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...

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?...

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...