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The GOOD NEWS Of Canaan!

A Monthly Publication of the Canaan Baptist Church!

The Next Level Continues!

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" " John 3:16 KJV!


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As the Christmas season approaches, we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the many seasonal activities and events. Our thoughts begin to shift toward gifts and giving. Our days are lled with marathon shopping trips, holiday parties, beautiful festive decorating, and endless hours of last minute gift wrapping those perfect gifts for everyone on our lists.!



Although Christmas is a time of joy and worship, it becomes one of the most stressful times of the year, and causes us to lose focus on the gift and giver. Seldom, the unraveling of the many blessings God has bestowed befalls many of us. Our priorities are shued and Christmas becomes more of a retreat from reality than its true meaning.!

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God's greatest gift to us was his only son, Jesus. A gift given to all to pay for our sins. A gift that remains for us today because God foresaw our need. A gift of God's promise to each one of us. A gift that ensures us an eternal life.!


"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" " 2 Corinthians 9:15! Saints, the gift of Jesus was given to save us, to help us, and to heal us. Regardless of the many gifts we may receive this Christmas, they pale in comparison to God's true gift to us. There is no better gift than receiving Jesus. We are richly blessed with God's goodness.!

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Therefore, I urge each one of us this Christmas season to keep our focus on Jesus. Recall the story of Jesus' birth in the manger, His death on the cross, and His rise from the dead. Share His many blessings with others. He will forever be in our hearts. And remember, the rst Christmas gift we ever received was Jesus Christ, the son of God.!

Stay Strong!! Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Senior Pastor!

The GOOD NEWS of Canaan!

Publisher" Canaan Baptist Church"


Welcome and Greetings!

Thank you for worshipping with us at Canaan Baptist church. The corporate life of this congregation is the true witness of the vitality of our faith. While the high point of our Christian service is to be found in the experience of Sunday worship, what we do from Monday to Saturday, speaks volumes about Canaans commitment and dedication to Christ and our community. "

Editor!in!Chief" Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock"


Editor" Michelle White"


Staff" Deirdre Crew" Alan Hicks" Alveretta Mobley" Pat Risher" Rutha Williams" !

Canaan is a family where all of us are saved sinners hammering out our salvation under the auspices of Gods amazing grace. We are structured, but not so structured as to prevent the powerful work of the Holy Spirit to impact the life of our in!reach and outreach ministries. We are organized, but not so organized to prevent the organism, which is the Church, from bearing full life."

Canaans Mission Statement! An urban Baptist Church which serves as a vanguard of liberation, faith and empowerment through our Christian witness. Canaans mission is to do ministry for the Master through the five!fold ministries of Discipleship, Fellowship, Service, Worship and Evangelism." Acts 2:42!47"
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We Welcome You!" Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock and First Lady Dr. Debbie Bullock " and the Canaan Baptist Family"

The Music and Sacred Arts Ministry would like to thank all of those who made our Annual Day Concert Celebration possible. ! Below are recap highlights of our special event!!
Famed Grammy and Stellar Award gospel singer and quartet, Joe Ligon and The Mighty Clouds of Joy, performed on November 15, 2013 to a sold out audience at Canaan Baptist Church. The well publicized event headlined as "Canaan and The Clouds" by Pastor Bullock was sponsored by Canaan's Music Ministry for their Annual Celebration Concert."

Canaans Core Values! Congregational Intimacy" (1 Corinthians 13:13)"


Salvation For The Lost" (St. John 3:16)"


With an outstanding performance led by Dr. Arvis Strickling!Jones and Canaan's Unity Mass Choir as the opening act for the legendary group, the evenings' atmosphere quickly became highly spirit filled. "

Applied Christianity" (James 2:14!20)"


As Mr. Ligon, the last living member of the award winning gospel quartet, approached the pulpit area, he was honored with proclamations from New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and Council President Bullock. "

Impact the Human Condition" (St. Luke 4:18!19)"

The Mighty Clouds of Joy performed songs such as "God Can", "Meeting Tonight", "Heavy Load", "Order My Steps", "If Jesus Can't Fix It", "I've Been In The Storm", and a memory lane medley of older hits by the group."

The Good News of Canaan is a monthly publication created to inform and encourage Canaan friends and family. Material must be submitted before the 15th of the month preceding each issue."

What started out as a musical gospel journey that encompassed 50 plus years of outstanding gospel hits and performances became an unforgettable night of praise and worship. The night was truly a wonderful blessing to all in attendance. "


With the holiday season fast approaching, it is important that we keep in mind that which truly matters. During this time, people often spend time with family sitting around the table sharing meals and exchanging gifts with those they love. However, as Christians we ought to be attentive to the fact that there are those less fortunate. Those who will be unable to spend the holiday season spending time with their entire family and incapable of providing gifts for others. The Donald J. Bowman Angel Tree Ministry established for Canaan members by Deacon Bowman himself and now led by Dr. Nakishia Bailey, is a nationwide program which seeks to provide for children, who during the holiday season are without one or both of their parents due to incarceration. ! Each year the Angel Tree Ministry provides for these children and their families with the goal of giving them what they may lack during the holidays. Often these children are placed with extended family members or with caretakers. To ease the burden that is often presented by this situation, the Angel Tree Ministry furnishes each child with a gift and each family with a food basket. In doing so, this ministry allows parents not able to be with their children during the holidays to provide them with a gift and a holiday meal. And, while the ministry cares for each childs earthly needs they also hope that this may lead them to a place where they can nd nourishment for their spiritual needs as well. ! !"#$%&'%()*!$%!+,-!.!



Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful " works to the children of men" " Psalms 107:8!

n my daily commute to and from the office, I often observe bumper stickers on cars.! Some are surly, others clever, and still others downright distasteful.! One bumper sticker I saw recently, however, gently challenged my heart about the way we engage life.! The sticker simply said, "Too blessed to complain."! ! As we ponder those words, a feeling of self"conviction!should overtake us.! Too often we find ourselves lamenting moments in

life that didn't go our way!or what we don't have!rather than focusing on the wonderful gifts our heavenly Father has already given us.! Reading that simple message should stir in us a renewed commitment to be more actively and intentionally grateful because our God has been so good to us in more ways than we could ever count.! Psalms 107 is a song that seeks to rectify thankless thinking.! The Psalmist makes a plea to hearts grown cold with ingratitude, repeating four times, "Oh, that men would

give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men."! (verses 8, 15, 21, 31)! Even in the worst of times, we have much to be thankful for.! ! As we look forward to the upcoming holiday season...'count your blessings"name them one by one . . . count your blessings"see what God hath done'! May we learn to thank God for His goodness to us!!!

SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT SCHEDULE! Worship Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 a.m. & 11 a.m." Sunday Church School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 a.m." " Wednesdays ! (WOW) Worship On Wednesdays" Noon Prayer Fellowship Hour Meal 5!6 p.m. Bible Study ! 6 p.m." " *Celebration of Holy Communion ! Every 1st Sunday (Both Services)"



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! Which of the following quotes are in the Bible?! 1. Cleanliness is next to godliness.! 2. God helps those who help themselves.! 3. Confessions is good for the soul.! 4. Man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.! 5. Money is the root of all evil.! 6. Honesty is the best policy.! ! What substance was to be offered with all sacrifices?! 1.! Meat! 2.! Fat! 3.! Frankincense! 4.! Salt! ! Who did God pose this question to: Where does the light come from and where does the darkness go?! 1.! Paul! 2.! Abraham! 3.! Moses! 4.! Job!

While this ministry receives the help of many corporate and community sponsors, it also needs help from you, the members of Canaan. Please be sure to pick up a childs wish from the tree on your way in or out of church. Wrapped gifts are going to be due by December 8th. Also, on December 15th the gifts and food baskets will be given to the children and their families. The main goal is to provide for at least 200 children and 150 families. Help to make this goal a reality and provide what you can. !

Lord Help Me!


Dear Heavenly Father, So far today, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped or lost my temper. I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty or self"centered. I'm really happy about that so far. But in a few minutes I'm going to be getting out of this bed and then I'm going to need a lot of help. Thank you! Amen.!

Save The Date !

Men & Women Ministry! Red & Green Breakfast!
Deacon Donald J. Bowman Angel Tree Sunday! Joint New Years Eve Worship at Shiloh Baptist Church! December 14! December 15 ! December 31!


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All requests for announcements to be displayed on the sanctuary screens and outer sanctuary monitors must be submitted using the approved form for approval by the Monday prior. All announcements requested to be placed in the monthly newsletter must be submitted for approval by the 15th of the month preceding each issue. Please call the church for further information."


Canaan Baptist Church Womens Ministry will host a Women of Purpose Empowerment Retreat on February 21 !23, 2014. The retreat will be at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland. See ministry leader Rev. Vickie Gaines, or retreat coordinators Rev. Beverly Ritvalsky or Sis. Mitzie Hamilton for more information."


Need help to find your way around the health care law? Come out and join us to learn more about the laws benefits and protections and new coverage options, and find out what the health care law means for you and your family. " What: Answer s to Health Car e Law " When: Satur day December 7, 2013; 1!3 pm" Where: Canaan Baptist Chur ch "

The Singles Ministry will host a flu shot clinic on 12/4/13, following WOW Service." Flu shots will be administered by Rite Aid pharmacist, Michelle Byrd. Depending on your insurance provider, there may, or there may not be, a cost for the flu shot. Please see a member of the Singles Ministry in the vestibule after each service to ask any questions and to sign up."

To register, please contact Sis. Pat Risher at 654!8818"

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Canaan will join with Shiloh Baptist Church at Shiloh for a joint New Years Eve worship on December 31, 2013."


The Mens and Womens ministries of Canaan, will host their annual Red & Green Breakfast on December 14th at 8 am at the Executive Conference Center in Newark, DE. Ticket cost is $20. See a member of the ministries in the vestibule following each service for more information."


Annual Day will be celebrated at both services on December 15th. See Sis. Nakishia Bailey for more information."