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Beginnings PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN

The Presbyterian Home for Children is an agent of God’s love called to transform the lives of children and their families.

VOLUME 119 FALL 2019


JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING AT THE HOME Share The Spirit Of The Season Join Us For Campus Christmas Decoration Day                Saturday, Dec.7 9:00-1:00 Presbyterian Home for Children Talladega, Alabama • • • • • •

Supervised Children and Youth Welcome Bring a Dish for Potluck Lunch Decorations Provided Please bring hand tools, small stepladders Donations of extra extension cords welcomed Please let us know you’re coming by calling 256‑362‑2114, ext. 1203 Plan to join us again for Decoration Removal Day Jan. 11, 2020

PRESBYTERIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN 2019 Board of Trustees EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Mr. Al Hill Birmingham, Moderator Dr. Cindy Wilson Fairhope, Vice Moderator Ms. Carol Copeland Athens, Secretary Mr. Newell Witherspoon Huntsville, Treasurer Mr. Jim Runtz Elberta, Member at Large Mr. John W. Haley, Esq. Birmingham, Legal Counsel BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dr. Susan Ashbee The Rev. Dr. Joseph Mobile Johnson, III Dothan The Rev. Christie Ashton Huntsville Ms. Janice Jones Mobile Ms. Heather Benoit Ms. Linda Madsen Birmingham Andalusia Mr. Chuck Carneal The Rev. Robin W. Palmer Foley Madison Ms. Christie Cummings Selma

Ms. Sue Martino Mobile

Dr. Jim Davis Talladega

Mr. Terry Smiley Birmingham

Ms. Bettye Dixie Huntsville

Mr. Chuck Williams Hiram, GA

Mr. Richard L. Dyer Birmingham

Ms. Janis Williams Huntsville

Mr. Avery Embry Talladega

The Rev. Jonathan G. Yarboro Wetumpka

Mr. George Fritsma Trussville

ABOUT THE COVER

FIREFIGHTERS VISIT PHFC SCHOOL

The Presbyterian Home for Children is a Christian caring community for children and families in need; serving children and families regardless of race, color, creed, gender, national origin or disability. The ministry is governed by a Board of Trustees elected in part by North Alabama Presbytery, the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley and South Alabama Presbytery. Beginnings is published for the friends and supporters of the Presbyterian Home for Children. Children’s identities may be disguised to protect the privacy of the individual.

Elementary students at Ascension Leadership Academy learn about fire safety from members of the Talladega Fire Department, including their mascot Sparky. Learn more about special programs at the school in this issue of Beginnings.

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Beginnings Editorial Staff: Amanda Scott and Karla Shackleford P.O. Drawer 577 Talladega, AL 35161 Telephone: 256.362.2114 E-mail: info@phfc.org Website: www.phfc.org Volume 119 • Number 3 FALL 2019


FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends, Over the past year, I’ve covered a lot of miles visiting churches, groups of supporters, and individuals. They’re all over Alabama and, increasingly, in Mississippi, Georgia, and north Florida as well. Some of the people I’ve met have been supporters of the Home for decades: some are just learning about this ministry to children and their families. In either case, I remain overwhelmed by the generous spirit and sheer goodness of the people I meet. In this issue of Beginnings, you’ll read about Tammy Mentzer Brown coming back to Talladega to launch her first book of fiction. During the book signing, a friend came in with a shy young boy. When Tammy learned that he was a foster child, we watched as she quietly talked to him about his dreams and connected in a way few of us could. It made me proud that she calls this place Home. Also in this issue of Beginnings, you’ll learn about Don Hagan, a member of Edgewood Presbyterian in Birmingham, who is planning to answer Christ’s call to mission on a bike ride across America. We are tremendously grateful for Don and Edgewood for coming up with this fundraising idea and, of course, for committing to such an athletic feat to help out kids. We are excited to be the recipient of this challenge and to help Don teach kids about doing whatever you can to share God’s love with those in need.  There are other stories in this issue about people helping others - sometimes it’s fund-raising events like the Sweet Home Soirée in Birmingham in August and sometimes it’s alumni like Motell Foster and Tammy who come back to share their talents with the children currently in our care. For children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma and neglect, it is easy to see the world as unrelentingly harsh. At the Presbyterian Home, we attend to their needs for food, clothing, shelter, and security. But we also let them know that there is much that is good in this world. Our supporters prove that every day. And while we can’t feature every one of you in a newsletter article, we hope you know that you are our heroes for what you do for the least of these. Peace and Blessings,

