Sunday, October 21, 2018

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Candler Park – 10:30AM


TODAY’S MESSAGE: “If it is the Gospel of the Church, it must be True?”  – Pastor Paul – John 14:1-10 (MSG)

VS 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Creator except through 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 for appointments:

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

Saturday by appointment only

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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REMINDER: EARLY VOTING in GA, from Monday, October 15 – Friday, November 2

Exact dates, times, and locations for your address can be found on the MY VOTER PAGE: And by now you should have heard about the hold put on many registration applications as well as a purge of the voting rolls. So, take a minute to check. If your My Voter Page shows “pending”, then there is corrective action you must take.

Think you are already correctly registered? You can check the accuracy of your voter file at


Saturday, October 27, 7:00 – 10:00 pmTrick or Vote GA. How cool is this? This THE EARLY VOTING COSTUME PARTY AND HAUNTED house you don’t want to miss! Join Atlanta Jobs With Justice for a spooky (but fun) evening celebrating the hard work our community is putting into getting out and voting this midterm. On the last Saturday of early voting in Georgia is an after-canvass costume party complete with food, drinks, and a haunted house featuring political issues scary enough to go vote! Go Canvass, get your friends and family to the polls, then Turn up for fun with all the squads that have been hitting the pavement this cycle. Bring your kids, family, friends, and let’s get spooky together as we enter the final stretch. We won’t be tricked because we are getting out and voting! More at


October is Disability Awareness and Appreciation Month. Celebrate with our neighbors, friends and co-workers!



Several times a year we distribute nearly 500 personal hygiene kits to local homeless people. Since starting our hygiene kits ministry in 2010, we have distributed thousands of kits. Our goal is to distribute 2,000 kits a year.

Our next distribution is planned for Sunday, November 4, 2018 in place of our regular Church Without Walls service. As with the regular service, we will meet in picnic Pavilion 2 in Candler Park.

During our last hygiene kits ministry on August 26, 2018 we assembled 250 more hygiene kits for distribution to local homeless people. The Decatur Rotary Club, along with First Christian Church of Decatur, generously supports our hygiene kits ministry.

The hygiene kits ministry happens in three phases:

  • Collectionof hygiene kit supplies year-round.  (Click here to see a list of what we collect; we can use your help!)
  • Assemblyof the hygiene kits on the date and time indicated above, at picnic Pavilion 2 in Candler Park in place of our regular Church Without Walls service.
  • Distributionof the hygiene kits to local homeless people immediately following assembly of the kits.


Most of us are aware that there is no paper backup when we use the Georgia electronic voting system.  To be sure that my vote counts, especially if there is a recount, I’m signing up for an absentee ballot for the November 6 election. Here’s the link for DeKalb County:


Just click on the application for absentee ballot, print it, sign it and mail it in to the address shown. I have not done it by email, but have used fax in the past. This time I will mail it since there is plenty of time. Don’t forget to sign it however you send it. If you are 65 or older, you can request that you get an absentee ballot for every election starting with Nov. 6.  That’s what I’m doing.


For other counties, the form is the same but you mail it to your county’s address for receiving an application for an absentee ballot.  Should be on county website, as for DeKalb.


Note: To check to make sure you are registered, go to


WANT TO FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION? (You know you do!) BE AN ELECTION BOARD MONITOR, WITH THE ACLU OF GA. As November fast approaches, the ACLU of Georgia is kicking off a new volunteer-led project to monitor local boards of elections in 20 key counties across the state. The goal is to keep a watchful eye on wrongful closures or changes to precincts, elimination voters from the rolls, and other actions that limit access to the ballot. Volunteers will attend monthly board of elections meetings in their own county, take notes at the meeting, report those notes to the ACLU of Georgia office, and check the county legal newspaper – at least weekly – for announcements. No prior experience necessary. Training will be provided. To sign up/for more info, contact: Stephanie Jackson Ali,  or 205.520.3434.


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


Frustrated that you can’t get through to YOUR Senators Isakson and Perdue?

Voice mails full, no in-person opportunity to meet in the Georgia offices … these guys have insulated themselves from you, their employer. So many outrages from this administration and YOU can’t be heard. Well, here is an alternative that works!

The Indivisible group in Washington DC (Herd on the Hill) has partnered to get your messages HAND DELIVERED. Go to and follow the instructions to get your message & voice through the blockade. You’ll kick yourself for not checking this out. Herd on the Hill is there to help you get HEARD. Pick your issue but this week it would be especially impactful for getting in touch with Perdue and Isakson on bill S3036 Keep Families Together Act.

Be sure to scroll down and click Learn more. You can even see what your message will look like when delivered.


