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.

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

Spring Cleaning?  Don’t throw out your gently used sports apparel, equipment or accessories. The BCCWF needs them for a unique fundraiser this fall.  More details to come!

May 19:  “Fascinating” Luncheon for Ladies 

Tickets for this event are sold out but there is a waiting  list. Ladies will gather at 11:00 in the Broyles Center to enjoy a scrumptious lunch and then bid on fabulous live auction items to benefit local charities.  This event is our second fundraiser for the year.  Thank you Judy Lacey and her committee!  It promises to be a memorable day with a lot of “friend-raising”.  Contact Judy with any questions at 706-268-3111.

June 3:  Come to the Turquoise Table Picnic

All women are invited toCome to the Turquoise Table” Picnic, inspired by Kristin Schell’s book, The Turquoise Table which is all about “Finding community and connection in your own front yard”.   The premise is to take the time to sit down with friends and soon-to-be friends at an ordinary picnic table (turquoise, of course) and connect over a glass of sweet tea. On June 3rd plan to join the fun at the Lodge at Old Mill on Cove Rd, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Reservations begin on April 28th and end on May 21st or when they sell out. Go to www.bcchapelwomen.org   to reserve your seat.  Limited to 100 people, the cost for this event is $15, nonrefundable, no cash please.  Enjoy a Cindy Park’s box lunch: chicken salad croissant, vegetable pasta, bag of chips, two chocolate chip cookies and bottled water. The vegetarian option is a pimento cheese sandwich.  The WF is pleased to provide special entertainment by The Bob’s: a mandolin and guitar duo, popular in the North Georgia area.  In addition, guests will be given the opportunity to support the BCCWF Women to Women Ministry.  A simple but powerful program, Women to Women provides a friend when a friend is needed most.  The loneliness caused by the loss of a spouse or debilitating illness can turn a woman’s once bright life to dark isolation.  “Women to Women” ministers to these ladies the old-fashioned way – through a caring relationship.  Guests attending the picnic are being asked to bring a small gift to help fill the Women to Women Ministry gift bags, delivered to those in need of comfort.  Some ideas include lotion, soaps, hand sanitizer, small candles, an encouraging book or anything that might bring a smile.  For more information contact Pam Hopper at (812) 455-7810.

June 12th – New Member Breakfast

The Women’s Fellowship invites all new members and ladies interested in learning more about the WF to the New Member Breakfast at the Big Canoe Chapel from 9 am to 10:30 am.  A complimentary delicious breakfast will be provided along with a brief presentation to learn more about the Women’s Fellowship and all it has to offer its members.  To all ladies who recently joined and to all ladies who joined in 2019 or 2020, right before the pandemic halted everything, mark those calendars and plan to join the fun.  This breakfast is also for those ladies interested in learning more about the Women’s Fellowship, including new residents of Big Canoe.  Come meet the Board, gain some new friends, and learn about the Women’s Fellowship’s purpose and the many opportunities for fun and fellowship.  The morning’s menu will include crust-less quiche, fresh fruit salad, mini cinnamon rolls and, of course, a hot cup of joe.  Space is limited so please go to the Women’s Fellowship website, www.bcchapelwomen.org, to reserve a seat. Signups begin May 1st and ends June 4th.  Childcare will be provided, simply indicate that need when registering for the breakfast.  For more information please contact Liz Donovan-Davis at [email protected]

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BCCWF follows all COVID protocols determined by the Chapel.  Click here to read the most recent changes. 

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 Chapel 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.


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 in Jasper

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!

The Joy House Ministry, providing Christ-centered restorative care for struggling teens, families and individuals, was born in the hearts of Steve and Wendy Lowe and Rick and Mary Bell in the ’90s while they were working with teens through a local church in North Georgia. The Lord blessed them to share their lives with troubled and hurting teens and through this experience they came to realize that so many of them needed more than what could be offered through their positions in the church.  The vision from the beginning was to have a campus that would allow the Joy House to serve 40 to 50 teens and families. In 2005 the Lord provided the debt-free purchase of nearly 30 acres for a campus nestled in the foothills of the mountains in Jasper, Georgia. In 2006 the existing home on the property was renovated and the boy’s home opened on the purchased campus.  In 2012 a Counseling Center was opened to provide Christ-centered counseling to families and individuals struggling with difficult life issues. During 2018 over 240+ families were served through the Counseling Center with counselors providing counseling in Jasper, Woodstock and Ellijay.  Since its inception, The Joy House has been privileged to partner with many struggling teens, families and individuals to provide hope and healing through Christ. This mission continues to be their passion as they seek to follow God’s plan for the ministry.

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 message from our past President, Catherine Capps.


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