ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Michael Riley's will preach Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church on forgiveness.

     His sermon, entitled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," is based on Luke 7:36-50, during which Jesus has dinner with a Pharisee and has to teach those present what it means to forgive.

     The worship service begins at 10 a.m. service and all residents are invited to attend.

     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.
     Meanwhile, the "Good News at the Gazebo" Saturday night concert series, sponsored by the Central Baptist Church, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 with a performance by Bridget Larson, followed on Jose Loo on Aug. 17, Shani Johnson on Aug. 24, and Carl and Laurie Gentry on Aug. 31.

     The borough-sponsored Sunday night concert series resumes this Sunday, Aug. 11 with the Firehouse Polka Band, followed by the Beth Anne Clayton Band on Aug. 18 and, on Aug. 25 the Toddler Fest with Eamon Murray at 6 p.m., followed by the Highlands Community Singers at 7 p.m. 

     On Sunday, Sept. 8, church families are encouraged to attend en masse for a Grandparents Day celebration.

     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 the First 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.
     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.