ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Michael Riley, newspaper columnist, author and ordained minister, will be preaching at the First Presbyterian Church this Sunday.

Riley's sermon is entitled "Looking For A Sign" in which he tackles the fact people want signs and that Jesus tells them that they should stop looking for the spectacular and start looking for God's presence closer to home.

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Rev. Michael Riley

The regular guest preacher will continue his popular "mystery bag"

children's sermon series in which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by putting a small personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. Riley then picks one and creates a children's message from the contents.

The Sunday School classes begin after the children's sermon, early in the service. All area children are welcome.

The church's worship service begins at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

Riley will return to the pulpit for three more Sundays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31. The Rev. Barbara Macfie will preach and administer Communion on Nov. 7.

Riley has been an ordained minister for over 20 years and is a reporter-columnist for the Asbury Park Press. His weekly column, "Only Human,"

appears on Friday in The Press.

Area residents and visitors are invited to join in worshiping at the 120-year-old handicapped accessible church at the corner of Third and E. Highland Aves. All children are welcome for Sunday School and child care is provided during worship services.