CURRENT MITIGATION MEASURES: Governor Pritzker announced Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations statewide on Friday, November 20. While not a stay-at-home order, it places further restrictions on capacities of retail, restaurants, and public gatherings indoors. The Macon County COVID-19 Taskforce also held a press conference encouraging schools and churches to go to only virtual gatherings through January 15.

Since the current mitigations do not impact our attendance (up to 25 can gather in person with masks), we will continue 9 am in-person service. We will encourage those who are able or capable to go virtual to stay home, permitting our non-digital and vulnerable to attend. If you can connect with us on your computer, phone, or tablet device, we do not expect you to show up for in person service.

The Dove, Inc. Children's Clothing Room is closed until January. All groups and activities are virtual only.

LIVESTREAMING OUR SANCTUARY: Work is beginning toward enabling the sanctuary to serve as our live studio, with quality video and audio equipment to be set up for online broadcasting. Lighthouse Electric & Decatur Computers have installed a fixed data line to our balcony to assure quality data connection to the internet. We await word on an updated project list and timeline from Rutherford Video.
Worship Each Week
Wilderness Comfort: God's Unexpected Address
Saturday, December 5, 5 pm - Online
Sunday, December 6, 9 am
Grow in Faith
Morning Devotion
Each day, except Sunday, Pastor Jason shares a brief 4-7 minute scripture reading, reflection, response and prayer. This 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.
New Times New Wineskins

Friday February 19 6:30 PM Meet and Greet - come online and catch up with women from across the Region who you have not seen in awhile. 7:00 PM Bible Study - led by Rev. Melissa Ebken 8:00 New Time, New Wineskins - keynote by Rev.

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Use Your Gifts
Pray with Lesotho Sunday, December 6, 2020

Lectionary Selection: Isaiah 40:1-11 Gracious and loving God, as we walk through this advent season and continue to face the challenges of the pandemic, reattune our hearts to the comfort of your promise of Emmanuel, of God with us. We pray for...

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Give Regularly
Christmas Special Day Offering
December 13 & 20
As partners in the ministry, the Regional Church and local congregations work together. The staff and volunteers in the Regional church serve local congregations and their leaders by:

• Starting new churches
• Providing engaging camps & youth events
• Helping congregations with their communication initiatives
• Creating global connections in Guatemala & other countries
• Leading anti-racism training
• Promoting congregational transformation
• Assisting congregations with telling Life Giving & Life Changing Stories
• Offering mission opportunities
• Providing a School for Ministry

The School for Ministry started out as a noble concept with a mission to prepare men and women to serve as Commissioned Ministers (DOC) and Lay Ministers (UCC) for the 21st Century. Now entering its third year of service, the School currently enrolls 19 students from all walks of life. At the end of their journey, they will earn a Certificate of Pastoral Ministry, awarded in a partnership with the School and Phillips Theological Seminary. We continue to prepare new shepherds to feed God’s sheep in a world hungry for justice, love, and peace.

Thank you for sharing your fine gifts for the ministries we share through The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin. Your offerings make a difference! 100% of your gifts to the Christmas Offering support CCIW. “Together Making Disciples of Christ”
General Fund

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

The Organization code for Prairie Avenue Christian Church is: BY235.
$35.04 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 during July -September 2020.

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 DONATION UPDATE:Prairie Avenue Christian Church (EIN: 37-6056944) has been issued a $9.60 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2020.
Share Your Faith
DOVE CHRISTMAS BASKET DRIVE: We will especially need volunteers Dec. 15 - 17 during toy distribution. Please call Kassie at 217.428.6616 at Dove if you're interested in volunteering! Must be willing to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Retirement Celebration for Scott Woolridge (via Zoom)

Let's Celebrate 31 Years of Ministry! Your opportunity to personally say, "Thank You" to Scott Woolridge is approaching soon! Our theme for the Zoom Party is "New Year's" as we celebrate this transition period for Scott and look forward to 2021...

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