ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The First Presbyterian Church is marking its 125th anniversary this year by dedicating itself to the support of the local food pantry. For starters, members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and money through the church for the pantry on a regular basis.
During January, the church is seeking donations of 125 cans of vegetables while a similar number of canned soups are being solicited in February.
The food pantry is operated by the Area Association of Community Churches (AACC) and is located in the United Methodist Church at Third and E. Lincoln Aves. First Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off the canned goods in the entrance Narthex at the Presbyterian church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.
Church family members are also asked to donated money in amounts of 125, either coins or cash, for the purchase of food for the pantry.
Other events marking the 125th anniversary will be announced during the coming months.
This coming Sunday, the Rev. Paul F. Rack, the church's 21st pastor, will offer a sermon entitled "What Are You Looking For?" at the 11 a.m. worship service.
"When Jesus begins to gather his disciples, he asks them what they are looking for," according to Rack. Now the question is, "What are we looking for" and "how do we respond to Jesus' invitation to 'come and see'?"
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.
Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will be held following the children's sermon during the 11 a.m. service.
Child care and children's activities are offered every Sunday at the church.
In addition to Sunday's 11 a.m. service, the church will continue its newly initiated 30-minute prayer service at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The First Presbyterian Church has also issued an invitation for area residents to learn about the Enneagram, which, according to Rack, is "a powerful tool for personal development and interpersonal relationships."
The event, led by Rack, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the church, with a light lunch provided. The pastor has been trained at the Enneagram Institute, Stone Ridge, NY.