About the Guild

The Guild is open to ALL ladies in Big Canoe and the surrounding area.

“For we are God’s Handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10 

Co-Presidents:  Judy Bellenger and Susan Eanes

“Hearts to God – Hands to Work,” this year’s Guild theme, exemplifies the purposes of the Guild: To bring together all women of the Big Canoe community, to encourage Christian fellowship, to understand God’s will for our lives through Bible study, and to promote activities that benefit those in need in the surrounding area.

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild has a heart for volunteering and service and provides opportunities for members to share their time and expertise.  Through the Legacy of Caring initiatives, the Guild has raised and donated over $1.8  million to support charitable organizations in Pickens and Dawson Counties, making lives a little happier and a little less difficult for those in need.

 2018-2019 Women’s Guild Board









Schedule of Programs



The Women’s Guild will meet Thursday January 10th at 10:00 in the Broyles Center. Following light refreshments and a short business meeting, Rev. Debbie Giles from the Alcovy United Methodist Church in Covington, Ga will speak to us about “Choices”. Her speaking title will be Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz! All women are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Rev. Debbie Giles is the pastor of Alcovy United Methodist Church in Covington, Ga. After retiring from the Gwinnett County Public Library, she acted on God’s calling to be a pastor by going through the mentoring and interviewing process and was appointed to her current church. She currently attends Emory University, where she is enrolled in a Course of Study in the Candler School of Theology. Debbie is married to her high school sweetheart, David, and they have three married children and three amazing granddaughters. She grew up in the Atlanta area and calls Snellville her home. Her hobbies include grandparenting, reading and dog loving – especially golden retrievers.


Bible Study

Women’s Guild Bible Study – Resumes Wednesday January 23 with Nancy Lucenay and her Bible teachings lessons on Divine Encounters. January and February lesson titles include: Running on Empty, The Invisible Made Visible, Messianic Sign #2 and More than Enough. The study meets from 9:30 – 11:30 in McCormick Hall. Come just a bit early for coffee and fellowship.
For questions, call Nancy at 972-804-6818. Cost of the class is $5.00, which will cover the study booklet.

Click here for Bible Study Calendar

Benevolence and Outreach


“The World is Hugged by the Faithful Arms of Volunteers” 

This statement by Terri Guillemets is a wonderful picture of those who embrace volunteer opportunities in the various Women’s Guild activities.  For many years outreach programs of the Women’s Guild have provided support to several charities in Dawson and Pickens counties and that continues today.  The Outreach Committee organizes visits to the Nursing Home in Jasper and assistance at the Jasper Thrift Store.
The Legacy of Caring initiatives offers a myriad of opportunities for involvement – from making casseroles and baking treats to sorting books in Book Nook, setting up Collector’s Corner to assisting with the Gala and Auction.  There’s a place of service for each person, a place where one can share not only their time and talents but love, hope, and comfort to the less fortunate in our community.

 Angels in the Woods

Angels in the Woods is a wing of the Big Canoe Women’s Guild Legacy of Caring.  This program is a year-round way to honor, remember, or celebrate someone special with an honorarium.  All donations to the program go to charities in Pickens and Dawson Counties that are supported by the Women’s Guild Legacy of Caring.

Click Here to Donate

Click here to view the Donations List from 12/17 – 12/18




The Women’s Guild Board for 2018-2019
Click here to find contact information for each board member.
Contact us with questions or to volunteer.



A Legacy of Service Since 1988

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild evolved from a small group of women meeting in members’ homes for fellowship, prayer, and Bible study. It was at the January 21, 1988, meeting at Dorothy de Albuquerque’s home that the “Circle” decided to seek the blessings of Dr. Vernon Broyles and the Chapel Trustees to formally establish an organization for all women in the Big Canoe Community. During 1988–1990, there were no officers and the group gathered in members’ homes and shared the role of discussion leader. Since that time, the Guild has grown in terms of membership and positive impact on the Big Canoe community. In recent years, over 250 members and their guests participate in the annual Fall Retreat and the special Christmas program. Activities of the Guild have been guided through the years by its Presidents and the various committee chairs serving the membership today.

  • Susan Wilson & Ann Velderman  1991-1992
  • Charlotte Geoghegan McCloskey   1991-1993
  • Hope Patton & Sue Bergman   1993-1994
  • Anne Miller 1994-1995
  • Bobbie Garner 1995-1996
  • Jane Vann 1996-1997
  • Peggy Lehmberg 1997-1999
  • Lewise Neely 1999-2000
  • Emily Thurman 2000-2001
  • Jane Brooks 2001-2002
  • Nancy Rampenthal 2002-2003
  • Liz Donovan-Davis 2003-2004
  • Jackie Gilmer 2004-2005
  • Nancy Shirah 2005-2006
  • Barb Weagly 2006-2007
  • Devon Collins & Fran Saling 2007-2008
  • Elaine Estill & Pat Tipton 2008-2009
  • Devon Collins & Patricia McCormick 2009-2010
  • Polly Mills & Anne Youmans 2010-2011
  • Sandi Keel & Verna Rauschenberg 2011-2012
  • Cheryl Gregory & Jean Lomax 2012-2013
  • Sylvia Helms & Sue Hauseman 2013-2014
  • Millann Funk & Cherry Harden 2014-2015
  • Bettye Jo Isherwood & Janice Yahres 2015-2016
  • Lyn Cates & Barbara Fussell 2016-2017
  • Kay Lathem & Ruth Slim 2017-2018