Monarchs in the Rain Garden

Last summer, church member Erik Hromatka happened to take a really great video of some Monarch Butterflies flitting around our very own Family of Christ Rain Garden. Click on this link to see the brief video, Rain Garden It is beautiful to see how the Rain Garden had attracted such a lovely creature as the Monarch.

Did you know that every spring, Monarchs head north from their winter quarters in Mexico and California. They spread into the rest of the USA and into Canada. Those traveling monarchs launch a new generation, and by fall, the 3rd of 4th generation from those spring travelers use their genetic migration codes to return back to warmer climates for their winter. In all, that trip is 2,000-3,000 miles each way. They can travel as much as 100 miles per day during that migration. The Monarch also utilizes the food it stored up in its caterpillar stage to use as fuel during the long journey. Adult female Monarchs lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves, so that the larvae can feed on the milkweed, which is poisonous to most other insects. That poison stays in the Monarch’s system and, along with the vivid bright colors of the butterfly, that very poison serves as a deterrent to predators who then steer clear of the regal butterfly.  

Now, I want to also tell you a couple of interesting things about our Rain Garden, which hopefully will again be a stopping point for the lovely Monarchs. (Erik! I want you to capture a new video this year!) Our garden, created about 4 years ago, is 4,785 square feet, and it regularly cleanses the rainwater that siphons off from our parking lot and through the rain garden, before draining into the nearby Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek watershed. Just a one-inch rainfall can drop more than 42,000 gallons of water onto our very own parking lot. That’s amazing! And once it enters the creek, it eventually makes its way into the Minnesota River. The garden was created through funding from Family of Christ, the City of Chanhassen, and from the Watershed District using a Clean Water Funds Grant. The task of maintaining and weeding the Rain Garden is a duty that our church must undertake, and this has been led by our own Creation Care Committee. The next weeding session is June 18 from 7:00-9:00 PM.

The term, ‘butterfly,’ is not actually mentioned in the Bible. Though, along with all creation, we know they are included in these verses from Psalm 104: “O Lord, how many are your works – in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. They all look to you to give them their food in due season. When you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.”  

Along with me, I hope you are relishing in the beauty of the earth as our days grow long and warm. Everywhere you look life is bursting at the seams. And simply admiring God’s handiwork in all of creation is a definite way to sing praises to the Lord with all our being!

Let’s see each other in church! –Pastor Josh

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE: Worship Services are at 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM.

SIMPLY SUMMER IS COMING: Our summer midweek fellowship and outdoor worship will begin on June 12 with the meal starting at 6 PM, and the Outdoor Worship at 7 PM. Activities take place throughout the evening as well. Come and be part of a joy-filled evening at Family of Christ throughout the summer, which will include Luther Crest week, an ExSOULtation   concert, our Block Party, a Root Beer and Hymns sing-a-long, and the Pet Blessing.

OUR SAVIOUR’S HOUSING We are looking for volunteers to prepare a meal, or to help serve dinner to the residents of Our Saviour’s Housing on Friday, June 21st. Prepared meals and food items can be dropped off at FoC, and the servers will bring them along to serve that evening. If you would like to be part of this ministry, there is a sign-up sheet on the CIA bulletin board near the kitchen for you to sign up to bring food, serve or both. Contact Melissa Gunderson with any questions at or at 952-807-1122.

NEXT WEEK IS PENTECOST SUNDAY, so we encourage you to wear red in celebration of the birthday of the Christian Church. Thank you to all who cut out paper doves for our Sacred Seasons team – how we wait and see how those will bless our worship service on June 9.

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