ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley will observe his first Mother's Day as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church Sunday by conducting the 10 a.m. worship service.
His sermon will be entitled "A Mother's Laughter."
Riley became pastor April 1 after a one-and-half-year search by the five-member Pastor Search Committee during which applications from over 75 persons were reviewed and numerous candidates were considered.
The new pastor has been a regular preacher here for about two years, has been an ordained Baptist minister for over 25 years and is now preparing to become an ordained Presbyterian minister.
He is also a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, "Only Human," appears on Fridays.
This Sunday, Riley will continue his popular "mystery bag" children's sermon series when youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a small personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. He then picks one bag and creates a children's message from its contents.
Regular Sunday School classes, open to all area youngsters, begin after the children's sermon.
The 121-year-old handicapped accessible church at the corner of Third and E. Highland Aves. A new municipal parking lot is available next to the Christian Education Building on E. Highland avenue.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the regular 10 a.m. Sunday worship service.