ter Kuile and Talk Back via Zoom Sunday morning, before meeting in the GH Community Center parking lot at 1:00 to car pool or caravan to our assigned location. Wear gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and please watch the safety video beforehand. Please let Mary Ackerson know if you’ll be able to join the crew!

Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration

The traditional Earth Day Lakeshore Celebration will not be held this year, but check out this beautiful poster by local artist Christi Dreese to help us all remember that loving our Earth and taking good care of it is OUR responsibility.

And do you remember this awesome Earth Day Kids’ project, spearheaded by Phil Magnan? It’s hanging in the Loutit Library now, and also reminds us that we care for our earth home!

Vigil for Peace and Justice

C3 continues to join Stand for Peace Michigan in hosting the Vigil for Peace and Justice each Saturday from noon–1:00 p.m. at the northwest corner of US-31 and Jackson Street. This is one way that C3 can demonstrate our value of Compassionate Action. Everyone is welcome to join us, either standing, or by bringing a chair to sit. We keep practicing safe physical distancing and wear masks. We have signs, or you can bring one of your own!

Please note that beginning next week on May 1, we will return to Washington Avenue in Central Park, which is a more family-friendly venue.

News from CCD

Several C3 members volunteer in the variety of programs and services offered by the Coalition for Community Development in Muskegon Heights. Recently, Kerri VanderHoff (CCD Executive Director) shared this news about what’s happening in MH with our Outreach Team. If one of their programs piques your interest, contact Jane and she can point you in the right direction to get involved.

Show Up to Eliminate Stigma!

Prom With a Purpose: A Bright Future is one month away on Friday, May 21! This will be a hybrid event: outdoors (tented) at Trillium (6:00 – 10:00 p.m.) or join in virtually at home! Tickets are available now—just $25 for a night of fun, food, dancing, silent auction, and a cash bar. The link provides all the details about the different options. If you can attend in person, you’ll certainly enjoy mixing and meeting with Momentum Center members, families, sponsors and friends. If you want to attend virtually, consider making it an event at home with your “pod”, or invite a few of your vaccinated friends, pick up the dinner catered by Trillium at the Momentum Center, and tune in online. Bid on some of the exciting silent auction items. All of these activities support the Momentum Center’s work to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, addictions, and disabilities.