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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will be the guest speaker at the celebration of Easter at the First Presbyterian Church. She will also administer Holy Communion during the 10 a.m. worship service.

Her sermon is entitled "His Steadfast Love Endures Forever."

The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, is singing "O Lamb of God," featuring a Patty Hinze solo, as its introit; the offertory anthem "Behold the Lamb" and the Communion anthem "How Beautiful." The children's choir is singing "At the Foot of the Cross, a contemporary song from the album "His Passion ... a Worshipful Journey to the Resurrection."

Rev. Macfie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for eight years and is a counselor who has concentrated her efforts for the last four years on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen, where she lives. She has also filled in at various New Jersey churches.

She is a graduate of Monmouth University’s Psychological Counseling Program and holds a degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, she served as a U.S. Army chaplain's assistant in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Fort Monmouth.

The Rev. Michael Riley, minister, author and Asbury Park Press columnist, will return to the pulpit for the next three Sundays, April 11, 18 and 25. Rev. Macfie will next preach on Sunday, May 2.

On Good Friday, April 2, the church is hosting a community ecumenical service from noon to 3 p.m.

All area residents are welcome at the 120-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.

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