Our series Meaning Matters: 12 Words/12 Months enters its eighth month, and C3 Teacher Kent Dobson begins to delve into the meaning of Prayer as the merry month of May begins. This teaching can be seen first at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning on C3’s Facebook page. (Video viewing does not require a Facebook login). If you aren’t able to tune in for the premiere of this teaching, the video can also be watched any time after the event on C3’s YouTube Channel.

Kate Pillsbury joins us with her considerable talents as our musical guest this week.

Talk Back via Zoom starts at 11:00 a.m. This unique C3 practice usually gathers about 20 people who react to the day’s teaching with questions, life stories, opinions, or just quiet listening. If you haven’t tried it yet, please click the link and join in!

C3 News

Treasurer’s Quarterly Update

Thanks to your generous donations, C3 had a sound financial first quarter of 2021. Our virtual existence meant that revenues continued to exceed expenses. The next quarter will see our costs increase as the marketing team works to raise our visibility and reach by means of an updated website and enhanced social media presence (look for announcements in the coming months). Additionally, as we’re able to move back to in-person gatherings, we’ll once again have venue and contractor expenses re-introduced into our budget. We’re confident in our ability to transition back responsibly as the year unfolds; that confidence is largely due to your continued financial support of the C3 community! If you have any questions about our budget or donating to C3, please contact me at treasurer@c3westmichigan.org. Thank you!

In-Person Gathering Update

We continue planning to gather safely in person, but that will not happen this week, as we had hoped. We are watching the trend of COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and vaccination percentages in Ottawa County; the trend continues downward, and we want to keep it going down. 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 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

What a clean-up crew!

Many thanks to Mary and Skip Ackerson for organizing a very successful Adopt-A-Highway cleanup effort! Following  a yearlong, covid-driven sabbatical, the crew was back last Sunday. Most of our veterans were there, along with several new volunteers, making for a total of 26 workers. After two windy hours, the group had collected a 20-dollar bill, a bucket hat, several tie-downs and many, many face masks and cigarette and cigar packages, filling 78 bags to be collected by the county road commission. It was a successful afternoon and our section of roadside looks great. Thanks so much for all of you who joined us! It was wonderful to see so many of you in person.

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., and now that the weather is a bit more agreeable, we will meet in Grand Haven’s Central Park, and stand along Washington Avenue. The exposure isn’t as great as at the corner near the bridge, but it’s a more family-friendly location, so we’re extending the invitation especially to families! Last week, seven people took a stand—and the average age was 75.6 years young! Everyone is welcome to join us, either standing, or by bringing a chair to sit. We keep practicing safe physical distancing and wear masks—although if you are fully vaccinated, you may choose not to wear your mask, since we’re outdoors. We have signs, or you can bring one of your own!

Show Up to Eliminate Stigma!

Prom With a Purpose: A Bright Future is less than a 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 at home. 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.

C3 Finance

Support C3 When You Shop on Amazon!

While we encourage you to shop locally when possible, when you do shop on Amazon, why not support C3? Instead of going to the usual Amazon site, click instead on smile.amazon.com. You’ll land on a page that will ask you if you want to support C3, which, of course you do, so click “yes”, and Voila! Amazon will contribute .5% for each qualifying purchase you make!

Your ongoing support of C3 is greatly appreciated. Online donations can be made here.

C3 Calendar

All usual weekly meetings at the C3 offices are suspended for now.

Saturday, May 1
Vigil for Peace and Justice, Central Park in Grand Haven from 12:00—
1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 2
—Facebook Teaching with Kent Dobson at 10:00 a.m.
—Followed by Music with Kate Pillsbury at 10:30 a.m.
—Followed by Talk Back via Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 4
C3 Men’s Group via Zoom at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5
Meditation will be posted on Facebook at 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 8
Vigil for Peace and Justice, Central Park in Grand Haven from 12:00—
1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 9
—Facebook Teaching with Kent Dobson at 10:00 a.m.
—Followed by Music with Hayes Griffin at 10:30 a.m.
—Followed by Talk Back via Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming Speakers
Sunday, May 16: Bryan Berghoef
Sunday, May 23: Rabbi Chava Bahle