ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS. NJ – The Rev. Paul F. Rack will offer a sermon entitled “You Will See Greater Things” at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the First Presbyterian Church.

       “Jesus continues to call disciples with the promise that he is the connection between heaven and earth, God and humanity, Spirit and matter,” according to Rack, the  21st pastor in the 125th-year history of the church. Among the questions to be tackled by Rack are: “How does Jesus give us insight into the unity and integration of all things? How does our knowledge of God allow us to live more freely and openly in the world?  How may we come to see people with Jesus’ directness and accuracy?”

       Rack’s message is based on John 1: 43-51.

       The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.

        Sunday School, which is open to all area children, will be held following the children’s sermon during the 11 a.m. service.


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        Child care and children’s activities are offered every Sunday at the church.         
        In addition to Sunday’s 11 a.m. service, the church will continue its newly initiated 30-minute prayer service at 7 p.m. Saturday.

        Also on Saturday, Jan. 24, the church will offer area residents the opportunity to learn about the Enneagram, which, according to Rack, is “a powerful tool for personal development and interpersonal relationships.” The event, led by Rack, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, with a light lunch provided.

       The pastor has been trained at the Enneagram Institute, Stone Ridge, NY.

       The following Sunday, Feb. 1, the church Board of Deacons will celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with its traditional sale of homemade soups by the quart and pint between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the rear of the church. Available to all area residents will be potato/cheddar, split pea, chicken taco, chicken noodle and minestrone soups in addition to chili, priced at $5 a quart and $3 a pint.

       Also on Feb. 1, following worship, the church will hold its annual congregational meeting when officers will be elected and the 2015 budget will be presented and reviewed.

       The church is marking its 125th anniversary this year by dedicating itself to the support of the local food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and money through the church for the pantry on a regular basis.

       The food pantry is operated by the Area Association of Community Churches (AACC) and is located in the United Methodist Church at Third and E. Lincoln Aves. Donors from the First Presbyterian Church are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food stuffs in the entrance Narthex at the Presbyterian church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.

       Off-street parking is available in the municipal parking lot on East Highland avenue next to the Christian Education building.

       Area residents are also invited to attend weekly Bible Study, which is held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sissy’s Restaurant at the municipal harbor.


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