Join us for our weekly worship service at 10:30AM on Sunday mornings. Due to the rise in COVID cases, we will be requiring masks in our worship service.  Click here for the bulletin for this Sunday. Click here for 4 songs that are not in the bulletin. Click here for the children's bulletin.

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Announcements and Resources

We worshiping in person on Sundays at 10:30AM.  For those who are unable to worship in person with us, we are livestreaming each Sunday.  If you miss the 10:30 service, the recorded service will be available after 6PM on YouTube.   Click here.

DIACONATE ASSISTANCE: If you are sick and in quarantine at home and have any practical needs such as groceries, medications to be picked up etc. please call Andrea at 917-605-4040 or email her at diaconate@astoriachurch.org. We have a Healthy Helps Team ready to meet your practical needs.

DIACONATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: If you have a financial need due to loss of income due to the pandemic or for any other reason, please call Andrea at 917-605-4040 or email her at diaconate@astoriachurch.org.

VIRTUAL MEETING PLATFORM:  We will be using Zoom for prayer meetings and other church gatherings other than our worship service. Please download the Zoom app in advance so that you are Zoom ready for upcoming meetings and virtual gatherings.

COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE (last updated on 3/2/21)

LATEST COVID UPDATE FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO:  See this website for up to date details.  Starting Monday, January 11th, New Yorkers in Phase 1b groups are now eligible to receive the vaccine. New Yorkers in Phase 1b include individuals age 65 and up, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. See the full list here. New Yorkers age 65 and up will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and can use the Am I Eligible tool to find vaccination providers near them, or they can call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) who are also part of Phase 1b will primarily be vaccinated through their groups' relevant health programs or as organized by their unions. Appointments are REQUIRED to be vaccinated. Note that due to limited supply of the COVID vaccine from the federal government, it could take up to 14 weeks for eligible New Yorkers to schedule their vaccine shot. 
LOCAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE: For those in need of COVID-19 relief. Small restaurants who need assistance in building an outdoor space can seek pro bono help here. For those at risk of eviction, you can learn more about tenant protections during COVID-19 by signing up for a virtual resource fair on December 9. There are also resources from the City available here.
The New York State Department of Health has set up a Novel Coronavirus Hotline so that you can get accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19. Please call 1-888-364-3065 with any questions.  You can also visit their website by clicking here.
PAID SICK LEAVE:  If you work in New York City, you are also likely eligible for paid sick leave. In September, paid sick leave in the city was expanded and, starting January 1, almost all employers are required to provide at least 40 hours of paid leave. Learn more about your right to paid sick leave here.  Sick leave can be used for COVID-19 recovery, quarantine, preventative care relating to COVID-19, and to care for a child whose school has been closed as a result of the pandemic.

MICROCLUSTERS:  

Learn about the Microcluster effort to contain the virus HERE. Look up your address here to find out what level your neighborhood is in.

To stay up to date with the latest information, we encourage you to visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's site.

For real-time updates by the city, text COVID to 692-692 for updates in English or text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish. 

TESTING: Book an appointment by calling 7189185700 or the Health Department Coronavirus hotline 1-888-364-3065 

NYC's Department of Health has expanded rapid COVID-19 testing to 9 sites. Results in under 24hrs, usually same day. By appointment only. For more details and to sign up: http://nyc.gov/health/covidexpress For general testing information visit:https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms? Come in contact with someone who has? Register on NYC’s new Engagement Portal. Your info won’t be shared with anyone.  Register your symptoms: https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/

IF you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or were in contact with someone who tested positive, you can qualify for a hotel room for up to 14 days to safely separate and protect others. All services are free. Children are welcome.

Spread the word: https://twitter.com/nycgov/status/1245381513539211265

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: When home isn’t safe, domestic violence survivors can find services 24/7 at the Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673) or online at www.nyc.gov/NYCHOPE. OR call 911 for emergencies. You can also call or text the NYS Office to Prevent Domestic Violence hotline 24/7 at 844-997-2121 or 711 for d/Deaf or hard of hearing access.

MENTAL HEALTH

  • New Yorkers can call the State's mental health hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for free emotional support, consultations & referrals to a provider.  
  • Free Mental Health Services Free mental health services 24/7 for NYC residents. If you are having trouble coping with things like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use, NYC Well is available 24/7 in 200+ languages by phone at 1-888-NYC-WELL or texting "WELL" to 65173
  • Guidance on Coping with COVID 19: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as guidance for higher education administrators.

More than 8,600 mental health professionals have signed up to provide free online mental health services during COVID-19. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), OR text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

PUBLIC BENEFITS:  NYS has launched a new web application to help locate public benefits for which you may be applicable. Applicable constituents can also enroll for Medicaid or qualify for a health insurance subsidy on the New York State exchange.  

