I am pleased to have you visit the Canaan Baptist Church web site where you can learn a little about who we are and what we are about. Hopefully, your interest will be intensified enough to visit us or seek more information Canaan Baptist Church has been serving the Washington, D.C. religious community since 1947. It is dedicated to the edification of glorifying our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Canaan has made many contributions in the moral humane, and religious growth of the community through the struggles of faithful members, both past and present. Today's Canaan Baptist Church is a vibrant church family that has gotten its second wind. We are an inclusive church family, meaning that we recognize the importance of EVERYONE that is in our employ. We have an active youth ministry and an energetic senior population. We are a church striving to be more committed to God by MAKING MOVES IN MINISTRY. We encourage our members to develop better spiritual growth habits and we provide enabling infrastructure for that to take place. We are a people that stresses ministry and not maintenance, so that our members can discover their spiritual gifts and utilize them in the church and in the community. Our worship style is in the context of celebration and praise. Canaan is a hopeful, expectant congregation. We mandate a ministry that is reverent yet relevant. We are contemporary without compromising our faith or belief. We are called and committed to meaningful ministry. We invite you to come worship with because we are reaching for a real relationship. We realize that in order to receive my favor, I have to do my part.
MESSAGE OF HOPE - May 2016
This month we celebrate Mothers! We celebrate those who birth, nurture, and instruct; those who have healing power in their lips – they can kiss scrapes and cuts and the pain disappears. We hail the super “She-roes” who conquer every scary monster hiding in the closet and under the bed, and can whip every alien from the sun to Pluto! And mom can do all this while checking homework and cooking dinner! Mothers may not be perfect but they sure are great to have around, and we applaud them! In this day when life is so tragically devalued, as evidenced by the fact that more and more moms are burying their children because of violence, and usually for absurdly petty reasons, we pause to salute, console, encourage, and pray for the grieving moms. Remember that you have a loving Heavenly Father who is with you through the darkest circumstances of your life. We salute new moms whose journey through motherhood is just beginning and pray that you will find joy even in the sleepless nights you are sure to encounter. And, we salute the veteran moms who are raising, or have raised their children, and possibly their grandchildren or others. We pray that you have had a rewarding experience fulfilling the “toughest job on Earth”. We pray that you trained your children according to the Word of God, knowing that His guarantee that “when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov.22:6b), is still good and His track record of keeping His Word is perfect. Now I’m sure some parents may feel like they’re fighting a losing battle at times with their children: the more the parents teach, the worse the children act! I think most parents have been there. But according God’s Word, the Proverbs 31 mother shall be called “blessed” by her children (v.8), and even if you think to yourself, “That will never happen” – God promised! Mothers, keep up the good work! Encourage your children to live to please God as their first priority (I Thess.4:1). Seeking God first and His kingdom ensures that all additional needs will be granted. Remind the children that their bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit (I Cor.6:19) and not to abuse or defile it in any manner. And finally, reinforce in their hearts that they are priceless and their infinite worth is from God – worth is divine, not assigned by man (Gen.1:26). Lady LaWanda and I would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to every mother who reads this Message of Hope. We also send a special Mother’s Day wish to the mothers of the Canaan family. Thank you for all you do to make sure our children grow up to be happy, healthy, but most importantly, holy people of the Savior. Canaan is a “church on the GROW”! Come GROW with us as we… Seek, Serve, and Celebrate our Savior! Larry Owens, Jr., M.Div. Senior Pastor