Pastor Debra Schaffran
Cell 952-240-3836 | debraschaffran@gmail.com

500 Clark Street, Mora, MN 55051 | 320-679-2713
Office Administrator Hours Wed. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Office: moraogilvie.umcs@gmail.com
Handicapped Accessible

Pastor Debra Schaffran
Cell 952-240-3836 | debraschaffran@gmail.com

500 Clark Street, Mora, MN 55051 | 320-679-2713
Office Administrator Hours Wed. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Office: moraogilvie.umcs@gmail.com
Handicapped Accessible

Greetings to each congregation!

Greetings to Each Congregation at Mora and Ogilvie United Methodist Churches!

Greetings to each of you in the Name of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; Grace to you and peace!

I am so very excited to come and provide pastoral ministry to you at this time!  It is indeed a privilege and honor to serve the Lord by serving you in this new appointment.  Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Robert Pesola.  It’s probably easiest to just call me Pastor Rob.  If you say Pastor Pesola, you might get your tongue twisted very quickly!  Maybe you have heard the rumors; I do indeed have nine children!  Five sons and four daughters.  Their names are Robb, Charles, Caleb, Priscilla, Lydia, Joshua, Noah, Magdalene and Abigail.  They are the light of my life and I cannot imagine life without them!  I also have five grandchildren and they are as cute as they can be.

I have been involved in Pastoral Ministry for about 16 years now.  I have also served as a Nursing Home Administrator, Hospice Chaplain and Counselor for emotionally-disturbed boys, as well as with children and adults with developmental disabilities.  My two greatest loves in pastoral ministry are preaching visitation.  I would love to meet with each and every one of you in the next few months, so expect me to contact you soon!  J  Also, If you have a spiritual need and would like a visit from me, just call the church office or slip a note in the offering plate.  I have had a picture church directory in my possession for a couple of months and have already been studying it to get acquainted with names and faces, but please be patient with me if I ask your name a couple of times!  Also, if someone enters the hospital or nursing home, please call the church office so I can get the information as quickly as possible.  If you would like to email me, my email address is:  rpesola2gmail.com.  I look forward to a rich, rewarding ministry with you and pray that God will bless our ministry of bringing Christ to the communities we serve.

Much has happened in our country this past year.   I’m sure you have observed the tremendous amount of turmoil with the war on terror, the violence against innocent people, gas prices, an unstable economy, scandals that are rocking our government, etc.

Sometimes, it is very easy to ask the question, “Why is this happening?” or “Why is God allowing this to happen?”  Perhaps you are facing a personal or family crisis and you are asking the same questions.  May I offer to you a word of encouragement?  No matter how bad it seems, whatever the circumstances, God is in control!  And this sovereign, omnipotent God loves you with an everlasting love.  He hasn’t forgotten His people, He is very aware and concerned and is worthy of our trust.

My first message to you in the pulpit addresses this subject and is in fact titled, God is in Control.  Together, let’s see what the Word of God tells us about God’s sovereignty, even when everything seems out of control.

I look forward to serving you as pastor and please rest assured that I am praying for you and am excited to see what God is going to do in our churches in the months and years ahead.  God bless you richly in the coming days.   Jesus Christ is Lord!  Amen!

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Rob Pesola

 

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