“The Church Without Walls”

World AIDS Day Service and Panel Discussion
Remember, Hope, Act
Sunday, November 26 at 10:30 am

Worship with First Christian Church of Decatur, Unity Fellowship and Gentle Spirit Christian Church. Gather in the Sanctuary of First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030 at 10:30 AM. Holy Communion will be freely offered to one and all.

Please join our congregations as we worship together in voice and song. The Praise Team from Unity Fellowship will offer a Choral Anthem. The Rev. Dr. James Brewer-Calvert, Rev. Paul M. Turner and Rev. Maressa Pendermon will guide our spiritual time for remembrance, hope, and action.

Following the service there will be a 30-minute Panel Discussion for educational purposes and to discuss what we can do, because we are well aware that the AIDS/HIV epidemic and pandemic is far from over.



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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Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto urges interfaith cooperation and denounces religious bigotry.

Find out more and become a signer at


Resources for you or friends who need Free Immigration Help all over the US, just click on the appropriate state


“World AIDS Day” worship with First Christian Church of Decatur, Unity Fellowship and Gentle Spirit Christian Church.  “Remember, Hope and Act”

Please join our congregations to worship in voice, song and with the choirs and hear the meditations of Rev. Dr. James Brewer-Calver, Rev. Paul M. Turner and Rev. Maressa Pendermon as they lead us through a time of remembrance, a time hope and a call for action.

There will be a 30-minute panel discussion immediately after service to discuss what we can do now as we know that the epidemic and pandemic is far from over.

We will gather in the Sanctuary of First Christian Church 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030 at 10:30am


10th Annual

Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale  

First Christian Church of Decatur


Quality trees and homemade wreaths for sale on the church lawn benefit church and community missions in the City of Decatur, including the church’s Decatur Toy Park.


Volunteers needed and appreciated!

Call 404-378-3621 (church) or 404-229-2326 (Pastor James) for information

on how you and your organization can serve for a four-hour time slot.

Volunteers who serve 4 hours receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt & homemade meal.

Thank you for your support!


Sale starts Friday, November 24 at 9 AM and continues until sold out.

Volunteer for a 4-hour time slot during Tree Sale hours:

Tuesday to Friday 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM; 1 – 5 PM; 5 – 8:30 PM

Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM; 5 – 8:30 PM


Closed Mondays


5% Pre-Sale Discount on all orders received between Nov. 1 — Nov. 23.

For the Pre-Sale Discount please visit our website to pre-order & prepay.

Deadline for pick-up of preorders is Dec. 3.


Local deliveries $10; certain conditions apply.


First Christian Church of Decatur

601 West Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030

404-378-3621  –Website:


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


Patch resources:


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 300 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.)




(2) Outreach & Education Manager, Communications & Special Projects Coordinator – Georgians for a Healthy Future

Job description, qualifications and how to apply online at 


Fire & Rescue Services – DeKalb County

Requirements, job descriptions, and online application at


Various Positions – Ken’s Foods

Maintenance Mechanics, Machine Operators, Forklift Operators. Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, 401K- Employer Match, Paid time off/Vacation, 10 paid holidays, Advancement opportunities, Tuition reimbursement. More at


Multiple Positions – New American Pathways 

Immigration Assistant, Family Support Liaison (Swahili Speaking please), Afterschool Class Instructor-Middle School, Lead Teacher Middle School JD, Elementary After School Class Instructor. Visit for all the info about positions and to apply. Also, scroll down the page for info on AmeriCorps positions and many internship opportunities.


Warehouse Positions – Sutherland Food Services

At the Forrest Park Farmers Market. Go to 16 Forrest Parkway, Building K to apply. Complete the application and get interview. Must be able to lift at least 40 pounds. For additional information contact Shelby Narwood, 404.366.8550 ext 273


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


Multiple positions – Clayton County

Long list of positions and online info including applications. Library workers, court system, trades apprentice, office and hands-on positions. Dozens of jobs profiled with salary. Go to


Mercedes Benz Stadium – hiring various positions

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


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


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.



A man buys a parrot, only to have it constantly insult him. He tries everything to make the parrot stop, but nothing works. Frustrated, the man puts the parrot in the freezer. After a few minutes the insults stop. The man thinks he might have killed the parrot, so he opens the freezer and takes the parrot out. The parrot is shivering. It stammers, “S-s-sorry for being r-r-rude. Please f-f-forgive me.” Then, after a moment, the parrot softly asks, “W-w-what exactly d-d-did the turkey do?”

Joke submitted by Ted M., Sayreville, N.J.





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