Gentle Spirit Christian Church  

Sunday February 19, 2017 10:30 AM 

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany


MESSAGE: “The Really Hard Stuff of Freedom” Matthew 5:38-48 (The Message)Pastor Paul

 VS. 47 If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.



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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. Our country is home to people of every race, color, creed, and faith tradition, and all are inextricably woven into the fabric of our great nation. Our faith calls us to stand up for our immigrant brothers and sisters.  Join Faith in Public Life Saturday, Feb. 18, in a vigil for immigrants at the Latin American Association, 2 p.m., 2750 Buford Hwy., Atlanta 30324. R.s.v.p. here. *************************************************************

Yep! Taxes done for free! VITA is a free tax preparation service for households with an income of $55,000 or less. And taxes are prepared by IRS trained and certified volunteers! To find VITA sites near you or more form information, click here.


Come dance with your L’Arche friends on Saturday, February 18, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The Valentine’s Dance it suitable for all ages and abilities. St. Thomas More’s Mulhern Hall is accessible by turning south on West Trinity Place, and then turning east into the parking lot. Bring a savory finger food to share; desserts will be provided. Saturday, February 18, 5:30-8:00 p.m. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 W Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. Find out more about L’Arche and let them know you are coming.


Georgia Suicide Prevention Team has made a difference in our state. One important victory was HB 198 ensuring that teachers are trained each year in suicide prevention. It’s Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol on March 2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. New DBHDD Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald will be there. Come and share your questions, concerns, ideas about how we can make a difference!  Register Now!


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.


Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month by hearing Jayme Alilaw (soprano), Sean Savage (tenor), Marcus Hopkins-Turner (baritone), and Allen Michael Jones (bass) as they perform works by African American composers and writers. Andrew Bayles, Brittney Elizabeth Boykin, and Allen Michael Jones on piano. The program is free and open to the public.  (You’ll be out in plenty of time for the Super Bowl!) Sunday, Feb. 5, 3:00– 4:30, p.m., Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta 30305. View Map.


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 located in midtown. Please refer folks who need this service to the website to obtain instructions for securing an appointment, at *************************************************************

NAMI DeKalb Peer to Peer is a free unique experiential learning program for people with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their recovery. It consists of ten two-hour units and is taught by a team of trained mentors who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Starts Tuesday, January 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m. To sign up call or email Crystal Gail (209)613-5340 or


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. *************************************************************

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


2017 CAREER & RESOURCES FAIR: On Friday, March 3rd from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., I’m hosting my 2nd Annual Career and Community Resources Fair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Employers will be onsite and professionals will be on hand to assist with job readiness and resume writing. For more 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




Part-Time Executive Director – The Trolley Barn

The Trolley Barn is searching for a part-time Executive Director to be responsible for overseeing daily operations of an historic building located in the heart of the Inman Park neighborhood. The building is owned by a non-profit organization, The Atlanta & Edgewood Street Railway Company, which is governed by a Board of Directors. The primary funding for the operations of the building has come from event rentals. The Trolley Barn also serves non-profits and the community. Responsibilities include serving as the key person of reference for clients, external vendors, and staff. Experience in event facilities management and the ability to lead a team is important. Hours and compensation are subject to negotiation. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Christel Sundin, VP Operations at The Trolley Barn


Counselors – Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm 

This isn’t your average summer camp, and they don’t want average camp counselors. The seasonal staff is made up of adults experienced in working with youth who are passionate about peace and social justice issues. Counselors must be flexible, high energy, and ready for some long days in the hot Georgia sun. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to

by March 1, 2017. Job description and more info at


Grants Manager – Latin American Association

The LAA seeks a talented grant writer and fundraising professional for the position of Grants Manager to manage and significantly grow the LAA’s grants portfolio. Bachelor’s degree in related field required; Master’s degree preferred. Minimum 3 years experience in non-profit grant writing with demonstrated success securing public and private grant funding, preferably with social services agencies. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing sample to


Georgia Organizer – National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

NAPAWF is seeking an entrepreneurial full-time Organizer based in Atlanta, Georgia to deepen base building work in Georgia; strengthen grassroots infrastructure to respond to national policy issues as well as inform and advocate communities of issues that impact their lives. Responsible for growing organizing capacity, which includes leadership and base building functions for the organization including the development and delivery of training programs and implementing the grassroots components of national advocacy campaigns. Full job description and how to apply at Job open until filled.


Errin J. Vuley Fellows Program Coordinator – Feminist Women’s Health Center

The Program Coordinator will contribute to the development and management of the Errin J. Vuley Fellows Program, FWHC’s new Leadership Development pipeline. The EVFP Coordinator will assist the Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) in participant recruitment, program design, curriculum creation, and logistic coordination. Using the

Midwest Academy manual and other available resources, the CEC and the EVFP Coordinator will identify, train, and provide opportunities for leadership development in order to strengthen the movements for reproductive health, rights and justice. This is a non-exempt, part-time, grant

-funded position, at an hourly rate of $15, with a maximum 29 hours per week. To apply, please submit a COVER LETTER and RESUME to: (Email Preferred)

Or 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.



Working people frequently ask retired people what they  do to make their days interesting. Well for example, the other day  I went into town and went into a shop. I was only in  there for about 5 minutes, when I came out there was a cop writing out a  parking ticket. I went up to him and said, “Come on  man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?” He  ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi  turd. He glared at me and started writing another  ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a  s**t head

He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a  third ticket. This went on for about 20  minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he  wrote. Personally, I didn’t care. I came into town by bus. I try to have a little fun each day now that I’m retired!

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