Mission for May – Mother’s Day Blankets

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Mission Board will be collecting donations for blankets for Church World Service. In 2023, Church World Service provided over 32,785 blankets to refugees and victims of natural disasters and other events across the world. Church World Service shares some inspiring stories about the value of these blankets. You may purchase a blanket in honor or memory of your Mother, a loved one or a friend, for $10. If you would like your donation to be listed in the Mother’s Day bulletin on May 10, please get the information to church by noon on May 7. Please indicate donor name, name of person being honored, and whether the donation is in honor of, or in memory of, that person. You may send cash or a check payable to FCC of Dalton (note Missions – Mother’s Day Blankets on envelope and CWS in memo on check) to the church, drop it off at the office, or place in the offering plate on Sunday mornings. You may also e-mail or call Beth O’Connor cgoconnor77@aol.com or 413-347-2370.

Lenten Giving Calendar for 2024

Have you decided to “give-up” something for Lent? How many of us would give up our washing machines and dryers? Many families do not own laundry machines and use area laundromats, a considerable expense many families, an average of $ 30 / week. Our Lenten contribution calendar offers clever ideas to consider our blessings each day and turn those blessings into monetary contributions for the local “Loads of Love” ministry which provides funds for families to use laundromats. Alternatively, you may choose to contribute one week’s worth of laundry ($ 30) or 10 cents every time you turn on the water during Lent. Donations may be delivered to church on Easter or anytime in April. If the calendar does not appear below, you can open it with this link here.

Count Your Blessings Each Day and Contribute to the Loads of Love Mission!

(Feel free to use your own “unit” of giving – a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar)

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
February 25 February 26 February 27 February 28 February 29 March 1 March 2
1 cent for every dirty piece of silverware in the dishwasher 10¢ for every throw blanket in the TV room 5¢ for every stuffed animal you own 30¢ for every 30 minutes of TV watched today Leap for joy – no tasks for today “Free Day” 1 cent for every lamp in the house 25¢ for every smoke detector in the house
March 3 March 4 March 5 March 6 March 7 March 8 March 9
5¢ for every box of pasta 5¢ for every refrigerator magnet 10¢ for every pillow on your bed 10¢ for every roll of toilet paper in your house 25¢ for every car owned by the family 10¢ for every door in the house no charge today if you do the dinner dishes
March 10 March 11 March 12 March 13 March 14 March 15 March 16
25¢ for every clock you have to change 5¢ for every chair in the house No money if you exercised 30 minutes, otherwise $1 1 cent for every glass in the house Skip the stop at coffee shop – donate instead 75¢ for every cell phone in the house 5¢ for every text you send and receive today
March 17 March 18 March 19 March 20 March 21 March 22 March 23
2 dollars if you ate corn beef & cabbage or a Reuben today 10¢ for every stair in the house or outside of it 5¢ for every pair of shoes you have 1 cent for every book in the house (can estimate) 15¢ for every game on your ipad/computer 50¢ for every musical instrument in your house 5¢ for every cookie you eat this week
March 24 March 25 March 26 March 27 March 28 March 29 March 30
10¢ for every type of bird you see today 10¢ for every bunny decoration in your house 10¢ for every can/bottle of soda in the house 10¢ for every Zoom meeting you had this month 5¢ for every hug you receive today Good Friday – count your blessings $1 if you see flowers outside today

Bring your “blessings” to church on Easter or any Sunday in April, or send/drop-off a check at the church during Office Hours, Tues-Friday 9-2. . Our church’s contributions will be forwarded to the Loads of Love ministry at the end of April.

Thank you for your thoughtful contribution!

The Green Gargoyle

A Thrift Shop offering household Items, Women’s and Men’s Clothing, Children’s and Baby Clothes, Seasonal Items & Household Decor, Glassware, Jewelry, Handbags, Quilts, Shoes, and many more items. We have a Book Store, too! Come check us out!

Visit our Facebook page for news on upcoming sales and special events at the GG!

Hours of Operation
Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If you have items in nearly new condition which you would like to donate, please contact the church office. Books in good condition may be donated anytime the shop is open. Our successful shop is always in need of donations to replenish our shelves.

Mission Giving Summary for 2023

Mission Value
Loaves & Fishes Pantry $ 316
Loaves & Fishes Pantry 2780 pounds
Loads of Love Laundry $ 230
Hilltown Food Pantries $ 188
Mother’s Day Blankets $ 760
Tools for Hope $ 898
Berkshire Dream Center $ 767
Syria Earthquake $ 343
Knitten Tree  $ 200
DSS Angel Tree Gifts $ 5000
Christmas Eve Donations $ 1338
Total $ 10,540

Thank you for being an Angel

Each year we sponsor needy children by providing them with new clothing and entertainment items at Christmas time. This year, our community sponsored 50 area children whose Christmas might have been bleak indeed. Thanks to your generosity those children now have much-needed new footwear and clothing, and new toys, books and games for entertainment. Our “Angel Cards” for 2024 will be available for pick-up around Thanksgiving.

Share the Warmth on our Knitten Tree!

It’s that time of year again when we pull out the hats, gloves, mittens and warm socks from our closets. These small but essential items help us stay warm and cozy throughout our Berkshire winters. In the spirit of giving, our annual Knitten Tree will accept your contributions of new gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and socks to help our neighbors, whether adults or children, stay warm this year. You may bring items to church on Sundays or leave at the church office through December 17th. Thank you for supporting this mission to warm heads, hands, feet and hearts!

Knitting Kneelers

Knitting Kneelers is a Prayer Shawl Ministry of our Congregation. Every Third Wednesday this group gathers for fellowship and to knit/crochet prayer shawls for those in need. Several times a year the shawls are shared and blessed during a worship service before being distributed.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

We are always collecting food for our local food pantry. Leave your donations in the red wagon at the top of the stairs of the white shed entrance off the parking lot. The food pantry is located at the United Methodist Church of Dalton, 755 Main Street, Dalton.

Open Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Youth Mission Trips

Our church has sponsored Youth Mission trips open to area high school youth (entering 9th grade and up) who travel to a community in need and spend a week sharing God’s love through work and recovery projects and youth activities. This is a life-changing event for all. A potential trip to Detroit was planned for summer 2023, but has been cancelled due to lack of participants. Next spring, we will begin planning a trip for summer of 2024. Details will be posted to the Youth Group Facebook page where you can see pictures from past trips.

Join Our Community

We welcome all those who wish to walk and work with us in God’s journey. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about our community, please submit a message and someone will reply.