“The Church Without Walls”

In Candler Park at the First Picnic Pavilion 10:30AM

March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday in Lent



MESSAGE   “Can’t be more Clear Than This”  Pastor Paul Matthew 6:9-13 The Message (MSG)

VS.9  This, then, is how you should pray:…”


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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Free Citizenship Clinics. Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s legal services department is continuing to offer free citizenship clinics in partnership with the other members of Atlanta’s New Americans Campaign collaborative. At each clinic, attorneys, BIA-accredited representatives, and other volunteers assist green card holders with their naturalization applications for free. USCIS fee waiver applications will be available. February 24th, Free Citizenship Clinic at Georgia Gwinnett College Student Life Center – LVIS Room (1000 University Center LN, Lawrenceville, GA 30043) 9am to 1 pm. Additional information and dates are available at  or call 404.890.5655


Saturday, March 24, 1:00 pm – March for Our Lives. March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. Be there with the kids and families of March For Our Lives who will take to the streets of Atlanta, at the State Capitol to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. Refuse to allow one more needless death. Thousands have already signed up. More info on FB event page at And Athens has some details for their Arch gathering on this daytoo, check it out at


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


Reminder from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, GALEO, GLAHR, Project South, and others: Call U.S. Senators Perdue and Isakson to support the DREAM Act. Your voice is needed to help pass the bipartisan and clean DREAM Act.  Please call our Georgia U.S. Senators to become sponsors and support the DREAM Act.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson:  770.661.0999

U.S. Senator David Perdue: 404.865.0087

Join the advocacy efforts by texting the word IMMIGRATION to 864-237 and you will get these notices by text. Please spread the word today!  #DREAMAct

(For more information on the 2017 DREAM Act, visit )


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. This week features new jobs listed within 50 miles of Decatur. (If you follow the Patch job listings by zip code weekly, you will see that the newest jobs added are noted.) Also: if you need help preparing to apply for any jobs, this site also has free resume templates, resume samples, formatting help and resume builder.


WorkSource DeKalb announces its Mobile Career Center schedule for February. The center will be stationed at locations throughout DeKalb County to help put DeKalb County citizens back to work. Details and dates at


Tapestri is looking for an intern. Who’s interested in fundraising and marketing and who loves refugees? Mainly over the summer, 10-20 hours a week. For more about Tapestri visit Posting at and application to volunteer at




DeKalb Parks, Summer Employment – DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs is accepting applications until March 30 for seasonal summer employment opportunities such as food monitors, camp counselors, recreation assistants and bus drivers. Go to and scroll down to select Park & Recreation or other departments.


Staffer (one-year position) – The City of Atlanta’s Office of Resilience 

Position will work on the implementation of the City of Atlanta’s Commercial Buildings Energy & Water Efficiency Ordinance. This is a one-year position, and the Office of Resilience is looking for a candidate with excellent interpersonal skills and data management experience. If you are interested, apply at


Program Assistant – Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Position is in The Racial Justice Program seeking to build power in black communities to challenge anti-black racism and white supremacy, and the program assistant would help further this work through grants management support, research, and communications, among other responsibilities. Also. Human Resources Assistant and Disability Rights Program Officer at


Medical Front Office – Briarcliff Pediatrics

Three years of experience required, $14 – $17 an hour. Full info and how to apply at


911 Emergency Communications – DeKalb County 

Go to  for positions, further details and how to apply


Canvassers, part-time – Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Please email  for details.


Fire & Rescue Services – DeKalb County

Requirements, job descriptions, and online application at


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


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


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:  An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, “Sir, have you been drinking?” “Just water,” says the priest, fingers crossed. The trooper says, “Then why do I smell wine?” The priest looks at the bottle and says, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”



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