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!


Guild Fall Retreat
October 10, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Carriage Venue Dawsonville

Reservations are $25 (includes morning coffee and a delicious buffet lunch) Reservations can be made at the Guild meeting on September 12, at Sunday Stand Around, September 15, 22, 29, or by contacting Jean Mosshart – [email protected] or 706-579-1875.  Our speaker will be Cindi Fain.

Cindi is a native Atlantan and currently resides in Roswell.                She and  her husband, John, joined Mt. Bethel United                        Methodist Church in 1996, where she has taught a weekly                Bible Study for the past 18 years.  Cindi has authored                          several study courses and hopes to bring a fresh awareness              that our eternal God remains actively involved in bringing                miracles today!  Her topic for our retreat will be “Counting on
God in Prayer.”






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