Heritage Homes resident art featured on TLHA’s Christmas mailer
BELLE PLAINE, MINN. October, 15 2019— Heritage Homes resident Florence Bowman painted the design that will appear on nearly 5,000 Christmas mailers shared by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) throughout the nation and around the world this December.
Her painting of baby Jesus illustrates the humble beginnings in this year’s scripture theme: “She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:7)
Florence is a resident at Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wis. Heritage Homes offers independent living, assisted living and memory care. Originally from Hubbleton, Wis., Florence and her husband Norman raised four children on their farm. The couple enjoyed working on the farm together especially taking care of the cows and driving tractors.
Florence moved to Watertown in November 2015 after Norman was called home to Heaven. Florence has always been an avid painter in the Memories in the Making program at Heritage Homes. In addition to creating artwork, Florence likes to work on puzzles, bake, garden and volunteer.
The Lutheran Home Association, a national non-profit health care and disability ministry, started its annual Christmas card contest in 1995. Residents, clients, tenants and other individuals served through Jesus Cares Ministries are invited to participate by submitting original artwork created using pens, pencils, markers or paints.
This year’s Bible verse is based on the familiar Christmas song “Away in A Manager.” It reminds us how Jesus came humbly, born in a manger, to be our Savior.
“TLHA’s beginnings are also humble. Our ministry began with one individual, who donated her family’s farmland and her son’s government death benefits when he died in service to our country during the Civil War,” said President and CEO Michael Klatt. “The Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ while sharing his birth with our residents, family members and team members.”