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PRESBYTERIAN HOME ALUM LAUNCHES NEW BOOK Tammy Mentzer Brown, who grew up at the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, returned to Talladega in September for the launch of her new book “Happenstance.” In her earlier book, “A Teacher’s Prayer,” published in 2012, Tammy detailed her young experiences in a troubled home, the move to the Presbyterian Home in her early teens, and her experiences in high school and beyond. In the years since, she has taken that book and its

hopeful message of God’s grace into churches and workshops with lectures and a devotional guide.

“Happenstance” is Ms. Brown’s first foray into the world of Young Adult Fiction. It follows the ins and outs of young adults who make decisions that determine the fates of their hearts, at that moment in time. The book has been classified as Young Adult Fiction/Romance/Clean & Wholesome.

Tammy and her husband Patrick (far left) with PHFC Board Moderator Al Hill and his wife Jan. 4

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The launch was a homecoming for a much-loved member of the Talladega community and many friends of the author dropped by to visit. The launch was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Talladega.

Happenstance can be purchased through publisher Austin Macauley’s website: austinmacauley.com/us/book/happenstance


CALL TO MISSION SUPPORTS PHFC Don Hagan, a member of Edgewood Presbyterian in Birmingham, has a plan to answer Christ’s call to mission on his bicycle. In March and April of 2020, Don will be riding across the continent with a group of cyclists. Don’s ride will be in support of the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega. This trip will allow him to match his passion for cycling to his sense that God is calling him to do something to help vulnerable kids and to teach young people in our churches about making a difference through mission. Over the coming months, Don will be asking Edgewood (and other churches and anyone who wishes to be a part of this adventure) to help this 3,000-mile trip have the most impact for PHFC. Don suggests people donate a penny per mile ($30), or more or less as they wish and are able. As the ride gets closer, donors will have the opportunity to pledge and give through the Edgewood Presbyterian Church website.  The tour across America begins on March 5th and lasts for fifty-two days. Don and his companions will depart from San Diego and make their way east into Arizona and New Mexico before spending more than two weeks crossing Texas. They’ll be in Louisiana, Mississippi, and briefly visit Alabama before entering Florida. The trip ends on April 26th in St. Augustine, Florida.  Edgewood and the Home will be tracking Don’s progress throughout and he’ll send photos and updates when he can.

Some of the stops along the route will be mission opportunities for Don and his companions as well, such as schools along the Texas-Mexico border. Don will be sharing information about his upcoming trip in Wednesday Night Suppers at Edgewood. He will also be talking about the trip with children, youth, and other Presbyterians wherever he can find the opportunity. And, of course, PHFC will be spreading the word as well. If you would like more information about Don’s trip, you can follow Edgewood’s website at edgewoodpc.org or contact them at office@edgewoodpc.org.

2019 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Members of the 2019 Board of Trustees paused from their Fall meeting to take a Class photo in front of Weatherly Hall. Shown are (front row) Christie Ashton, Jonathan Yarboro, Missy Jones, Heather Benoit, Linda Madsen, Doug Marshall. (second row) Sue Martino, Cindy Wilson, Susan Ashbee, Avery Embry, Jim Runtz, Carol Copeland, Al Hill, (back row) Robin Palmer, Richard Dyer, George Fritsma, and Jim Davis. For a complete list of 2019 Board members, see page two. Fall 2019 I Beginnings

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FUN FRIDAYS AT ASCENSION The students refer to them as Fun Fridays, but the teaching staff at Ascension Leadership Academy know they are much, much more. was placed on the students’ roles in managing environmental Every Friday, the students participate in an activity outside of

issues that will preserve the natural habitat for many species of

the regular academic curriculum. For the students, it’s a fun

animals they saw.

