Christmas Season at Good Shepherd

                Good Shepherd Episcopal Church invites you to enter with us into the holy space of Christmas through a variety of events, beginning with a Blue Christmas Service on Friday December 21st. We chose that darkest day of the year to acknowledge that Christmas is not always a joyful occasion for everyone. The service starts at 11a.m. on the 21st in a quiet liturgy that recognizes that in this season we grieve the absence of loved ones.  We sorrow over failing health.  We weep for what has been and for what might have been.  And so we gather to hear and remember God’s message of hope and to be fed by the Lord’s supper that the love and light of God may scatter the darkness before us.  Following the service we will be fed by a simple lunch to which all are welcome.

                On Saturday December 22 at 6:30 p.m. the community is invited to a Christmas Concert and Carol Sing with the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Keith Christensen. Bring a can of food or dry goods for Matt’s Ministry as your price of admission. Cookies and hot beverages will be shared at intermission followed by carol singing accompanied by pianist Carol Smucker. Leave for home with carols dancing in your head and a bag of cookies in your hand!

                Continue the celebration of Christmas with us through three Christmas worship services. On Christmas Eve, join us for the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve family-friendly service of Holy Eucharist, or come at 11 p.m. for the beautiful midnight Eucharist with candles, music and choir. On Christmas morning, celebrate Jesus’ birth with Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.

                All are welcome. Good Shepherd is located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive east of Hayesville, NC. For more information visit or call 828-389-3397.

2018 Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament Now Seeking Entries, Sponsors, Volunteers

The Ridges Country Club in Hayesville is again the site for the Bethel-Guidry Golf Tournament held annually  for the purpose of funding colleges scholarship for qualified high school seniors in Clay and Towns Counties.  On Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 A.M. the golfers will tee off with a shotgun start,  hoping to be a prize winner in the various contests of the tournament.  All area golfers are welcome to play, either individually or as part of a team.  The entry fee is $100 and includes a Golfer Continental Breakfast, range balls, gift bags and a  celebratory luncheon.  A cash bar will be available as well. Awards and a Silent Auction will conclude the luncheon.  Additional luncheon tickets may be purchased for $30.


A number of area students have benefited from this annual event, receiving financial aid for their college choice, and we hope this year’s event will raise enough funding to foster several more deserving scholars.  Event Co-Chairmen Sanford Freeman and Jose Arias are urging individuals, businesses or other community groups to step forward as Golf Tournament Sponsors.  The Sponsor levels range from $100-$500 with exciting benefits at each level.  Sponsors can choose to support tournament contests such as the Hole in One, Best Ball or others, or to underwrite the Refreshment Cart or Golfer Continental Breakfast. Volunteers for the tournament are also needed as well as unique and valued items for the Silent Auction. 


The Golf Tournament is named for Deacon Turner Guidry and his wife Georgia Bethel, both of whom lovingly served the youth of our area as teachers and mentors for many decades. They continue to do so today.  Good Shepherd Episcopal Church initiated the Golf Tournament in their name and set up the foundation to help deserving students attend college or trade school. 


The tournament on Saturday Sept 29 is open to all - golfers, volunteers, sponsors and watchers - come join in the fun! For more information and forms, see

Celebrating our Animals

Written by: Rachel Baughn

Photo caption:
Kathy Wright and Judy Mamo stand ready to dole out treats to lucky dogs!

Celebrating our Animals

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville invites you and your pet friends to participate in two upcoming events. On Saturday, September 22nd, the Seventh Annual Pet Celebration takes place on the Hayesville Town Square from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with fun, food, and information about your pets. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will once again have a booth offering a welcome of doggie treats and water for thirsty pups.

Veterinarian and Good Shepherd member Dr. Dwain E. Zagrocki, or “Dr. Z,” will also be at the booth to assist pet owners to look in their dog’s ears, listen to their heartbeat, or even see your pet’s “insides” on his portable ultrasound unit. The booth is coordinated by parishioner Carole Webber, whose therapy dogs regularly bring joy to local nursing homes and shut-ins.

On Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m., Good Shepherd invites everyone and their pets to the church itself, located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive east of Hayesville. Fr. George Choyce will minister to pet companions and their humans with the annual Feast of St. Francis “Blessing of the Animals.” This event is open to all people and all kinds of animals.

For more information about Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, visit the web site at


Golf Tournament a Success

The Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on September 29th.

“The tournament held at the Mountain Harbour Golf and Country Club was a great success” said Co-Chairman Sanford Freeman.  The tournament had a record 72 golfers.  Winners of the Ladies division were: Anna Claire Knight, Kayla Lucas, Hannah Reppert, and Jennifer Rushton.  Winners of the Men’s division were: Ed Moore, Mike Cook, Dick Welton, and Rick Figueredo.

“We want to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers, Sequoyah Bar and Grill and Golf Course staff.  We hope more people join our effort next year for this great community cause” said Co-Chair Jose Arias.

On behalf of the Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Committee and recipients, we thank the following sponsors:

Platinum: Glenn & Kathy Marcel, Carolina Extreme, Jean Miller, Mary Rose & Walter Figura, Drake Software

Gold: Doug and Jane Stuart, Kanute and Kathy Rarey, Barb and Jim Redman, Mountain Harbour Golf and Country Club

Silver: Lake Chatuge Rotary Club, Bloom. Salon, Bethel Acquisitions, LLC, Valley River Brewery, Geoff & Vicky Schwartz, Lowe’s, Bill & Liz Hickok, Guaranty Mortgage Services, LLC., Century 21 Real Estate, Boundary Waters, Dr. Jason Shook, Rex & Barb Boswell, SignFast

Bronze: Nantahala Bank, Dr. Russell and Lisa Hughes, JPM Photography, Ron Cantrell Construction, Sonja Silvers Realty Group, Hawg Wild BBQ & Catfish House, Trish & Jim Reynolds, D. Remy Company, Wilson Financial Group, LLC, Daniel’s Steakhouse, Mayor Harry Baughn, Suzi Herbert, David & Barbara Field, Rebecca & Charles Van Gorder, Elmer & Betsi Wilson, Ledford & Parker Inc., Hayesville Firestone, Kelly & Randyes Williams, Carrion Tree Service, Mary Stewart and Fred King, Jon & Meliss Czarnecki,  Matt’s Ministry, Bev & Dave Larson, Turner Guidry and Georgia Bethel, Barbara Brewton & Ernie Freda, John & Mary Hurley, Lewis Shurbutt, OV Lewis, Pat and Paul Jordan, Richard Bohmer, Seniors Financial Group, Anjeo Grill, Tiger’s, Alan & Karen Sirmans, Market Place Antiques,  List Construction, Don & Pam Roman, Off the Grid Feed Store, Jan’s Detailing, Mountain Harbour Golf and Country Club, Mary’ Southern Grill, Valla Kolman, Appalachian Dental, Don Jones, David & Teresa Gribble, American Legion, Mary & James Ackerly, Bob Anderson Investments, Tordust LLC.,                             

Refreshment Cart – Team Christensen

Hole in One – Jacky Jones

Golfer Continental Breakfast – Mountain Streams Real Estate, Inc. , Julie Ledford, DDS, PA.

Putting Contest – Seniors Financial Directions

Gift Certificates and Donations; Bowl of Asia, Brasstown Valley Resort, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Rib Country, Ingles, Nantahala Bank, Tri-County Office Supply, Small Town Girl Design