Releasing Monarchs for Pentecost!

On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015, members of Christ Community Church in Cortland, NY gathered outside to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit by releasing Eastern Monarch butterflies.


Release of Eastern Monarch butterflies

Rev. Dr. Janet Adair Hansen, Pastor, explains, “we’ve had butterflies as a theme all Easter season, and passed out information on having ‘butterfly gardens’ (with plants for both caterpillar stage and butterfly stage) at a Plant Sale. The National Association of Conservation Districts had picked ‘Pollinators’ as this year’s theme for Soil & Water Stewardship week, so I’d been able to pick up free bulletin covers & inserts and look at ideas.”


Rev. Hansen with butterfly basket

The congregation was very excited about this effort. Rev. Hansen hopes it becomes an annual tradition for the church.  

small child with Eastern Monarch on her finger



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