ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The First Presbyterian Church will mark what its pastor describes as Holy Humor Sunday during its 11 a.m. Sunday worship service.
According to the Rev. Paul F. Rack, “we will be celebrating that the Bible is really a comedy, that is, it has a wildly happy ending!”
Rack's Sunday sermon is entitled "Walking Through Walls.”
In a message based on John 20:19-31, Rack reports that “The risen Christ appears to the disciples who are still huddled together in fear and confusion” and “brings (them) a message of peace, gives them the Holy Spirit and the power to forgive, and has Thomas stick a finger in him.
The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.
Sunday School will begin right after the children’s sermon and all area children are invited to attend.
The church will also continue its shorter, informal weekend service but now at 7 p.m. on Sundays rather than Saturday evenings. The service is entitled a "Gathering in God's Love" and all area residents are invited.
In marking its 125th anniversary, the First Presbyterian church is dedicating itself to the support of the local food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and money on regular basis through the church for the pantry on a regular basis. In April, the church is encouraging members and friends to particularly donate personal-care items.
The food pantry is operated by the AACC. Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food stuffs in the entrance Narthex at the church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves. The emphasis for donations during March is boxed rice, potatoes, pasta and cereals.
Area residents are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study, called "Bible by the Bay," which is held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Sissy's Restaurant in the harbor.