ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul Rack will talk about how "true leaders come into the 'sheepfold' of God's people though the 'gate,' which is himself, the Word, Wisdom and love of God," 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 "The Gate," which asserts that Jewish leaders in his day are the blind ones and not the man born blind that Jesus cured on the Sabbath. He will also administer Holy Communion.
Elder Peter E. Donoghue will act as liturgist and 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, followed by an open-air Gazebo service on Sept. 27.
Informal Sunday evening services at the church will not be held for the rest of August but will resume Sept. 6.
In marking its 125-year anniversary, the 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 the rest of the summer is on 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.