2015 A Year end Review

2015!  What a year of Ministry…to the community, to the nation and to the world!  See some of the the best of “FBC in action”!

Love, peace and grace,   –FBC

2015 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Lectures — Recap

The 2015 version of the Carrie Parker Lecture series was an outstanding success!  Susan Sparks came all the way from New York City, NY to Lexington, NC to provide FBC with series of lectures on humor and healing.  Being a Lawyer, Comedian and a Minister, she provided us with humorous insight on Saturday night, Sunday School hour and morning Worship.sunday-morning

Susan’s topics were:

  • “The power of humor in the spiritual path.”
  • Getting through the tough times (faith in times of pain).
  • “The Mulch Pile”

The Congregants had a couple of chuckles, many belly laughs and some were even brought to tears with laughter!

Thank you Susan!  You are a delightful (and funny) Lawyer, Comedian, Minister and person!  You’re welcome to come back to your home state anytime!

Read more about Susan here and here.



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.