ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack's sermon at the 11 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church will be entitled "From Heaven."

        "The question is 'what does Jesus mean when he talks about heaven?'" asks the pastor in describing the theme of his message. "Is it a place in the sky where believers go when they die? Is it a reward for good behavior on earth? Or does heaven reflect/express something that can be experienced in the present?"
        According to Rack, "Jesus Christ is the intersection of earth and heaven and following him unites these principles in our souls."
       The pastor's message is based on John 3:1-36.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the Sunday service, singing “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” as the introit and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee" as the offertory anthem.

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

       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 give 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.

       At 7 p.m., April 2, the church will conduct a Maunday Thursday Passover seder to which the public is invited.

       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.