Members' Corner

February 2019

 

Floyd Adler: Long-Time Member Profile

 
What a privilege and a pleasure to meet and interview Floyd Adler, Bethlehem's oldest

member, born near Mead on April 11, 1920. Farming outside of Hudson at the time, parents Carl and Mary Adler of German heritage had Floyd baptized in Ft. Lupton. At some point, they moved to Mead where Floyd attended school through grade eight. As the oldest of 13, Floyd was told by his mother that he had to set a good example for his six brothers and six sisters, and he always took that admonition seriously.

FA 2019_IMG_3408The Adler family attended Peace Lutheran in Longmont. In Floyd's possession is a

hymnal from Peace dated 1930, a priceless item he intends to gift his daughter Patricia. He also has a church membership certificate signed by Pastor Taubert. From the old Peace Lutheran at Fourth and Baker, long ago converted into a single family residence, he has a white chair and an eight foot bench.

Floyd clearly remembers September 28, 1940, momentous in that at a dance he met

Marian, the woman with whom he was destined to fall in love and marry less than eight months later. She invited him to her house where he went the very next day. Within a couple of weeks, they knew they were meant for each other, love at first sight, so to speak. They met the approval of each other's parents too, and before long, Marian and Floyd's mother were exchanging recipes.

Learning all about farming didn't deter town girl Marian. Floyd and Marian married on June 7, 1941. Marian never swore, remembers Floyd, and insisted on talking problems out as soon as possible. They modeled partnership, love, and commitment to their seven children. After seeing those children baptized and confirmed Lutheran, Marian, who had not grown up in a church, decided that it was time for her, as an

adult, to become a baptized and confirmed member herself. She helped in the kitchen at both Peace and Bethlehem.

With brothers and brothers-in-law in the service and with a war on, Floyd tried to enlist in the army during WWII. However, he and Marian had a couple of children by then, and their farm was important to the war effort. His family was thanked for their service, and he was told to stay on the farm.

Recalling the years before Peace joined with Bethlehem, Floyd cites serving on the

church board for about a decade and singing in the choir for 14 years. The pastor's wife, who directed the choir, made sure that a hymn was sung every month in the German language. In Floyd's memory, the Peace-Bethlehem union in 1957 occurred relatively smoothly. Floyd served on the new Bethlehem church board as well, frequently tag teaming with Alex Ott. Good friends, the two were part of the volunteer crew that poured cement for the new church building and built the Bethlehem Stable. He remembers how that board wrangled over the need for a new furnace; however, when the church board changed, a new furnace was purchased and installed.

As a farmer, Floyd raised registered Holstein cattle and judged cattle as an active

member of the purebred Holstein association. "What brand of tractor did you own?" this

interviewer asked. "John Deere, always," Floyd answered, the first new one costing $1,100 in 1946. As an amateur auctioneer for Mead school pie socials, he thought, at one time, he wanted to become more of a professional and is still able to vocalize the auctioneer spiel. He completed an at-home course in college level material and has the booklet to prove his mastery.

In 1986 he and Marian moved off the farm into their home in Fox Hill, though he

continued to farm with his son and grandson. Once a farmer, always a farmer, he and this interviewer, a farmer's daughter, agreed. Floyd continues to garden and honor Marian, who died in 2010, with tending an abundance of flowers, especially mums, and decorating for Christmas with lots of lights. "She loved lights," he says, "and eagles."

Floyd actively participates in the Advent decorating at Bethlehem, too. He remembers that two of the three trees that were always decorated had to be taken out when the present sanctuary was built in the early 1990's. It was heartbreaking this past December when an extension cord, lights, and wreaths were taken from the church property.

With 100 years on this earth only 14 months away, Floyd remains active, drives a big

pickup, faithfully attends second service, and lives by himself in his and Marian's retirement home. With five surviving children, 18 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren, he keeps busy attending many family events and holiday gatherings. He attributes his longevity to having only an occasional beer and to never smoking. Floyd's contributions to faith and family, his interest in others, his sense of humor, and his many memories add up to a life well-lived. Thank you, Floyd Adler, for sharing some of your life story and for your service to the Bethlehem congregation.

 

February 2019


The Good Work of the Agape Fund


One of Bethlehem's outreach programs is to assist those in desperate need by utilizing money from an account called the Agape fund. Agape is defined as "the highest form of love and charity" and recently we were able to tap into these funds to assist a neighbor in need.

After my neighbor, friend, and BLC member Thelma Abromski passed away, her home was put on the market and eventually a new couple moved in. It didn't take long for our families to recognize that we share a faith in God. Almost immediately, we began sharing our experiences of faith. Through these conversations, I learned that while one of them, Marianne, was recovering from her fourth joint replacement surgery (both knees & both hips), her doctor spotted a large fracture in one of her femurs. Immediately, she underwent another surgery to reinforce the bone.

Knowing that she would end up being in a wheelchair and that building a ramp would be the last thing she needed to worry about, I contacted the church to see if we could tap into the Agape fund to build a ramp. The church agreed, and for just under $300 Matt James, Matt Helman, my wife Lori, my kids, and I built a ramp in less than a day. Marianne sent me a letter from the hospital thanking our congregation for the donation, and I wanted to make sure I passed that gratitude along to everyone else in the church.

ramp pictureI am looking forward to her return and to see if the ramp serves its purpose. This whole experience makes me proud to say that I am a member of BLC, a church full of Agape.

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

By Ryan Bloemker


 

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