ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church marking Pentecost.
Following the service, the Board of Deacons will conduct its annual Strawberry Festival, which is open to the public.
The new pastor's sermon will be entitled "The Wind and the Fire of the Holy Spirit."
The church's Worship and Spiritual Life Committee will decorate the sanctuary in red and attendees are urged to dress in red, the traditional color of Pentecost, the time when the Holy Spirit filled believers with power and, insight, and great joy.
Riley will continue his popular "mystery bag" children's sermon series when youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a 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 pastor will also continue his weekly Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a class to which all members and friends of the church are welcome.
In addition to being the church's pastor, Riley is also a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, "Only Human," appears on Fridays.
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.