A Smokin' Good Time

A Smokin' Good Time


Come Punkin' Chunkin' time in Clay County (Oct 19-20), a favorite food booth is also a major fund-raiser for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville. Holy Smokers is a non-profit ministry that raises funds exclusively for the church's Outreach ministry. Their mission statement is "Feeding God's people one Butt at a time."


Making use of Wally Figura's talent with meat, the ministry has operated since 2016 to supplement Good Shepherd's outreach budget (most of which goes back into the community) and to enjoy fun and good food with our friends and neighbors. Equipped with a commercial rotisserie smoker, the group can be found at such local events as Butts N Spuds, Punkin Chuckin, fish fries, charity golf tournaments, as well as offering occasional "Smokeouts" selling pre-ordered smoked butts, ribs ,brisket, corned beef, and lemon pepper chicken. Holy Smokers have won the 1st place Judges Award in "Butts and Spuds" competition and the People's Choice award for the "Punkin Chunkin' Chili Cook-off."


For smoker availability rental or questions contact Wally Figura at 770-330-8471.

Bethel-Guidry Scholarship Tournament Results

Caption: Jim Ackerly,  Dick Welton, Mike Cook, and Ed Moore, the winning foursome at the Bethel-Guidry Golf Tournament

The Bethel-Guidry College Golf Tournament

Jose’ Arias

On Saturday, September 28th The Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament was played at the beautiful Mountain Harbour Golf Course.  77 golfers played on a beautiful Saturday morning.  The winning foursome of Mike Cook, Ed Moore, Jim Ackerly, and Dick Welton shot a 58 to lead the way.

A number of area students have benefited from this annual event, receiving financial aid for their college choice. On behalf of all the scholarship recipients we would like to thank all the golfers that participated, the volunteers, Mountain Harbour Golf Course Staff, and all our sponsors.

Platinum: Jackie Jones, Glenn & Kathy Marcel, Mary Rose & Walter Figura, Wilson Financial Group, Jean Miller, Geoffrey Schwartz (Vanguard),

Gold: Doug and Jane Stuart, Mountain Harbour Golf, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Silver: Lake Chatuge Rotary, Century 21, Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Michael Worthy, DMD, Rib Country, Suzi Herbert, Kerry Clem, Towns Affordable Storage, VFW Clay Co., Appalachian Dental, Mountain Valley Country Store, Robin & Mike McGrath, Bloom Salon, Bethel Acquisitions

Bronze: Nantahala Bank, Hayesville Firestone, Silvers Realty, Keep me Posted, Mary's Southern Country Grill, Signs Fast , Shook's Dentistry, Dove Profiles Beauty Shop, Tri County Office Supply, Carl Patterson Flooring, Cantrell Body Shop, Bill Breedlove & Susan Morgan, Dr. Russell Hughes, Jon & Meliss Czarnecki, Senior Financial Group, Chuck & Becky Van Gorder, Advantage Chatuge Realty, First Citizens Bank, Black Dog Tavern, Hawg Wild BBQ, Hiawassee Hometown Pharmacy, Re/Max Hiawassee Realty, Anejo Grill, Kanute & Kathy Rarey, Daniels Steak House (Tordust LLC), Victor Andrews, Jackie & Brenda Sellers, Burch Insurance, Mountain Graphics, United Community Bank, Clay County Chamber, Michael Campbell, JPM Photography, George Heilner, Harry & Rachel Baughn, Trish and Jim Reynolds, Lewis Shurbutt, American Legion Hiawassee, Club 66, Iron Mountain Fence, Paris and Company, American Legion Hayesville, Dudley Hall, Jim & Barb Redmond, OV Lewis, Birch & Gail Criss, Pat & Joy Fox, David Field, List Construction, Lou & Barb Lanwermeyer, Union County Pet Hospital, Nick George, Mary Stewart & Fred King, Alan Sirmans, Valla Kolman, Andy Dickert, David Gribble, Mary Hedden Realty, Mary Ackerly, Bill Hickok, The Club Shoppe, Catherine Clark, Weaver's Tackle Store, Edward Jones, Dave Larson, Sandbar Restaurant, Enrico's Restaurant, Joe Rybicki, Greg Parsons, Brothers Restaurant, D. Remy & Co., TATA on Main, Moore Insurance, Claudia & Rick Mahaffie

Refreshment Cart – Team Christensen

Hole in One – Jacky Jones

Golfer Continental Breakfast – Mountain Streams Real Estate, Inc

Putting Contest – Dr. Julie Ledford, DDS

Gift Certificates and Donations; Tri County Office Supply, Tigers, Sharon Hayden, Robert & Karol Martin, Jerry Taylor, Furie & Doris Soles, Alan Armstrong, Andy Dickert, Pat Jordan, Murphy Antique Shop, Brasstown Valley Resort, Marketplace Antiques, Copper Door, Rib Country, Chevelles, Berrong's Barbershop, Washworx Hand Wash & Detail, All Hands on Deck, Young Harris College, Britt & Capri, Lowe’s, Body Sense, Polished Nail Studio

Good Shepherd Shows Love for Pets

Photo caption: Dr. Dwain Zagrocki and April Seabolt check out her dog’s heartbeat at the Pet Celebration on the Hayesville Town Square.

 When animal lovers gather in downtown Hayesville on Saturday, September 21 for the 8th Annual Pet Celebration on the Square, they should be sure to seek out the booth sponsored by Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville. The festival runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 According to Carole Webber, who owns several dogs herself and does pet therapy for shut-ins, pets will get the loving treatment they deserve at the Good Shepherd booth. Volunteers from the church will hand out doggie treats and provide a watering station for thirsty pups.

 Then, to put the icing on the doggie treats, Dwain E. Zagrocki, D.V.M.(a/k/a Dr. “Z”),  who is a Good Shepherd parishioner, will be bringing veterinary instruments and will allow the children to look into their dog’s ears and listen to their heartbeat.  Dr. Z is also bringing a portable ultrasound unit to show the “insides” of a dog!  Our rector, Fr. Bill Breedlove, will do a “Blessing of the Animals” at noon.

 Good Shepherd's participation in the Pet Celebration reflects the church's commitment to “boldly engage the world as God's shepherds, sharing God's blessings and creating Heaven on Earth one person at a time.” That vision certainly includes animals. For more about Good Shepherd and its ministries, see www.goodshepherdhayesville.org. The church is located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive one mile east of Hayesville on Highway 64.

Scholarship Golf Tournament

Jonathan Bethel takes a swing at the golf tournament benefiting students from Towns and Clay counties.

Guest writer: Jose Arias

On September 28th Mountain Harbour Golf Course will be hosting the annual Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament benefiting deserving high school seniors.  Shotgun start is 9:00 am with continental breakfast before the tournament followed by a celebratory luncheon and awards presentation.  Qualifying seniors from both Clay and Towns County High Schools will benefit from this golf tournament.

We are still signing up golfers and accepting sponsorships for this worthy cause.  For more information about the scholarship and the tournament please contact either Jose Arias at jose_m_arias@hotmail.com  (239) 595-1865 or Sanford Freeman at sanfordleefreeman@gmail.com  (706) 202-7819, or visit the website www.goodshepherdhayesville.org/bethelguidry-scholarship-golf-tournament.  We’re looking forward to a great day of golf and fellowship.