June 25, 2017

Pastor Paul and Billy’s 35th Anniversary

Third Sunday after Pentecost

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “Against all Odds” , – Pastor Paul,  Matthew 4:35-41 (The Message)

VS.39-40 Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”


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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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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The Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto urges interfaith cooperation and denounces religious bigotry.

Find out more and become a signer at


The Friendship Center at Holy Comforter in East Atlanta is hosting Mental Health First Aid Training Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “You are more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.” Those who take the course learn a 5 step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate care. See for more. Through the generosity of GA Mental Health Consumer Network, there is no fee, but registration is required and is first-come, first-serve. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch. Register by Friday, July 12. There is no one for whom this class would not be of benefit. To register, email Liz Mitchell, Wellness & Recovery Coordinator at the Friendship Center, at or call (404)627-6510.








SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017, FROM 2 – 5 PM





Event Supported by:  CAIR (Council on Islamic American Relations, Georgia Chapter); First Christian Church of Decatur; Gentle Spirit Christian Church; St. Thomas More Catholic Church; Sikh Study Circle; and more local communities of faith.


You and yours are warmly invited to gather together with neighbors from all walks of life and faith expressions for an afternoon of storytelling, music, community service, a panel discussion, “speed-faithing” and, of course, a pot-luck meal.  The gathering is offered free of charge and everyone is welcome.  Bring a favorite dish to share and a friend.


For more information please contact Pastor James Brewer-Calvert ( or 404-378-3621).


Shalom Salaam Pax Peace *************************************************************

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


Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am – Georgia Alliance for Social Justice LGBTQ Focus Group. All Georgia Alliance for Social Justice members who identify as LGBTQ are invited to join together for coffee and discussion on LGBTQ issues for the Alliance. To be held at The Corner Cup, 2625 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur, 30033. Join in the discussion about how to best address LGBTQ social justice concerns through the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. Organizers say “P.S. Thanks for your interest allies, but this one is just for those identifying as LGBTQ”. Event FB page at{%22source%22%3A4%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[{\%22surface\%22%3A\%22group\%22%2C\%22mechanism\%22%3A\%22surface\%22%2C\%22extra_data\%22%3A[]}]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue}&source=4&action_history=[{%22surface%22%3A%22group%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]}]&has_source=1&fref=mentions


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 *************************************************************

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.

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


Job Fairs:


Bilingual Job Fair– 35th Annual Job Fair Latin American Association – Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. At LAA, 2750 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, 30324. Register by June 16 at For questions email


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport – various full-time positions. Gate Gourmet is hiring in a dozen categories of airport location jobs. Go to


Resume and Portfolio Workshop: Are you a domestic worker looking for work? Attend this event on Tuesday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm. Learn how to have make your resume and portfolio appealing and competitive. Refreshments will be served, and childcare will be available. To register and get details, email


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




Mercedes Benz Stadium – hiring various positions

Go to and you can apply online. Ticket Services, Security, Housekeeping, Cash Room, Event Hosts and more .


Outreach & Communications Coordinator – Georgians for a Healthy Future

An immediate opening for an outreach and communications coordinator who will provide communications, grassroots and digital organizing, and policy support for GHF’s initiatives and priorities. Full job description, requirements, and how to apply. Act fast if you are interested, GHF wants to fill this position quickly. Go to


Assistant Director – The Institute for Southern Studies

ISS is one of the most effective and prominent regional progressive organizations and is publisher of the investigative powerhouse, Facing South. The Assistant Director position supports and helps manage the Institute’s systems and organization. Full-time and also provides leadership and support for key aspects of the organization, including operations, database management, human relations, fundraising and administration. The ideal candidate will bring strong nonprofit management experience and a commitment to the Institute’s mission of promoting a just and democratic South. More about the position is available at  To apply, send a resume to  with a cover letter/email explaining why you are a good candidate for this position and three references. Applications are due by midnight, Sunday, June 18, 2017.


Warehouse Associates – Amazon

Amazon is hiring for 1,000 full-time jobs at its 850,000-square-foot plant in Jefferson. The online retail giant is paying $11 to $11.50 an hour for warehouse workers at its newest facility on Hog Mountain Road in Jackson County. The “warehouse associates” will handle large items shipped through the retailer — household furniture, sports equipment, gardening tools and other goods. Amazon is accepting applications now for the positions at


Wellness Coach – Part-Time – YWCA (Ashford Dunwoody location)

Wellness Coach Level II will build personalized relationships that supports members who report that they have been exercising three or more days per week for 20 minutes or more for six months or longer. The Associate will also support new or returning YMCA members who describe their present exercise level as none at all, infrequent, or only frequent for less than six months with the research-to-practice, stage-matched, exercise-support protocol called THE COACH APPROACH® .  The Wellness Coach-Level II must perform program responsibilities in accordance with the policies, organizational competencies, mission, and values established by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. More info and to apply, go to


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.


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.



This was written by a black gentleman in Texas and is so funny. What a profound sense of humor and creativity! When I was born, I was BLACK When I grew up, I was BLACK When I went in the sun, I stayed BLACK, When I got cold, I was BLACK When I was scared, I was BLACK When I was sick, I was BLACK And when I die, I’ll still be BLACK
NOW, you ‘white’ folks…When you’re born, you’re PINK, When you grow-up, you’re WHITE When you go in the sun, you get RED, When you’re cold, you turn BLUE, When you’re scared, you’re YELLOW, When you get sick, you’re GREEN, When you bruise, you turn PURPLE And when you die, you look GRAY. So who y’all calling COLORED folks?

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