Calvary greetings to you and your family.
I trust that you and your families are doing great in this period of uncertainty and global outbreak, as schools and restaurants have closed their doors, the streets have emptied and many of you are working from home, as the authorities attempt to compress and reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
At Harvest Christian Center, your health, safety, and well-being continue to be our top priority and out of an abundance of caution, all our in-person gatherings have been canceled. And all services and meetings have been moved online. We encourage you to join and invite friends and family to be part of our weekly online service experience.
Sunday service will be streamed on our YouTube channel at 10:00 am. Feel free to chat and engage by leaving a comment on the live chat to engage in community while watching service or send in your prayer requests if you are hurting so that our care support team can pray for you.
Tuesday Pastor’s Weekly Moment will be streamed live on Facebook at 7:00 pm
Wednesday bible study will be streamed live on our Facebook channel at 7:00 pm.
Friday prayer meeting will also be streamed live on our Facebook channel at 7:00 pm
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates from us as well as engage with the all Harvest Christian Church community. Let’s stay connected to each other!
Coronavirus stimulus package (CARES ACT)
The package includes:
- Payment of $1,200 to most individuals making up to $75,000.
- Payment of $2,400 to couples making up to $150,000.
- Payment of $500 for each child.
- Expanded unemployment benefits that boost the maximum benefit by $600 per week and provide laid-off workers their full time pay for four months. This covers taxi drivers, Uber drivers, and freelancers.
- Expansion of eligibility of unemployment benefits to independent contractors and the self-employed.
- $367 billion in loans for small businesses, which includes not-for-profits i.e. churches
City of Chicago Emergency Housing Assistance
The City of Chicago is offering emergency housing assistance to those impacted by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting on April 1st, applicants can apply to be entered into a lottery by completing the application form https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/resources.html.
Information relating to unemployment benefits, youth summer employment, food pantries, public benefits assistance is available here https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Z_x5lukVIdZXBhvc4faZFautmHvhMZxH
Chicago COVID-19 Homeless System Agency Emergency Fund
This fund will provide unrestricted and flexible emergency financial assistance to homeless service agencies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that it will also make $6 million available for isolation housing for people experiencing homelessness and costs related to modifying and expanding shelters to accommodate appropriate social distancing. The Chicago Continuums of Care (CoC) has been allocated $3 million of this state funding. Learn more about the fund here.
City of Chicago Emergency Food Assistance
The City of Chicago has started an initiative where they will be giving food to people who are in need. Sites have been established all over the city where people can pick up free groceries. Call 311 to be directed to the nearest center.
Chicago Public Schools Free Mean pickup
All Chicago public schools will continue to offer free meals for the duration of the school’s closure. The free meals will be offered between 9 AM and 1 PM, Monday through Friday, at all district schools as well as select charter schools. Each child in the household will receive a food bag that will contain three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch meals. Families will also be able to pick up enrichment packets at CPS facilities.
To stay up to date on what is happening around the country and its impact on your health, visit the CDC’s website dedicated to COVID-19 information. The Illinois Department of Public Health has information about how the coronavirus is affecting Illinois.
Stay bless and keep healthy and safe with family
Senior Pastor. Abayomi Ajayi