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The GOOD NEWS Of Canaan

A Monthly Publication of the Canaan Baptist Church

Committed to God, Church and Community

Vision 2015: Simple Church


Grace and peace unto you!

Inside this issue:

A Word From The
Order of Worship 4
Canaan and The
Clouds Recap

Sick and Shut In

Canaan in the


Know Your Bible

Arise and Build


Get Connected

As the New Year begins, the vision for Canaan in 2015 will be to gravitate from
church work to the work of the church. It is in the work of the church that we are
fulfilling the mission and mandate of Jesus Christ. With Canaan's mission and
core values providing the framework, it's imperative for us to stay focused on the
work of the church. For this reason, this year's traditional direction will shift to
accommodate a more effective direction among all ministries in Canaan. This
new direction will embrace the need of simplifying our ministries in order to
have maximum ministry impact in the church and the community.
Notably, in the book, Simple Church, the authors, Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger, emphasized four key points:
* Clarity in ministry
* Movement in ministry
* Alignment in ministry
* Focus in ministry
My preaching and teaching in 2015 will largely deal with these same key points as
some of the traditional activities and celebrations in Canaan are streamlined. For
example, every ministry in the church (40+ ministries) has had or have requested
a day of celebration. If we honored each request, at least over 40 weeks in a year
would be dedicated to anniversaries. As a result and after careful consideration, it
is not practical to have every ministry celebrated over the course of the year at
the expense of the overall mission of the church.
Therefore, in order to accommodate this change in 2015, we will have a Hallelujah Sunday to recognize and celebrate all ministries of the church on one special day in May of 2015. It is very important that every ministry in our church
have this recognition. With this in mind, Hallelujah Sunday will be a new and
exciting day in the life of Canaan, where every ministry in the church comes together in the name of congregational intimacy, with the intent of lifting up Jesus
and church unity.
~ continued on page 3

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The GOOD NEWS of Canaan

Canaan Baptist Church
Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock
Newsletter Staff
Deirdre Crew
Alveretta Mobley
Alan Hicks
Pat Risher
Rutha Williams

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
Acts 2:42-47

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.
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.

We Welcome You!
Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock and First Lady Dr. Debbie Bullock
and the Canaan Baptist Church Family

Happy Birthday Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock!

January 7, 2015
Our prayer is that God blesses you and those you love beyond measure for you are a treasure to all who have the privilege of knowing
you. As you journey through another year that God has blessed you
to see , may God continue to keep his loving hand upon you.

Canaans Core Values

Congregational Intimacy
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
Salvation For The Lost
(St. John 3:16)

Your Canaan Family & Friends

Calling All Canaan Men

Did you know that God has destined YOU for Greatness?!?

Applied Christianity
(James 2:14-20)
Impact the Human Condition
(St. Luke 4:18-19)
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Jesus said that if you believe in Him you will do greater

works than He did (John 14:12).
The Mens Ministry will begin the start of the Kingdom Man
series Bible Study on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 911
am. Come out and join us as we endeavor to examine what
it means to be a Kingdom Man!
Ministry Chairs Revs. Jeff Miller and Kenneth Washington

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Vision 2015 (continued from page 1)

Additionally, in 2015, we will see major progress in the Arise & Build campaign with respect to the expectation of breaking ground in preparation for the construction of our new facility.
Our main purpose of building a new facility is to house a growing ministry in order that we may continue to do more for the congregation and community. I truly applaud and commend the Phase 2 and
Arise & Build teams for their steadfast commitment to the process, as well as the tremendous support
from the congregation.
Simultaneously, we will be developing the Canaan Leadership Council (CLC) in the church. The new
council's main purpose will involve spiritual team building, leadership development, and communication focused on a Ministry Action Plan (MAP). Once a MAP has been developed, it will show the commitment of each ministry, what the ministry is designed to do, and how to expand and strengthen the
ministry for maximum impact.
Furthermore, there will be a greater focus and support of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. in
2015. As a member church of the convention, my hope is that Canaan will take advantage of the resources and opportunities that the convention offers in order to strengthen our ministry at the local
level. In addition, as a newly appointed Board member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., I
look forward to representing Canaan and Delaware at the national level in support of our denominational efforts.
Finally, the year 2015 will yield many new souls for Christ and usher in the beginning of a new era in the
life of Canaan Baptist Church. This new era will be focused on simplifying the work of the church,
while maximizing the gifts and resources that God has placed in our congregation. I sincerely thank
each one of you for supporting the vision that God has given me to lead such a great people called Canaan.
Stay Strong!
Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Senior Pastor


Worship Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Sunday Church School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 a.m.

Noon Prayer

Wednesdays - (WOW) Worship On Wednesdays

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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Christian Love
Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18)
Speak without accusing (James 1:19)
Give without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)
Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)
Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)
Share without pretending (Ephesians 4:15)
Enjoy without complaint (Philippians 2:14)
Trust without wavering (Corinthians 13:7)
Forgive without punishing (Colossians 3:13)
Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 13:12)

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?

