January Monthly Messenger

January 18, 2020

New Year, New Beginning

With the beginning of a new year comes celebration. Even though most things remain unchanged between December 31st and January 1st, each year people take this time to celebrate newness. Many people go as far as to make resolutions that they will change something significant about their lives for the coming calendar year. However, many of those resolutions fall by the wayside in little to no time. The reasoning behind that is simple: humans do not do well with new things.

Our humanity as reflected in the Bible shows that whenever we have been given something new, even if that new thing is designed by the Father to help us, we squander it. He gave us the Garden of Eden and we were thrown out (Gen. 3). We were given the original commandments and we built a Golden Calf (Ex. 32). We were given Jesus, and we hung him on a cross (Matt. 27). So, knowing this, how do we affect positive change in our lives? That answer is also simple: let God do it. He changes us through baptism (Col. 3). He opens a way to Him through Christ (Heb. 10). He has created a new place of us to live and commune with Him after we die (Rev. 21).

So, if you want to be new this year, put trust and faith in God to make you a new person. Study and follow His commands, because we cannot be new without Him.

A Volunteer Christmas

Early in December volunteers took a few minutes away from volunteering to be celebrated in the annual volunteer Christmas party. Frankly put, the money we are able to bring into the home from the Resale Shop and countless other projects throughout the year with various volunteer groups would not be possible without the help of volunteers and volunteer hours. We are blessed by their commitment to serve God through volunteerism!

Some Techy Ways to Give

Did you know something as simple as searching the Internet can help Potter Children’s Home? Visit goodsearch.org and set it up as your search browser. It takes a few minutes to set up an account and select Potter Children’s Home as your charity, but once you do you can sit back, scroll and watch the total rise! Every little search helps! There is also a goodshop where proceeds from your sale benefit the Home. For every search Potter receives a penny. Help us out and tell your friends!

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Fruit Baskets

The Fowlkes Street Church of Christ continued their annual tradition of providing fruit baskets for the residents during the holiday season. Look familiar? These ladies also help us with the silent auction each Fall Festival. We are so grateful for their help!

Area Youth Groups provide Night of service to Potter

Youth groups from our region participated in their annual area wide service project at the beginning of the month. They helped sort clothes for the resale shop and donated items for the children’s Christmas this year. They also had some fun with a fashion show at the end of the night featuring items from the resale shop! Five youth groups participated and accomplished a lot in just a few hours!

Thank You for All You Do!

We are so grateful to the numerous churches, individuals, organizations and groups who helped supply the residents here with a wonderful Christmas! We had 42 children opening presents Christmas morning.

Our heartfelt sympathy and thanks go out to the families who remembered Potter Children’s Home in their time of loss in lieu of flowers.
Paul Poland
Robert “Bob” Sidwell

Here are just a few donations we received for the month of December. Thank you to Warren County Regional Jail for choosing Potter Children’s Home as their organization to support this past Christmas. Also thank you to Lavaya Hampton Baldwin who came in and donated her annual allowance to Potter!

We’re Hiring

The single parent program (SPARK) has openings for a Supervisor, Counselor, and Mentor Couples. The Foster Care Program is also seeking a Foster Care Case Manager/Therapist. For more information contact Lee Fowlkes at 270-843-3038 or [email protected].

Potter is also looking for someone to join our maintenance team. Please contact Tony Emberton at 270-843-3038 or [email protected] for additional information.

Happy Birthday

Cards and wishes can be sent to:

Potter Children’s Home
c/o Mariah Blalock
2350 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101


