ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on "how to trust in God beyond all hope because life is always stronger death" during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church.  

Rack, the church's pastor, will present a message entitled "Jesus Waits," based John 11:1-16. He will also administer Communion.

All area residents are invited to attend.

"Upon hearing that his dear friend, Lazarus, is sick, Jesus waits for two days before going to visit him," Rack explains. "In the meantime, Lazarus dies.

"How do we feel when healing is delayed?  How do we feel when we ourselves do not respond immediately to someone’s need?  How does following Jesus mean deciding to “die with him” as Thomas says when Jesus and his disciples finally do depart?"

Rack is returning the pulpit after a short vacation. Last week, the Rev. Wendy S. Bailey, general presbyter of Monmouth Presbytery, preached and served Communion in Rack's absence.

Sunday services for the rest of the month will be held in Fellowship Hall, rather than the church sanctuary, except for Sept. 27 when worship will be held at the Gazebo in the municipal yacht harbor.

In marking the church's 125-year anniversary, it 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.