Announcements

Gentle Spirit Christian Church 

September 22, 2019

  Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

 

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “It is the Little Things”  Luke 16:1-13  Pastor Paul

VS.10  “if you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things.”

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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Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm – (Athens) 2019 Athens PRIDE Street Festival. to be held on Washington Street between Pulaski and Lumpkin Streets. Food trucks and vendor booths will line the streets with plenty of activities for the entire family. An don’t miss the Divas Under the Lights show, featuring a special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Visit https://www.athenspride.org/  for more information, to become a vendor, or to become a 2019 Sponsor.

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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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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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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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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

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  

 

Full-time, Part-time, Seasonal & Career positions – United Parcel Service (UPS)

Thousands being hired to start soon for upcoming holiday seasonal jobs but also for current openings of career positions. Over 109 job categories posted and how to apply info at https://upscareers.jobs/georgia/usa/jobs/ (You can enter a specific location on the Georgia page)

 

(5) Policy Director, Digital Communications Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Census Coordinator, Immigration Paralegal – Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Job descriptions, duties and qualifications along with how to apply at https://advancingjustice-atlanta.org/page/16?fbclid=IwAR1FkitymD94-Fi3dPUXGM_epTnY1zK6K6n3MO9O8iC0XF_cs4utvjB4cf8

 

Special Upcoming Ex-Offender Job Fair – Friday, September 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For those returning to the job market. Event will have access to employers, job readiness training, interviews, counseling, legal assistance, community service providers. To be held at the Merle Manders Conference Center, 111 Davis Road, Stockbridge. Contact jobshcac@gmail.com for more info and to register.

 

Administrative Assistant – Georgia Sierra Club

This person will be essential to keep the office running and keep volunteers engaged, supported, and appreciated. Does this sound like you (or someone you know)? Find out more and apply here https://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm01/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=SIERRACLUB&cws=39&rid=1389

 

Part-Time Administrative & Support Staff – Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

For full job description, duties, qualifications and how to apply go to http://galeo.org/galeo-is-hiring/?fbclid=IwAR1EYqRcdclsKJwBXlOOpUFbzliuI4gdag1pBpYchCbUVy98pEqRsgOX9kY

 

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

 

Staff, AmeriCorps and Internships – 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.

 

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: 

 A US Navy cruiser anchored in Mississippi for a week’s shore leave.

The first evening, the ship’s Captain received the following note from the wife of a very wealthy and influential plantation owner:

“Dear Captain, Thursday will be my daughter Melinda’s Debutante Ball. I would like you to send four well-mannered, handsome, unmarried officers in their formal dress uniforms to attend the dance.”

“They should arrive promptly at 8:00 PM prepared for an evening of polite Southern conversation.

They should be excellent dancers, as they will be the escorts of lovely refined young ladies.

 

One last point: “No Jews please.”

Sending a written message by his own yeoman, the captain replied:

“Madam, thank you for your invitation. In order to present the widest possible knowledge base for polite conversation, I am sending four of my best and most prized officers.”

“One is a lieutenant commander, and a graduate of Annapolis with an additional Masters degree from MIT in fluid technologies and ship
design.”

“The second is a Lieutenant, one of our helicopter pilots, and a
graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago , with a BS in
Aeronautical Engineering.  His Masters Degree and PhD. In Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering are from Texas Tech University and he is also an astronaut candidate.”

“The third officer is also a lieutenant, with degrees in both computer
systems and information technology from SMU and he is awaiting
notification on his Doctoral Dissertation from Cal Tech.”

“Finally, the fourth officer, also a lieutenant commander, is our
ship’s doctor, with an undergraduate degree from the University of
Georgia and his medical degree is from the University of North
Carolina . We are very proud of him, as he is also a senior fellow in
Trauma Surgery at Bethesda .”

Upon receiving this letter, Melinda’s mother was quite excited and
looked forward to Thursday with pleasure. Her daughter would be
escorted by four handsome naval officers without peer (and the other women in her social circle would be insanely jealous).

At precisely 8:00 PM on Thursday, Melinda’s mother heard a polite rap at the door which she opened to find, in full dress uniform, four very handsome, smiling Black officers.

Her mouth fell open, but pulling herself together, she stammered,
“There must be some mistake.”

“No, Madam,” said the first officer.

“Captain Goldberg never makes mistakes.”

 

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