change from academic subjects of literature, math, science and history. Students do not realize, more often than not, course of study standards are being fully infused within the activities. On one Friday this fall, this meant a field trip to Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain, an animal preserve near Attalla, AL. This preserve at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is a permanent home to more than 175 animals, most of whom are predatory animals that were discarded when

Other Fridays stay closer to home, teaching fun skills such as acting and painting using volunteers from the community. “We could never offer this variety on a full-time basis without the help of our volunteers,” says Education Director Linda Harris. “The students also let us know what they’d like to learn and we try to find someone who can help us meet that challenge.”

their owners could no longer keep them. The preserve provides

Schedules at the school are designed so that the requirements

a lifelong home to these animals and runs active education and

for instruction and earning credits are met in just four days

preservation programs. For the students at Ascension Leader-

a week, leaving one day a week available for electives. While

ship, it was a chance to learn about the various species, their

lessons of leadership, citizenship, service, and participation are

place in the world, and conservation efforts. A strong emphasis

included in all of the school’s classes, Fun Fridays give an extra

Environmental and preservation education combined with fun petting the gentler animals at Tigers for Tomorrow.

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chance to emphasize these qualities both in and out of the

“The first time a student has to do academic work all day

classroom.

instead of participating in a field trip, they quickly resolve to never let that happen again,” says Harris.

But perhaps most important to the program at Ascension Leadership Academy is the effect it has on behavior. Students

At a time when many larger schools are forced to discontinue

earn points every day for appropriate behavior and completion

enhancement programs, Ascension Leadership Academy has

of academic requirements. Only those meeting a specific

found a way to include and enlarge these programs by taking

threshold are allowed to participate in Fun Fridays. It’s proven

a creative approach to scheduling, using volunteer resources,

to be a powerful incentive to maintaining expected behavior

and involving the students in the planning process. It’s a win

and academic performance from the students.

for everyone!

Recent Fall Fridays have featured acrylic painting classes, college visits, participation in a day-long leadership program, and science projects built out of food. The variety of programs provides something for everyone! Fall 2019 I Beginnings

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ASCENSION STUDENTS ENJOY MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE Ascension Leadership Academy students Damian, Nylah, Phaethon, Charity, and Sydney (left to right) performed in the Missoula Children’s Theatre ‘s “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Talladega’s Hitoric Ritz Theatre in October. The performance was the culmination of a week-long workshop with the Missoula Children’s Theatre sponsored by the Ritz Theatre for the community. Since the 1970’s the Missoula Children’s Theatre has traveled the world bringing theatre experiences to children (and adults). Their mission, as they say on their website, is to reach the small communities that have few creative outlets or resources for their children, to provide access for places that have none. “We envision helping our country’s children grow into confident, successful citizens using the positive results of our programs.”

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Students from Ascension Leadership Academy joined with young people from other schools for the community production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Ritz Theatre in Talladega. Fall 2019 I Beginnings


ALUM IS GIVING BACK AT HOME

The squirming group of

Motell, who is currently living and working in New York City, has been

children are gathered in

working on this combination of advocacy and art hoping to develop

a circle around the two

a program aimed specifically at foster children. He has worked as a

leaders, waiting

volunteer with the 52nd Street Project, a program that works with

impatiently for their

kids from the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. He was

next instructions.

also a member of the Children’s Rights Young Professional Leadership

For Motell Foster, a working actor who lived at the Presbyterian

Council. He spent 14 years in the Alabama foster care system, most

Home as a child and his fellow actor and friend Eric Marable, this is a

of it at the Presbyterian Home or in college with the support of the

chance to pass on lessons they’ve learned. The children, students at

Home.

Ascension Leadership Academy, have written and practiced their own acting scenes and are ready to perform for each other.

“It doesn’t even feel like giving back,” says Motell of this volunteer work. “It’s home.”

“It’s really easy to build your stage,” says Motell. “All you need is an audience.”

He is a 2017 graduate of the NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program and has worked or is working on a wide variety of acting projects in just

In 2 days of movement, listening, and scene-writing workshops, Motell

two years since graduation. When asked about his own career, Foster

and Eric have brought some of the basics of acting to the students at

smiles and says “I’m where I need to be.”

