ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Michael Riley will tackle the chaos in our lives and the world during his Sunday message at the First Presbyterian Church Sunday.

   His sermon at the 10 a.m. worship service will be entitled “Bless This Mess!”

   The new pastor will continue his popular “mystery bag” children’s sermon series when youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing a small personal “treasure” in a brown paper bag. He then picks one bag and creates a children’s message from its contents.

  Riley became pastor April 1 after a one-and-half-year search by the five-member Pastor Search Committee during which applications from over 75 persons were reviewed and numerous candidates were considered.

  The new pastor had been a regular preacher here for about two years, has been an ordained Baptist minister for over 25 years and is now preparing to become an ordained Presbyterian minister.


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   He is also a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, “Only Human,” appears on Fridays.

   Regular Sunday School classes, open to all area youngsters, begin after the children’s sermon.

   The 121-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 E. Highland avenue.

   Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the regular 10 a.m. Sunday worship service.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...