2015 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures

Saturday, January 31 – Dinner and Lecture
Fellowship Hall – 6:00 p.m.
“The power of humor in the spiritual path.”  Susan Sparks

Lecturer Menu: Flank Steak with Plum Ginger Sauce, Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes, Bread, French Silk Pie
Adults: $6.00 Children 12 & Under: $4.00 Family Limit: $20.00
RSVP: Sunday, January 25

10:00 a.m. Sunday School – February 1 – Fellowship Hallsunday-morning
Getting through the tough times (faith in times of pain).  It is based on a motorcycle trip my husband and I took out West and uses humor and storytelling in a piece entitled “The Tisdale Triangle.”

11:00 a.m. Worship – Sanctuary
“The Mulch Pile”
Letting go of the negative things in life and allowing ourselves to grow something beautiful in their place.  Based on Paul’s words in Colossians 3: 7-10 and 12-14.

Originally from Charlotte, Susan Sparks has had an unusual life path. She attended UNC at Chapel Hill and WFU School of Law. After ten years as a lawyer and moonlighting as a standup comedian, Susan left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and driving the Alaska Highway. She entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned a Master of Divinity.

She is currently the Senior Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City (and the first woman in its 165 year history). Susan is a cancer survivor and speaks to groups across the country on humor and healing. Susan has been featured in O Magazine, the New York Times, on CBS, CNN and ABC.