ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Dierdre L. Thomson, the former moderator of Monmouth Presbytery, will be the guest preacher and serve Communion during the 10 a.m. worship service this Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

The title of Sunday’s sermon is “Right Now!” In it she will preach that we often like God to “be a good God and do nothing” and that we like to do things our way. However, according to Thomson, God shows his love in many ways including that “our way” is not always best.

Regular Sunday School classes begin after the children’s sermon. All area youngsters are invited to attend Sunday School.

After receiving her master of divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1996, Thomson took a year’s residency in chaplaincy at Community Medical Center. She was then ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA in 1997. Since then she has served as a hospice chaplain, parish associate, interim pastor and as a leader in Stephen Ministry.

She is also active in Monmouth Presbytery, having served as vice moderator and moderator (2003-2004). She continues to be active in Presbytery with the Educational Ministries Work Group.


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Thomson is currently working toward her doctorate in Metro-Urban Ministry and is filling as a pulpit supply minister.

Thomson, a Manalapan Township resident, and her late husband raised their four children in Manalapan. She has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Rev. Michael Riley, newspaper columnist and minister, will return to the pulpit Nov. 14. 21 and 28. Following the Nov 21 service, Riley will lead the congregation in the short Hanging of the Greens service as part of the annual Christmas decorating effort by church members and children.

The Rev. Barbara Macfie will be in the pulpit and administer Communion on Dec. 5.

All area residents and visitors are invited to worship at the 120-year-old handicapped accessible church at the corner of Third and E. Highland Aves. A new municipal parking lot is available next to the Christian Education Building on Highland avenue.

Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the worship service.


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