ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on St. Paul encouraging the Galatians to grasp the freedom they have in God's promise to live by the Holy Spirit during the 11 a.m. service at the First Presbyterian Church.

       In a sermon entitled "Live by the Spirit," the church's pastor will cite Paul's message not to live by "the shortsighted demands of their own ego-centric reasoning, or the requirements of an unjust and violent political regime, but by the Holy Spirit.''

       "It is the Holy Spirit that gathers ... and empowers ... (us) as a community," according to Rack. "Now ... (we) are to live together united in love for each other and for the whole world.  The message for us is the same: we need to go deeper as a community, access the Spirit, and live in God's love."

       The pastor's Sunday sermon is drawn from the Book of Galatians 5:2-26.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will provide the music. The choir practices at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and is seeking new members. 

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

       Child care and activities for all children are provided during all services at the church, located at the corner of Third and East Highland Aves.

       On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., the church will conduct a free couponing workshop called "Living Rich With Coupons (LRWC)," which is open to all area residents.

       LRWC was recently featured on the Rachel Ray Show and is followed by thousands on the LRWC blog and on Facebook.

       The church will host the annual community Thanksgiving Eve service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 in its sanctuary. All area churches will participate and all area residents are invited to attend.

       The 1240yea-old First Presbyterian Church has also announced that it will initiate Saturday evening services, in addition to its regular 11 a.m. Sunday worship, starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29, at the same time it will hold its annual pre-Christmas Hanging of the Greens service.