Ascension Leadership Academy. Like Motell, Eric graduated from the University of Alabama. He’s now a teacher/actor in Birmingham. Fall 2019 I Beginnings

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SWEET HOME SOIRÉE CELEBRATES CHILDREN’S HOME

More than 200 friends of the Presbyterian Home for Children gathered at The Club in Birmingham on August 15 for an evening of fun, food, music, and auctions in the community’s newest event to benefit children in need. It was the first event spearheaded by the new Junior Board of the Presbyterian Home, which sought a way to bring new supporters to the ministries of the Home.

PHFC President Doug Marshall welcomed guests to the Sweet Home Soirée fundraiser

The event also honored Ms. Cindy Fisher, founder of Kingfisher Media, a multimedia publishing firm that owns and operates community newspapers in Alabama. An award-winning veteran journalist, Fisher is also an advocate for women and children who have escaped domestic abuse. Guests learned about the Home and it’s programs, mingled with staff and Board members, and placed bids on items in a silent auction followed by the high energy action of a live auction by Jack Granger of Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc. The auction was successful in raising much-needed funds for the Home. Plans are already underway for a repeat event in Birmingham in 2020.

Sweet Home Soirée Honoree Cindy Fisher, founder of Kingfisher Media PHOTO CREDIT: Special thanks to Jordan Wald of Over the Mountain Journal and to Terry Tingle for photos of the Sweet Home Soirée.

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Jothany and Frank James

Brittany Rouse and Faye Mills

Andy Perkins, Andrea Barnes, Kathryn and Jud Bringman Brittany Rouse and Kathryn Bringman are members of the Junior Board of the Presbyterian Home for Children. Fall 2019 I Beginnings

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NEED TO GIVE AWAY A TRUCK SOON? Do you have an old car, truck, van, or boat that you no longer use? The tax benefit you receive by donating it to the Presbyterian Home for Children may be more valuable to you than the vehicle’s resell value.

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You may not have considered that the Home will also take boats, jetskis, and motorhomes. All depreciate quickly, but can provide income for the Home through your generous gift.

The Presbyterian Home is always in search of vehicles for use around campus or to help a young person learn to drive. If the vehicle is not something we can use, we sell it and put the proceeds to good use in operating the Home.

We are looking for vehicles in good running condition and we may be able to pick them up. We will provide you with tax receipts that will help you take the maximum deduction the law allows. For more information, call Jonathan Ahern at 256-368-8109 or jahern@phfc.org. You can also check out the rules for vehicles donations at www.irs.gov.

We sell locally and have secured a ZERO commission agreement with a local auction house to benefit the Home by helping resell these assets. Your gift is used here at home to help families and children lead healthy and productive lives.

Reminder: Before you can donate a vehicle, you need to have all documentation and the vehicle title.

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Laurie and Jonathan Ahern at Sweet Home Soirée

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS

As a boy, Jonathan Ahern played on the grounds of the Presbyterian Palmer Home in Mississippi, a children’s home with a mission and history similar to the Home in Talladega. His mother, who grew up at Palmer Home and went on to become Miss Mississippi, was a houseparent for a time and Jonathan recounts those days as among his happiest. In the years when his parents lived at the Home as house parents, Jonathan was a staff child, growing up among the children who were being served by the ministry. In January, Jonathan became the Director of Development at the Presbyterian Home for Children and today is bringing that love of children full circle. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Director of Development for the Presbyterian Home for Children,” said Jonathan. “I love what I do as a fundraiser and I’m so blessed to be able to work for a ministry that has such a rich history and a mission serving children in need.” Jonathan is a Mississippi native who grew up in both Columbus and Jackson, MS. He finished high school at Woodland Hills Baptist Academy in Jackson and crossed the state line into Alabama to attend Auburn University. With a degree in

communication, Jonathan worked for Georgia-Pacific but soon moved back to Auburn to start a career in development/ fundraising at Auburn University. Since 2001, Jonathan has worked in fundraising working in higher education, nonprofit, and ministry. Jonathan’s most rewarding work has been working for organizations that serve children in need. For five years he was the Vice President of Development at Palmer Home, where his Mom grew up and where he had lived for a time. “With his history in the ministry of children’s homes, we are incredibly thankful to have Jonathan reaching out into the community for us with his huge heart,” said PHFC President Doug Marshall. “He brings a unique perspective on this mission and communicates the value of this ministry as few other people can.” Jonathan currently resides in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. He is married to Laurie Hairston of Birmingham and has five wonderful children: Jon Thomas (17), Helen Claire (14), Mary Morgan (10) and two step children Tyler (14) and Ava Grace (10).

