Announcements

Gentle Spirit Christian Church 

July 21, 2019

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

 

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “Finding Time”  Luke 10:38-42  Pastor Paul

 VS. 41  The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.

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 for appointments:

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

Saturday by appointment only

Dana Owings
Dana Owings

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:

office@gentlespirit.org

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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.

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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/if-only-this-were-fake-news-but-its-not-even-alternative-facts/

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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 www.stampslicked.com 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.

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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. https://action.aclu.org/petition/separating-families?ms_aff=NAT&initms_aff=NAT&ms=180309_immigrantrights_icedetention&initms=180309_immigrantrights_icedetention&ms_chan=web&initms_chan=web

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

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Transportation barriers for Georgians seeking health care. Georgians for a Healthy Future has announced a new partnership with the Arc Georgia aimed at addressing the transportation-related challenges faced by Georgians as they try to access health services. Adequate transportation is important to the health of Georgians because in most cases people need to go to a location outside of their homes to receive medical care. Without access to reliable, safe transportation, Georgians may be forced to skip health appointments, go without medication and ultimately, see their health decline. Georgians experiencing some of the biggest challenges getting to and from needed health care are those that rely on non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). NEMT is a benefit provided to Medicaid-covered Georgians who do not have their own means of transportation to get to health appointments, the pharmacy, and other health facilities. The program is especially important for people living with disabilities, seniors, rural residents, and people of color. Want to connect with this project? Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/3pWgwvJhEEmSQZBBR5Zs5A2

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Thursday, August 15, 6:30 pm – Party with the Past at Clarkston Community Center. Mayor Ted wants all to come out and explore the most diverse square mile in America—Clarkston! So, head to the Clarkston Community Center to learn more about the unique history and culture of the area. Known by many names and nicknames during its history, including New Siding and Angora Heights (referring to angora goats kept by residents in the early 1900s), Clarkston was one of the first suburban communities in the South. Beginning in the 1990s, Clarkston became a common destination for refugee resettlement. With over 50 countries across 6 continents represented, the City proudly proclaims itself “the Ellis Island of the South.” Go to the FB event page and click “Going” https://www.facebook.com/events/2342870729288010/

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Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto urges interfaith cooperation and denounces religious bigotry.

Find out more and become a signer at atlantainterfaithmanifesto.org

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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 www.fostergeorgia.com and find out what you can do.

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Resources for you or friends who need Free Immigration Help all over the US, just click on the appropriate state https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/index

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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 https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DreamAct2017-summary-and-facts-2017-07-24.pdf?utm_source=2017+Nov+21%3A++DREAMAct&utm_campaign=112017+DREAMAct&utm_medium=email )

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Friday, July 19, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Know Your Rights: Rental Housing. This program will cover criminal background policies, requests for accommodation, eviction, lease renewal. Learn about new rights from the recently passed bill on tenant rights. Sponsored by NAACP, Georgia Justice Project, Atlanta Legal Aid, Women on the Rise. To be held at Georgia Hill Center, 250 Georgia Ave. (room 315) Atlanta, 30312. Lunch provided. RSVP at http://bit.ly/KYRHousing

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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 *************************************************************

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

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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

 

Patch resources:

 

Don’t underestimate this resource! The local Patch websites have both news and job opportunities included. Hundreds of jobs this week at https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/m/jobs

For open positions go to https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/m/jobs 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 https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/worksource-dekalb/mobile-career-center-description To go directly to the July schedule visit https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/news/dekalb-county-mobile-career-center-july-schedule-1

 

WorkSource 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 cdavis@dekalbcountyga.gov  For more information about WorkSource DeKalb, visit www.worksourcedekalb.org  or call 404. 687.3400

Openings  

 

Council on Aging Deputy Director – Georgia Division of Aging Services

The position of Social Services Program Consultant 3 (Council on Aging Deputy Director) is located at the State Office at 2 Peachtree Street NW in Atlanta. The job description, qualification, pay range and how to apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/dhsgeorgia/jobs/2495956/council-on-aging-deputy-director-00060368?fbclid=IwAR3hxqU_jrENKpyyQNDZHHtdgfgc59KB9QFAxGN9HZolcVRS6w20pgbNKkc

 

Policy Research Associate – Georgia Watch

Georgia’s premier consumer advocacy group is looking for a public policy professional who would: Respond to consumers who contact Georgia Watch for help by directing them to resources and making necessary referrals; Coordinate volunteers for specific projects; Assist with development of marketing and communications associated with organization’s activities; Contribute to all social media and online outreach, including Georgia Watch blog and newsletter. Full job description and how to apply (by July 15) at https://www.georgiawatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Policy-Research-Associate_2019.pdf

 

Public Policy Research and Development Director – Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Downtown Atlanta office location, MARTA and accessible building. Full job description, qualifications, benefits and how to apply go to https://ga.taleo.net/careersection/ga_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=ADM07Q3&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

