CURRENT MITIGATION MEASURES: Governor Pritzker announced Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations statewide on Friday, November 20. While not a stay-at-home order, it places further restrictions on capacities of retail, restaurants, and public gatherings indoors. The Macon County COVID-19 Taskforce also held a press conference encouraging schools and churches to go to only virtual gatherings through January 15.

Since the current mitigations do not impact our attendance (up to 25 can gather in person with masks), we will continue 9 am in-person service. We will encourage those who are able or capable to go virtual to stay home, permitting our non-digital and vulnerable to attend. If you can connect with us on your computer, phone, or tablet device, we do not expect your attendance at the in-person service.

The Dove, Inc. Children's Clothing Room is closed until January. All groups and activities are virtual only.

LIVESTREAMING OUR SANCTUARY: Work is beginning toward enabling the sanctuary to serve as our live studio, with quality video and audio equipment to be set up for online broadcasting. Lighthouse Electric & Decatur Computers have installed a fixed data line to our balcony to assure quality data connection to the internet. We have received an updated equipment and installation list.
Worship Each Week
Homecoming: God's Unexpected Memory
Saturday, December 12, 5 pm - Online
Sunday, December 13, 9 am
7 PM
When the days are at their shortest, and darkness grows deeper, many experience depression in contrast to the expectations of joy. The loss of a loved one - due to death or divorce, unemployment, ill-health, or a sense of isolation can all contribute to a deep pain that is intensified when everyone around us seems to be celebrating.

In a season proclaiming hope, love, joy, and peace, it is difficult to acknowledge and remember it is still a season of loss. Join us online as we pause to remember what we have experienced as loss, yet see the still glimmer of the Holy Light present in our grief.
Grow in Faith
Morning Devotion
Each day, except Sunday, Pastor Jason shares a brief 4-7 minute scripture reading, reflection, response and prayer. This 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.

Secret Place Quarterly Devotional
For many years, a complimentary subscription for the Secret Place devotional magazine has been kept for those interested in a daily devotion. Each daily devotion includes a Scripture passage, an original meditation, and a brief prayer. Written by Christian writers from across the nation, these meditations share comfort and inspiration found in life's everyday details. Both large print and regular print editions are available in the Education Wing hallway, free of charge. Drop by (with a mask!) and pick your copy up today.
CCIW Youth grades 6th to 12th are invited to join us virtually for Midwinter 2021. Our annual event will be held online in order to promote health and safety during our ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is free! However, you must register in order to attend!

Our theme will be “In Person” exploring the many ways in which we can find ways to be present through God, even while connecting distantly and through virtual means.

Register by December 31, 2020 to receive a free retreat packet in the mail including a Midwinter 2021 booklet, sticker, and pins (1 per youth participant; while quantities last). Midwinter will take place on Saturday January 16, 2021 at 2PM CST. Internet connection and Zoom platform required.

We look forward to seeing you at Midwinter in January!

Email questions or inquiries regarding Midwinter to Pastor Eli –
New Times New Wineskins

Friday February 19 6:30 PM Meet and Greet - come online and catch up with women from across the Region who you have not seen in awhile. 7:00 PM Bible Study - led by Rev. Melissa Ebken 8:00 New Time, New Wineskins - keynote by Rev.

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Use Your Gifts
Pray with Lebanon Sunday, December 13, 2020

Lectionary Selection: Psalm 126 Almighty God, creator of all, giver of life, we come to you with hearts that are overwhelmed with many thoughts and feelings. We stand before you, raising our voices to you, trying to understand all that is...

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Give Regularly
Stewardship Corner: With last spring’s passing of the CARES Act, there has never been a better time to give. The Act provides that charitable contributions up to $300 qualify for an above-the-line tax deduction, even if deductions are not itemized. This charitable tax deduction - $300 per individual or married couple filing jointly - is only offered through December 31st, so if you choose to give, don’t delay. A deduction lowers both adjusted gross income and taxable income for the taxpayer.
Christmas Special Day Offering
December 13 & 20
As partners in the ministry, the Regional Church and local congregations work together. The staff and volunteers in the Regional church serve local congregations and their leaders by:

• Starting new churches
• Providing engaging camps & youth events
• Helping congregations with their communication initiatives
• Creating global connections in Guatemala & other countries
• Leading anti-racism training
• Promoting congregational transformation
• Assisting congregations with telling Life Giving & Life Changing Stories
• Offering mission opportunities
• Providing a School for Ministry

Thank you for sharing your fine gifts for the ministries we share through The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin. Your offerings make a difference! 100% of your gifts to the Christmas Offering support CCIW. “Together Making Disciples of Christ”
As Dec. 31 approaches, taxpayers are organizing their finances to prepare for filing their income taxes. This year, Congress passed the CARES Act to provide taxpayers economic relief during the pandemic. This relief may increase your ability to support church and other charitable causes, helping others through this difficult time.

The three key tax-wise strategies for charitable giving include:

  1. Persons over the age of 70 ½ may still use qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) for their charitable giving, despite Congress ‘permanently’ raising the age for RMDs to 72 and suspending RMDs for 2020. For eligible seniors, this is often the most tax-effective way to give.
  2. Donating appreciated stock can save the capital gains tax, allowing donors to reduce the net cost of their giving.
  3. Non-itemizers can take a tax deduction for up to $300 of cash charitable contributions (called an “above the line” deduction) in 2020.

The CARES Act temporarily increased the limit for cash contributions from 60 percent to 100 percent of adjusted gross income. 

Senior donors eligible to make qualified charitable distributions should be aware that, if using an “IRA Checkbook”, those gifts must be deposited by the charity no later than Dec. 31 in order to count as a current year gift. Distributions made through your IRA administrator do not have this same requirement.

The Christian Church Foundation is here to help with your questions. Call us at 800-668-8016. Please also consult with your investment, legal, or tax advisers.
General Fund

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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For instructions in registering your Kroger Rewards Card, Click Here.

The Organization code for Prairie Avenue Christian Church is: BY235.
$35.04 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 during July -September 2020.

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.
AMAZON DONATION UPDATE:Prairie Avenue Christian Church (EIN: 37-6056944) has been issued a $9.60 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2020.
Share Your Faith
DOVE CHRISTMAS BASKET DRIVE: We are really in need of gloves of all sizes, from infant to age 16, as well as wrapping paper and rolls of tape for our baskets program. You can drop any of these items off at the former Kroger in Fairview Plaza between 8:30 and 4:30 Wednesday - Friday and Saturday between 9 and 4. Thank you so much! We will especially need volunteers Dec. 15 - 17 during toy distribution. Please call Kassie at 217.428.6616 at Dove if you're interested in volunteering! Must be willing to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.