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: "Lighten Up" Isaiah 9:1-4, January 22, 2023, Rev. Jason Butterick

Lighten Up!

Isaiah 9:1-4

January 22, 2023

The prophet Micah offered up a vision for a life lived from a different perspective. Rather than see doing good as "obligatory sacrifice," he said that when we live our lives with a love for kindness for all God's people, we are fulfilling God's desire to spread justice and love throughout the land. This week, what if we lived each day on the lookout for ways to make someone's day through a kind and unexpected gesture? It might just make our day as well!

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!


This Week's Prayer Calendar

Congregations: Tallula Christian church; First Christian Church Traverse City, MI

Global Ministries: India

Pray with India, January 29, 2023 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:1-12 Prayers for India God of all blessings, we thank you for the awareness of our blessedness. We thank you for teaching us with today's lectionary on Beatitudes what pleasing human conduct is and what it means to ... 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.


January 26-February 1




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

2022 Contribution Records: Your contribution record for 2022 will be sent to you prior to January 31. Consistent support, in whatever given amount, gives us the ability to provide and present the message and hope of the gospel to others. Thank you!

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.

Amazon Smile Program Update: We are writing to let you know that we have made plans to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. Until this date, customer purchases made via AmazonSmile will continue to accrue funds for your charity as normal. To help nonprofits like you plan ahead, we will also provide you with a one-time payment equivalent to three months of payments based on what you accrued in 2022 through this program. The timing of this final payment will be approximately 60 to 90 days after February 20, 2023. We hope that this will help minimize the impact that this decision might have.

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: Four Things to Look Forward to in 2023

Learn more about the Covenant Project at:

Learn more about the Church Narrative Project at:

Learn more about the Proclamation Project at:

Learn more about the 2023 General Assembly at:

Dear Disciples:

Four Things to Look Forward to in 2023

In this message from General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens shared four things happening in the life of the wider church that Disciples can get excited about in 2023--The Covenant Project, The Church Narrative Project and the Proclamation Project. And of course the upcoming General Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky.

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