UPDATE as of April 14th, 2020

All Faith Center Ministries services will be online until further notice.

As you know, our country is experiencing an unprecedented, potentially major health challenge. We remain prayerful, as well as, abiding by the recommendations and mandates given to us by the government and our local officials.

We trust in the God who made a promise in Psalm 91:10 that, “No harm will overtake us, and no disaster will come near our tents.” We trust His Word and walk by faith and not by what we see. At the same time, we caution all to walk in wisdom.

We bear a concern for our church family, our community at large and the world; and therefore, choose to be proactive and considerate to everyone especially those who are most vulnerable at this time.

In times of crisis and social disruption, people look to the Church for spiritual guidance and assurance that God is with us, and indeed, Our God is with us!

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

CHURCH SERVICES:

The Faith Center will be hosting online services until further notice. In response to the recent news about the coronavirus (COVID-19), our prayers to God are for those who are ill with this virus and for those who care for them, especially in countries that have been most affected. Recent COVID-19 cases prompted the mandatory school closings, event cancellations and workplaces locally.

We have decided to livestream our church services on Sunday and Wednesday; therefore, giving everyone an opportunity to watch from home.

Services will be broadcast on:

Service Times: Service times will be Sundays at 10:00 a.m., and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

 

MINISTRY EVENTS:

All departments and ministry meetings and activities have been canceled until further notice. You can check this website for updates as all information is subject to change.

DARE TO CARE:

For safety and sanitation concerns for our community, our food pantry will be temporarily closed until further notice.

PRAYER and INTERCESSION:

Our pastors, ministers and the intercessory prayer team are praying every day for you. You can submit your prayer requests via email to memberservices@thefaithcenterint.org.

GIVING ONLINE:

Giving is an act of worship and obedience in response to all that God has done for us.

With all church services moved online, you can still continue to give using the following methods:

1. Via the Website – http://www.thefaithcenterint.org/give-now/

2. Text to Give – Text tfcgive to 73256

3. CashApp – $tfcgive

 

Updates: April 30, 2020

County opens some parks and public spaces-

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –  Emergency Order 20-08 allows for the limited opening of certain parks, natural areas, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses, pools and other amenities throughout Broward County for limited use. This order comes as conditions in the County start to improve, yet the need to remain vigilant continues. Broward County feels some restrictions can be safely lifted, while we count on the continued cooperation of our residents to observe the good health and safety practices recommended by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. See the Emergency Order for complete details on requirements, limitations and restrictions.

The decision to allow for an easing of restrictions throughout the County was made in consultation with our Cities and our neighboring counties. Staff worked collaboratively over the past two weeks to discuss the safety concerns involved in reopening facilities. Under the Emergency Order, individual municipalities and facility owners/operators may enforce more stringent rules.

Parks allowed to open include specialty and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas. Activities like walking, running, and jogging are allowed, while use of park buildings or park equipment such as picnic tables and chairs, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools and outdoor exercise equipment remains prohibited. Residents are reminded to limit groups to no larger than ten (10) people in any park area.

See list of open parks operated by Broward County.

Emergency Order 20-08 also permits certain pools, pool decks and golf courses to open as long as social distancing rules and adherence to safety provisions are followed. Additionally, housing developments will be able to open certain other recreational amenities on a limited basis.

Certain restrictions to recreational water access are also being lifted. All public and private boating ramps, piers and marinas may open with limitations, from 6AM to 7PM, unless otherwise determined by each host city. Boaters must adhere to all CDC, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat capacity guidelines.

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-90, all beaches in Broward County will remain closed until further notice.

Please be reminded that all CDC guidelines, including those regarding social distancing, facial coverings and hygiene, must be observed at all times by all persons using any of these newly open amenities. This includes observing social distancing and when not possible wearing facial covering if within six (6) feet of others. Law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce this order. Violations of this order are prohibited and may result in the re-imposition of restrictions on the affected public amenities.

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the COVID Call Center at 954-357-9500.

To learn what Broward County is doing to keep our community safe, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

 

Updates: April 15, 2020

 

BROWARD COUNTY COVID-19 TEST COLLECTION SITES:

DRIVE-THRU TESTING: 

·        Hard Rock Stadium is expanding testing to include anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, 347 Don Shula Dr. in Miami Gardens.  Drive thru testing begins at 9AM /  Must bring ID.

·        Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium (3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311). Collections will be taken from 9AM to 5PM daily. / 954-3205730 / Must bring ID.

