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.
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Sermon: "Get Up and Don't Be Afraid" Matthew 17:1-9, February 19, 2023, Rev. Jason Butterick

Get Up and Don't Be Afraid

Matthew 17:1-9

February 19, 2023

February 19, 2023 Worship Service

Jesus came to lift up the lowly. In the Gospel of Luke, a first-century portrait of Jesus, we find stories of Jesus’s ministry with ordinary, unexpected people. They weren’t perfect. Many of them were struggling and didn’t have their acts together. Some of them were outsiders or even outlaws. Whoever they were, Jesus brought the good news of God’s kingdom to those who most needed to hear it. That includes you and me. Through Luke’s stories, we find Jesus’s care and compassion for all as he welcomes sinners and outcasts. 

This Sunday, we begin this 2023 Lenten worship journey through Luke. Our journey begins with the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah as well as Simeon and Anna, "very old" people whom God chose and used for God's purposes, as well as the story of Mary, a young person whom God chose and who said, "yes" to God. In Mary's Magnificat we find the theme of Luke's Gospel: "He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly" (Luke 1:52).

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. Join us in person or online... it will count!

Join us for Coffee... and Donuts on Sunday Morning

We have partnered with the Good Samaritan Inn, our community Noon meal, and Mercy Gardens organization, to support their programs through the weekly purchase of their Do Good Donuts.

Our variety of donuts (subject to availability) includes:

Donut/Vanilla Icing Chocolate Donut/Vanilla Icing

Donut/Chocolate icing Chocolate Donut/Chocolate Icing

Donut/Maple icing Chocolate Donate/Maple Icing

Donut/Cinnamon & Sugar Blueberry Donut/Blueberry Glaze

We cannot deliver these goodies via Online attendance! Must be present... to eat.

Join us at 8 am or 9:30 am


This Week's Prayer Calendar

Congregations: Davis Memorial Taylorville, Central Christian Church Havana; Grace Christian Church, Frankfort, MI

Global Ministries: Marshall Islands

Pray with the Marshall Islands, February 26, 2023 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:4-11 Prayers from the Marshall Islands God of Creation, Help us learn to put our trust in you. When powerful voices promise to look out for our best interests if we just give in or go along, help ... 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.

Soup & Scripture Returns Wednesdays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5

A return to some familiar practice begins in March!

Soup & Sandwiches will be prepared and ready in the fellowship hall at 5 pm. On your way home, or just one less meal to make, join us for fellowship and discussion beginning at 6 pm (You can still eat, too!).

The gospel of Luke paints a compelling picture of Jesus. Luke's unique stories show us Jesus's concern for the lowly, the outcasts, and the picked on and pushed around. Join us for a study of Luke to deepen your faith and strengthen your commitment to Jesus over the season of Lent.

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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.


February 23- March 1



23 - Rev. Jason Butterick

28 - Parker Long

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!

Stewardship/Finance Updates

AN APPEAL: Over a period of three days in January, a toilet in the women's restroom did not stop filling due to a broken flapper, resulting in a water bill of nearly 6 months of usage due in one month. Our utilities for December were about a 1/3rd higher than normal, with January utilities also being similar in cost. Your generous response to offset these expenses would be appreciated.

Special Offering 2023: Mission Moment

"I was living a normal life," eighteen-year-old Dmitry recalled. "I was studying logistics and marketing and playing football. I wanted to be a professional footballer, and had a contract with the Mariupol junior football team." Anna, also 18, is from Donetsk, and had already moved because of the earlier war (2014, when Russia annexed Crimea).

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Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

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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

$28.98 was raised by 13 households who have linked their Kroger customer reward cards to support Prairie Avenue Christian Church. The quarterly contribution is for shopping at Kroger from October to December 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.

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

General Assembly 2023 - General Assembly

The theme for the 2023 General Assembly is "Kindom of God Within Us, Among Us." The theme is based on three scriptures: Luke 17:20-21, Genesis 11:1-9, and 2 Peter 1:3. "Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not [...]

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