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 has a NEW calendar of events.  Check it out.   BigCanoeChapel.org/wfcalendar

August 14th – Festival @ The Terraces  

Mark those calendars for August 14th from 10 to 4 and plan to make a whole day of it at The Terraces on Steve Tate Road, just outside Big Canoe, WF’s next fundraiser.  Adults are $5, children are $3 and two and under are free.  Please leave pets at home as they are not allowed at the Terraces. There will be a children’s craft table and door prizes! Local musicians will entertain from 12 to 4 for your listening pleasure.  There will be over thirty local vendors set up around The Terraces selling everything from A to Z.  The Big Canoe Men’s Fellowship will be grilling burgers and hot dogs while the Women’s Fellowship will be providing sweets at the Bakery. Please note that admission and food are cash only.  Ladies, we need your help as volunteers are needed to prepare homemade snacks in individual servings. Suggestions are cookies, trail mix,  Chex mix, sweet breads, nuts, scones, slices of pound cake, etc.  A drive up-drop off of your donated goodies will be between 9am and 1pm on Friday, August 13th at the upper drive of the Chapel.  Direct questions to Sue Merrick at [email protected]. See you there!

September 9th – Beading Workshop

Pat Schultz will teach a fun beginners-level class on making jewelry at the Chapel from 10 to 2. No previous experience required.  The $35 fee includes a full jewelry kit and a chicken salad croissant lunch.  Jewelry and lunch – what a great combination!  Each unique kit offers different bead sizes and colors for participants to complete a lariat necklace and earrings.  Everyone will walk out with their own special piece of jewelry, unlike anyone else’s. Early registrants will get priority on kit selection on the day of the workshop so be the first to sign up! Registration begins on July 21st, with space for 42 people. Ticket sales end on August 14th or when tickets are sold out. 


For more information, contact Devon Collins at: [email protected].

September 17-18:  Upscale Sports Resale Market

Think yard sale with bargain prices, but add everything sports and you have the Upscale Sports Resale Market from 9 to 3 at the Chapel.   With all proceeds going to local charities helping women and children in need in north Georgia, it is a win-win situation.  Got a golf club that just doesn’t work well anymore?  Donate it.  Or a tennis racquet that lets the balls through somehow? Donate it.  Then come on down to the sale for that special item just for you.  Donations of gently used sports items: equipment, apparel and accessories appreciated! Look for the tent in the Chapel’s lower parking lot on August 14th or 26th from 2 to 5.  Items can also be dropped off during set up on September 15 – 16 in the Chapel.  No weapons please.  Direct questions to [email protected].

October 1- Under the Harvest Moon: dinner and dancing at the Tate House

Join your friends for a beautiful evening of dinner and dancing Under the Harvest Moon on October 1st.  Start with a welcome glass of bubbly in the gorgeous Tate House pavilion and move on to a scrumptious surf-and-turf dinner in the ballroom. The evening tops off with dancing to a range of tunes spun by an area DJ.  The dress might be cocktail attire but don’t forget those dancing shoes. Guests will have the opportunity to win incredible prize packages: Dinners, Shopping Trips, Adventures, Vacation, Golfing, Things for the Home, and more.  So bring your generous heart (and wallet)!  Tickets are $100/person open seating or $800/reserved table for 8 and can be purchased online beginning August 16th at bcchapelwomen.org.  Direct questions to [email protected]


November 4: Fall Retreat – Legacy of Serving

December 4: Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop

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

 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.

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.  Participants in the Fall Bible Study will be responsible for purchasing their own book.  Although not required, it is recommended.  Books can be ordered from Amazon.  Direct questions to Pam Hopper at  [email protected]


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!

July Charity – HOPE HOUSE

The Hope House of North Georgia in Jasper provides emergency foster care for abused and neglected children in Pickens, Dawson, and other surrounding counties. Foster care for these children include food and shelter for up to eight foster children at a time until a more permanent solution can be arranged

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