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: "Listening: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread" July 24, 2022

Listening: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

1 Samuel 3:1-10

July 24, 2022

July 24, 2022 Worship Service

Lead us not...

There is an awkward reading in the Lord's prayer petitions when you do not pause in the line "Lead us not into temptation." If you did not know any better, you would think (and believe) that God can lead us into temptation. If you have been in person or online for worship, you may notice that I have begun a practice of pausing between "us," and "not." Our plea is to be led because we know ourselves so well that we do not need any leading into temptation. I know that well-worn pathway without God's assistance. There is a battle we are in the midst of living, between forces "not of human flesh or blood," as the writer of Ephesians, states, but of "powers and principalities." Temptations will come, and we need to build up our resistance. To resist means to both defend as well as confront. Join us at 8 am , 9:30 am, and online as we discover the armory of spiritual warfare.

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

Congregation: First Christian Church Metropolis, First Christian church Sullivan, Sherburnville Christian church Grant Park; First Christian Church - West, Saginaw, MI

Global Ministries: United Kingdom

Pray with the United Kingdom, July 31, 2022 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: Luke 12:13-21 Prayers for the United Kingdom Dear God, Thank you for today, and every day. In schools everywhere, summer is a time of transition and uncertainty. We would like to pray for the girls and the staff ... 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.


July 28 - August 3



August 2- Greyson Peoples (4!)

3- Dane Hodges



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!

FIRST/SECOND QUARTER GIVING: You should be receiving (or have received) your contributions report for the first six months of 2022. Thank you for your support! If there is an error in the report, please call the church office at 422-3327. 

2022 SPECIAL OFFERINGS UPDATE: Recently the church sent its total giving to Week of Compassion, Easter, and Pentecost special day offerings collected through June 30. In addition to the individual donations designated for these special funds, the general fund provides a 10% distribution on the collection received on the designated Sundays. Each week, 1% of contributions is designated for the Disciples Mission Fund, the general operations fund for the regional and general church. Your generosity is listed below:

Disciples Mission Fund $442.95

Easter Special Day $402.10

Pentecost $788.40

Week of Compassion $589.07

Disciples Mission Fund makes it possible for us to do more together than we can alone. Because of DMF, lives are transformed and ministry happens across the church and around the world.

Congregations are stronger when they participate in Disciples Mission Fund because they are part of something much larger than themselves – DMF makes it possible for Disciples in do ministry in places far beyond their own community.

Plus, congregations benefit from DMF in tangible ways as well: support from their regional minister through the search and call process, sending kids to church camp, ministry interns from Disciples seminaries, global mission partners, and so much more.

How has your congregation been impacted by Disciples Mission Fund?

On August 4, 2022, we will celebrate the work we do together as church because of Disciples Mission Fund. Follow Disciples social media for live events, stories, and updates throughout the day.

Please make a gift on DMF Day in celebration of all we are able to do together.

Give to Disciples Mission Fund

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

Covenant Project -

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Covenant Project began more than three years ago as part of the work of Governance Committee of the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada to evaluate and propose changes to not just church structure but relationship.

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