ATLANTIC HIGHANDS, NJ - The Board of Deacons will stage its annual Fall Festival Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church.
The fund-raising event will feature 10 vendors offering a variety of homemade baked goods plus pumpkins, kitchen supplies, food, photos, makeup, jewelry and prizes and will be held rain or shine. There also will be children's activities during the fair.
The fair is open to all area residents.
On Sunday, the Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach on how Jesus' fame reaches beyond the Jewish community after his raising of Lazarus during the 11 a.m. Sunday service in Fellowship Hall in the rear of the 125-year-ol church.
He will present a message entitled "The World Has Gone After Him," based on John 12:12-36. He will also administer Holy Communion.
"Jesus understands how this is going to go, that he will be killed," according to the pastor. "So what he did for Lazarus he will do himself in in an even more powerful way, revealing the resurrection of which Lazarus was a foreshadowing.
"Lazarus is like a guarantee or a down-payment on what Jesus will soon deliver."
Organist David Nunez will accompany the adult choir in its singing of the offertory anthem and Communion music.
Sunday School classes for school-aged children will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church at Third and East Highland Aves. and all area parents are invited to sign up their children by calling Elder Ruth Churak at 732 801-4756 or the church office at 732 291-9265. Child care for younger children will continue to be provided during Sunday School and worship service.
All area families and visitors are invited to attend the service and/or sign up their children for Sunday School.
Also on Sunday, members of the congregation will be participating in the annual Red Bank Crop Walk, for which members are seeking sponsorships.
In celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the church is rededicating itself to support of the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry. Member and friends are urged to donated non-perishable food stuffs on a regular basis. October's particular goal is the donation of 125 after-school snacks and 125 coins for the anniversary jug, located in the back of the church.
The food pantry is operated by the Area Association of Community Churches (AAC). Donors are asked to drop off items in the church's entrance Narthex.