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

This week we explore the reality of unanswered prayer and the challenge it can pose to our faith. We will look at Jesus's teachings on prayer and our often unrealistic expectations about prayer. We will find clarification that prayer does not work like magic.

Unanswered prayer can lead to doubt, especially when those prayers are not about trivial things ( i.e., the outcome of a sporting event, finding a close parking spot), but about significant matters--a terminal diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, trouble finding a job, and other significant needs. Why does God not answer these prayers? Why does God often seem impotent or uncaring in our times of greatest need?


This Week's Prayer Calendar

Congregations: Sunnyland Christian Church, Washington, IL; First Christian Church Lawrenceville, IL

Community: Decatur Public Schools Galloway, Nelson, and Clokey Park neighborhoods

Global Ministries: Myanmar

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.

Sunday Night Study Continues

March 10@ 5:30 PM

Join us each Sunday night during the season of Lent as we enjoy soup and sandwiches, fellowship, and discussion about the current sermon series based on Adam Hamilton's book, Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith. Soup will be served at 5:30 pm with a video and short discussion at 6:00 pm. You do not need to have the book to participate.

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.

Worship Assistance Needed

The worship service slides are prepared. Coffee is hot, and donuts are served. Pastor Jason greets you at the door.

What's wrong with this picture? These tasks are handled and cared by Pastor Jason's family members in a majority of the situations. Every Sunday.

Help with Door Greeting? Your duties would be to arrive at the church no later than 8:50 am. Greet those at the entrance. Remain at the door until 9:40 am (about the time for "All God's children section of worship) for late arrivals.

Help with Worship Slides? Arrive in the balcony about 5 minutes before worship (9:25). Advance slides appropriately. Additional duties will be checking livestream when up and running.


March 17-23




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!

DID YOU KNOW?: You can automate your giving through your bank/credit union/financial institution! Nearly all online bill pay services can provide your contribution by mail or ACH (Automated Clearing House) without fees.

2024 Week of Compassion Update: We have made it our practice to show full congregational support of special offerings by designating 10% of general collection deposits on the special offering days and individual designated gifts. With an unusually generous 3rd Sunday collection (February 18), our total collection is $914.68. Thank you for your generosity.

March Outreach Project

Our March Collection is over-the-counter pain medications for Dove, Inc. Aspirin, Tylenol, and Motrin (and their generic equivalents) will be collected for domestic violence and homeless services clients.

Easter Special Offering - Sunday, March 24 & 31

Several times a year, congregations receive a special offering to support the ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These gifts are given above and beyond the regular core support of the Disciples Mission Fund.

The Easter Offering, received by most congregations on March 24 & 31, 2024, supports several of the general ministries of the Christian Church. Your gift supports college students in leadership development programs, global mission partners, health and social service ministries, the formation of new congregations, support for pastors and chaplains, and so much more. 

Give to Easter Special 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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Investigating the Sanctuary heat

It has been noted for several weeks that the sanctuary heat has been underperforming. Very little pressure is noted on the boiler system, and one side of radiators is nearly always lukewarm in its output. The heat is running at 2 am on Sunday, giving adequate time to warm the space by 9:30 am. We have contacted King-Lar to investigate, and expect both service and repair bills soon.

Give to the Building Fund

Decatur Crisis Nursery Project Update

The Decatur Crisis Nursery Workgroup is forming an official board and will file articles of incorporation shortly to become a 501c3 organization.

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The Organization code for Prairie Avenue Christian Church is: BY235.
Kroger Community Rewards Program News

$24.45 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 October to December 2023.

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

The Spring Gathering: Ties that Bind April 13, 2024

Online registration for The Spring Gathering: Ties that Bind April 13, 2024 starts on January 3rd 2024. Online registration ends March 22nd 2024.

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Experience Eclipse Totality at Camp Walter Scott

This year, a total solar eclipse will occur on April 8 and Camp Walter Scott is within the narrow band of totality. You are invited to spend the day at CWS - or take a break and stay a couple of nights. To read more and register, click the button below.

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