ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley will preach his first sermon of the new year at 10 a.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church. His message will be entitled "Good News, Bad News."

   Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, also will resume 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.


Rev. Michael Riley

   Sunday School, which is open to all area youngsters, begins following the children's sermon.

   The adult choir, under the direction of David Nunez, will also sing during the service. The choir, which welcomes new members, rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

   The church Session will host "coffee and conversation" following the service.

   The pastor's weekly Bible study resumes at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

   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 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves., has extra parking available in the 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.