ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS --- Members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church will mark Pentecost Sunday this weekend.

       "This is the day we received the gift of the Holy Spirit and the church was born," according to Pastor Kathy Genus .

       Those attending the 10 a.m. worship service at the 127-year-old church at Third and East Highland avenues are asked to wear red.

       "We will hear the ancient story from the book of Acts and be reminded that the winds of the Holy Spirit that blew that day are still blowing for us today," according to Genus, "lifting us up, and empowering us to do the work of Christ in the world.

      "Come make a new friend and be inspired in your faith. This might be a new beginning for you as it was for the church so long ago."

       Genus' message will focus on Acts 1:1-11 and Psalm 93.

       Music Director David Nunez will provide the music and the adult choir will offer an anthem.

       Genus was appointed early this year as the church's new pastor.

       She is a graduate both Thomas A. Edison College and New Brunswick Theological Seminary and is a certified Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church USA. She is the former pastor of the Osceola Presbyterian  in Clark.

       She lives in Toms River with her husband, Frank.