Issue 3, Aug 2020

Hi Folks,

We are half way through the summer & hasn’t it been a dry one for our lawns and gardens!

New Legacy Centre’s ministry is not yet open to the public since closing time on Friday, March 13th & yet we are still providing our services & have even added a new one – read on!

It has not been easy to turn away offered items of clothing and books during this time of COVID-19 restrictions but feel that it is in everyone’s best interest to not accept anything other than groceries or financial donations.

God’s provision has not dried up (like our lawns) during the summer! Here are some examples of the blessings being poured out on us: 1) We have added a new venture by partnering with Morningstar Mission (as of July 15th), in Napanee, to provide six home-cooked meals per week per individual in our rural area. The meals are cooked at the Royal Canadian Legion in Napanee, by Morningstar Mission volunteers, and then delivered twice a week to New Legacy Centre. Our first week we delivered to 16 individuals and are gradually becoming aware of others who are interested in receiving meals. We presently deliver on Tuesdays and Fridays, providing three meals each delivery day to 28 individuals. The appreciation and hospitality we receive makes providing the service rewarding!

2) Our grocery shelves remain well stocked. Food comes in as quickly as we fill a need in the community. The community’s grocery store (Stone Mills Market) continues to allow food donations to be left for New Legacy Centre, in the box we placed there for that purpose. Monetary donations are regularly being placed in the carboy that sits beside the grocery box. The average monthly bank deposit from the carboy has been approximately $110. Most of the change being donated has been spent at Stone Mills Family Market to purchase needed perishable items that cannot be left in the donation boxes for days at a time.

3) My husband & I have continued leaving our front porch outside door unlocked and donors still leave grocery items for N.L.C. here when the local grocery store is closed. People continue to leave cheques for both Christ Church and N.L.C. in our mailbox at the door.

4) Both the website and New Legacy Centre’s Facebook page are regularly updated to reflect needed grocery items and both have been updated to help people become aware that home-cooked meals are now available to them.

5) The Stone Mills Market food vouchers have been a big hit with those who have received them.

Thank you for your continuing faithful support as God leads you.

May God fill you with His peace and blessing.

In His Service, Valerie Lynds – New legacy Centre Coordinator

Issue 2, May 2020

Hi Folks,

Spring is my favourite time of the year! I love the beauty of the flowers turning our flower beds from drab to blooming colour and trees beginning to adorn themselves in emerald beauty. I start looking for those signs of things to come even before the spring equinox begins. The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed me to enjoy these things even more this year because it has kept me at home for longer periods of time more than most years.

In the midst of all of this uncertainty the church has learned new ways to really shine. New Legacy Centre’s ministry is no exception! We have not been open to the public since closing time on Friday, March 13th & yet we have not stopped providing our services – just the way we do things has changed. My phone number is posted on the door, on the Post office bulletin board, and on our website for anyone who needs to contact N.L.C. for any reason.

We have only two volunteers who do not have any underlying health issues that would put them at risk for catching COVID-19 so it is easy to keep N.L.C. and the items we provide safe since only two people are going in. Safe practice recommendations are followed both in taking food items in and while delivering. We are not accepting items, other than groceries, during this time.

This has been a blessed time of experiencing God’s provision when our services have been needed the most. Here are some examples: 1) Within an hour of posting on Facebook we were able to provide a free microwave to someone who had no means to replace one that quit working. 2) The community’s grocery store (Stone Mills Market) has asked us to place a grocery donation box in their establishment so that people could still donate & 3) they gave a member of the community (who has never been through the doors of New Legacy Centre) permission to place an empty carboy beside the grocery box, to collect money for us. 4) Our grocery shelves remain well stocked. Food comes in as quickly as we fill a need in the community and 5) we have been able to support Stone Mills Market by purchasing food vouchers, so that items such as bread, eggs, milk & meat can be purchased there. My husband & I have been leaving our front porch outside door unlocked so that donors can leave grocery items for N.L.C. here. 6) Also people have been leaving cheques for both Christ Church and N.L.C. in our mailbox. We are very excited to report that 7) New Legacy Centre was presented with a $2000. cheque from the Tamworth Lion’s Club and 8) God has provided our first planned monthly giving (through CanadaHelps.com).

Thank you for your continuing faithful support as God leads you.

May God fill you with His peace and blessing.

In His service, Valerie Lynds – New Legacy Centre Coordinator