Mark Ostby, pastor of York Springs’ Open Arms Christian Fellowship, will head the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Apple Bin. This is Ostby’s third appearance at UAPB and it should be a fascinating visit based on his country-wide background and experiences in world ministry.
Ostby has served in York Springs the past five years but is not new to the pulpit, having served churches in Connecticut and North Carolina over a 20-plus year period since receiving his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of the Trinity International University in Illinois. He is an earlier graduate of Biola College in California.
Pastor Oz, as he has often been called, presently lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Tammy and their four children.
The 38 year-old prayer breakfast welcomes all comers on the first Tuesday each month at the Apple Bin Grill and Bakery on Rt. 234 between Biglerville and Arendtsville except when announced Upper Adams School District closing or delay for adverse winter weather cancels that day’s gathering. It regularly commences at 7:45 a.m. with coffee and breakfast orders and continues at 8 a.m. with singing led by Carol Rex and accompanied by Barbara Frey on the keyboard. The visiting pastor then leads the gathering with their presentation and prayer, as requested by members of the group. Breakfast follows and the inter-denominational fellowship is typically over by 9 a.m.
A first-time face will greet attendees at the next Tuesday meeting of the UAPB on Feb. 4 when we will greet the Reverend Judy Young, a retired Methodist pastor now living in Gettysburg. Young’s efforts with the Gettysburg 4 Gun Sense organization and the Adams County Prison Ministry should provide fascinating bits of local experience to flavor her first opportunity to address the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast. Come and greet this new speaker and enjoy a new voice sharing the Gospel.