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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Sunday School teachers of the First Presbyterian Church have been honored by the Board of Deacons and church members.

The teachers were cited last Sunday during a coffee hour following the Sunday worship.

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Sunday School teachers Jennifer Schnoor (back row left, Cheryl Spears (center) and Tracey Cavanagh (right) gather with some of the First Presbyterian Church students during teacher appreciation Sunday at the church. -Photo by Jackie Thomas.

This coming Sunday, the pastor, the Rev. Michael Riley, will preach on the story of Lot’s wife and the dangers of getting stuck in the past, in a sermon entitled “Don”t Look Back.”


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Riley, who is a columnist for the Asbury Park Press, 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 a bag.

Sunday School, to which all youngsters are invited, begins following the children’s sermon.

The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will present special music during the service.

Riley, who has been pastor here for a year, 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 122-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in the 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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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...