ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The First Presbyterian Church will mark the third Sunday in Advent with a sermon by its pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley entitled "Angels...here, there and everywhere."
The sermon will take a look at God's messengers in the Christmas story.
During the service, the third Advent candle will be lighted by Jenn Luyster.
Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, also will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing personal "treasures" in brown paper bags. The pastor then creates a message from the contents of the bag.
Sunday School, which is open to all area youngsters, begins following the children's sermon.
The adult choir will also sing during the service.
Next Sunday, Dec. 18, the youngsters will present their annual Christmas program, a musical entitled "our Christmas Story," during the worship service.
The annual Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, while the the birth of Christ will be celebrated during the 10 a.m. Christmas Day service on Sunday.
Members and friends are urged to donate to the community Food Pantry during this time of need by bringing non-perishable items to the church, which will then be delivered to the pantry at the United Methodist Church.
Riley, pastor since April, is a former Baptist minister studying for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. In addition to being a columnist, he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, "Only Human," appears on Fridays.
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 East Highland Avenue.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during the regular worship service.