ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Barbara A. MacFie will be the guest  speaker at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, April 3, at the First Presbyterian Church.

   She will also administer Communion and officiate during a special congregational meeting to hear the final report of the Pastor Search Committee.

   Her sermon is entitled “Can You Hear Me Now?,” a message that will focus on Christians’ needs to be guided by the Holy Spirit, to trust and to believe in God no matter the circumstances.

  The church will continue its special first-Sunday-of-the-month children’s program, which is held when Sunday School is in recess. Regular Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, April 10.

   Rev. MacFie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 12 years and is a counselor who concentrates 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‚Äôs 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 and Saudi Arabia and at Fort Monmouth.

   The Rev. Michael Riley, the church’s regular minister, author and Asbury Park Press columnist, will preach on April 10, 17 and 24.

   All area residents, including children, are welcome at the 121-year- old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.

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