Embracing Family

Many families within the church are at various stages of the adoption process. Because adoption and orphan care have unique challenges, our vision is to provide support and networking opportunities for adoptive families to discuss issues unique to their situation with like-minded individuals.  These discussions could be broad in scope as well as specific for parents in similar circumstances. Parents who are further along in the journey of raising adopted children will seek to provide valuable insight to those who are at earlier stages of the journey.

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  • Apr

    Embracing Family Vision Meeting

    Embracing Family is our ministry at Parkside which focuses on caring for orphans according to God's commands in the Bible.  We invite you to join us on April 8th following the third service in room A207 for a vision meeting and a light lunch.  Pastor Brandon Smith will lead the meeting as we consider our vision for how we as a church can care for the fatherless in both the short and long term.  RVSP to Linn at


  • Nov

    Embracing Family November 2017 Fellowship Luncheon

    The Embracing Family ministry will hold a fellowship luncheon on November 19th at 12:30pm in room A207.  All families who have adopted or who are interested in adoption or foster care are welcome to attend.  Lunch will be provided and children are welcome.  Please RSVP to Linn at


  • Nov

    Embracing Family 2015 Adoption Luncheon

    The Embracing Family ministry will hold a luncheon on Nov. 8th at 12:30pm in The Venue for all families that have adopted or are interested in adoption.  Lunch will be provided and children are welcome.  The guest speaker is Jackie Smigel who has worked in the adoption field for 26 years and is the founder and director of Open Arms Adoption.  Registration for this event is requested.



Mike Willmer