CURRENT MITIGATION MEASURES: Governor Pritzker announced Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations will be 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 this past week 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, including youth, 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. An estimate of $2,000 from Rutherford Video to install a two camera and audio recording and broadcast studio has been received. Lighthouse Electric & Decatur Computers have installed a fixed data line to our balcony to assure quality data connection to the internet. We will meet with Rutherford Video to discuss timeline next Wednesday.
Worship Each Week
Problem Solving: Listening, Respect, & Relationship
Saturday, November 21, 5 pm - Online
Sunday, November 22, 9 am - Sanctuary
ADVENT/CHRISTMAS DECORATING: We will gather with COVID-19 guidelines in place (masks) to decorate our sanctuary for the upcoming Advent/Christmas season on Saturday, November 28 at 9 am. Only the sanctuary will be decorated this year.
Advent and Christmas are a sort of homecoming. God found a new home among us in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. God will find this home again in the second coming of Christ as we await that return. The dwelling places where we find Christ today can be in our mangers, surrounded by parents, shepherds, magi, and a variety of animals--and also through the moves of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes those dwelling places can take us by surprise; sometimes those dwelling places can also be where we experience the most comfort and joy, where we truly belong in creation.
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.

Wednesday Youth Activities
Our youth group are meeting with COVID-19 guidelines in place. They are meeting every other Wednesday, 5 pm to 7 pm. At this time, no food is being served, but snacks brought from home are welcome!
Use Your Gifts
Pray with Puerto Rico Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46 Prayers for Puerto Rico: God, Creator of what we see, and we cannot see, thank you for your everlasting presence among us. We ask for your overflowing love, and mercy, to be poured over the island and the...

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Give Regularly
The Thanksgiving Offering, received this year on November 15 and 22, directly supports programs and students on the campuses of Disciples-related institutions of higher education, including fifteen colleges and universities as well as seven theological institutions. While supporting these schools has always been an important focus for the Disciples of Christ, this year it is even more important. In the midst of national and global challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, our higher education institutions are facing unprecedented challenges and they need our support now, more than ever.

Students at Culver-Stockton College learn the importance of improving the world around them through service learning. Service learning at C-SC starts the first week of school with the annual Extreme Dome Makeover and continues on through many other significant projects. Students leave an impact on Canton through their service learning and enter the world beyond the College as adults, ready to get involved in their communities. When students of Culver-Stockton College leave “the Hill,” they continue to make a difference wherever their futures lead them. At larger institutions, it may be more difficult to gauge results from a service project. Within C-SC’s system of service learning however, every individual’s contribution counts, and makes for a more meaningful experience.

The lasting effect of service learning on a student’s life cannot always be seen, but for some it serves as a deciding factor in their prospective career. Tracing your path back through your college experience can reveal the moment your path is changed. For Rev.David Yonker ’00 his path as a baseball player transitioned to pastoral work after an unforgettable experience his sophomore year. It has led him on a path to serving as a pastor to a congregation of hundreds and back to Culver-Stockton College as a member of the board of trustees representing the Disciples of Christ (DOC) of the upper midwest.

Yonker has a long time family connection to C-SC. His grandfather graduated in the class of 1933 and was a pastor. Yonker’s father also served as a pastor, so the feeling of wanting to do something different was present upon enrolling into C-SC. As life would have it, his plans of becoming a history teacher and baseball coach were changed rather quickly.

During the spring semester of his sophomore year Yonker innocently enrolled in a “Introduction into Preaching” class, taught by Rev. Steve Monohan, the college pastor. Yonker had started to feel the urge to serve in high school, a feeling that would grow larger as he spent more time at C-SC. After only a few classes in the bottom of Johnson Hall, Rev. Monohan set up Yonker’s first chance at a sermon.

The venue was a local nursing home, but it might as well have been Madison Square Garden with the way it made Yonker feel. “I felt like I was going to throw up,” remembered Yonker. The venue, although small, served as a great experience and luckily the gallery of nursing home residents appreciated his novice attempt at preaching. Future opportunities led to giving sermons in Hannibal and as the student pastor of the tiny congregation at Bunker Hill Church.

The experiences he had were valuable lessons in his future career, and coupled with his traditional classes, C-SC prepared him for the next step. When talking about the academic challenges he faced Yonker recalled many classes with Dr. Patrick Hotle, Professor of History. “Dr. Hotle expected the best out of his students.” The writing and critical thinking learned at C-SC served as the impetus that anchored his skills when he began seminary school. As grad school required more writing, his experience through C-SC gave him the edge on his assignments. Yonker attended the masters of Divinity program at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Something else Yonker might want to thank Dr. Hotle for is introducing him to his wife. During Dr. Hotle’s travel study course to England, Yonker met his future wife Liz (Hammer) Yonker ’01. Dave and Liz now call Burlington, IA, home, with their two children Samuel and Emmy.

Today as the pastor of First Christian Church in Burlington, Iowa, he finds himself everyday using the sames skills he learned at C-SC. Yonker explained that “The ability to write and think critically are really important.” He has even reconnected with his former professor and had Dr. Hotle present a workshop for his congregation. Although education is different than when Yonker was on “the Hill” he is encouraged that service learning is still a pillar of the education a Culver-Stockton student receives.

As a Disciples of Christ institution, service learning is at the heart of our mission and through the ample opportunities from EDM (Extreme Dome Makeover) and community involvement C-SC students will learn the value of service. And in the end serve their communities, home towns and the world.

On November 22, please give generously to the Thanksgiving Offering. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of our students and it makes a difference in the world.
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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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.