 

Paid Canvassers – Georgia Stand-Up

Georgia Stand-Up answers the call for all-hands on deck to register voters. The canvassing will be held at various voter registration events between now and October. Apply at www.jotform.com/gastandup/gsucanvasser Interviews have already begun, act fast. For more info contact Marian Ennis at marianennis@georgiastandup.or call 404.581.0061

 

(3) Welcome Co-Op Logistics Specialist, Welcome Co-op Housing Liaison, Welcome Co-op Logistics Specialist – New American Pathways

Go to http://newamericanpathways.org/whats-new/job-postings/ to see each job description and how to apply. New American Pathways has a deep legacy of service to the refugee community in metro Atlanta. Provides services ranging from initial resettlement to literacy, employment, youth education and school services, and immigration and citizenship assistance. (Note: this link on the New Pathways page also has a list of a dozen or so positions with AmeriCorps that are currently open)

 

Various Positions – Northside Hospital

For Non-clinical and medical professionals opportunities, visit this site and at the top click on Career Areas for (literally) hundreds of jobs https://jobs.northside.com/career-areas/nursing/?utm_source=sf-email&utm_source=newspaper&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cmg-cn-atlnp&utm_campaign=8521084&ecmp=newspaper_email&:%20&iaccess=ZTAwYWJjNmMtMGM5Yi00MTg3LTljYjctNDVjYzRjNmQ3YzQ4fDYvNy8yMDE5IDg6Mzg6MTggQU18ZW1haWw%3D

 

Peer Support Specialist – Georgia Council on Substance Abuse 

(GCSA) is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase the impact of substance use recovery in Georgia’s communities through education, advocacy, training, and peer support services. Position responsibilities to educate, advocate and create safe and empowering spaces that support the dignity and value of what’s right and what’s working with individuals, communities and systems. GCSA offers a highly attractive compensation package that includes competitive wages, paid holidays, and vacation time. Full job description, required work schedule and how to apply at https://files.constantcontact.com/9834e315501/9d742c89-13ef-421a-8eb9-2ce049f7c9cc.pdf

 

Various Nursing & Support Positions – Emory (11 locations)

Go to https://nursing-emory.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1&hashed=-435620505&mobile=false&width=1190&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240 and scroll through. Mostly nursing jobs but also some clerical and specialized support positions.

 

Home & Office Cleaners, Part-Time – Lionheart

Within the State, $600 weekly. Mon-Friday from 11 am – 2 pm. Email president.ppid@gmail.com

 

Newspaper Carrier – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. From 12am-5am during the week and 12am-7am on Sundays. Hours vary depending on the route size and location. Routes begin around midnight and are ideally completed by 5:30am M-F,6:30am Sat and 7am on Sunday. More info and link to apply at https://www.ajc.com/marketing/deliver-real-journalism/XterKVkC7o8F2MQyZuXLpL/

 

Various Positions – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Nurses, management, support services and more. Huge expansion of facilities offers new opportunities frequently. Go to

www.careers.choa.org For consultation with the recruitment team, email careers@choa.org

 

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 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526177100

 

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 https://careers.aldi.us/location/georgia-jobs/61/6252001-4197000/3

 

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 https://www.census.gov/about/regions/atlanta/jobs/all.html

 

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

 

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: 

 Cancel your credit cards…THIS IS SO FUNNY

Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die. This is so
priceless, and so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is
today. A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February
and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and then
added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had
been $0.00, now is somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank:

Family Member: “I am calling to tell you that she died in January.”
Bank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still
apply.”
Family Member: “Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.”
Bank: “Since it is two months past due, it already has been.”
Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?”
Bank: “Either report her account to the frauds division or report her
to the credit bureau, maybe both!”
Family Member: “Do you think God will be mad at her?”
Bank: “Excuse me?”
Family Member: “Did you just get what I was telling you – the part
about her being dead?”
Bank: “Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.” Supervisor gets on
the phone:

Family Member: “I’m calling to tell you, she died in January.”
Bank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still
apply.”
Family Member: “You mean you want to collect from her estate?”
Bank: (Stammer) “Are you her lawyer?”
Family Member: “No, I’m her great nephew.” (Lawyer info given)
Bank: “Could you fax us a certificate of death?”
Family Member: “Sure.” (fax number is given) After they get the fax:

Bank: “Our system just isn’t set-up for death. I don’t know what more I
can do to help.”
Family Member: “Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could
just keep billing her. I don’t think she will care.”
Bank: “Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.”
Family Member: “Would you like her new billing address?”
Bank: “That might help.”
Family Member: “Odessa Memorial Cemetery, Highway 129, Plot Number
69.”
Bank: “Sir, that’s a cemetery!”
Family Member: ” No S–t! What do you do with dead people on your
planet?”

 

 

 

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