michael_rileyATLANTIC HIGHLANDS ---  The Rev. Michael Riley's will preach Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church on the story of three men who kept the faith, and the courage Christians need to do the same.

     His sermon, entitled "Into the Fire," will be presented during the 10 a.m. service at the church, to which all area residents are invited.

     Riley will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by putting personal "treasures" in small bags and challenging him to create a message from the contents.
     Next Sunday, Aug. 4, the Rev. Barbara Macfie will be the guest speaker, preaching on the "Lessons From the Prophet - Isaiah." The sermon is based on the Book of Isaiah.

     According to Macfie, the message looks to faith as an inward and outward manifestation of God's promises so that "In this way our faith journey is both 'talking the talk and walking the walk.'"

     Riley has been an ordained minister since 1985 and served as a pastor for over 20 years before turning to journalism full-time in 1997. He was pastor at our  Presbyterian Church for the past three years and a regular preacher before that. 

     He is as columnist, staff writer and an editorial writer for the Asbury Park Press. His weekly column, "The Irreverent Reverend," appears in The Press on Fridays.
     Macfie is an ordained minister who also is a counselor with a practice in Metuchen.

     The 123-year-old, handicapped-accessible Presbyterian 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.
     The church provides child care during all worship services.