The List of One Entry
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The List of One Entry

The List I’m such a task oriented person – I love to rock the lists and look to the next item to accomplish!  Whether it’s mowing my lawn, remodeling something worn down to give it a fresh look, or even cleaning the dishes – deep down I feel a deep satisfaction when crossing off an...

Be Still
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Be Still

It was the morning of my birthday – and the only celebration would be the celebration of life for my Dad who had passed away 4 days before that.  I got up early that morning before there were too many people coming to the house. I wanted to spend some time with God because I...

Lent 2022
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Lent 2022

Wednesday, March 2nd marks the beginning of Lent 2022. “Ash Wednesday” officially bringing us into the season that culminates in the Church’s greatest celebration of the year, Easter. Lent as a season is one of penitential reflection and sober contemplation upon one’s sin, and lasts 40 days (not including Sundays). It’s duration and character is...

Meet Merrily Aljets
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Meet Merrily Aljets

Hello new friends. My name is Merrily Aljets your new Children’s Ministry Director. I can’t wait to get to know my new church family at Abiding Lutheran. To give you a little of my background, I was born in Sioux Falls and grew up on a small acreage east of Rowena, attending Valley Springs Elementary...

Thank You Abiding Savior
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Thank You Abiding Savior

Dear Abiding Savior Family, We wanted to write to all of you as I transition out of my position. First and foremost, I want to thank Jesus for allowing me to be part of this amazing church for this year.  There have been difficult times but also very joyful times. I have learned a lot...

The Other Side of the Door
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The Other Side of the Door

Slammed Shut I slammed the door in the pastor’s face. I’d had it. I didn’t want flowers, cards, or phone calls in my hospital room, and I most certainly, didn’t want a visit from the pastor. Hours away from giving birth, I wanted to be left alone. How was the church going to help me?...

How to be the church when church is cancelled?
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How to be the church when church is cancelled?

A recurring thought in both my prep and reading for last Sunday’s service centered upon this urgent question given our current status with Coronavirus in this nation and beyond: “How are we to be the church when church is cancelled?” We dug into this last Sunday, but believe a summary review might be an encouragement...

Parenting – God’s Grace on Display
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Parenting – God’s Grace on Display

Relying on God’s Grace With three children about to fly the nest, I have much experience in the trenches as a parent.  What I know for sure is that parenting is the toughest, most heart wrenching, yet most rewarding job there is. Too often as a parent I am tempted to focus on my imperfections...