Sunday, April 30, 2017


Third Sunday of Easter

Candler Park


TODAY’S MESSAGE: “A Walk with Jesus” , – Lance Helms, Communications Director Luke 24: 13-35 (The Message)

 VS. 30-31: When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.



Effective July 1, 2014 until further notice, no firearms of any kind are allowed at any Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta event. This is pursuant to the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, which allows Georgia residents with concealed carry permits to bring firearms into churches that give express permission to do so. Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta under no circumstances grants this permission.


Pastor Paul’s office hours are:

Tuesday & Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Thursday-Saturday from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM

Pastor’s Personal Assistant Dana Owings Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am-2:00 p.m.

Please call for appointments (404) 604-8124


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Consider donating to Gentle Spirit Christian Church. Your gift is fully tax deductible.


Checks and Money orders can be written to: Gentle Spirit Christian Church and sent to: 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, Georgia 30030

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Your generosity and gifts will allow Gentle Spirit Christian Church to continue to do what it has done for the last 18 years…to be a life changing helpful hand to those in desperate need. *************************************************************

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Do you have congregants who need help with Fulton County misdemeanor arrests that did not result in a conviction? Find out about expungement at a community meeting hosted by the Rev. Raphael Warnock at MLK Sr. Community Resources Complex, 101 Jackson Street, Atlanta 30312. Call (404) 61CLEAN or visit


(Facing Stigma Together)

Project FaST is an online study examining how stigma and discrimination affects the lives and relationships of gay and lesbian couples. The principal investigator is Nicholas Perry, M.S. and the faculty sponsor is Brian Baucom, Ph.D. This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board.

If you are interested in the study and currently in a romantic relationship with a partner of the same sex, you and your partner are welcome to fill out the screener here: Project FaST Screener. A member of the research team will contact you shortly afterward. All study procedures occur online and couples across the US can participate.

If you have any questions at all about the study, please contact us:

Thanks for visiting! Project FaST Team



A Night of Song with Woodward Academy Choir. Woodward Academy Chorus has generously offered to perform for the L’Arche Atlanta community. This talented choir will delight all with its music, savory finger foods provided before and desserts following the reception. The event will be hosted by First Christian Church of Decatur. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7. Thursday, May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030


Georgia Watch Guide for Medical Bills and Debt. Recognizing the urgent need for consumer information about how to manage medical expenses, Georgia Watch today released the Georgia Consumer Guide for Medical Bills and Debt to help consumers answer some of the most common and complex healthcare and health insurance questions. “At a time when uninsured and insured consumers alike are struggling with the high costs of healthcare, Georgia Watch believes consumers need practical information about how to minimize and manage medical debt,” said Beth Stephens, Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. Read all about it at


Georgia Alliance to Prevent Homelessness Help Line is now operating. Feel free to call or refer clients in search of assistance in Georgia Toll Free: 1-877-540-4671; Main Office: 770-575-5785.


Volunteer Services, Atlanta, VA Medical Center needs volunteers to help prevent missed appointments by our Veterans, this is a loss for the veteran and a dollar loss for the facility. The hours of operation for the call center are Monday-Thursday, 4:30 – 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The call center is located on the ground floor (RM GC 233A) across from the Peter Wheeler Auditorium. Can you help? Should you have any questions, contact Mr. Franchi Clark at (404) 728-7728 or by email


Help Connect is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the disadvantaged by providing basic computer skills at shelters. Volunteers teach homeless vets and other disadvantaged people basic computer and internet skills which help them reconnect with family and friends and find employment on their way back onto their feet. They also help veterans with resumes and job search. If you are interested in helping, contact Tom Chernetsky at (404)791-8534 or Tom is a member of the St Ann’s Catholic Church VFC Military Ministry team.


Jewish Family & Career Services, operates the only full-time free dental clinic in Atlanta. The Ben Massell Dental Clinic has been in operation for 100 years and serves individuals and families that are at or below 12% of the poverty level. The clinic is in midtown. Please refer folks who need this service to the website to obtain instructions for securing an appointment, at *************************************************************

Help Watch over Our Seniors. If you know seniors who spend all or part of their day alone, you might be interested in telling them and their families about a new service. The State of Georgia has partnered with ADT Home Health Division to provide a personal emergency response system, 24/7. Seniors 55+ are eligible thorough Medicaid for this service, free. Find out how this program operates by calling Audrey Railey, Georgia Governmental Program Coordinator at 404.629.3386 or 770.889.8887 *************************************************************

I CARE, Inc. (Interfaith Companion and Ride Express) is a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer drivers with DeKalb County seniors who have no means of transportation to medical appointments. Volunteers use their own vehicles and choose their own schedules for service. Periodically, I CARE provides volunteer drivers with gas cards to help defray the cost of gas. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help provide this much-needed service, please call Lori Webster, volunteer coordinator at 404-377-2273. *************************************************************