·        C.B. Smith Park (900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines) 9AM-5PM/ / 954-276-4680 / Must bring ID.

·        Cleveland Clinic, Krupa Center (3250 Meridian Pkwy, Weston)  Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM / 954-659-5951 / Must bring ID. C

 

WALK-UP TESTING: 

·        Urban League of Broward County (560 NW 27th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311)  Tuesday-Saturday 9AM-6PM / 954-412-7300 / Must bring ID.

Updates: April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Call center Now Open 8AM to 6PM Daily

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The COVID-19 Hotline, established in partnership between Broward County and the Florida Department of Health in Broward on March 21, will change its hours of operations to mirror the Call Center for the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, effective Tuesday, April 7.

The new hours will be 8AM – 6PM, seven days a week. For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the FDOH Call Center at 866-779-6121 or 954-357-9500.

To learn more about what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus

 

Expected Timeline for Economic Impact Payments

As of April 2, 2020

After extensive conversations with the IRS and the Department of Treasury, the staff of the Ways & Means Committee expect the IRS to issue economic impact payments following the below timeline. This timeline is subject to change given ongoing discussions by the Chairman. The Committee remains focused on ensuring all eligible Americans receive their payment as quickly as possible.

As of today, the latest estimated timing from the IRS on economic impact checks is as follows:

The IRS will make about 60 million payments to Americans through direct deposit in mid-April (likely, the week of April 13th). The IRS has direct deposit information for these individuals from their 2018 or 2019 tax returns. This will include SSA beneficiaries who filed federal tax returns that included direct deposit information.

Shortly (hopefully within 10 days) after the first round of payments are made in mid-April, the IRS plans to make a second run of payments. These payments will be made to SS beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 and receive their Social Security benefits via direct deposit. (The estimates are that nearly 99 percent of SS beneficiaries who do not file a return receive their SS benefits through direct deposit.)

About 3 weeks after the first round of payments are made (the week of May 4th), the IRS will begin issuing paper checks to individuals.

The paper checks will be issued at a rate of about 5 million per week, which could take up to 20 weeks to get all the checks out.

The checks will be issued in reverse “adjusted gross income” order—starting with people with the lowest income first.

 

Changes to Unemployment Benefits

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz offers information about Unemployment Assistance.

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) to offer improved benefits to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some of those changes include:

• An extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits in addition to eligible amounts under existing state programs.

• An additional 13 weeks of continued payments beyond existing state caps.

• Expanded eligibility for those employed at a business that has permanently or

temporarily closed as a result of the public health emergency.

• Expanded eligibility for individuals who are self-employed, “gig” workers, freelancers, independent contractors, or part-time workers.

Applying for Assistance in Florida

To qualify for benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own or fall into a special eligibility category due to the COVID-19 crisis.

• All applications are processed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

• Visit www.FloridaJobs.org

• Under “Reemployment Assistance,” click “Claimants”

• Follow the instructions to access a new request through the CONNECT system

• Complete the application and all required self-certifications

Learn more and apply at www.FloridaJobs.org

 

BSO WARNS AGAINST COVID-19 SCAMS

During these times, scammers are seeking opportunities to take advantage of consumers. We encourage you to be vigilant in identifying scams and review these helpful tips:

It has come to our attention that a social media post is circulating with a claim that representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are going to residences dressed in protective gear and conducting COVID-19 testing. This is untrue. The CDC is not visiting residents’ homes.

– Scams can include social media posts, texts and websites meant to take your personal information and money and infect computers. Be aware of entering personal information into websites.

– Think twice before investing in companies who say they are working on a coronavirus cure. Check official sources like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before being lured into a scam.

– Be aware of fake fundraising. Verify the charity is legitimate. If someone wants donations in cash, gift card or by wiring money, don’t do it.

– Watch out for online marketing of vaccinations or products claiming to treat the virus.

– Do not click on unfamiliar links or emails. Phishing emails may mention the coronavirus, medical supplies or claim to be from government, national or local health organizations in order to get users to open the message that unleashes malware.

– Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or experts saying they have information about the virus.

If you see or experience something unusual or have a question about something you heard, you can call BSO’s non-emergency line at 954-764-4357. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

 

TFC BUSINESS OWNERS:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit http://www.SBA.gov/disaster for more information.

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If we have not addressed your specific need, please reach out to us at 954-742-7832 extension 1890. You may also send us an email to memberservices@thefaithcenterint.org. Please also continue to follow us on social media on
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We have this hope that no matter what may come, God has us in His hands. Continue to trust in the only One who loves us with an everlasting love.