Delores Asam Mr & Mrs James Whitehead Judy Anderson Phillip Simpson C.S. Baker Gary Baker Donna Barber Mr & Mrs Randy Groce Steven Basham Phyllis Basham Batsell B. Baxter Mr & Mrs Alan Baxter Brent Bishop Jerry & Carolyn Bishop Mr & Mrs Charles Bouldin Larry Bouldin Gail Ann Briggs Mr & Mrs Bob Kenney Martha D. Brightwell Patsy & Tom Franklin T.W. Brown Daphne Giles Conchita Wilkerson Betty F. Browning Harold Browning Roy Bush Mr & Mrs Larry Turner Billy & Patricia Freeze Ken & Jo Thomas Madge Carper Debra Dangerfield Pat Collins Green Hill Church of Christ Virginia Conley Debra Dangerfield Wilma Conyer Patsy & Tom Franklin Doralene Cozort Mr & Mrs Alex Jeal Jimmie & Ruth Hattemer Jim Dangerfield Debra Dangerfield Hannah Davis Mr & Mrs Gene Harter Emma Delfo Mr & Mrs James Whitehead Polly Eakins Joyce Potts Mr & Mrs Barry Villines Bill Essex Brett & Melissa Essex Ernie Essex Brett & Melissa Essex Shirley Essex Brett & Melissa Essex Opaline O. Fitts Mr & Mrs Jon E. Browning Catherine Ruth Fletcher Mr & Mrs Ronnie Springer Fred & Dorothy Lauver Carlos E. “Gene” Garrett Hartsville Pike Ch of Christ Donna Gentry Jimmie & Ruth Hattemer Mr & Mrs Alex Jeal Roger Gore Hartsville Pike Ch of Christ Lora Haynes Kevin & Hope Britton Bill Holt Betty Kay Dick Bill Houser Betty Houser Don Howard, Sr. Janet Howard Michael Bayes Melanie Jackson Michael Jackson Dennis Jamison Billy & Patricia Freeze Mable Jordan Gerald Jordan Margaret Justice Joyce Potts Karol Kalagian Gary Kalagian Renee D. Kinney Diane A. Mellott Ernest & Flora Markum Brent & Sherryl Roberts Cornelia Masters Phillip Simpson Jean McFadden Christie Robison Venita McKee Mr & Mrs Randel Simmons Victor G. Mellott Diane A. Mellott Rodney Melton Mr & Mrs Ray Melton Helen Monroe Bud & Gretchen Luna Jimmie & Ruth Hattemer Henry & Shirley Morris Phyllis Burt David Heitz Edwina Napier Mr & Mrs Gerald Strong Norma Oswald Mark & Cheri English Diane Pacey James Harnett Tyler Matthias Page Mr & Mrs James E. Page Paul Poland Whitwell Church of Christ Martha Helm Danny Powell Yvonne Barrett Robert Richardson Barbara Weatherspoon Hester West Riffe Donna Steele Lois Roberts North Lexington Ch of Christ Martha Russell Jenny Thompson & Family Lois Edwards Ed Neal Scott Alyce Neal Stuart Joe Sessa Jacqueline Kincaid Carol Schreckengost Dorothy Daughtery Leon Shepherd Ray Grayham Betty Jo Shull Mildred Armstrong Robert “Bob” Sidwell Kelly Coley Winfred & Nancy Vaughn Bill & Carol Blalock Patsy & Tom Franklin Mr & Mrs Larry Strong Bud & Mary Lynn Coley Jeff & Annette Carnes Danny Satterfield Smith Children Potter Class of 1954 Brenda & Jerry Feinstein Donna Smith Bob Smith Anne Sperber Bud & Mary Lynn Coley Joe E. Swearingen Mrs Joe E. Swearingen Iola Taggart Dave Taggart Alta Taylor Brent & Sherryl Roberts Roberta Bell Temple Josephine Locklin Jack & Sheree Locklin Bob & Rhonda Locklin Lisa Locklin Ryan Earl Thomas Hartsville Pike Ch of Christ Mr & Mrs James Carpenter R.C. Tomlinson Hartsville Pike Ch of Christ Dorothy Tucker DeZarn Family Ronald Tucker DeZarn Family Dartha Waldron Mr & Mrs Alex Jeal Carole Ward Wayne & Bambi England Wallace Watts Kelly Coley Bud & Mary Lynn Coley George E. Weatherford Karen Bowers George Whittle Yvonne Barrett Bud & Drew Willmore Bud & Mary Lynn Coley Don Bruce Winters Jerry & Loretta Winters

Honor Gifts

Ray Ball Merry Christmas Judy Jones Ken & Diane Burton Merry Christmas Christie Robison Bonita Campbell Lynne Qualls Betty Copple Lynne Qualls Tim Crawford Daniel Beckner Darla & William Czimer Dennis & Zella DePasse Nolan Dennison Baseball Achievements Bud & Mary Lynn Coley Hartsville Pike Ch of Christ Elders Mr & Mrs Dennis Gowan Marian Holt Betty Kay Dick Addison Hudson Merry Christmas Ricky & Debra Hudson Kevin & Michele Hudson Merry Christmas Ricky & Debra Hudson Zachary Hudson Merry Christmas Ricky & Debra Hudson Kathy & Rusty Jebbia Merry Christmas Christie Robison Steve & Barbara Johnson Christmas Georgann Green Marilyn Riley Dedication to Children Warren & Jo Nell Vaughan Virginia Waggle Merry Christmas Cindy & Theresa