Check out the Voices for Georgia’s Children site for the report “Top 10 Health Policies that Work for Georgia Kids at


Emergency Utility Assistance Program! Here’s To Life, Inc has acquired funds to pay past due utility bills and will start accepting applications for eligible clients. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: Provide proof of positive HIV sero-status (Examples of acceptable documentation include HIV-positive Western blot test results, medical providers diagnosis and/or medical therapies prescribed by a medical provider) Reside within the twenty-county eligible metropolitan areas (Must match bill address or name must be on lease agreement) Have an income no greater than 300% of federal poverty level (Proof may include pay stubs, Department of Labor statement of income, SSI/SSD benefit letter, DFCS Summary, Unemployment initial statement) Be enrolled in primary medical care (examples of documentation include a letter from your physician or copy of prescriptions) This temporary assistance is provided on a first come, first serve. Funds provided through Ryan White Part A Funding. (Thanks Tracee McDaniel, Certified Peer and HIV/AIDS Assessment Counselor, Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, inc. for providing info on this resource.)


Monthly Health Clinic: With these Services, available: Blood Pressure Screenings (No charge, Blood Glucose Screenings (No charge), Cholesterol Screenings ($5* – help offset cost), Bone Density Screenings ($20* – help offset maintenance cost), Acupunctures (No charge – based on needs/doctor’s workload) and *No Charge if you cannot afford the offset costs. Services provided by volunteer nurses from the Philippines Nurses Association of Georgia, medical students, and health professionals. Medical consultations/exams/prescriptions by volunteer physicians: Dr. Hansen Chang, MD – Internal Medicine/Acupuncture, Dr. Regina Wang, MD –Internal Medicine. Ongoing on the last Sunday of each month 2-5 pm at the Sheltering Arms in Chamblee, 3375 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd Chamblee. Questions? Want to help? Volunteer credits? Check out Facebook: Chinese American Lions Club of Atlanta. More info email *************************************************************

Most Recent Job Opportunity listings: For job descriptions, details and qualifications; follow the contact or application instructions included below.


Burkhart’s has a few employment opportunities for exceptional individuals… Immediate opening for a door person and other bar staff positions beginning April 1st. NO CALLS! Apply in person Monday through Friday 4-6, full and part-time positions.


On-going Job Fairs: State site

Also: There is an excellent page on Cong. Hank Johnson’s website that has links to job openings, career planning, job fairs, recruiters, job search engines, etc. Check it out at


DeKalb Residents: WorkSource Mobile Career Center locations. The Mobile Center will be stationed at locations throughout DeKalb County to help put DeKalb County citizens back to work. Residents have access to services like job search assistance, workshops, training, resume writing help and interviewing tips. Businesses may also use the mobile unit for interviewing, training, pre-employment screenings or recruiting. Monday, April 24, 10 am – 4 pm at St. Vincent De Paul Society, 4871 Memorial Dr. Stone Mountain, 30083. Tuesday, April 25, 10 a – 4 pm at

DeKalb Access & Resource Center, 949 North Hairston Rd. Stone Mountain. Wednesday, April 26, 10 am – 4 pm at Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Rd. Decatur, 30034. Thursday, April 27, 10 am – 4 pm at Hills at Fairington, 5959 Fairington Rd. Lithonia, 30038.


14th Annual Thirteenth Congressional District Jobs Fair.  Sponsored by Cong. David Scott. The Jobs Fair will be held on Friday, April 28, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the Georgia International Convention Center, located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, 30337. There will be 145 of Georgia’s top employers recruiting job seekers to fill over 6,000 openings. To register and obtain a list of all participating employers, please visit


The local Patch websites have both news and job opportunities included. You can check by zip code for openings at  There are multiple listings for management and staff positions in retail, medical, office and other categories. Over 100 featured this week at




Research Director -The Institute for Southern Studies, 

ISS (also the publisher of Facing South), seeks a research director to lead the Institute’s research initiatives exposing injustice and supporting movements for change in the South.The full-time research director, whose role evolved from and expands on a previous research associate position, will work closely with Institute leaders to identify and investigate key trends impacting the South. The research director will also lead outreach efforts to put the Institute’s research into the hands of advocates and others fighting for justice and democracy in the region. More about the research director position is available at  Resumes, cover letters, and writing samples can be sent to  Applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, May 9.


