ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The Rev. Paul Rack will talk about how important it is to "stay focused on Jesus and deepen our discipleship and communion with others" during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church.
Rack, the pastor of the 125-year-old church, will present a message entitled "Interrogation," based on John 9:13-41. He will also administer Holy Communion.
"The man born blind, whom Jesus heals, is subjected to rigorous examination and review by the religious leaders," according to Rack. "They can’t handle it when someone wakes up because their whole gig is based on people staying blind and powerless.
"It is the same today. When we wake up to God’s living presence and begin to see the truth, we become a threat to the people who wield power.
"In the story the blind man keeps his faith and trust in Jesus, who healed him. So ought we to stay focused on Jesus, and deepen our discipleship and communion with others."
Patricia Hinze will act as liturgist and organist David Nunez will provide the music for the service, which is open to the public.
Sunday services will continue to be held in the church's Fellowship Hall through the summer with the exception of the fourth Sunday of each summer month through September when services will be held at the Gazebo in the municipal yacht harbor. The next such Gazebo service will be held on Aug. 23, followed by an open-air Gazebo service on Sept. 27.
Informal Sunday evening services at the church will not be held for the rest of August but will resume Sept. 6.
In marking its 125-year anniversary, the church is dedicating itself to the support of the Atlantic Highlands food pantry. Members and friends are urged to donate canned goods and 125 coins onregular basis.The emphasis for the rest of the summer is on lunches for schoolchildren who don't receive meals when school is out of session.
The food pantry is operated by the Association of Area Community Churches (AACC). First Presbyterian Church donors are asked to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable items in the entrance Narthex of the church, located at Third and E. Highland Aves.
The church family will be attending a Lakewood Blue Claws baseball game starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25th, which is Blue Claws Faith & Family Night. Members and friends are urged to make reservations by contacting the church office at 732 291-9265 ASAP. Admission for adults and children four and under is $10. Children 5-12 and senior citizens over 55 is $8.