LET US SHARE OUR STORY SPEAKERS FROM THE PRESBYTERIAN HOME ARE AVAILABLE ANYTIME YOU NEED A PROGRAM FOR YOUR: PULPIT SUPPLY, MOMENT FOR MISSION, SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS, WOMEN’S MEETING, SUNDAY EVENING, YOUTH PROGRAM, MISSION FAIRS, AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER. Jonathan Ahern is the Director of Development for the Presbyterian Home. He spent part of his youth as a “staff child” at a children’s home and, out of that and other experiences, grew a love for ministry to children in need. He serves the Presbyterian Home from an office in Birmingham. Please note that we do not charge a fee to provide a speaker. Presentations and/or sermons are not a fundraising ’ask’ unless specifically requested, rather they are an update on the ministries of the Home and a chance for us to share how much we appreciate you. Fall 2019 I Beginnings

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PHFC ADDS NEW THERAPIST The Presbyterian Home for Children is pleased to welcome Shawna Davis, LPC, as the new Moderate Residential Care Therapist. Shawna will be working part-time in both the Moderate and Family Bridges programs. Therapy is an important part of the services provided for many of the clients in the Home’s programs. Shawna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and is trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for children and adolescents. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama. Shawna holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, and has also studied at the University of North Florida and the Community College of Southern Nevada. She has provided services to children and families for over 20 years in various states as she traveled with her husband during his military career. We are delighted to have Shawna on board and look forward to working with her for years to come.

Shawna Davis

PLANNED GIVING SIMPLIFIED ONLINE

Information on “planned giving” is usually hard to find and hidden in dense legal documents. The Presbyterian Home, aided by the Presbyterian Foundation, is simplifying that information on the internet. There are many kinds of planned gifts. The most common planned gift is a bequest through your estate that is written in your will or trust with the help of your attorney. Yet many different options are available depending on your estate and heirs. A new section of the Home’s website — found under the Get Involved tab at www.phfc.org — provides an overview of the many ways you can support the Home in addition to gifts and volunteer service. Click on Planned Giving Options and you’ll see a wealth of information about the range of ways you can make long-term estate planning benefit you, your heirs, and the Presbyterian Home for Children.

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The additions to the website were developed by the Presbyterian Foundation to provide information to those looking to include the Home in their giving plans. It provides ideas and information that can be used in discussions with the Home’s Director of Development Jonathan Ahern (256-368-8109), your professional advisors, and the Presbyterian Foundation. Fall 2019 I Beginnings


THRIFT STORE ENHANCES PICK-UP OPTIONS The Presbyterian Home Thrift Store, which provides an income for the Home while it serves residents and the community, has recently upgraded the pick-up vehicle with large signs identifying the Home. It now serves as a “rolling billboard� for the Home when it is out in the community. The Thrift Store can pick up items when scheduled through the operations department or thrift store. While it does not run on a regular schedule, it can be scheduled for large donations. Generally, the truck is only available when it is likely to be full or nearly full. Some churches have periodic calls for donations (annually or quarterly) and the truck is scheduled to pick up then. Please contact your church for details on this or to schedule an event. The Thrift store accepts general household goods, furniture, and clothing in good condition. If it can be either used on campus or resold through the Thrift Store, the store is interested. In some cases, we can send a smaller truck or cargo van or coordinate to combine smaller pickups. If you would like to donate items in good condition to this worthwhile cause, call 256-268-7505 or 256-362-2114 ext. 1215 and we will work with you to arrange a pickup.

