About the Guild





Faye Webster & Catherine Capps



The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild extends an invitation to ALL women of  Big Canoe and the surrounding area to join us this year as we pursue our theme, “Counting on God.” 

Guild meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, September to April, at 10:00 a.m. in  Cousins Hall .  Please join us as we “Count on God” to enrich our  Christian fellowship, deepen our walk through Bible Study, and continue to benefit the many charities we support in Pickens and Dawson counties.

We are guided by the words of Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Women’s Guild Board Members

Books & More Coming April 23-25!

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild is sponsoring an exciting new sale this spring!   In lieu of the annual Market Place, a new simpler sale will take place in the lower level of the Chapel and donations are being taken now! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Guild’s commitment to charities in Pickens and Dawson Counties.


Collection boxes are now in the postal facility and the Wellness Center!

Fiction                                              Local authors
Children’s books                          Classics
Coffee Table Books                      Audio
Travel                                                Jigsaw puzzles


  • Jewelry
  • Scarves
  • Purses
  • Very Gently used hats & shoes

These items will be collected in the basement of the postal facility on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 – 10:30 only!  Please do not place them in the book collection boxes. For information call Jerry Justice at 706-268-3852 or Jo Young at 770-826-9998.


Water, coffee, and small treats will be available during the days of the sale bringing a bookshop atmosphere to your shopping experience.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Pat Papke at [email protected] or Judi Schoeler at [email protected]



The Women’s Guild is open to ALL women of Big Canoe and surrounding area!


Linda Sommer is a teacher, writer, and intercessor.  She is a popular speaker at retreats, seminars, and churches. Linda and her late husband, Tom, have traveled to many nations to teach God’s Word with their ministry, Voice of the Sword.   Linda is the mother of three sons and nine grandchildren.

She is the author of many books.  She does not write from the perspective of a learned theologian or Bible scholar tucked away in a cloister of higher learning.  Instead, in clear, understandable language, she shares practical illustration and refreshing anecdotes drawn from her many years as a wife and mom.

She appeared several times on “Atlanta Alive” a Christian talk show and has also been interviewed on a Christian TV program in Quincy, Illinois where she shared her own story of her prodigal son.  She has also interviewed in Australia on a Christian short-wave radio station that reaches all of Asia.


Following the meeting, a special sale will take place.  In a thoughtful and gracious gesture, Bob Newell has donated his wife Susanne’s exquisite accessory collection for a special boutique offering which will benefit the charities of the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild Legacy of Caring.


Bible Study

The Women’s Guild Bible Study is open to ALL women of Big Canoe!

We are moving in a different direction for our Women’s Guild Bible Study  in  2020!  Join me on January 22nd for a 7 session Bible study entitled “The Armor of God” by Prescilla Shirer.  She is a wife and mom first, but put a Bible in her hand and a message in her heart and you will see why thousands of women meet God in powerful ways by participating in her Bible study courses.

We are all engaged in an invisible war with a determined, devilish enemy who seeks to wreak havoc on everything that  matters to us: our  hearts, our  minds, our  marriages, our children, our relationships, our resilience, our dreams and our destinies.  The Enemy will fail miserably if we dress everyday for the  occasion!  Putting on the full armor of God daily is an action plan for developing a personalized strategy to secure victory!

We will meet in McCormick Hall on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 until 11:30 beginning January 22nd through March 18th (no meeting February 26).  The Bible study book includes 6 weeks of study that can be completed in 7 group sessions.  The cost of the book is $18.

You may register online by responding to Barbara Dennison at [email protected] or by registering at the Women’s Guild  meeting on January 9th, or Stand Around on January 5th, 12th or 19th.  

Let’s suit up by putting on the full Armor of God every day!

Barbara Dennison


Benevolence and Outreach

Click here to see a list of charities supported this year.


“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.

 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.

Click Here to Donate

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




The Women’s Guild Board for 2019-2020
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
  • Judy Bellenger & Susan Eanes 2018-2019
  • Catherine Capps & Faye Webster 2019-2020