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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The 124-year-old First Presbyterian Church will depart from the norm Sunday when it institutes summer-long casual worship services in its air-conditioned Fellowship Hall in the rear of the sanctuary.

       All area residents are invited to attend the 11 a.m. service, which marks the fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

       The Rev. Paul F. Rack will mark Independence Day weekend by preaching on "Godly Government," based on Psalm 72, which the pastor says was composed for the coronation of the king and "shows us that God intends that government be responsible for the poor and needy."

        Rack will also administer the church's monthly Holy Communion.

        Elder Barbara Stone will be this week's liturgist.

        Music director David Nunez will play during the service including the hymns "Morning Has Broken," "Your faithfulness, O Lord, Is Sure" and "Guide My Feet."

        The church also will be participating in the community Vacation Bible School July 14-18 from 8:45 to noon at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. The free program is open to four-year-olds through six graders. Families can register their children at  https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/iamcm. For more information, call Debbie Ketchan at 732 320-8170 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

        The church has also scheduled two special services this summer, first a joint worship with the 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 to follow. All area residents are encouraged to attend.

         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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