ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -- The Rev. Dr. Byron E. Shafer of East Windsor will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church. He will also administer the monthly Holy Communion.

ahfpc_byron_shafer   Sunday marks the beginning of the pre-Christmas Advent season and Shafer's sermon is entitled "An Advent Attitude.”

   Shafer is an emeritus professor at Fordham University and pastor emeritus at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York City. Recently he preached three Sundays a month at the First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank.

   He has been active in the Presbyterian Church USA for many years including a stint training pastors in Bangalore, India. Between 1985 and 2003, Shafer served as the Protestant host of "Religion on the Line," a three-hour Sunday morning interfaith call-in program broadcast on WABC Radio in New York.

   The church's pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will serve as liturgist on Sunday and present his regular "mystery bag" children's sermon, creating a message from items brought in by youngsters in an effort to "stump the pastor."

   He will return to the pulpit on Dec. 9.

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

   The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will perform both an introit and an offertory anthem.

   The pastor's weekly Bible study, also open to the public, is held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.

   In addition to being pastor, Riley is a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His column, the "Irreverent Reverend," appears on Fridays in The Press.

   The 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available 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 each worship service.