Covid protocols will be place at all Women’s Fellowship events.

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.

A message from our Past President, Catherine Capps.

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Women’s Fellowship has a NEW calendar of events.  Check it out.   BigCanoeChapel.org/wfcalendar

 March 13:  General Membership Meeting

2021: A New Vision!  Welcoming all ladies of Big Canoe to join us for our first meeting of the year, 2021:  A New Vision, Saturday, March 13th, at 10:00 a.m., in the Chapel.  Come greet and mingle with new and old friends as we welcome Rev. David Apple as our guest speaker.
A videotape of this meeting will be available on our wedsite.

April 8-10:  Books and More Sale

April 8-10:  Books and More Sale

This popular annual used book sale, scheduled for April 8-10 from 9 to 3, is our first fundraiser for 2021!  Shoppers will be pleasantly surprised to find a bookstore/boutique at the Chapel:

  • Ye Olde Book Nook: books that cover every age range and genre, including: fiction, non-fiction, coffee table, cookbooks, history, travel, hobbies, children’s books, audio books, puzzles and more!
  • Nearly New Boutique: where gently used women’s jewelry and accessories can be found.
  • The Heavenly Bakeshop: gourmet coffee with single served sweet treats!
  • Cathy’s Pottery Place: over 150 lovely unique pieces of pottery – Cathy Smith’s personal collection donated for our fundraising efforts.

With the great prices and all proceeds benefiting local community women’s and children’s charities, this is guilt-free shopping at its best!   For more information contact Pat Papke at 630-802-1865 or Judi Schoeler at 315-415-5185.

April 15:  Prayer Blanket Workshop

Mark your calendar and bring a friend to this fun fellowship for a worthy cause.  The first of two Prayer Blanket Workshops sponsored by the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship will be April 15th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in McCormick Hall.  Learn how to make these soft blankets, given away to those in need of comfort at the North Georgia Pregnancy Center.  Don’t worry, no sewing skills needed and all  materials are provided.

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Spiritual Growth and Outreach


The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship is excited to share with the women of our community a Bible Study opportunity.  We invite you to look over the information presented in this link and encourage you to sign up.



The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship provided Christmas cheer for the residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.  These fifty-five people have been unable to have visits from family members, so decorations and gifts were especially important this year.  Big Canoe volunteers delivered two carloads of Christmas decorations that included pre-lit trees, table decorations, garlands, greenery and ornaments.  The staff used these to create a Winter Wonderland for the residents.  Generous gifts for the residents from the Big Canoe community included everything from stylish cardigan sweaters and jewelry to cozy fleece throws, bedroom slippers, socks and hygiene items – enough for each man and woman to receive several gifts.  One thoughtful contributor provided a means for upcoming Bingo nights, popular and important times for socializing and for acquiring much-desired cash for buying snacks.  The Women’s Fellowship’s tradition of providing gifts for the residents of PruittHealth Nursing Home at Christmas was especially meaningful in 2020.  A huge thank you to the people who contributed.  Such generosity made this day possible.

 Volunteer Opportunities

“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 Fellowship activities.  For many years outreach programs of the Women’s Fellowship 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.

Charitable Giving

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


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