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



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

NOVEMBER                                              “Beautifully Broken & Astoundingly Whole”                      


Sarah Crossman Sullivan, JD, is a successful attorney-counselor-advocate, writer, and corporate consultant.  She revitalizes individual and corporate performance by awakening love-driven leadership.  She has spent more than 20 years serving as an employment  lawyer, Assistant District Attorney, chief corporate counsel,  entrepreneur, and special education expert.  Featured on a variety of major news outlets, she in an in-demand speaker, known for her dynamic, invigorating style and humble, funny, relatable stories on  life – from work to friendships to parenting and marriage.  She helps  people conquer dreams while embracing the mess, mundane, and marvelous.

Sarah’s new book, “Beautifully Broken & Astoundingly Whole: Throw off the facade of perfection. Capture the strength of growing in grit, grace, hope and love.” is available on Amazon.com and other retail outlets.  She will have copies of her book available for purchase at our meeting and she will personally sign copies for each of us and for holiday gifts.

Sarah lives in Atlanta with her beloved prom date, their four children, and two rescue pups. Connect with Sarah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin – @SarahCrossmanSullivan and via www.sarahcrossmansullivan.com. 



Women’s Guild Christmas Luncheon
      Thursday, December 12

Featuring The Bent Tree Mountain Jazz Combo

Concert at 10:30 a.m. in Big Canoe Chapel

Festive Holiday Luncheon Following Concert – Catering by Cindy

   Reservations $35

Purchase at Guild Meetings, at Stand-Around at Chapel or online!  Deadline November 24th

   Contact Sue Merrick at [email protected] or Pam Hopper at [email protected]


Bible Study

The Women’s Guild Bible Study will begin our new year on September 18 and is open to ALL women of Big Canoe!

Barbara Dennison will lead us in a weekly video presentation by Lisa Harper, a  master storyteller, renowned Bible scholar, and remarkable teaching leader.  Lisa will encourage us through wit, authenticity, and biblical wisdom.  We will follow up with small group discussions based on her study guide.  This study is entitled, “The Gospel of Mark, The Jesus We are Aching For.”   Mark’s account of Jesus depicts Him as a deeply personal and  intimate God who knows exactly where we hurt and hears our cries for help, our shouts for joy, and our unspoken worries.  Let’s discover together what it means to receive His infinite compassion!

We will meet in McCormick Hall on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 until 11:30 beginning September 18 through November 6.  Registration will be available at Stand-Around on August 25, September 1, and September 8.  Cost of the study guide will be $16.75.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Dennison, [email protected]812-216-0199 or Phyllis McCarthy, [email protected], 770-476-5883.

Click here for the fall calendar.  We are  looking forward to studying with you! 

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.
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 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