ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley will preach on the relationship of Mary and Jesus and what it means for us on the Fourth Sunday in Lent at the First Presbyterian Church.

The pastor's sermon during the 10 a.m. worship service this coming Sunday will be entitled "Mother and Child - from the Manger to the Cross."


Rev. Michael Riley

Riley, who is also a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, 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 minister then creates a message from the contents of a bag.

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

The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will also sing during the service. The choir, which welcomes new members, particularly for the Easter season, rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The pastor's weekly Bible study is held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Rev. Barbara Macfie will be the guest speaker on Palm Sunday, April, 1 and will also administer Holy Communion Riley while the pastor will act as liturgist.

Riley, who has been since last 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.