ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The First Presbyterian Church will conduct an outdoor worship service this Sunday followed by a family bar-be-que.

The day also marks the resumption of Sunday School classes, to which all area children are welcome.

Both the worship service, conducted by the Rev. Michael Riley in the yard of the manse, and Sunday School begin at 10 a.m.

In the event of rain, the service will be held inside the church sanctuary while bar-be-que food will be consumed at the manse next to the church.

The event is being organized by Elder Tracey Cavanagh.


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Rev. Riley’s sermon title is “Something’s Got to Give,” which aims to put life’s “party poopers” in their place and help Christians learn how to rejoice.

The church’s adult choir will resume its regular Sunday singing following its summer-long hiatus.

Riley will return to the pulpit for two straight Sundays, Sept. 19 and 26. He 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 and child care is provided during worship services.

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