Prairie Avenue

Christian Church


To be learning, loving, and serving disciples of Christ from the depths of our being to the ends of the earth.

 A Stephen Ministry & Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Congregation

Worship Each Week & Daily Prayer
Attending weekly gives you the opportunity to re-center your life,
give God honor and glory, and remember what is really important in life.
Did you miss a sermon or can't remember the good statement made by Pastor Jason recently?

You can access the complete library of sermons at our Prairie Avenue YouTube(TM) Channel
Sermon: "Teach Us To Pray: Forgiveness " August 7, 2022

Forgiveness: Sins, Debts, & Trespassers

Luke 18:9-14

August 7, 2022

August 7, 2022 Worship Service

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and glory forever. Amen.

As we conclude our series on the lessons of the Lord's Prayer, we once again confront me and my becoming thee and thine. 

This epilogue/doxology was not in the earliest copies of the gospel of Matthew (perhaps you have discovered this issue when attending a Roman Catholic mass, where they conclude it at "deliver us from evil."). It seems to have been a church addition towards the beginning of the second century. An early church instruction book, the Didache  (instructions) has it. 

Whose kingdom? God's not mine.

Whose power? God's not mine.

Whose glory? God's not mine.

Until the end of time. May it be so. Amen. 


Attend Worship: Pastor Jason has encouraged an "A grade" of 90% worship attendance (missing less the 5 Sundays in a year). You can keep up your attendance by joining worship online through our Facebook premiere or our worship online page on the website. Join us in person or online... it will count!


This Week's Prayer Calendar

Congregations:  Vine Street Christian Church Arthur, Grace Christian Church Aurora, Bethany Park Rantoul, Journey of Faith Christian Church, Ann Arbor, MI

Global Ministries: Kenya

Pray with Kenya, August 14, 2022 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Prayers for Kenya Lord, I ask that you continue to have your hand on the nation of Kenya and provide the leaders with the wisdom to guide your people in the right direction, especially in ... Read more

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Grow in Faith
through listening, paying attention, and reading 5 verses a day
Take a class, as you make friends and grow to know what learning, loving, and serving God and neighbor means in everyday life.

Morning Devotion

Each weekday (Monday - Friday), Pastor Jason shares a brief 4-7 minute scripture reading, reflection, response, and prayer. The associated devotion is posted to Prairie Avenue's Facebook page.

You may also access it on the church website: It is posted around 8:20 to 8:30 each morning.

NEXT STEPS BOOK STUDY: As Prairie Avenue approaches its 100th anniversary, a new chapter begins. To begin a deeper discussion on the mission and call in the 21st Century, we are beginning a study of two books: Thrive by Ruth Fletcher, and Everywhere You Look by Tim Soerens. Both books are available online or order. If you would be interested in joining and participating in the discussion, please see Pastor Jason.

Use Your Gifts by sharing five acts of love and kindness each week
Serve God and neighbor by using your gifts and talents both inside and outside the walls of the church. Each of us have spiritual gifts and natural abilities to use to serve others and glorify God.

Bowling League Returns to Prairie Avenue

In 1983-84, the Prairie Avenue Wipe Outs (Kris Acklin Stroyeck, Jeff Althoff, Chris Gardner, and Barb Trostle won first place in the Decatur area church bowling league held at the Bowl on East Pershing.

The Bowl may be gone, but bowling is coming back to Prairie Avenue. We are in the process of getting our league team together again. If you are interested, speak to Pastor Jason or Chris Gardner, 217-454-3018.

Appreciation for Service

Dove, Inc. Children's Clothing Room 


The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dove, Inc. presented Prairie Avenue Christian Church with a plaque honoring our commitment as the home of the Dove, Inc. Children's Clothing Room from 2004-2022. The room began as a ministry of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in the 1970s. It will begin its operations at Central Christian Church on or around August 15.


August 11 - 17



11 - Abraham Long (19!)



Membership Anniversaries

(When you joined Prairie Avenue!)


If you know of a birthday or anniversary that has gone "Missing" from our list, please contact the church office at 217-428-3327. Thanks.

Give Regularly through five acts of generosity each month
Giving regularly not only supports the work of the church,
but also is your way of giving God priority in your life.
What we love is where we will spend first.
When we are able to give, it always deepens our faith
in loving and serving God.
Thank You for your generosity!
Disciples Mission Fund: Thank You Video
Give to Disciples Mission Fund

DMF Day Raises $33,000

The initial tally for funds raised on Thursday, August 4 for Disciples Mission Fund DMF Day is over $33,000!

Your generosity to the Disciples Mission Fund gives support to over 70 general ministries and programs of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

If you would still like to contribute to DMF day, you may do so by clicking the button to give to Disciples Mission Fund.

Does Your Bank/Financial Institution

Provide Bill Pay Services?

If so, you can make sure your tithe/gift/offering arrives whether you are able to attend or not! Often when someone is absent, their offering is also. Or you left it on the table while coming to church! You can set up Prairie Avenue Christian Church as a "bill" (we are not, of course) and schedule timely checks to be mailed at no cost to our address. Many members have taken advantage of our online giving portal, but it also charges fees each time! Avoid the service charges and fees by setting us up as a regular payment through your bank/financial institution. Without fail, your support will arrive. Set your "payment" plan today.

General Fund Supports Operations & Ministry

Donations given to the Prairie Avenue Christian Church General Fund support the year-round ministries of the church. Your generous support keeps our building, staff, and operations working for the mission of the church. The mission of Prairie...
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Building Fund Supports Repair & Updates

Announced at the State of the Church address on June 30, 2015, the reFresh capital campaign has two improvement/update priorities: updating HVAC equipment and internet/network accessibility.
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The Organization code for Prairie Avenue Christian Church is: BY235.
Kroger Community Rewards Program News

$29.72 was raised by 12 households who have linked their Kroger customer reward cards to support Prairie Avenue Christian Church. The quarterly contribution is for shopping at Kroger from April to June 2022

Joining to support the ministries of Prairie Avenue Christian Church is FREE. Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.

"When you shop for items or gifts at, AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to Prairie Avenue Christian Church at no cost to you!"

Prairie Avenue Christian Church is a listed charity with the Smile.Amazon program. Please use, and choose Prairie Avenue Christian Church for your generous support. We received $6.91 from the AmazonSmile Foundation due to AmazonSmile program activity between January 1 - March 31, 2022.

Share Your Faith by inviting 5 people to church this year
The God you worship is always revealed through your words and actions. Awkward conversations (i.e. "Are you saved?") are not necessary when your words and actions reveal the God you seek to learn, love, and serve.
In Other News
Dear Disciples: flood response/Chautauqua

Dear Disciples

In this week’s Dear Disciples, General Minister and President, Rev. Terri Hord Owens invites the church into prayer for the flooding in Kentucky and for her time at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York in the coming week. She reminds the church to seek rest as a part of who and how God has created us.

“Please know that I carry you with me, knowing that wherever I go I represent the work that we all do together. So thank you for the opportunity, the time away to be at Chautauqua.” – Rev. Terri Hord Owens

Explore the latest update on the flooding in July from Week of Compassion.

Learn more about the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

Covenant Project -

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Covenant Project began more than three years ago as part of the work of Governance Committee of the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada to evaluate and propose changes to not just church structure but relationship.

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