ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will be the guest speaker Sunday, Sept. 5th — the day before Labor Day, at the First Presbyterian Church. She will also administer Holy Communion during the 10 a.m. worship service.

Her sermon is entitled “What Does It Cost To Be A Disciple?” The message addresses God’s love and his care for us as we continue to learn what it takes to be a Christian.

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.

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, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.


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The Sunday School program will resume on Sept. 12 with an outdoor worship service conducted by the Riley in the yard of the manse and a family bar-be-que to follow. In the event of rain, the 10 a.m. service will be conducted inside the church sanctuary while bar-be-que food will be consumed at the manse next to the church, either on the porch or inside.

Macfie will next preach at the church on Sunday, Oct. 3.

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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