Good Shepherd Offers Iconography Workshop

The Arts and Spirituality Ministry at Good Shepherd Hayesville is offering a week-long icon
painting class March 19 through 23, 2018. The class will be taught by Teresa Harrison, nationally known iconographer. Class runs from 8:30 until 4:00 daily.
Those who enroll will create an icon in the traditional Byzantine style. Each day will begin with a Eucharist Service and will include noonday prayer, group reflection, and teachings on the history of icons and the practice of praying with them. This joyful experience is open to all faiths and to those with or without experience in creating icons.
The cost for the week-long class is $400.00, which includes all supplies and lunch each day. Space for the class is limited. To reserve a space, a $100.00 deposit is requested, with the rest of the fee due by February 15, 2018. Checks may be sent to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 495 Herbert Hills Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904.
For anyone who needs lodging for the week, the following facilities are available: The Deerfield Inn or the Hinton Center in Hayesville; Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia; the Holiday Inn Express and Suites or Lake Chatuge Lodge in Hiawassee, Georgia.
For additional information, contact Beth Hitchcock at 828-389-4445 or htchcckb@aol.com

Good Shepherd Welcomes Mothers with its “Moms’ Connection” Program

Good Shepherd Welcomes Mothers with its “Moms’ Connection” Program

About a year ago, Clay County resident Susan Gray, a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, approached Good Shepherd Rector Bill Breedlove with an idea that had been “on her heart.”

This idea has evolved into the program “Moms’ Connection,” a support group for mothers in Clay and surrounding counties. This initiative, simply put, is designed to provide new friendships, relevant and entertaining programming, and support for moms through monthly programs at Good Shepherd. The program has been operating for a year and has plans to expand its reach and events in 2018.

The Duane Miller Memorial Golf Tournament

The Duane Miller Memorial Golf Tournament

Host organization Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Hayesville, NC invites the area community to participate in the Duane Miller Memorial Golf Tournament to be held at Hayesville's The Ridges Country Club on September 30.  Activities begin at 11:00 a.m. with a golfer’s lunch and continue into the evening with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and dinner open to the community at 6:30 p.m.

GS Hosts Talk on African-American Legacy

Jason Lee Edwards comes by his interest in the African-American families of our area for good reason: his ancestors once owned a slave. The award-winning historian will present a talk on Finding the Forgotten: The African-American Families of Towns and Clay Counties at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Hayesville on Saturday, June 10, from 10:00 until 12:00. Everyone is invited.
Edwards will share his findings about the African-American families of the Hiawassee and Brasstown Valleys during the period from the 1790s to the 1910s. He has gathered information about enslaved persons, free persons of color, and the families who moved into this area post-emancipation.
Edwards, who has been researching local and family history for almost 20 years, says, “I discovered that my Russell ancestors of Towns County had purchased a slave named Jack, and I wanted to know more about him and what became of him. This led me to discover that following emancipation, Jack moved to Clay County, where he lived for a number of years.” Both Clay and Towns Counties once had thriving African-American communities. “I made it my mission,” he claims, “to find out as much as I could about the early families and to share that information with others so that these African-Americans would no longer be forgotten.”
Although Edwards' family roots run deep in the Hiawassee and Brasstown Valleys, his greatgrandparents, like many others, had to leave the area to find work, so he grew up west of Atlanta. But when he visited relatives in the mountains, he always felt that he was “at home.” In 2015 he moved to the area to attend Young Harris College, where he majored in history. He was the 2017 recipient of the Joseph Wilson Boone award for the most outstanding history major at the college, and when he graduated on May 6 of this year, he was awarded a medal for the highest GPA in the graduating class, a 4.0.
He has also served as president of the Paulding County Georgia Historical Society. After moving to Young Harris, he was appointed Deputy Historian of Town County in 2016. At Edwards' talk at Good Shepherd, refreshments will be served, and after the talk, the audience will visit the Fort Hembree cemetery in Hayesville, where some African-Americans are buried.
Good Shepherd is located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive on Hwy. 64E, about a mile east of Walgreen's. The website describes the church's many other programs: www.goodshepherdhayesville.org.