ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will will preach on "Rebirth" at the 11 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church.

        According to Rack, "It is necessary to be born again ... for us to see how the Creator saves the world. This crucial piece is often discounted or ignored by Christians. But developing a different way of seeing and thinking, and hence acting, is one of the main reasons we gather as followers of Jesus."

       The pastor's message is based on John 3:1-21.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the Sunday service, singing “I Sing Praises to Your Name” as the introit and “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness" as the offertory anthem.

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

       Following Sunday's service, the church will hold a "Mardi Gras" potluck lunch. Members and friends are urged to bring a dish to share.   

       The church also continues to hold a shorter, informal service at 7 p.m. on Saturdays, to which all area residents are invited.

       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." 

       Those planning to attend should bring $5 for lunch.

       The pastor has been trained at the Enneagram Institute, Stone Ridge, NY.

       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.

       Area residents are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study, which is held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Sissy's Restaurant at the municipal yacht harbor.