The Women’s Fellowship is open to ALL women of Big Canoe and our surrounding area.  If you would like to join, please click here.



Women’s Fellowship Calendar of Events –  Check it out!   BigCanoeChapel.org/wfcalendar

December 9: “Jingle and Mingle” Christmas Lunch and Program

Join us for a Musical Christmas Program in the Big Canoe Chapel sanctuary followed by a three-course meal catered by The Carriage House, Jasper, Georgia. This annual favorite is scheduled Dec 9, 10:30 am to 1 pm. Back by popular demand, volunteer teams of two hostesses will decorate each dining table with their own Christmas china, linens, glassware, and décor items. To participate, sign up with a friend at the Fall Retreat on November 4 to decorate a table.

Guests can come at 10:30 am to view and take pictures of the table and room decorations in Cousins Hall. The music program begins at 11:00 AM in the Chapel Sanctuary with a performance by the Dawson County High School Choral Singers and the Bent Tree Dulcimer Band.  For questions, contact Betina Shearer at [email protected].  Ticket price is $40 each, with sales starting Nov 1 through Nov 29 or until capacity is reached. The delicious menu includes grilled pears with honey, candied pecans, and blueberries; sliced pork loin and gravy, roasted red potatoes, sautéed seasonal vegetables, rolls & butter, and a delicious caramel cake for dessert.  There will also be a vegetarian option, selectable at time of ticket purchase.  So put on those jingle bells and join the fun.


 By participating in activities related to the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship you voluntarily assume an understanding of the contagious nature and exposure risks of COVID-19 and thereby release the Big Canoe Women’s Fellowship from any associated claims.  

Spiritual Growth and Outreach


            The Women’s Fellowship provides many opportunities for spiritual growth throughout the year: Bible Study sessions, The Retreat in November, and many more.  Details to be posted here as they become available.

FALL BIBLE STUDY – September 15-November 10

This 8 week session will meet on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 at the Chapel and will be led by popular Bible Study instructor, Holly Lundberg.  A Big Canoe resident since November 2019, Holly served at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church for years teaching Bible Study on Sundays and a mid-week women’s Bible Study.  Registration begins August 1st and ends September 1st. Text for the study is Dr. David Jeremiah’s new book, “The Jesus You May Not Know: Take the Journey from Knowing About Jesus to Knowing Jesus”.  An author of over 40 books, Dr. Jeremiah is well-known for his inspirational messages.  Because the text is no longer being offered on Amazon, we will be offering the workbook for $10. Participants can purchase their workbook on Sept 15th.  The Bible Study will also be live streamed.  Direct questions to Pam Hopper at  [email protected]bigcanoechapel.org.




Outreach programs of the Women’s Fellowship give members numerous opportunities to volunteer in our community. Contact Pam Hopper at [email protected] for more information.

PruittHealth Nursing Home in Jasper

Volunteers are needed to for the Birthday Blessings Program – celebrating resident’s birthdays each month by taking cards, balloons, cookies or cupcakes and spending some time honoring these special people.  In addition, four parties are planned during the year: Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, and Easter.  Volunteers bring goodies and decorations to celebrate with the residents. Spending time with these incredible people is truly a blessing.

Jasper Thrift Store 

The mission of the Thrift Store is to “serve members of our community who find themselves in need of essential goods and basic life-enhancing services”.  Volunteers are needed to work as cashiers and front-end clerks on the third Friday of each month.  This is an amazing service opportunity to help the residents of Jasper and the surrounding area.  No experience is necessary. Shifts are 10 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm.   If interested call Sue Ceravolo, 770-855-7721.

Women to Women Ministry

A simple but powerful program, Women to Women provides a friend when a friend is needed most.  Big Canoe is a beautiful community filled with loving and caring people. But the loneliness caused by the loss of a spouse, COVID quarantine or debilitating illness can turn a woman’s once bright life to dark isolation.  Understanding that the heart of the matter is often a matter of the heart, “Women to Women” ministers to these ladies the old-fashioned way – through a caring relationship.


Charitable Giving

Despite the pandemic, Women’s Fellowship was able to give financial support to several worthwhile charitable organizations in 2020.  We will showcase a different charity each month so be sure to check back with us next month!

November Highlighted Charity – FERST of Pickens County

The Ferst Readers of Pickens County is a 501(c)3 non-profit public foundation which “Provides books to Pickens County pre-school children to prepare them for reading and learning success”.  The books are mailed on a monthly basis free of charge to each registered child from birth until five years of age. Each child receives an age-appropriate book with literacy support materials which includes a parent newsletter with tailored reading guides and child activity pages, all specially designed to make reading fun for the whole family. The Program goals include encouraging children to learn through reading and promoting parent/family involvement in achieving early school success for their children.  Ferst Readers of Pickens County has mailed out over 100,000 books since they started in May of 2009. Over 70% of ALL Pickens County children under the age of five are on this program. Although the program is FREE to the parents, there is a cost of $3.00 per child per month which covers the cost of the book, mailing and literacy support materials. Pickens FERST is an all-volunteer organization.  Financial support from organizations such as the BCCWF helps FERST achieve their goals.

Click here to see a list of charities supported by the Women’s Fellowship.


Big Canoe Chapel 2021  New Women’s Fellowship Board (January-December)

President:  Susan Eanes
Vice President of Charitable Giving and Fundraising:  Debbie Jones
Vice President of Membership:  Betina Shearer
Vice President of Public Relations:  Beth Herren
Vice President of Spiritual Growth and Outreach:  Pam Hopper
Secretary:  Jean Mosshart
Treasurer:  Nancy Mitchell
Past President:  Catherine Capps
Parliamentarian:  Sandra Gadd

Women’s Fellowship Bylaws


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.

Beginning 2021, the Women’s Guild reorganized into the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship.

  • 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
  • Susan Eanes 2021