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

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give God honor and glory, and remember what is really important in life.
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Sermon: "Parables from the Underside" Luke 18:9-14, 15:11-32 March 12, 2023, Rev. Jason Butterick

Parables from the Underside

Luke 18:9-14; 15:11-32

March 12, 2023

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 to follow Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem. The exact route is not identified, and often Jews would avoid the region of Samaria (what is today the West Bank) via a path along the Jordan Valley, adding travel time. Jesus does not avoid the region, despite being greeted with hostility in one Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-56). Generally, the journey would take about 9 days, but Luke has 10 chapters! It is approximately 40 percent of the entire gospel "on the journey to Jerusalem." There is urgency in Jesus's ministry and mission, but he still lifts up the lowly along the way, as the story of Jesus healing the Samaritan leper demonstrates.

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.

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This Week's Prayer Calendar

Congregations: Sunnyland Christian Church Washington; First Christian Church Lawrenceville

Global Ministries: Sri Lanka

Pray with Sri Lanka on March 19, 2023 - Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: John 9: 1-41 Prayers from Sri Lanka Gracious and loving Father, It is a great privilege to entrust our needy and vulnerable people into thy hands and to share their joys and desires. I thank you for giving us ... 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 Wednesday, March 22,

5 pm

Soup and Dessert are served each Wednesday in Fellowship Hall.

Have you traveled to a place you will never forget? People travel for lots of reasons. In the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus traveling to Jerusalem. Jesus did many things and made many stops on his way to Jerusalem, and ten whole chapters of Luke tell us about Jesus's journey.

Jesus knew that when he got to Jerusalem, he was going to die on the cross. But he was determined to make the journey. Along the way, we see Jesus focusing more and more on helping other people and reaching out to those who are lost. Along our way, are we seeking the outcasts?

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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.


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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.

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Week of Compassion Update

Thank you for your generosity! Our current total is $417.13


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

Imagine With Me: Climate Change

Climate Change. Rev. Terri Hord Owens, Rev. Caroline Arnold, & Rev. Carol Divine. March 10, 2023

On this episode of Imagine with Me, General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens speaks with Rev. Caroline Hamilton Arnold of Week of Compassion and Rev. Carol Divine of Green Chalice about the impacts of climate change and what congregations can do to be climate ready.

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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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