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  • First Congregational Church Of Rowley

A Refuge from Greenheads

Hello friends, Today's Encouraging Word and Inspirational Message is brought to you by Penny Hurley,

on behalf of the Compassionate Care Network.

Scripture: "And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so." Genesis 1:30

Music: "Sunshine and Summertime" Faith Hill

Message: A Refuge from Greenheads I have just arrived in Ellsworth, Maine, to contemplate, rest, and explore. The date I selected was quite intentional - greenhead season on the marsh 👍 They have been called the "single most evil creatures on planet earth." Although I live in and love the Rowley marshes, I have strategies that help me defeat these little creatures of God. It is hard to work outside or play, and exhausting and painful when those female greenheads succeed in finding me & inflicting their bite. Amazed to be able to sit outside in the soft breezes. So, while I try to retain my curiosity and compassion for all of God's creatures, (see below how they help ecosystem and food chain) don't forget our beautiful sanctuary is a nearby, peaceful refuge from greenheads as well! Remind your friends and family, church is the place to be Sunday morning, not Plum Island. 😉 Perhaps their purpose is also to remind us of the incredible range of insects and animals in God's creation. Stay well and covered, everyone! Greenhead flies play a couple of important roles within that fragile ecosystem. First, as an indicator of marsh health. And second, as a food source: Their spring larvae are consumed by shorebirds and fish, while adult greenhead flies are protein for purple martins and tree swallows. Jul 1, 2022 Beasts of the Northern Wild | All About Greenhead Flies Full article for your reading pleasure:

they're not limited to New England - all coastal marshes of the Eastern United States! Pics: Penny Hurley

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