ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Rev. Joanne Van Sant will be the guest preacher Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

        Her sermon at the 11 a.m. worship service is entitled ‘”Spiritual Gifts,” focusing on how we understand our spiritual gifts as well as how we use the in the world.

        Two of the scriptures upon which the sermon is based are 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and John 2:1-11.

        Van Sant is an ordained Presbyterian minister who was also a long-time member of the Atlantic Highlands church and its adult choir. Until recently she was the pastor or of Faith Reformed Church in Hazlet.

       She is filling in for the church’s pastor, the Rev. Paul F. Rack.


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       The service at the 124-year-old church will be held in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall in the rear of the sanctuary as part of the summer-long casual program which includes bagels and coffee for attendees. All area residents are invited to attend.

        Music director David Nunez will play during the service.

        The church has also scheduled two special services this summer, first a joint worship with the Tinton Falls Hope Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Wolcott Park in Eatontown, with a picnic to follow. Rack is pastor of both the Tinton Falls and Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian churches.

        Then, the local church will worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Gazebo at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Yacht Harbor, also with a picnic following. All area residents are encouraged to attend.

         Child care and activities for all children are provided during all services held at the church at Third and E. Highland avenues. Sunday School will resume in the fall and all area children are welcome.

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