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

Christmas Day Services - Sunday, December 25, 2022 8 am & 9:30 am

As Christmas falls on a Sunday this year we will have scripture lessons and carols service. A series of readings with seasonal hymns, the schedule will be the same as all Sundays, 8 am & 9:30 am. There will be no sermon, but Communion will be shared.

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: "Acting on the Unbelievable: Joseph" December 11, 2022

The Angels of Christmas

Acting on the Unbelievable: Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-23

December 11, 2022

December 11, 2022 Worship Service

On this final Sunday of Advent, we encounter those who came after Zechariah's, Mary's, and Joseph's encounters with God's messengers; the shepherds. These are the first recipients of the news that a Savior has been born. Given the significance of this news for the world, the recipients are not the people you might expect. They are not kings. They are not political leaders. They have no clout, no special standing. The angels do not make their announcement of Jesus's birth at the Temple or some other seat of power. They meet the unassuming recipients where they live--in a field, under the stars.

The good news may have started with angels, but it was spread by human beings to whom the message was entrusted. In a real sense, the shepherds assumed the role of angels. And that realization should lead us to ask some questions as we seek to find meaning for this story in our own lives. Where have we encountered angels in human form? How may we properly recognize them? And how do we as everyday people, like those lowly shepherds, become the messengers to a hurting, frightening world where so many are yearning to receive good news?


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

Christmas Special Day Offering

Regional Ministries of Illinois/Wisconsin & Michigan

Congregations: First Christian Church Quincy; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Kalamazoo, MI

Global Ministries: Italy

Pray with Italy, December 18, 2022 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection Matthew 1:18-25 Prayers for Italy Loving God, In this Advent season, we give thanks for your incarnation. Through this, we glimpse the depth of your love for us; through this we glimpse the value of life itself and ... 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.

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.


December 15-21



19- Loren Trotter

20- Allison Sutman

Wedding Anniversaries


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!

Celebrating the Joy of our Camp Ministry

The ministry at Camp Walter Scott has had a joyful year. The Camp Ministry held two in-person family camps, along with five other youth camps this summer. Campers assisted in maintaining, harvesting, and planting in the new garden at Walter Scott. They learned to care for creation by composting food back into the earth. There have been many updates to the camp over the year; a refurbished campfire ring, restored dock, roofing and siding repairs, and wi-fi will reach all the camp buildings. There is also excitement for the Prairie Restoration Project in the Fall. With the conversion of some of the land to a Prairie, the camp is increasing the overall biological diversity of the area. Once fully established the Prairie will be beautiful, with wildflowers blooming throughout the year. 

“Camp Walter Scott continues to be a place for everyone who comes to experience the divine flowing around and through them in both the serious moments and in full-bellied laughter… We will plant our feet firmly in the rich soil of the past so we may have the nutrients, connected networks, and energy to grow from what we have been given. Come grow with us.”  - Clayton Summers

The offering will be received on Sunday, December 11 & December 18.

Give to 2022 Christmas Special Day Offering

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

$28.95 was raised by 14 households who have linked their Kroger customer reward cards to support Prairie Avenue Christian Church. The quarterly contribution is for shopping at Kroger from July to September 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 will receive a $5.42 donation from program activity between April 1 and June 30, 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.

The Wise Men Continue Their Journeys...

To remind ourselves of the journey to meet Jesus during the season of advent, our Wise Men figurines travel to various places in Central Illinois on their journey. Each week during Advent we will post photographs of our wise men on their journey. Try and figure out where they have visited.

If you would like to "adopt a wise man" to take on a weekly journey, please sign up with Pastor Jason.

In Other News

Elevator Modernization Work Updates

Some required electrical code work for the operation of the new elevator was completed this week. The new work cannot be operating until the installation of the Otis elevator equipment, scheduled at this point in early summer 2023.

Due to construction delays, costs regarding labor and parts have increased. Our Otis contract has increased by $15,000.

Additional code requirements include a permanent smoke detection system and the possibility of sprinkler systems in the 2nd-floor mechanic room. Our project consultants, ATIS Elevator, will guide us through the remaining work.

Imagine with Me: Chaplain (MAJ) Owen Chandler & Terri Hord Owens

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Imagine with Me:

Chaplain (Maj.) Owen Chandler

On this episode of Imagine with Me, General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens is joined by Chaplain (MAJ) Owen Chandler, 1st Infantry Division as the Brigade Chaplain for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. Chaplain Chandler will be preaching at the 2023 General Assembly in Louisville, KY, and shares a bit about his work as a military chaplain. 

"Like these are stories where Jesus along the way he encounters situations of hopelessness and helps transform those moments through the very real presence of God. And so like military chaplaincy is a lot like that." -Chaplain (MAJ) Owen Chandler

The personal views expressed by Owen Chandler do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the United States Army.

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