ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will preach on readings in Isaiah and Mark which remind Christians that, at times, God calls us to periods of passivity and other times to very specific tasks.  

The guest minister will also administer Holy Communion during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

   In a sermon entitled “Imagine,” Macfie’s message will make the point that God is in charge and unless we can visualize or imagine this, we have a difficult time following.

   The church’s pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will act as liturgist and will continue his “mystery bag” children’s sermon series where youngsters try to “stump the pastor” by placing a personal “treasure” in brown paper bags. He then picks a bag and creates a children’s message from its contents.

   Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will resume next, Sunday, Feb 12, the same date Riley will return to the pulpit.


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   Following this Sunday’s service, the Board of Deacons will conduct its annual “Souper Bowl Sunday” sale of homemade soup and chili, an event to which all area residents are welcome.

   The pastor’s weekly Bible study is held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

   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 122-year-old handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. His column, “Only Human,” appears in The Press Fridays.

   Child care for youngsters four and under is provided during all Sunday worship services.


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