ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Michael Riley will preach on "A Mother's Faith - Mary's Let it Be" as the First Presbyterian Church marks the Third Sunday of Advent during the 10 a.m. worship service.
The Third Advent Candle, the The Angels' Candle, will be lit by the Thomas family.
The pastor will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing personal "treasures" in small bags and challenging Riley to create a message from the contents.
Sunday School, which is open to all area youngsters, begins following the children's sermon.
The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will perform a special pre-Christmas introit and an offertory anthem.
The church, which is now fully decorated, is collecting donations for its "giving tree." Members and friends are invited to take requests from the tree and bring in suggested presents and gift cards for needy families by Sunday.
The church will conduct its regular Sunday service at 10 a.m., Dec. 23, featuring the lighting of the Shepherd's Candle and singing by the Sunday School children.
The public is invited to attend the church's annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, conducted by Pastor Riley and replete with traditional carols and scriptures.
The pastor's weekly Bible study, also open to the public, is normally held at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday but has been canceled for the rest of December.
The 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during all regular worship services.