Join us for the culmination of Lent to travel the “Road Towards Freedom”:  free of the church, free to be, free to own your relationship with God, free to make choices, free to do the work of God, and free to be at the table.


Gentle Spirit Christian Church

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:30 AM 

Fourth Sunday in Lent: The Road Towards Freedom


TODAY’S MESSAGE: “The Road Towards Freedom/ Free to do the Work” Matthew 25:31-40, (The Message)Pastor Paul

 VS. 40  Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.


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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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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Our Lenten journey continues the “Road to Freedom”.

March 26th: “Free to make my own Choices” The Bible

April 2nd: “Free to do the Work” Matthew 25:31-40 Micah 6:8

April 9th: “Freedom to be at the Table” Mark 14:12-26 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-26

April 16th: FREEDOM SUNDAY: “Free from the Tomb, Free of the World” Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12 and John 20:1-18


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



The Health Initiative is hosting a series of no-cost community breast health screening days that are open for registration now!  Services provided are made possible by a grant from Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta and It’s the Journey. There are limited spots available so sign up now!

Participants must be at least 35 years old. All of these services are trans* inclusive.

After registering, we will contact you to select your appointment time.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 between 9:00 AM & 2:00 PM

The Health Initiative

The Philip Rush Center

1530 Dekalb Ave NE

Atlanta GA 30307

Register now at this link:

*If the above dates don’t work for your schedule, you can still request breast health services from The Health Initiative. Please email us at


Friday, March 31, 11:00 am – 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration. Join GALEO at in Room 216 CAP (inside the capitol) to honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez as well as the winners of the 10th Annual GALEO Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. This year’s ceremony will feature guest speakers such as Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO and others. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor civil rights legend, Cesar Chavez, and increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America. Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers Union. He remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday, March 31st, is officially recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. GALEO supports the movement to create this date a national holiday in honor of Mr. Chavez. Facebook event page 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 located 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. *************************************************************

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


Hiring Event: Friday, March 24, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Certified Teachers Wanted for Clayton County Schools. On-site interviews, signing bonus and performance bonuses. One-time bonus for Paraprofessionals. Bring: resume, Teaching Certifications, College Transcripts. At Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow, 30260.


HIRING FAIR: Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Atlanta Chapter of National Domestic Workers Alliance will host their 1st Hiring Fair. This event will connect Domestic Workers that are seeking employment with agencies or persons who are looking to hire skilled and available employees. There will be several employers from agencies seeking Nannies, Housecleaners, and Home Care workers. Also attending are agencies and persons that recognize and honor the value of domestic work and agree to ensuring fair pay, dignity, and respect in the workplace of Domestic Workers. In advance of the Hiring Fair, NDWA will be offering domestic workers assistance to build their portfolios. Join in on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm for a Portfolio Party. There will be wine and light refreshments.  Bring your resumes, cover letters, reference letters, and any other supporting documents printed or on a flash drive. You can also email them to Jacklyn. Members who need support in updating their resumes or cover letters should contact Jacklyn to make an appointment for assistance.

Contact Jacklyn at 404.584.0840 or  for more info.


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


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


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


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.


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 WEEKS HUMOR:   New Car …. Old Folks…

A retired older couple returned to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they had been interested in to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde in a mini skirt and a halter top.

The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply, “Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we raised the $55,000 asking price. Yet I just overheard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there. And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you could discount this model.”

The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water. “Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn’t need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?”, replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man.

“There you go,” she said. “I told you I could get that idiot to lower the price. See you later Dad, Happy Father’s Day.”

Once again…. don’t mess with seniors.



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