ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ –  The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will be the guest speaker Sunday, the Fourth of July, at the First Presbyterian Church. She will also administer Holy Communion during the 10 a.m. worship service.

Her Independence Day sermon is entitled “Just Do It.”

The David Nunez-directed adult choir will wrap up its season until September by singing “Eternal Father” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” and “Taste and See” as its Communion anthem.

Hymns during the worship service will be “Morning Has Broken,” “Just As I Am, Without One Plea” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

Rev. Macfie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for eight years and is a counselor who concentrates her efforts on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen, where she lives. She has also filled in at various New Jersey churches.


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She is a graduate of Monmouth University’s Psychological Counseling Program and holds a degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, she served as a U.S. Army chaplain’s assistant in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Fort Monmouth.

Rev. Michael Riley, minister, author and Asbury Park Press columnist, will return to the pulpit for three consecutive Sundays, July 11, 18 and 25. Rev. Macfie will next preach at the church on Sunday, Aug. 1.

All area residents, including children, are welcome at the 120-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.


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