ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -- The Rev. Michael Riley will preach on the transforming power of Christ on individuals, society and the world at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

   His message is entitled "More Than a Slave."

   Riley, pastor since April, is an ordained minister and a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His column, "Only Human," appears in The Press on Fridays.

   The pastor also will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series where youngsters try to "stump the pastor" with treasures they submit in brown paper bags. He pastor then creates a message from the contents of the bag.

   Sunday School, which is open to all area children, resumed last Sunday and will continue following the children's sermon.

   The adult choir resumed singing last Sunday and is seeking new members, whether they are church members or not. It rehearses at 7:30 p.m on Thursdays the church.

   The pastor's weekly Bible Study is being held at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday and is focused on "Creation.".

   The 121-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves., offers extra parking in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on Highland avenue.

   Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during the regular worship service.