CCL Update – June 17, 2019

Hope, Joy, and Growth — It’s been quite a Spring!

The weather was quite something in May and early June, with so much water and a chill in the air. Leaves and buds stayed tight a little longer than usual, with hope for the overdue light and warmth. Finally, a few days of sun allowed both nature and eager gardeners to get to work creating some New England Spring beauty.

June 3rd Community Breakfast Café at the Lyme Center Vestry.

At CommunityCare of Lyme, we’ve had our own weeks of somewhat quiet transition, as brighter, clearer days are emerging. We’re energized by a burst of activity. The May Our Hour gathering included some new friends and lovely, rich conversation (plus healthy and tasty snacks). The Happy Feet foot clinic was a joy to host, as clients positively twinkled out of the office after their experience. Clinics will continue the 4th Thursday of each month. Chef Bruce Balch and team served quite a feast at the June Community Breakfast Café. Huge thanks to all the volunteers and donors that made that happy morning possible!

We love that Lyme knitters enjoy the CCL Living Room twice a month, and we were delighted to provide a comfortable and productive space for a strategic planning meeting of the Upper Valley Community Nursing Project. Our partnership continues to grow with the Lyme Parish Nurses, who hold office hours at CCL every Tuesday. Together, we help individuals and families navigate health and life challenges; connect neighbors with meals, rides, friendly visits, and social gatherings; and provide opportunities health and wellness education. The nurses and CCL are so grateful for the individuals and organizations in Lyme who make those service possible, including programs of both churches, Those Guys, the school, library, and many others.

The CCL Board is delighted to announce the establishment of The CCL Jenks Fund, in memory of Jim Jenks and Ethan Jenks, and in honor of Patty Jenks. The fund will enable our Director (now Patty) to help community members with small but urgent financial needs.

We are looking forward to a summer of love and laughter, with so much beauty around us, outside and in. When the days are steamy, please drink lots of water, and come visit us in the cool CCL Living room on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons. Call if you’d like to enjoy the comfy space at some other time.

Upcoming Events:

CCL Office Hours Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons at the CCL Living Room

Connect with Us. Or just enjoy our comfortable and cool living room. We are eager to answer your questions and hear your suggestions. On Tuesdays, the Parish Nurses have hours 10am-noon. Click here for details. There will be no Reiki by Stephanie Carney, while her yoga class is on a break.

Lyme Knits 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, 6:30-8:30pm in the CCL Living Room

A relaxing (and cool) evening of knitting…learn about it, teach it or just do it! As of now we are meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. If you are new to the group (not already receiving Eleanor Schafer’s updates) please contact her at to confirm the schedule.

Blood Drive, Monday June 17th noon to 5pm at the Lyme School – NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION. 

Please consider starting your summer by donating blood. First-time blood donors are needed to increase the pool of ongoing donors. This drive is being held at the school, with end-of-day hours and child care provided, in an effort to make it possible for new donors to come.

Child care provided 3pm – 5pm. Pre-register at

“Our Hour” June 18th at 10:30am at the CCL Living Room — NEW DATE AND TIME

This is time set aside for those who just want an hour of simple time with friends. Please join us for a good visit and snacks, blended with laughter and relaxing. Click here for more information. Next month we’ll be back on the second Tuesday, July 9th.

Going Out Green Presentation and Discussion June 20th at 6:30pm in the CCL Living Room

Lee Webster will help participants explore sustainable and meaningful funeral options. Learn about emerging eco-friendly funeral practices, including home funerals and green burials. With funeral prices rising along with temperatures, it’s time to take a look at ways to reduce expenses and carbon footprints while still having rich, meaningful send-offs. Learn More …

Happy Feet Foot Clinic June 27th at the CCL Living Room

Therapeutic foot services, including diabetic foot care, provided by Susan Hanna Rose, RN. Click here for details. Appointment required. With questions or to reserve your spot, contact or call 603-795-0603.

Lawn Party Luncheon on the River July 11th at 12:30pm at the Teccas’ Home in Orford

Join us for lunch, prepared by neighbors from both Lyme and Orford, under a tent provided by Those Guys. Menu to follow. If you or someone you know could use a ride OR if would like to help in some way, please contact CommunityCare of Lyme at 603-795-0603 or

SAVE THE DATE! Back to School Pot Luck and Kids’ Clothing Swap & Shop Sunday, September 8th 4-7pm at the Lyme Center Academy Building

You are warmly invited to join CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme School PTO on the Academy Building beautiful back lawn for a warm, intergenerational Pot Luck, plus a chance to get some great kids’ clothing at bargain prices (even free!). Come share a meal, meet new friends, watch the kids play, and relax on a Sunday afternoon as the school schedule picks up. More details to come!

Celebrating Five Years Together

Although the reasons for requesting help are not usually celebratory, those involved in responding to the requests, as well as those being helped, find themselves truly uplifted. And it turns out there’s been a lot of uplifting! Including those who have trusted us with a call for help, plus volunteers, contributors, and event attendees, those involved in some way with CCL number over 700. It is a wonderful feeling to know that one way or the other we have made an impact our Lyme family. We are looking forward to so much more.

Please know that you are warmly welcomed and strongly encouraged to join in the fun, rich, and rewarding work. Do you like to visit with neighbors? Would you like to discuss being part of the board? Do you have a skill to teach others or experience to share? Do you like to write, design, or take photos? Are you passionate about community health? Are you an organizer? Are you seeking an internship opportunity? … the list is endless! And as our operations depend on financial generosity, we must add: Will you consider a donation as our fiscal year ends?

Stop by our office hours, or you can submit this form, call us at 795-0603, send us an email, mail us a note, post on our Facebook page, catch us in town, or schedule a time for a chat. We’d like to see you.To make a donation, send a check to CCL at PO Box 127, Lyme, NH 03777 or go to

We wish you a beautiful Summer, and look forward to seeing you out in the community!