ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — “What a Dad Really Needs” will be the title of Rev. Michael Riley’s Father’s Day sermon at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church.

   The church’s new pastor’s message will look beyond the socks and ties, cologne and power tools that fathers’ traditionally receive.

   Riley urges all area families to bring father to church after feeding him a good breakfast.

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

   The pastor will also continue his weekly Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a class to which all members and friends of the church are welcome.


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   In addition to being the church’s pastor, Riley is also a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, “Only Human,” appears on Fridays.

   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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