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MEMORIAL GIFTS

Received June 2019 through September 2019 Memorial contributions to the Presbyterian Home For Children are listed in alphabetical order with the name of the deceased in CAPITAL letters followed by the donor’s names. A HATTIE, HOWELL AND JERRY ALEXANDER Betty and David Clemmons EDWARD AND MARGUERITE ANDREWS Susan Hollinger PATRICK S. ATKINS First Presbyterian Church of Carbon Hill First Presbyterian Women of Carbon Hill

C DREW CALDWELL Georgia L. Emerson JAN CARDWELL John and Shirley McCausland THOMAS W. CARTER John H. Carter

LOLA C. AUNE Hendrik J. Aune Jan and Joe Billions

ELIZABETH R. CARY Sidney E. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Wallis Elliot

B EDWARD D. BATES Alice Gardner Bill and Pat Lummus

BARBARA CASHION Roslyn Weathers

GEORGE M. BEASON, JR. Hall and Susan Bryant CAROL BEAVER William J. Beaver JOHN KENDALL BLACK, JR.M.D. Hall and Susan Bryant SAMUEL BLACKWELL Larry and Becky Dawson Janet and Lee Parnell ALMA BOSWELL James P. Boswell RENZA G. BOWEN, JR. Oscar and Martha Thompson ORIEN JUDSON BRAWLEY, SR. Hall and Susan Bryant BARRY BRYAN Craig and Mary Romer MIKE BRYANT William B. Armbrester 16

CHARLES F. BUNTIN Nette Buntin

SANDRA CROCKER Charles and Jan Cobb

MADISON W. FORMAN, JR. Sue Frady Jane Rutland Mike Weems

LAMAR DILL R.D. and Marilyn Burson MARTHA EGAN DORRANCE Frank C. Dorrance

JONATHAN CHRISTIAN Charlotte J. Leach WILLIAM R. CHRISTIANS Southminster Presbyterian Church FRANKLIN CORYDON CLAPP Barbara Clapp Mary Kate Gach Melinda Stovall Guinn OLIVIA G. “SWEETIE PIE” COLLINS Michael and Alice Tillman

AXSON ROBERT COOPER Hall and Susan Bryant

F SEGAIL IRWIN FRIEDMAN LTG (R) and Mrs. John S. Caldwell, Jr. Mary Winston Laseter

D WALT DENSMORE LTG (R) and Mrs. John S. Caldwell, Jr.

SYLVIA CHATHAM Frances M. Harris

JOHN R. CONWAY Hall and Susan Bryant

THE REV. DR. ALBERT “SHEP” CRIGLER, III June and Buddy Guynes Jane McBride John and Sue Shaver

BOBBY F. DUNAWAY Billy and Sherry Atkinson Clay County High School Class of 1961 Frankie and Linda Fant Benny and Susan Marney Linda Silavent McMillian Ann Morrison J.W. DUNCAN Lee Teamer E DR. JOHN T. EAGAN Shirley Childs David and Robin Davis Sara Vaughn JARED W. ECHOLS of Springville Jane Rutland MARY T. ECK Barrett and Carolyn Shelton

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THEODORE W. FIORELLA Mary N. Dill G EARL A. GARNER Bula Garner COZELL AND CLOVIS GILBERT Elmira O. Gilbert JIMMY GOLDEN Bob and Dian McDonald CLAUDE E. GOODWIN, JR. Michael and Mary Smith BILL AND BETTY GORDY Joel and Beth Dubina JOHN L. GRANGER Sidney E. Thompson LINDA GRESHAM Perry and Laura Ayers EBER L. GRIMES Judy G. Pearce H FRANCIS H. HARE John W. Haley ANGEL DAWN HARRIS Alma J. Crawford DAVID A. HARRIS Eloise Hamby Harris WILLIAM DALTON HAYES Sallie and Christy Davidson


