Gentle Spirit Christian Church 

March 24, 2019

Third Sunday in Lent


TODAY’S MESSAGE: “One More Year”  Luke 13:1-9  Pastor Paul


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 for appointments:

Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Saturday by appointment only

Dana Owings
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Pastor’s Personal Assistant Dana Owings Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am-2:00 p.m.

Please call for appointments (404) 604-8124 or send an e-mail to:


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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

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


An Announcement: BY REV. PAUL M. TURNER

Whosoever is embarking on an exciting new phase of its existence. After a four-year hiatus, the website that was founded by Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge 22 years ago as the online version of her groundbreaking LGBT-positive Christian magazine is undergoing a transformation.

The first step in this journey is that I am answering the call to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Whosoever in partnership with Rev. Chellew-Hodge, who is assuming the role of Editor Emeritus. Our goal is to relaunch Whosoever in 2019 with fresh content aimed at today’s seekers while preserving the rich archives of original content that have characterized Whosoever to date.

The initial phase of this transformation will involve a great deal of behind-the-scenes work, but we intend to post updates along the way on our Facebook page.

I am thrilled and humbled to take this journey and, I welcome your presence alongside us.

God Bless,
Rev. Paul M. Turner


Thursday, March 21, Georgia Equality/LGBTQ Day at the Capitol. Join GE to make sure lawmakers see and hear strong opposition is to the license to discriminate RFRA bill , and that they see momentum is growing for the inclusive civil rights bill and hate crimes bill that will explicitly protect LGBTQ Georgians from discrimination. More info and RSVP at


New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta – Volunteer Opportunity. The Immigration Court Observer Program gives you a chance to see what immigration court looks like. You do not have to have any legal training. The training and program materials you will receive will explain everything you need to know. The information that you will gather will help other legal groups respond to issues that may arise.  If you can help, contact Kathy Hancock, Advocacy Chair at


Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto urges interfaith cooperation and denounces religious bigotry.

Find out more and become a signer at


There are currently over 14,000 children in Georgia’s foster care system and the number climbs daily. These children are more than a number, they are an indication that families in Georgia need the community now. If your congregation or you personally feel called to help visit and find out what you can do.


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


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), Acupuncture’s (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:


Don’t underestimate this resource! The local Patch websites have both news and job opportunities included. Hundreds of jobs this week at

For open positions go to You can check by zip code for more local openings. There are multiple listings for management and staff positions in retail, medical, office and other categories. 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.


DeKalb County Mobile Career Center. The mobile unit brings job assistance to residents of DeKalb by conveniently traveling all over the county. More on the program and then link to the monthly calendar of unit locations at


Work Source DeKalb Program designed to connect DeKalb County residents to eligible training providers and employers in a centralized location. DeKalb County residents can learn about Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eligibility requirements, meet with eligible training providers and learn about high demand careers. The program equips DeKalb County residents and employers with resources to assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, education and economic development. For more information about Workforce Wednesday, contact Chanell Davis at 404.371.4996 or  For more information about WorkSource DeKalb, visit  or call 404. 687.3400





Research and Policy Analyst – Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

The full job posting can be found at Follow the instructions exactly and hurry, they are accepting applications until March 29, 2019 or until the position has been filled.


Social Security Administration

Special opportunity and qualifications: The Social Security Offices in Covington and Griffin, Georgia are looking to hire applicants who are bilingual, and are either, recent graduates, veterans, or have a disability. Apply at


Advocacy Manager – Detention Watch Network (Washington, DC)

The DWN Advocacy Manager will play a critical role in advancing DWN’s mission to end immigration detention through advocacy, coalition building, policy analysis, strategy development and research. Full job description and application details at (We usually do not post about jobs outside of Georgia but this is a timely and important position that needs the most qualified person. Someone from the Georgia family surely fits the position!)


Digital Organizer fulltime – Georgia SHIFT

Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on education, and civic media programs. More info at FB post and full job description on Google Drive at


Communications Director – Council on American-Islamic Relations GA (CAIR)

CAIR is accepting applications for the position of Communications Director, as well as communications interns. Candidates interested in applying for the position should email their cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and a list of references to Responsibilities of the Communications Director include: Drafting and editing news releases, media kits, action alerts, press statements, and other communications materials. Compiling and distributing weekly digital newsletter. More info at


Communications Coordinator – Sierra Club

Collaborates with chapter volunteer leaders and staff and regional office staff to promote the conservation action, public education, and other goals of the Sierra Club through the development, coordination, and implementation of messages and strategic media plans for the chapter and through outreach to the general public and to public officials. More at


Program Coordinator – Georgia Muslim Voter Project

Looking for a dedicated and passionate individual to execute the group’s strategy to achieve goals for Voter Registration, Education, and Engagement. More at Questions to


Two Positions Open – Feminist Women’s Health Center


Health Educator position provides health education and options counseling to a diverse population of women, Trans, and gender non-conforming folks at Feminist Women’s Health Center, in support of our full range of reproductive health services. Grants Coordinator position will work to expand the range of funding sources and increase current grant commitment and will be responsible for supporting and leading grant writing and reporting and other duties that support development program overall including some events and individual donors support duties. Go to


Administrative/Program Coordinator – Environmental Community Action, Inc. (ECO-Action)


Part-time position provides general office management, clerical, program and meeting coordination support to facilitate ECO-Action’s mission of providing technical and organizing assistance to communities in Georgia facing threats from air, land, and water pollution and other environmental hazards. Candidates should possess a strong commitment to social justice, environmental justice and equity.  Details and position description info at More about ECO-Action at


4 positions: Development Fellow, Communications Fellow, Operations Support, Facilities Support – SONG

Southerners On New Ground hiring and note that each job description has varying application deadlines. Send all of your questions to  Go to and then click on the job title for description and application details.


Various Positions – ALDI 

ALDI is expanding in GA and opening new stores around the state. Full & part-time, manager trainees, store staffing and more at


Field Staff, IT positions, Area Managers – U.S. Census Bureau

Various levels of jobs, Area Managers listed first (so keep scrolling down for more openings) 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


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 young boy asks his dad:

“Dad, what is the difference between confident and confidential?”

The dad replies: “You are my son, I’m confident about that. Your friend next door is also my son, that is confidential.”


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