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.

Imagine a world with more. More compassion. More hope. More justice. More of God’s limitless love, ignited in our communities. We are all in a season of imagining anew how to do those things we used to take for granted. As restrictions lift and opportunities open up after two difficult years, we Christians are invited to consider what it means to be God’s people, to study scripture, to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ in this new world. Often, we get trapped by fear, asking, “What if there is not enough? What if we are not enough?”

Instead, what if we imagined a world with MORE? What if we imagined a world in which God’s love was limitless? A world where there was more hope, more love, more connection? What would our communities look like? Who would be changed in a world with more? What would be transformed?

In the next few weeks, we will be imagining what might just happen if we really accepted God’s invitation to reveal to the world what the love of God really looks like.

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: Postscript " August 14, 2022

Teach Us to Pray: Postscript

Matthew 6:13; Revelation 21:1-7

August 14, 2022

August 14, 2022 Worship Service

In one of the more familiar parables of Jesus (but unique to Matthew), Jesus reveals that righteousness is inextricably tied with how we treat each other - so much so that caring for a neighbor in need is caring for Jesus himself. When we imagine a world with more compassion, what does that world look like? how would we relate to one another differently? Where can we see glimpses of a world with more compassion now? If we take the parable of the sheep and goats seriously, what does it mean about how we practice our faith?


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:  BelIflower Christian Church, First Christian Church of Bement, First Christian Church of Benton, New Covenant Christian church, Flushing, MI

Global Ministries: Kenya

Pray with Lebanon, August 21, 2022 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:10-17

Compassionate and merciful Creator, we gather here in your presence with grateful hearts, with the assurance of your love and mercy. We praise you for your loving kindness to all, in all circumstances ... 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.


August 18-24






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!

The Cycle of Compassion

​A key component in the work of disaster response, preparation, and readiness is the disaster response cycle - the way events, circumstances, and emotions mix together in the days following a crisis. Warning, impact, emergency/rescue, relief, assessment, long-term recovery, (new) normal, preparation.

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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
Imagine with Me: Covenant Project

Imagine With Me:

Covenant Project

On this episode of Imagine with Me, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Terri Hord Owens speaks with Rev. Allison Ruari, Associate Minister at Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville, TN and member of the General Board about the work of the Covenant Project and the work of reimagining our covenant as church.

"And because of covenant, we can praise God for the gifts we have been given and are free to imagine new phase of being in the world. It's all rooted in covenant and the recognition of our different identities as beloved and in relationship with God, and with one another." - Rev. Allison Ruari

Find more information about the Covenant Project at:

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