ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — The Rev. Michael Riley will preach on the “9/11” attack on the United States during the 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.
His sermon is entitled “Exile and Memory — Ten Years Later.”
Riley, the church’s pastor since April, will continue his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series where youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing a personal “treasure” in a brown paper bag. He then picks a bag and creates a children’s message from its contents.
The church’s Session will host “coffee and conversation” following this Sunday’s service.
The pastor’s weekly Bible Study will resume on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.
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Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will begin on Sept. 18 and registration forms will be available this Sunday in the back of the church.
Also on Sept. 18, the church’s adult choir will resume singing at Sunday services. The group will practice at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and is seeking volunteers to sing with it.
Following worship on Oct. 3, the church will initiate a monthly Family Fellowship on Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of each month, with an activity and snack and coffee/tea/juice.
Riley is an author and Asbury Park Press columnist, staff writer and editorial writer as well as the leader of the 121-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. His column, “Only Human.” appears in The Press on Fridays.
The 121-year-old, handicapped accessible Presbyterian Church is at Third and E. Highland Aves. and offers extra parking in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the regular worship service.