ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will tackle the beginning of Jesus’ ministry where he turned water into wine at a wedding in a sermon entitled "The Best Wine" at the 11 a.m. Super Bowl Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.
"Not only is his work about transformation but he (Jesus) takes what is ordinary and common and makes it into the best,” Rack says.
Among the questions to be tackled by Rack are: "How can we see the miracles in or own lives? How does Jesus’ presence turn our ordinariness into something amazing?”
Rack's message is based on John 2:1-12.
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service, singing “Glorify They Name” as the introit and “Honor and Praise” as the offertory anthem.
The church will continue its newly initiated 30-minute prayer service, entitled “Gathering in God’s Love,” at 7 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, the church will conduct Candlemas, a service of light, during that service.
Before and after church this Sunday, the Board of Deacons will celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with its traditional sale of homemade soups by the quart and pint between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the rear of the church. Available to all area residents will be potato/cheddar, split pea, chicken taco, chicken noodle and minestrone soups in addition to chili, priced at $5 a quart and $3 a pint.
Also on Sunday, following worship, the church will hold its annual congregational meeting when officers will be elected and the 2015 budget will be presented and reviewed.
At 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, the church will offer area residents an opportunity 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. at the church.
The pastor has been trained at the Enneagram Institute, Stone Ridge, NY.
The introduction to Enneagram had been scheduled Jan. 24 but was postponed due to weather conditions.
The church is marking its 125th anniversary this year by dedicating itself to the support of the local food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and money through the church for the pantry on a regular basis.
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. Donors from the First Presbyterian Church are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food stuffs in the entrance Narthex at the Presbyterian church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.
Off-street parking is available in the municipal parking lot on East Highland avenue next to the Christian Education building.
Area residents are also invited to attend weekly Bible Study, which is held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sissy's Restaurant at the municipal yacht harbor.