This week at Parkside, we are celebrating friendship. Every year for one Sunday in October, we celebrate our friends, inviting them to our church, so that we can say thank you, so that we can celebrate those people in our lives, who make a difference to us by being there for us through thick and thin times, who love us enough to tell us the truth, even when it is hard, who love and serve and share their lives with our lives. It is a privilege to have great friends, and it is a privilege to celebrate our friends. We would also love to invite you to join us in this celebration. We are an average sized, Protestant Church in America, but we are anything but average. Our hearts are bursting with love and joy to make new friends and to welcome everyone to join us on the journey of faith. We believe this is what following Jesus means, celebrating and loving all our friends, no matter their race, nationality, citizenship, ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We believe Parkside is a place where you belong, and we’d love to make new friends or celebrate friendship with you. If you are looking for a community that is open, loving and full of joy, come celebrate friendship with us, and hopefully you will make some new friends!