PHOTO: Rev. Michael Riley 

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Michael Riley's will preach Sunday on the story of Peter's failed attempt to walk on water and the lessons Christians can learn from that experience.

     His sermon, entitled "How Not to Sink Like a Stone," will be given during the 10 a.m. service at the First Presbyterian Church. All area 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. 17 with a performance by Jose Loo, followed by Shani Johnson on Aug. 24 and Carl and Laurie Gentry on Aug. 31.

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

      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 there before that and since. 

     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.