Women’s Fellowship membership fosters camaraderie among local women and offers networking opportunities in 2022.

The Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship Board is excited about plans for the New Year. Some long-time favorites will be back along with some fresh new ideas for fellowship and fundraising. The lineup for 2022 is designed to involve, impress and inspire.

Unlike in years past, the Women’s Fellowship will require membership renewal each year in order to keep our records accurate. It is easy, there are no dues, and members will receive our fabulous monthly newsletter along with occasional e-blasts with updates. To renew, go to the chapel’s new website, www.women.bigcanoechapel.com, and click Connect to find the Women’s Fellowship webpage. All women in the Big Canoe community are invited to join. We welcome both existing members and women new to Big Canoe. Please check our webpage and join a fantastic group of women for a dynamic 2022. Direct questions to Betina Shearer, WomensFellowship@bigcanoechapel.org.

Chat, chew and chocolate

The word “chocolate” got your attention, right? Mark your calendar for an informal yummy opportunity to get together on a cold winter day. We will meet at the chapel, Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m., for some entertaining fellowship. Bring a friend and your sweet tooth and join the fun. There is no cost but please register your attendance so we know how much hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies to make. Online registration is open through Jan. 10. Direct questions to Beth Herren, WomensFellowship@bigcanoechapel.org.

Books and More collections

A favorite event for Big Canoers, the Books and More sale is scheduled for April 28-30. It promises to be bigger and better than the huge event of this past year. This event includes The Book Nook, a huge sale of used books donated by the residents of Big Canoe.

This committee is beginning to collect books. Donation boxes are ready for your contributions Jan. 1 through April 16 at the postal facility and the Wellness Center. Start saving the following books: hardback/paperback fiction, children’s books, coffee table, local, history, biographies, religion, gardening, birds/wildlife, collector’s books and puzzles.

In addition, the popular Nearly New Boutique will return with gently used jewelry, scarves, shoes, accessories and cocktail dresses. Shoppers will be thrilled with something new this year: The Big Canoe Rustic Décor sale. Attendees will be able to find lovingly used items for the home at bargain prices. Donations for these shops will be gratefully accepted each Wednesday in January from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. in the chapel’s upper parking lot. All proceeds from Books and More support local charities for women and children in North Georgia. Please direct questions to Judi Schoeler, 315-415-5185, or Pat Papke, 630-802-1865.

Christmas in July

A new and exciting fundraiser, Christmas in July, will have you singing “Jingle Bells” in the middle of summer. Gently used holiday treasures will be on sale at the chapel, with all proceeds benefiting local charities devoted to helping women and children in need. Donations of Christmas items will be accepted on Wednesdays in January from 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. in the chapel’s upper parking lot. Direct questions to Virginia Brodwater or Maureen Clay at WomensFellowship@bigcanoechapel.org.

Bible Study opportunities

Evening Bible Study: Nancy Lucenay will lead a Bible Study group, “Where is God When We Hurt?” on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8, Feb. 1 through April 5. This event is for everyone, especially for women who cannot make the daytime classes. Bring a friend and see why Nancy Lucenay is such a popular teacher. “Where is God when we face a devastating diagnosis, financial failure, or a life-changing loss? Journey with me as we search for God’s presence in our pain and His strength for our struggles.” Online registration is required and will be accepted Jan. 3-28.

Daytime Bible Study: Holly Lundberg will lead a Bible Study group, “Can’t Wait for Heaven,” Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 26 through Feb. 23. There is no cost and weekly handouts will be available. “Can’t Wait for Heaven” will help answer some questions and clarify confusion about what is ahead for believers in Jesus Christ. Online registration is required and accepted Jan. 3-21. Please direct questions to Jeanette Crawford, WomensFellowship@bigcanoechapel.org.

Women to Women ministry

Big Canoe Women’s Fellowship has a new committee, Women to Women, whose mission is to bring comfort and joy to women in Big Canoe, serving those who are widowed, divorced, lonely, caregivers and homebound. This committee is eager to know of any women who could benefit from a visit or even a phone call. Big Canoe is a caring community, and this is another wonderful way to show it. Contact Virginia Nickerson, WomensFellowship@bigcanoechapel.org, with names of women who might benefit from this ministry.

Friendship Tea

All women in Big Canoe are invited to join us for a lovely way to make new friends and enjoy your current friends as well. Mark your calendar for Feb. 10, 5-6:30 p.m., at the chapel. We will talk about the precious value of friendship and listen to some beautiful classical piano music. Attendees will enjoy delicious tea and tea cakes and sandwiches because, after all, it is a Tea. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required to ensure adequate food is on-hand. Register online Jan. 16 to Feb. 6. Go to the chapel’s new website, www.bigcanoechapel.com, and click on Connect to find the Women’s Fellowship webpage.    

Open to all women, Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship is a welcoming, community-wide organization whose activities enrich members’ lives and create a legacy of caring and giving in the North Georgia area.