ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service this week on World Communion Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church. She will also administer the monthly Holy Communion.
Her sermon is entitled "A Question of Balance."
"The sermon will address time, wisdom, and balance in relation to how, where, and why we serve our God," according to Macfie. "The question the sermon raises is: Are we Christians for a moment, only as we share the bread and the cup, only as we worship together, or are we Christians for a lifetime, living out our faith day by day?"
Macfie is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a counselor in private practice in Metuchen.
Following Communion, the youngsters of the church will attend Sunday School, which is open to all area children.
The church's adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will also sing during the service. It rehearses at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday and is seeking new members.
The Rev. Michael Riley will return to the pulpit next week. The weekly Bible study, conducted by Riley, former pastor and an Asbury Park Press columnist, is held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday and is open to the public.
The Board of Deacons will hold its first Fall Festival Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the church.
Among items on sale will be gift baskets, baked goods, jewelry, cosmetics, housewares, foods, artwork, photographs, handbags, gourmet food mixes and kitchen gadgets. The 123-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and East Highland Aves. has extra parking available in the new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building at 17 E. Highland Ave.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during each worship service.