ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Worship & Spiritual Life Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands is asking that grocery store gift cards be purchased and placed on the church's Christmas Giving Tree for donation to the needy.

The cards are to be placed in red envelopes, provided by the committee, starting on Nov. 29 and running through Sunday, Dec. 20. Once collected they will be given to the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry, which will distribute them to needy area families

Pastor Paul F. Rack will preach a sermon entitled "Peace" this Sunday at the 11 a. worship service at the 125-year-old church.

"As he approaches his death, within hours, Jesus implores his disciples to keep his commandments, which amount to love," according to Rack. "He promises to send the Spirit as their advocate and teacher. He leaves them his peace and bids them again not to be troubled.

"The reminder we receive again is as always, and in the words of a well known hymn: They’ll know we are Christians by our love.  Jesus demonstrates this love and passes it on to his disciples.  Love is the way to union with God.  God is love."

Elder Judy Curry-Phipps will serve as liturgist.

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.

In celebrating our church's 125th anniversary this year, we are rededicating ourselves to supporting the 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 our church's entrance Narthex.