Support ACLU People Power – Sign Petition to stop separating families

The Trump administration has cooked up a vile new scheme: ripping children away from their parents to discourage immigration. Separating families is more than cruel and unnecessary – it’s torture. ICE, Border Patrol, and other Homeland Security agencies are taking the children of immigrants and asylum-seekers and sending them to faraway detention centers. It doesn’t matter how young the child, how terrible their situation, or how unnecessary their separation. They have one goal in mind: to warn immigrants not to come here, or else they might lose their children.

And if you have an extra minute, make a call to E. Scott Lloyd. He is the Director of Refugee Resettlement and is responsible for the almost 1500 children taken from their parents that are now MISSING! The number is 202.401.9246 or fax 202.401.0981


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

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


October 24, Call to Action Prayer Breakfast. From 7:00 – 9:00 am at The Temple,1589 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30305. This will be the 18th time ICM has brought people of all faiths together to celebrate and to pray for Georgia’s children. The room is always packed. The energy runs high. Friends in advocacy reconnect.  For more event and sponsorship information contact


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.

Job Announcement

Atlanta, GA, October 1, 2018– Someone Cares is excited to announce current job openings

within the agency! We are looking for:


Transgender Outreach Specialist – PTE

Licensed Clinical SocialWorker – FTE

Certified Addition Counselor II – PTE

Registered Nurse – PTE

MSMOutreach Specialist – PTE

Clinical Case Manager – FTE

Program Director – FTE

Peer Specialist – PTE

Licensed Professional Counselor – FTE

Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant – PTE


If you would like more information about the job openings, please contact RonnieBass, Executive

Director at 678-921-2706 x3. Email resume to or fax to 678-388- 8649.

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. There are 360+ new jobs posted now at


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 The September calendar at


WorkSource DeKalb will host its “Workforce Wednesday” event on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 am – 1 pm at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia,30038.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 event will equip DeKalb County residents and employers with resources to assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, education and economic development. Interested candidates must register at  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




Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Tax and Budget – Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Position will help lead GBPI’s ongoing efforts for sound fiscal policies. This role includes authoring policy reports that assess current trends and conditions, serving as a statewide expert on tax and budget policy, analyzing legislative budget and policy proposals and more. Full job description, requirements, how to apply at


Southern Regional Organizer – Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

Position will help support the SONG collaboration with the Transgender Law Center and SONG membership across the South. You can find the job description and more information about how to apply at


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


400+ positions on every level – International Paper Company

From Maintenance Techs, to line workers to Supervisors, IP is looking to fill many positions. Go to and search jobs by name & key word. They are asking to spread the word that they are hiring for jobs in their Forrest Park facility.


900+ positions – Philips Arena

Big hiring wave at the Hawks facility. Concourse host, parking host, & seating host, facilities maintenance, more. Communicating effectively and professionally with guests and team members paramount. Go online to


Communications Director – Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Position provides senior leadership and oversight to create and implement comprehensive strategic communications that support GBPI’s mission to advance solutions that expand economic opportunity and well-being for all Georgians. This senior level position requires extensive media relations experience, excellent writing and editing skills, and new media expertise. All the details and position description info at


Multiple Positions – Columbia Residential 

Hiring for Regional Manager, Community Manager, Roving Community Manager, Assistant Community Manager, Community Leasing Specialist,

Community Service Tech Supervisor, Contract and Procurement Administrator, Project Manager 2, Construction Manager – Rehab,  Assistant Construction Manager & Maintenance position which is eligible for a sign-on bonus. Send resumes by fax 404.521.4114 or email to


300+ positions open – International Paper Company, Lithonia

Maintenance, techs, forklift drivers, production line (including night shift), die cutters, other machine operators. Go to and click on “search open positions” small banner below “Expand Your world”.


Multiple Positions – New American Pathways

New American Pathways, has MULTIPLE job openings. These jobs work directly with the community to get them more educated and involved in civic life! Check out the positions FT & PT and apply.


Various (250+ positions being added) – Pandora (Atlanta)

Pandora, the most popular music-streaming service in the United States, plans to create 250 new jobs in Atlanta. The position list can be accessed 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:  A little guy is sitting at the bar just staring at his drink for half an hour when this big trouble-making biker steps next to him, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swing.

Then the poor little guy starts crying.

“Come on, man. I’m just giving you a hard time,” the biker says.
“I didn’t think you’d CRY.  I can’t stand to see a man cry.”

“This is the worst day of my life,” says the little guy between sobs…
“I can’t do anything right.

I overslept and was late to an important meeting, so my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car was stolen and I don’t have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife in bed with the gardener and my dog bit me.

So, I came to this bar trying to work up the courage to put an end to my life, and then you show up and drink the damn poison.”














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