ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The First Presbyterian Church will mark Father's Day with a message by Pastor Kathy Genus called "Isn't She Lovely," part of a six-week summer sermon series entitled "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
All area residents are invited to the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church at Third and East Highland Aves,
Fathers will be honored with a message geared toward them focusing on Mark 9 in which Jesus teaches about being a neighbor as well as quotes from TV's Fred Rogers and clips from his children's show and the upcoming documentary about him entitled "Peaceful Neighbor" by Michael Long.
Also to be honored are area graduates including Emily Churak, who will share some of her art work, and Julie Forsyth, who will play her guitar during the service. Both were graduated Thursday evening from Henry Hudson Regional School.
Sunday's liturgist will be Jody Curry Phipps.
The theme of Sunday's message, entitled "Be Strong and Courageous," taken from Matthew 9:18-26, is the healing of Jarius' daughter.
"Jarius is a temple leader whose teachings were at odds with the teachings of Jesus," according to Rev. Genus. "Jarius puts aside his differences with Jesus, humbles himself to go to Jesus in order to help his daughter. Jesus sees the neighbor in this man, holds no animosity, but goes and helps as he was asked.
Following the service will be a special time of fellowship in honor of both "dads and grads."
Genus was appointed earlier 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.
The community Vacation Bible School, run by the staff of Camp Johnsonburg, will be held at the Central Baptist Church June 27-29.