ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie wil preach on “Maneuvering through the Chaos” at Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

   She will also administer Holy Communion.

   The church’s pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will act as liturgist and will resume 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.

   Macfie’s sermon will address how, through God’s grace and God’s commandments, we are able to maneuver though chaos.

   Riley will be back in the pulpit next week.


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   This week, the Sunday School teachers are planning an activity that will involve children and their parents immediately following church.  There will be a little snack, coffee/tea and juice.

   Regular Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will resume next Sunday.

   The adult choir, which has also resumed singing, is seeking new members, whether they are church members or not. It rehearses at 7:30 p.m on Thursdays in the church.

   The pastor’s weekly Bible Study is being held at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday and is focused on “Creation.”

   The church will also begin regular Family Fellowship on Communion Sundays, the first Sunday of each month, following worship in Fellowship Hall with an activity and snack and coffee/tea/juice.

   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,

   Riley is an author and Asbury Park Press columnist, as well as the leader of 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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