HOUSING

  • Eviction Moratorium: The residential eviction moratorium has been extended to January 1, 2021. New York City has also created a first-ever online Tenant Resource Portal to keep tenants stably housed. Learn more about your rights here.
  • Mortgage Payment Relief: Effective 3/19/2020, Governor Cuomo has announced that he will direct banks to waive “mortgage payments for 90 days for borrowers who face financial hardship such as losing their job.”   Families should check with their financial institution before stopping mortgage payments.  For more information visit: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/.
  • For more information of Tenant and homeowner rights: English, Spanish
  • 11,000 free hotel rooms will be made available to:
    • Employees or volunteers providing care and/or provide services (clinical or nonclinical) in a healthcare, community-based or home-based setting within New York City where you are at risk of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19, and may not be able to temporarily live at home in order to minimize exposure. This can include (but is not limited to): physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, maintenance staff, food service, etc. 

FOOD

  • All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
  • From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
  • Hour Children Food Pantry is open for Grab & Go pantry food.  See here for days and hours open.
  • Invisible Hands Deliver provides free delivery of supplies or groceries for those most at risk. https://www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com/
  • LIC Relief COVID-19 - https://www.facebook.com/licrelief/
  • Free Food for those in need delivery service. Click here.
  • COVID-19 Food Assistance
  • Food Map in Spanish (Comida gratis). 
  • Food Hub Map- map of Restaurants / Foodservice Providers Donating to Families of Public School Students
  • You can use the  Plentiful App on your phone to reserve food from a local food pantry. Download the app or text FOOD to 726-879 to find a pantry and make a pick-up reservation.
  • www.cityharvest.org/food-map/
  • The Food Bank of NYC has a network of food pantries that you can call to find out their hours.
  • Evangel Christian Center Food Pantry:  Located at 39-21 Crescent Street in Queens, NY.  
    • HOURS:
    • Monday - Friday from 9 am - 4 pm 
    • Saturday from 9 am - Noon.

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

SENIORS:

EDUCATION: 

  • Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply here and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available. 
  • Devices for Remote Learning:  If your child does not have sufficient school-based technology and would like to request a device (tablet or laptop) please complete this survey or call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5 to request one of these devices
  • Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.  You can also get quick help online: 
  • The DOE is committed to ensuring every student is learning 5 days a week. Your child’s school will support you in remote learning if you currently don’t have a device by providing paper-based work. Contact your school for more info.
  • Internet providers are offering short term FREE internet (see below)
  • Learning from home: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home
  • If your child has an IEP and there are any issues regarding getting appropriate services, renewal meetings, requesting an evaluation, etc. you can reach out to Advocates for Children at 866-427-6033 or INCLUDEnyc at 212-677-4660 (English) or 212-677-4668 (Spanish)
  • While at home, you can keep your child learning with these helpful resources. 
    • Digital Library, free for 30 days: epic!
    • Illustrated Read-Alouds with Activities, free: Story Online
    • Learning Across All Subjects, free: Khan Academy
    • Activities for All Grades, Free: Scholastic

HEALTH INSURANCE: 

  • The special enrollment period to get a healthcare plan on the State's health exchange is extended to January 31st, 2021. Uninsured New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly to insurers. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, subsidized Qualified Health Plans or Child Health Plus.
  • Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers is extended through 5/15 with all coverage effective as of 4/1: NYC.gov/GetCoveredNYC

 UTILITIES:

  • Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to some families who do not have a subscription already. Apply online.
  • Altice is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to some families who do not have a subscription already. Call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
  • Charter is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to some families who do not have a subscription already. Call 844-488-8395 to enroll.
  • Con Edison:  is suspending all service shut-offs and is waiving late payment and other fees for those NY State customers who cannot pay their bill.  Help During Coronavirus
  • Phone and Internet: Most U.S. Internet and phone companies have agreed to suspend service terminations and will waive late fees related to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit here for a listing of participating providers. 

SMALL BUSINESSES

  • Paycheck Protection Program: https://bit.ly/PPPNYCinfo 
  • SBA Loan (EIDL): https://bit.ly/EILDNYCinfo 
  • For the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loans Info and Applications click here.
  • Corona Virus Relief program here.
  • Empire State Development (ESD) FAQ for businesses regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the Coronavirus click here.
  • For ESD COVID-19 Related Resources click here.
  • Neighborhood Business Grant here

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES:

OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION:

NYC GENERAL:  For help with food, money, housing, work and more, visit Access NYC. Click here

FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE INFO:  See here for an FAQherehere and here on what to expect.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES:  Click here for a list of qualifying essential services. 

HOW TO WEAR A FACEMASK PROPERLY:  Click here.

GIVING BLOOD: https://nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/covid-19-and-blood-donation-copy/

STUDENT LOANS: Interest is waived on federal student loans (this does not apply to private loans)

WAYS TO HELP:

  • Hope for New York has made a comprehensive list of all urgent needs for its partners across the city. This includes donations and volunteer needs for outreach.
  • For general information from NYS Department of Health on How You Can Help click here.
  • Donations (including essential goods, services, and/or spaces): If you are looking for information on how to donate goods, services, or spaces for use in New York’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, click he