ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul Rack will talk about "how Jesus opens our spiritual eyes to see the truth" at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church.
Rack, the pastor of the 125-year-old church, will present a message entitled "Born Blind," based on John 9:1-41. He will also administer Holy Communion.
"The story of Jesus healing the man (who was) born blind is really about us and how Jesus opens our spiritual eyes to see the truth," according to Rack. "This has consequences. Jesus finally says that he has come into the world to reveal the blindness of those who think they see, and to give sight to the ones who realize their own blindness."
Elder Judith Curry-Phipps will act as liturgist.
Organist David Nunez will provide the music for the service, which is open to the public.
Sunday services will continue to be held in the church's Fellowship Hall through the summer with the exception of the fourth Sunday of each summer month through September when services will be held at the Gazebo in the municipal yacht harbor. The next such Gazebo service will be held on Aug. 23.
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 yacht
In marking its 125-year anniversary, the First Presbyterian Church is dedicating itself to the support of the Atlantic Highlands food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and 125 coins onregular basis.The emphasis for summer donations is lunches for schoolchildren who don't receive meals when school is out of session.
The food pantry is operated by the Association of Area Community Churches (AACC). First Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable items in the entrance Narthex of the church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.
The church family will be attending a Lakewood Blue Claws baseball game starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25th, which is Blue Claws Faith & Family Night. Members and friends are urged to make reservations by contacting the church office at 732 291-9265 ASAP. Admission for adults and children four and under is $10. Children 5-12 and senior citizens over 55 is $8.