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

MAUNDY THURSDAY/GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP: Due to Pastor Jason's work schedule at the Decatur Public Library, there will be no Maundy Thursday/Good Friday services at Prairie Avenue. You are encouraged to join the Maundy Thursday service held at Central Christian Church on Thursday, March 28, at 7 pm. Illiopolis Christian and Niantic Christian congregations will also be joining the service.

Good Friday Service will be held at Niantic Christian Church on Friday, March 29, at 7 pm, with monologues performed by Rev. Michael Karunas and Rev. Vicki Woolridge of Central and Rev. Melissa Ebken of Illiopolis & Niantic.

First Sunday of Easter Worship Services

Sunday, March 31, 2024

9:30 AM

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 website. We ask for patience as we resume our sermon video production abilities!

He is Risen! Hallelujah!

We know the "rest of the story." Each of the gospels gives a version of the encounter with the resurrected Jesus (but not the actual "resurrection," the out-of-the-tomb description). While the reading from the gospel of John is the "preferred" version, this First Sunday of Easter we are going to look at the version according to the gospel of Mark, the earliest "testimony." Three women arrive at the tomb. The tomb is found already opened. A young man dressed in white is inside, sitting to the right. They are told to go tell the disciples that they will see him in Galilee.

But the women leave trembling and bewildered, and said "nothing to anyone, because they were afraid" (Mark 16:8).

Join us Sunday at 9:30 (online or in-person) as we encounter the anxiety and fear of Easter.

New Worship Series Begins April 7

Context: Exploring the Chapter Behind the Verse.

Context looks at verses we know by heart but may not know the people, places, and times that give them meaning. Josh Scott delves into these well-known Scripture verses, exploring their true meanings by examining them in their original biblical context. Through this process, he unveils fresh and enlightening interpretations often missed when these Scriptures are taken out of context.

Scriptures to be examined include:

A More Excellent Way - 1 Corinthians 13

Your People Shall Be My People - Ruth 1:16

You Always Have the Poor Among You - Mark 14:7

For Surely I Know the Plans I Have for You- Jeremiah 29:11

I Can Do All Things Through Him Who Strengthens Me - Philippians 4:13

Sodom and Gomorrah - Genesis 19


This Week's Prayer Calendar


General Church Ministries

Terri Hord Owens - General Minister & President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

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

Global Ministries: Greece

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.

Prairie Avenue Provides Access to RightNow Media

Did you know that Prairie Avenue Christian Church offers unlimited access to RightNow Media--the world's largest streaming library of video Bible study resources (it's been called the Netflix of video Bible studies)?

Besides video-based Bible studies, RightNow Media offers videos for everyone in your family on a variety of topics like marriage, parenting, personal finances, mental health, and more. There is even a library just for kids with over 2,000 safe, entertaining videos (Including VeggieTales!). RightNow Media also has a free app that is available on all major streaming devices so you and your family can access content anywhere, anytime, by phone, computer, or SmartTV.

Enjoy a devotional while waiting for an appointment. Learn about the power of prayer, or explore something about faith or the Bible that has perplexed you for years.

Several have already signed up for this program, and you can too!

You can sign up here:

Or you can text PRAIRIEAVECC to number 49775 to get a welcome/registration.

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 31 - April 6




Wedding Anniversaries


Membership Anniversaries

(When you joined Prairie Avenue!)

3, 1947 - Joan (Weddle) Doll (77!)

3, 2005 - Kay Trotter

4, 2010 - Niki Ruffner

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.

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

On Easter, we celebrate the power of the resurrection together with the whole body of Christ as one united church in multiple places with many gifts and languages.

Gifts to the Easter Special Offering support ministries that help Disciples share the limitless love of God that overcomes death. General ministries of the Christian Church share the good news from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth through:

  • Health and social service ministries that meet the basic needs of neighbors.
  • Mental health resources for pastors and congregations.
  • New congregations worship in a variety of languages and worship styles.
  • Leadership development programs that nurture new leaders in the church and the world.
  • Support for hospital and military chaplains serving around the world.
  • Stewardship education for congregations to grow in their practice of generosity.
  • Relationships with global mission partners serving in communities impacted by conflict and climate change.
  • Opportunities like the General Assembly, where the church can gather for worshipful work.
  • And so much more...

The Easter Offering supports these general ministries of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Center for Faith and Giving, Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries (Obra Hispana), Communication Ministries, Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministry, Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Disciples Home Missions, Disciples Women, Division of Overseas Ministries (Global Ministries), Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, National Benevolent Association, National Convocation, New Church Ministry, North American Pacific/Asian Disciples, Office of the General Minister and President, and Treasurer Services.

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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Building Repair Updates & Expenses

King-Lar replaced water vents that were not working, replaced broken pump couplings, installed pressure temp gauge and added water to the sanctuary system. Total Cost: $1674.00

Bendsen Signs & Graphics were called to repair bulb outages on the ID "Prairie Avenue Christian Church" part of our message center. Bulbs and wiring replaced. Total Cost: $309.23


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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.

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

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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