ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS --The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on how Jesus confronted the reality of his friend Lazarus' death during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church.  

Rack will present a message entitled "Jesus Wept," based John 11:17-37. He will also administer Communion.

"It gives him (Jesus) a chance to show that he is the resurrection and the life, and that not even death is beyond his ability to heal," according to the church's pastor

"The meaning for us is that he is also our life, and our resurrection is something we may participate in even now, in him.."

All area families and visitors are invited to attend the service.

Elder Ray Carroll will serve as the liturgist while organist David Nunez will provide the music

The Sept. 27 worship service will be held at the Gazebo in the municipal yacht harbor, following which families can register their school-age children for Sunday School.

Sunday School classes will begin at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at the church at Third and East Highland Aves.

Child care for younger children continues to be provided.

The adult choir will begin singing at worship services on Sunday, Oct. 4 and welcomes anyone who wishes to join. Practices are held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 1.

Rack will continue his weekly "Bible on the Bay" Bible study at 11:15 a.m. on, Wednesdays at Sissy's Restaurant at the harbor.

The church is marking it's 125-year anniversary this year by 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 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.