Sunday, July 23, 2017


Seventh Sunday after Pentacost

TODAY’S  MESSAGE: “The Dilemma of Thistles” Vicar Alyce,  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-42 (The Message)

VS. 42 “Are you listening to this? Really listening?”


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

Or you can go to the website and click on the PayPal button.

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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Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm – midnight – WRFG 44th Birthday Party. Free admission but donations appreciated. Celebrate YOUR community radio at Stagga’ Lee’s Goodtime Emporum, 1945 Moreland Ave. Atlanta, 30306. (Across from the Starlight Drive-In).


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


Free assistance for green card holders ready to apply for U.S. citizenship. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta will be conducting series of Free Citizenship Clinics with our partners around Georgia and also hold monthly Free Clinics in Clarkston and in Chamblee.

Monthly Free Clinic at Clarkston Library (951 N Indian Creek Dr. Clarkston, 30021) First come, first served, all are 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: June 23, July 28, September 22, October 27, November 10, December 8.

Monthly Free Clinic at Chamblee Branch, DeKalb County Public Library (4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee, GA 30341) First come, first served, all at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: June 30, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 8, December 1.

Please bring all of the documents concerning your legal issue to the clinic. Appointments are required. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments will be given priority.

Call 404.585.8446 or email at  for more details and to set up appointment.


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:


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


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  (Note: if you need help preparing to apply for any jobs, this site also has free resume templates, resume samples, formatting help and resume builder.)




Facilities & IT Support Coordinator – Feminist Women’s Health Center

Ensure building, operational systems, medical equipment, other equipment, the grounds and parking lot are maintained. Assures security systems are fully operational and other systems and protocols meet the safety needs of the Center, in accordance with governmental regulations, FWHC policies and procedures. Ensure that the information system, network and phone system are available and operational consistently in a safe, HIPAA compliant way. Bachelor level degree preferred. One or more years of consistent and relevant work experience is required, including computer operations support. Experience with medical office practice and software is a plus. Commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice issues is required. Excellent organizational, communication, and computer skills. Attention to detail is a must. Ability to work independently, manage multiple, simultaneous projects and meet and be responsible for deadlines. Ability to gather & consider all relevant information in making decisions and to develop effective solutions is needed. Regular hours cover Tuesday through Saturday with schedule flexibility provided when infrequent evening, “weekend” hours or when Monday coverage occurs. Upbeat, positive, personable, and ability to relate well with diverse people and age groups. If interested in this position, please submit a resume, a cover letter, which includes statements regarding applicant’s support of FWHC’s mission and reproductive health, rights, and justice and FWHC Employment Application (on website)

by email to  or fax to 404.417.0878.


Full Charge Bookkeeper/Office Manager – Feminist Women’s Health Center

Responsible for fiscal documentation, planning and full bookkeeping functions of FWHC, including financial-legal documentation and reporting, and a functional role in benefits administration, payroll management and office management. Serves on Leadership Team and on financial oversight. College degree in accounting, bookkeeping, or similar fields is preferred.  Commensurate work experience is acceptable. A minimum of 5 cumulative years in accounting, bookkeeping, financial planning & office experience is required. If interested in this position, please submit a resume, a cover letter, which includes statements regarding your support of FWHC’s mission and reproductive health, rights, and justice by email to  or fax to 404.417.0878.


Mercedes Benz Stadium – hiring various positions

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


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. Note: Deadline extended to July 24th.


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


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.



Yesterday I had a flat tire on the interstate. So I eased my car over to the shoulder of the road, carefully got out of the car and opened the trunk…

I took out 2 cardboard men, unfolded them and stood them at the rear of my car facing oncoming traffic. They look so life like you wouldn’t believe it! They were in trench coats exposing their nude bodies to the approaching drivers…

To my surprise, cars started slowing down looking at my lifelike men which made it safer for me to work at the side of the road. And of course, traffic started backing up. Everybody was tooting their horns and waving like crazy.

It wasn’t long before a state trooper pulled up behind me. He got out of his car and started walking towards me. I could tell he was not a happy camper! ‘What’s going on here? ‘ ‘My car has a flat tire’, I said calmly… ‘Well, what are those obscene cardboard men doing here by the road? ‘ I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know. So, I told him,

‘Helloooooo! Those are my emergency flashers!’


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