By Sylvia Helms
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace…”1 Peter 4:10
You may have heard that last year’s Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Guild fund-raising efforts were very successful. Total funds collected reached the $100,000 mark. All proceeds go directly to agencies in Pickens and Dawson counties that assist women and children in need. A big thank you goes to all who made this drive so successful. Almost $1,500,000 has now been raised and filtered back out to over 20 charitable organizations in our communities.
No sooner has one year ended than the next exciting venture begins. The Guild is led this year by Kay Lathem and Ruth Slim, assisted by a talented and capable executive board. Ruth and Kay have selected the theme Circles of Women: Making a Difference to honor the various women’s organizations and groups who work to make our community and our world a better place. As we work together, our efforts are greatly compounded.
This Guild year begins on Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m., first for refreshments and followed by speaker Rev. Dr. Diane H. Parrish who is currently the senior pastor of Kennesaw UMC.
Diane is also director of kidz2leaders, Inc. which sponsors Camp Hope, a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates in Georgia.
All women in Big Canoe are invited to the meeting. There are no fees associated with the Guild and one does not have to be a Chapel member to attend Guild meetings or functions.
The Guild will also sponsor a Wednesday morning Bible study. The study will begin September 20 and will be led by Nancy Lucenay who, along with husband Harry, has spent the last 30 years ministering in Hong Kong. Nancy has written this study specifically for our Guild.
The Guild October 12 “stay-retreat” will be in the Broyles Center and will be led by S. Ellen Shepard, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology; Director of the Program in Women, Theology, and Ministry at Emory.
For the latest Guild information and updates, check the Chapel website, www.bigcanoechapel.org/people/women.