ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Michael Riley will offer a Thanksgiving meditation on the healing of 10 lepers by Jesus, during Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

The pastor’s sermon, entitled “One Down, Nine To Go,” will focus and the fact that only one said thank you and asks the question are we one of the nine?

Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, also will continue his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series during which youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing personal “treasures” in brown paper bags. The minister then creates a message from the contents of the bag.

Sunday School, which is open to all area youngsters, begins following the children’s sermon.

The adult choir, which is seeking new members, will also sing during the service. It rehearses at 7:30 p.m on Thursdays at the church.


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The pastor’s weekly Genesis Bible Study will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and is open to the public.

Riley, pastor since April, is a former Baptist minister studying for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. In addition to being a columnist, he is a staff writer and editorial writer at The Press. His column, “Only Human,” appears on Fridays.

The 121-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves., offers extra parking in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.

Child care for four-year-olds and younger continues to be provided during the regular worship service.   


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