Announcements

May 28, 2017

Seventh Sunday of Easter 

10:30AM

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “Making a Difference”, Vicar Alyce,  Acts 5:12-42 (The Message)

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― 
Jane Goodall

 

OWN YOUR FAITH,DON’T RENT IT!

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.

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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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Want to know about Pastor Paul?  Check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82-5mutxGLM&feature=youtu.be&list=PLTpetkN815QzXtvqYp-6pzKKRDbVMjd6e

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

Pastor Paul has a twitter account.  If you would like to follow him go to:

https://twitter.com/PastorPaul55

Get to the previous week’s sermon by going to:

http://gentlespirit.org/announcements/latest-sermon/

Read the most recent blog of our pastor go here:

http://gentlespirit.org/taking-the-bullets-out-of-the-gun/

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Friday-Saturday, June 2, – National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Wear Orange Day events. Watch for details for Georgia public events coordinated nationally for Prevention of Gun Violence.

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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 http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/record-restriction-summit

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(Facing Stigma Together)

Project FaST is an online study examining how stigma and discrimination affects the lives and relationships of gay and lesbian couples. The principal investigator is Nicholas Perry, M.S. and the faculty sponsor is Brian Baucom, Ph.D. This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Utah Institutional Review Board.

If you are interested in the study and currently in a romantic relationship with a partner of the same sex, you and your partner are welcome to fill out the screener here: Project FaST Screener. A member of the research team will contact you shortly afterward. All study procedures occur online and couples across the US can participate.

If you have any questions at all about the study, please contact us: nicholas.perry@psych.utah.edu.

Thanks for visiting! Project FaST Team

 

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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 http://www.georgiawatch.org/georgia-watch-releases-georgia-consumer-guide-for-medical-bills-and-debt/

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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.

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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 VHAATGVoluntaryService@va.gov.

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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 tomchet2@mindspring.com. Tom is a member of the St Ann’s Catholic Church VFC Military Ministry team.

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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 http://www.benmasselldentalclinic.org/patients *************************************************************

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

Friday/Saturday, June 2, 3,– National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2), Wear Orange Day events. On June 2 wear your orange. Tee-shirt, hat, bag, hair! And then again on June 3, join Moms Demand Action/Everytown and other groups for a food and fun family picnic at Trinity Community Church, 10679 Tara Blvd, Hampton, 30228. 93 Americans are shot and killed every day, and hundreds more injured, yet our leaders have failed to take action. National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the days following are our chance to make sure that they can’t ignore us anymore. Join in and show your support for the fight to end gun violence. RSVP http://act.everytown.org/event/wear-orange-2017_attend/6301/signup/?source=emne_first-wo-events-17&refcode=emne_first-wo-events-17&utm_source=em_n_&utm_medium=_e&utm_campaign=first-wo-events-17&t=3&akid=11220.1399617.2dV-XY

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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.)

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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 ericvlu@gmail.com *************************************************************

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 http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/ListCurrentJobFairs

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 http://hankjohnson.house.gov/resources/hanks-jobs-page

 

Job Fair:

 

Job Fair: Thursday, May 25, 12 noon – 4:00 pm at Villages at Lake Ridge Clubhouse, 1200 Lake Ridge Parkway, Riverdale, 30296. For more info call Janie McKesey 404.213.6856

 

Job Fair: Wednesday, June 14, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, 30331. This 4th Annual Job Fair sponsored by Workforce Fulton along with the Housing and Community Development Dept. If you need help preparing, there are 3 workshops available prior to the Fair. Get info and register by calling Workforce Development at 404.613.6381

 

Bilingual Job Fair: 35th Annual Job Fair Latin American Association – Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. At LAA, 2750 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, 30324. Register by June 16 at http://bit.do/dkqKX For questions email employmentservices@thelaa.org

 

The local Patch websites have both news and job opportunities included. You can check by zip code for openings at http://patch.com/georgia/decatur/jobs  There are multiple listings for management and staff positions in retail, medical, office and other categories. Over 100 featured this week at https://patch.com/georgia/decatur/s/g4o2r/106-job-openings-in-metro-atlanta-right-now?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert

 

Jobs:

 

Bilingual Resources & Marketing Specialist (17-00064) – Gwinnett County     

Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections is responsible for planning and organizing all election and voter-related activities and assists Gwinnett’s cities and special districts with election preparations. The division is comprised of staff that are proud to be part of a team that works together to assure that every vote counts. $40,934.00 /year salary. Qualifications and more of job description at https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1688148-0/bilingual-resources-marketing-specialist

 

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 http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/default/files/DWN%20Associate%20Director%20Job%20Posting.pdf

 

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 jobs@acluga.org  Please reference Policy Counsel in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

 

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: http://www.feministcenter.org/jobs ) via email to: jobs@feministcenter.org  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

 

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 https://plannedparenthoodext.hire.com/joblist.html

 

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 matthew@atlantaprogressivenews.com  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 www.cobbworks.org  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 https://jobs.gsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1326752199805 and follow the guide to jobs and application.

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THIS WEEKS HUMOR:   

 

Second Opinion

The doctor said, ‘Joe, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The

sad news is that it will require castration.

You have a very rare condition, which causes your testicles to press

on your spine and the pressure creates one hell of a headache. The

only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles.’

 

Joe was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he had anything to live

for. He had no choice but to go under the knife. When he left the

hospital, he was without a headache for the first time in 20 years,

but he felt like he was missing an important part of himself. As he

walked down the street, he realized that he felt like a different

person. He could make a new beginning and live a new life.

He saw a men’s clothing store and thought, ‘That’s what I need… A

new suit..’

He entered the shop and told the salesman, ‘I’d like a new suit.’

The elderly tailor eye d him briefly and said, ‘Let’s see… size 44 long.’

Joe laughed, ‘That’s right, how did you know?’

‘Been in the business 60 years!’ the tailor said.

 

Joe tried on the suit it fit perfectly.

 

As Joe admired himself in the mirror, the salesman asked, ‘How about a

new shirt?’

Joe thought for a moment and then said, ‘Sure.’

 

The salesman eyed Joe and said, ‘Let’s see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck.’

 

Joe was surprised, ‘That’s right, how did you know?’

 

‘Been in the business 60 years.’

Joe tried on the shirt and it fit perfectly.

Joe walked comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked, ‘How

about some new underwear?’

Joe thought for a moment and said, ‘Sure.’

The salesman said, ‘Let’s see… size 36.

Joe laughed, ‘Ah ha! I got you! I’ve worn a size 34 since I was 18

years old.’

The salesman shook his head, ‘You can’t wear a size 34. A size 34

would press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give

you one hell of a headache.’

 

New suit – $400

 New shirt – $36

 New underwear – $6

 Second Opinion – PRICELESS

 

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