MEMORIAL GIFTS

Received June 2019 through September 2019

BARBARA ANN HEAD Frank T. and Patsy J. Head Deverse

ANNIE LOUISE TAYLOR JONES Barbara R. Howard

FERRELL MAUGHAN Liberty Church of Hoover

LAWRENCE E. HELMS Barbara Helms

ARTHUR AL JONES Doug and Phyllis Moore Parker and Allision Moore Carol Slade

MARY CAMERON LOUISE MAYO Cecil and Ann Fuller

RITA L. HELTON Hannah Circle of Shades Valley Presbyterian Church THERESE HENDERSON Tammy G. Johnson EDWARD HERBERT Isabel H. Lawrence ELIZABETH ANN HERBERT Isabel H. Lawrence JOHN CLEARY HINTON Shirley D. Hinton THE REV. JAMES HOUSTON HODGES Robert and Sara Johnston Tom and Shirley Jones Ran and Betty Pickell JO HAMILTON HOLT Stacey E. Bennet Bill Bomar Katy Bomar Morgan and Wyn Bomar Jim and Merdith Byram William and Evelyn Cannon John Childs Katherine Childs Emily R. Davis Phillis Denton Carolyn L. Edwards Melissa Bomar Jacobs Mary Lind Powell Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Women Mary C. Southerland William B. Sullivan Whit and Connie Walker Stephanie Williford

WILLIAM C. JOHNSON Mary Kate Gach VENDA JOHNSTON Robert and Sara Johnston TEMPLE FARRIS JOHNSON Sallie and Christy Davidson BETH TAYLOR JORDAN Joe W. Jordan

HELEN MCCARTER Circle 7 First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa PATRICIA F. MCELYEA Hall and Susan Bryant REX MILLER Henry and Patricia Smith ROBERT DAVID MILLER Pierce and Louise Boyd MARLIN MILLICAN Linda M. Williams

K MARTHA PATTON KING Scott and Augusta Andrews

TERRY MILLICAN Linda M. WIlliams

LUCY KNIGHT Janet and Lee Parnell

DR. MALLORY F. MIREE Nelson and Cassie Forbes

L GENENDA LAMBERT Sidney E. Thompson CHARLES H. LAND LTG (R) and Mrs. John S. Caldwell, Jr. Senator and Mrs. Richard Shelby THOMAS JACKSON LANDHAM Stephanie R. Landham KATHY F. LANE Sandra Vaughn HELEN ELVIE LAWSON-DEMARET Mr. and Mrs. Kent Langenwalter Jack and Jane Baum

J THE REV. DR. ALLEN CLEVELAND JACOBS, SR. Merilyn Anderson

M ORA FAYE MARTIN Judy G. Pearce

RICHARD A. JENSEN Cheryl B. Jensen

RACHEAL MARTIN Sara Reed

JOSEPH D. MOSS Charles Driskell Jessie P. Leonard Doug and Phyllis Moore Parker and Allison Moore Ran and Betty Pickell Barrett and Carolyn Shelton Robert and Charlotte Sparks O LYNWOOD DEAN O’FARRELL, JR. Dag and Melissa Rowe

BARBARA A. PEMBERTON First Presbyterian Church of Tallassee BARBARA LOU PHILLIPS James and Ginny Hornsby JOHN M. PHILLIPS Billy and Dona Perkins Linda Phillips ZANE PHILLIPS Billy and Dona Perkins Linda Phillips JACK B. PORTERFIELD Rick and Glenda Dyer R BERNICE RAY James and Suzanne McRae TERESIA REID Harry Reid JOHN RICHARDSON Sara Vaughn JOHN “JACK” WESTBROOK ROBERTS Hall and Susan Bryant EDWARD B. “EDDIE” ROBINSON All Events, Birmingham MARY JANE STARNES RUTLAND JoAnn Day Megan Simmons Dorothy Stock

KATHERINE M. OFENLOCH Hall and Susan Bryant

S CHARLES SHAVER, JR. Jane McBride

JUDGE S.C. OLIVER Guy and Juanita Chipman

WILLIAM B. SHIPMAN Shirley Shipman

KATHLEEN F. “KITTY” OWENS Sara Vaughn

CONNOR SIMMONS Bill and Pat Gwin

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MEMORIAL GIFTS

Received June 2019 through September 2019

PETER HALDOR SNEVE Hall and Susan Bryant

JOSEPH LLOYD THOMPSON Joe and Pam Johnson

PATSY SOUTHERN South Highland Presbyterian Women

MARY J. THOMPSON Ronald F. Thompson

DIANE D. STEWART Jane Rutland IRENE GENEVIEVE “JEAN” STOTTLE Robert Stottle WALTER M. STUARTS Robert and Sara Johnston