Qualified Field Instructor – Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Unique opportunity. Applicants will be asked to go on a week-long training/orientation trip. The orientation trip is viewed as an interview process where you will experience the program structure. It is also a time for the prospective employee to “interview” the program. Participation in the orientation trip does not guarantee a position; however, BRTW will hire new employees on the last day of Orientation. The next training is May 11 to 17th. Field Instructors are pivotal to the success of BRTW. Field instructors work an 8-day on, 6-day off schedule. For the entire 8 days, instructors hike and camp with clients in the National Forest. The program serves youth “in-crisis”, ages 11-18. Field instructors work with licensed therapists to deliver an individualized experience to every client. The Field Instructor position is great for someone who wants to have a positive impact on youth while working in a beautiful outdoor setting. BRTW is known for their outstanding instructors and a high instructor to student ratio. Field Instructors are trained on wilderness and therapeutic skills during a 7-day Orientation trip and they receive continual training throughout their employment. Please submit the application (at ) , resume, and certifications to  Please indicate on your application if you are looking for year-round, or summer employment. Applicants come with a variety of backgrounds and experience. An open mind and willingness to learn are essential. Applicants are required to be a minimum of 21 years of age, have a current physical and current CPR & Standard First Aid. Prospective employees will be required to pass a drug screening before beginning the training, and once hired, will be randomly drug screened on an ongoing basis. Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness will also process a State and Federal criminal background check (BCI) of all potential employees.


If you have any questions, please ask to speak to a Field Director at the BRTW office: 706.212.2037


Bilingual Resources & Marketing Specialist (17-00064) – Gwinnett County     

Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections is responsible for planning and organizing all election and voter-related activities and assists Gwinnett’s cities and special districts with election preparations. The division is comprised of staff that are proud to be part of a team that works together to assure that every vote counts. $40,934.00 /year salary. Qualifications and more of job description at


Associate Director – Detention Watch Network

DWN works to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons. The AD assumes a key leadership role in the areas of fundraising, organizational sustainability, membership and network development, and coordination of the Network’s operations. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the AD fosters the formation of a national grassroots network and mutually supportive partnerships among members and allies. Full job description, requirements and how to apply at


Policy Counsel – American Civil Liberties Union – GA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU of GA) seeks a sophisticated and experienced policy advocate to advance its civil liberties and civil rights agenda. The Policy Counsel provides vision and direction for the ACLU of Georgia’s policy and legislative program. The position is primarily responsible for state legislative and executive branch advocacy but also engages with administrative agencies, local government bodies, ballot measure campaigns, and the Georgia Congressional delegation. JD required and at least one year of local, state, and/or national-level legislative, political or policy advocacy work, preferably in Georgia. And, of course, substantial knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights issues and a commitment to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission and goals. To apply: send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, and indication of where you learned of this career opportunity, resume and three professional references (including contact information for each) to  Please reference Policy Counsel in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Community Organizer (East Burke County) – Women’s Action for New Directions – GA

Position will outreach to residents of East Burke County in order to provide educational information, share opportunities to engage with their neighbors, elected officials, agency representatives, and other members of the community; listen to people’s stories; and encourage and support the community to get involved with programs related to the environment (water, land, and air), health, civic participation, and other community matters. Part-time $20. Per hour. For full job description and how to apply visit


Nurse Practitioner (full-time or part-time) – Feminist Women’s Health Center

FWHC seeking an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner to work on a full-time or part-time basis in its Cliff Valley Clinic. The NP works closely with physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff, providing quality and compassionate care for clients. Requirements: Dedication to providing Quality Gynecological Healthcare, Support for FWHC’s mission and reproductive health, rights and justice, Current GA APRN License or will obtain one, WHNP or FNP [new graduates will be considered], Women’s Health/GYN experience is needed. Ability to provide care to diverse people, Transgender friendly, Bilingual in Spanish is a plus, but not required. To be considered for this position, please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and the Employment Application. (This form is located on the website: ) via email to:  Email is preferred, however you may also mail or fax your resume to:

Feminist Women’s Health Center Attn: Administrative Assistant, 1924 Cliff Valley Way NE Atlanta, GA 30329 Fax: 404.417.0878


Several Positions – Planned Parenthood Southeast

Call Center, Health Center, Clinical, Medical. Both Associate and Management level positions available in Georgia and the region. Find out details at


Freelance Reporter – Atlanta Progressive News

APN is seeking experienced news writers with an interest in politics, public policy, elections, activism, and government, to write articles and blog posts for Atlanta Progressive News on a freelance basis. Pays $125 dollars per news article and $40 dollars per blog post. To apply: Please email Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor and Publisher, at  with your resume and writing samples.  APN is looking for writers who can start immediately.


If you are in Cobb County, or can work there, check out  There are dozens of varied jobs from entry level on up, white collar and blue collar. Full job descriptions and requirements are listed as well as application information.


Multiple Positions – Georgia State University: Georgia State has a number of job opportunities, in several categories full and part-time. Go to and follow the guide to jobs and application.



The young couple invited their aged pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. “Goat,” the little boy replied. “Goat?” replied the startled man of the cloth, “Are you sure about that?” “Yep,” said the youngster. “I heard Pa say to Ma, ‘Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day.'”



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