Its that time of year again.
Were going to lose weight, exercise more, get out of debt, stick to a budget, stop smoking,
save for the future, and spend more time with family. We make resolutions because we want
to bring change to bear on our circumstances. We want to improve ourselves and our quality
of life. And the top resolutions, for most people, tend to revolve around the same three
poles: money, health and family.
But what would a set of New Years resolutions look like for you and your church, your role
as a leader, or simply as someone who wants to live a life of strategic Kingdom investment?
1. Pray more.
2. Invest in your spiritual gift(s).
3. Get more intentional about evangelism.
4. Care for yourself spiritually.
5. Make the tough decisions you know are best.
6. Confront debilitating patterns of sin.
7. Do the hard work needed to build community.
8. Keep in touch with contemporary culture.
9. Quit comparing yourself to other Christians, other leaders and other churches.
10. Read more.
11. Prioritize your family.
12. Refuse to use ministry to satisfy your personal ambition.
13. Love people, not just crowds.
14. Be more open to change.
15. Stay focused on the vision.

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Canaan in the Community:

Impacting the
though our
Outreach teams
providing a meal
AND the word to
those who are
lost and in need.

2,022+ people

21,001+ lbs.

Applauding His Word

Picture of the Month

Number of children
served and pounds
of food provided
through Canaan to
families in the
community to
date through our
Angel Tree and
outreach efforts.

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Canaan Bereavement Ministry Policy

Procedures for reporting the death of a family member


During normal business hours, notify the Canaan

church office of the death of your loved one. The
office staff will then contact:
Pastor Bullock, Deacon Ministry and
Bereavement Ministry Leader

2. A Bereavement Team will be notified and assigned

(by proximity)

First African-American Rhodes Scholar

Alan L. Locke. Graduated from Harvard
University in 1907 and became the first AfricanAmerican Rhodes scholar. He studied at Oxford
from 1907 to 1910.

4. Team leader informs the family to contact the

church office for any funeral arrangements or
other assistance

First M.D. DegreeIn 1837, James McCune Smith was the first
African-American male to receive an M.D.
Degree from the University of Glasgow: Rebecca
Lee Crumpler became the first African-American
woman to receive an M.D. degree graduating
from the New England Female Medical College
in 1864.

5. Decisions concerning funerals or funeral

related matters are to be made exclusively by
the Pastor or the Chairman of the Deacon

First Pulitzer Prize RecipientGwendolyn Brooks, was the first African

American to win a Pulitzer Prize in poetry in
1950 for her book; Anne Allen

Membership benefit privileges can be

made if the deceased was an active
member (regularly in attendance and a
financially contributing) member of the

Nights, Weekends, or Holiday Calls

When the Canaan church office is closed, call the
Chairman of the Deacon Board Deacon Henry
Carroll at: (215)806-1270
Chairman of the Pastoral Care Bereavement
Ministry Rev. Paul Wilson at: (302)325-0403

Canaan Baptist Church Office

(302) 654-8818
-For Future Reference; Bereavement Ministry Policy

Education- Not Incarceration

Look for more Firsts next month



3. Team leader will contact the family to make

arrangements for visitation

information is permanently available on the church website under

the Five-Fold Ministries page. Our website address:

Soil core boring test performed on 12/12/14. Results

and foundation design recommendations will be
provided to the architects and structural engineers

Also- remember to check the case above the

water fountains in the lobby for progress
updates on our campaign fundraising as well as
other important information about Arise and
Build. And be on the lookout for the Wall of

Get Connected

Angel Tree Thank You

The Marriage (CLEAVE) Ministry will meet on Friday

January 30, 2015 from 7 pm8:15 pm here at Canaan.
Come and Rebuild The Flame

The Deacon Donald J. Bowman Angel Tree Ministry

would like to thank all who helped to make a difference in
a child and a families life this holiday season through
your tremendous outpouring of generosity, love and
support. To God be the glory.

Rev. Chuck and Colleen Johnson

Lost AND Found

Have you misplaced your bible, gloves, scarf or other
miscellaneous articles? If so, check with any usher to
see if you left it here at church.

Canaan Business Network Featured Businesses

The following businesses are featured for the month of
December. Please support our businesses. For more
information, contact Rev. Norman Miller (302)3777004 or Sis. Nikki Hurd (240) 988-1526.

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. Additionally, 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

Womens Ministry 2015 Kickoff Bible Study

The Womens ministry will have their 2015 New Years
Kickoff Bible Study / Worship.
The message will be delivered by Pastor Bullock
Friday January 9th at 6 pm.
A lite meal will be served at 5:30 pm

Our favorite attitude should be gratitude

Happy New Year
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