RODNEY W. SUMMERFORD Lucy C. Summerford

JULIA M. TRUELOVE Doris C. Walton WILLIAM ALLEN TRUESDELL Faye Mills CHARLES TUCKER Molly S. Dorman

V BETTY W. VAUGHN, M.D. John and Betty Brandon

T CLARA M. THAGARD Les and Sharon Thagard

WILLARD AND ANN WYNN Mike and Lin Stephenson

THOMAS R. WARDELL John and Sandra Haley

JOHN J. LAMAR TUCKER, III Hall and Susan Bryant

BRUCIE STUART Robert and Sara Johnston

W ANTHONY M. WALSTAD John and Shirley McCausland

JAMES COX WARE, III Cecil and Ann Fuller MRS. LEE WEED Jane McBride ROBERT W. WIDELL Janet Widell MARRION C. WILLIAMS Gaither’s Florist Memory Williams MARY NELL WISE Circle 7 First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa LIB WOODSON William D. Woodson

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HONOR GIFTS

Received June 2019 through September 2019 Honorarium contributions to the Presbyterian Home For Children are listed in alphabetical order with the name of the honoree in CAPITAL letters followed by the donor’s names and, if stated, the occasion. B HEATHER S. BENOIT Frank and Jothany James

D DR. JOHN DUFFY Sallie and Christy Davidson

THE REV. DR. AND MRS. BENJAMIN S. BOOTH John and Peggy St. Clair

E DREW ELLNER Betty Brownlee

BOBBY JOE HOSMER John H. Carter

F CINDY FISHER Grace Presbyterian Church Madeleine Hill The Rev. Cathy Hoop

L BO AND NANCY LUNDY Babbs Lundy

CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN Jerry and Lana Boozer BOYD FAMILY Price W. Boyd C BARBARA AND WILKIE CAMP Ed and Pat Ledbetter CHRISTIE CUMMINGS Jim and Becky Nichols

G CHARLIE GUYTON Betty Brownlee H AL AND JAN HILL Louis and Kim Brunsting Mr. and Mrs. Goodloe H. White

ALLYSON HOFER Elizabeth K. Goldman

BARNEY PRESSNELL Jerry G. Duncan R THE REVERENDS NICK AND KATHY REED Terry and Helen Mari Ley THE REV. DR. HOWARD L. RODGERS Jeffery D. Lowry

N DOROTHY JANE NISBET Wayne and Susie Dempsey

S RONALD AND JUDITH SAWYER Bob and Babs McCurley

P RANDOLPH P. PICKELL Betty Brownlee

BARRETT AND CAROLYN SHELTON Ran and Betty Pickell

ZOE POWELL Teresa Barrett

FELICIA AYERS STOREY Steve Hester

PLAN YOUR SPRING VOLUNTEER DAYS The Presbyterian Home For Children offers volunteer opportunities for adults and teens, including housing for volunteer groups. For more information and to schedule your group for this fun and meaningful service, call Jeremy Hardy, Director of Operations, at 256-223-1294 or email: jhardy@phfc.org UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CAMPUS CHRISTMAS DECORATION DAY DECEMBER 7 CHRISTMAS DECORATION REMOVAL DAY JANUARY 11   VOLUNTEER WEEKENDS February 7-9 March 13-15 , 27-29 April 3-4, 17-19 May 1-4, 15-17 Fall 2019 I Beginnings

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PHFC COOKBOOK ORDER NOW! Pre-orders are being taken for Presbyterian Home for Children Cookbooks which will be delivered before Christmas. This first ever cookbook features 150 recipes from staff, friends, families, alumni, and churches. Cookbooks are $15 each. We’ve ordered 300 copies and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Reserve your copy now. To order, email cookbookphfc@gmail.com or call Amanda at (256) 362-2114 ext. 1203. Payment is due when you order. Don’t miss out! Order yours TODAY!

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