ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul F. Rack will preach Sunday on how Jesus prepared his disciples with the information they needed to carry on after his death.
The pastor will present a message entitled "Many Mansions," based on John 14:1-14, at the 11 a.m. worship service at the 125-year-old First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands. The pastor will also administer Holy Communion.
"Jesus begins giving the disciples the teaching they need to have before he dies," according to Rack. "He is going to prepare a place for those who will come after him.
"Traditionally, the word he uses is 'mansions' but it is really just 'dwelling places,' the point being that there is lots of room in the world to come.
"He delivers his controversial teaching about no one coming to the Father except through him, which doesn’t mean “Christians” so much as those who realize in themselves the Presence of God, which is Christ. He is the earthly manifestation of the Father. But the message is not about joining a particular institution so much as it has to do with finding in our own true humanity our union with the Creator," Rack explains.
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 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.
Weekly Bible Study, conducted by Rack, is held at 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Sissy's Restaurant in the municipal harbor. All area residents are welcome to attend.
In celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the church is rededicating itself to supporting the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry. Members and friends are urged to donated non-perishable food stuffs on a regular basis. November'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.