ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Newspaper columnist Michael Riley will preach at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church.

michael_riley
Michael Riley

His sermon title will be "A Way out of Hell," which will focus on the ways we keep ourselves from experiencing God's love and how to find it.

Riley is an ordained minister and a regular preacher at the church. He is also an author and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press, and his  weekly Press column,"Only Human," appears on Fridays.

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, which are open to all area youngsters, begin after the children's sermon.

The Rev. Barbara MacFie will preach at the church on March 6. At that time she will also administer Communion and officiate during the annual ordination and installation ceremony for newly elected church officers.

Riley will return to the pulpit on March 13 and will also preach at the services on March 20 and 27.

All area residents and visitors are invited to worship at 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.