388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
+61 8 8263 5087

A Surprising God – Fan into Flame the Gift of God

A Surprising God – Fan into Flame the Gift of God

What does it mean for us to be chosen by God?

What does it mean that God’s work in us is greater than anything we could do for God?

What does it mean to faithfully serve God where we are?

I’d love to share my story of how God has helped me wrestle with these questions, and how I’ve come to serve as a Ministry Apprentice with Evangelical Students (ES) North Terrace, a Christian Uni club.

Hope Stahl

Bible Readings: Philippians 2, 2 Timothy 1:6-14 (NLT)

Please check the website www.paravista.org.au for podcasts and video archives of weekly messages or head to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/goodshepherdparavista for regular updates and encouragement from our ministry team.

Prayer Requests

Please forward all prayer requests to the church office via churchenquiries@paravista.org.au or phone 8263 5087. If you know or have spoken to anyone who does not have access to a computer, please assist them to submit their request and offer to pray with them. Prayer requests are not included in the weekly news online. If you would like to view the current requests, please refer to the email that alerted you to this Weekly News.

The Outcome of the Call Meeting Held Sunday 16th April 2023

At the Call Meeting last Sunday, two names were considered. It was decided that Good Shepherd should call Pastor Richard Fox.  Pastor Richard has four weeks to consider this call, please pray for Richard and his family.

April Support for Lutheran Care

Our next food collection to support the work of Lutheran Care will be on Sunday April 30th at both services and alternately donations can be left in the church office.

Requests for this month are:

  • tinned vegetables
  • tinned soup
  • tinned fruit
  • spaghetti
  • baked beans
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • Long life milk

Thank you for your continued support.

Family Hub Support Team

Hope Stahl’s Ministry Afternoon Tea

When: 30th April, 2:30pm- 4pm

Where: St Bart’s Church Norwood

KAPS (Kids and Parents) Event… April 30!

We are looking forward to our next KAPS event for Years 2-7 coming up on 30th April. (It’s the afternoon before school returns… won’t be a late night!) We are going to play board games, kids vs parents games and more! Everyone is welcome to join us for Worship and dinner afterwards from 5:30pm. For further information contact Rachel (0475 582 289) or Georgie










Super Plant Sale

This year there will be 2 plant sales to support the work of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm.

The first sale will be held on:

  • Saturday 6th May in the front car park from 10am-2pm
  • Sunday 7th May in the church hall after both services from 9.30am-12.30pm

There will be a wide variety of plants to decorate your home inside and out, available at fantastic prices. The proceeds will be going to great cause. Only cash sales. We look forward to seeing you browsing and buying on the 6th or 7th or even on both dates.

Family Hub Support Team

Volunteers Appreciation Supper

All our amazing and dedicated volunteers are invited to Good Shepherd’s   Volunteer Appreciation Supper

Friday 12th May 2023 @ 7pm

in the Church Hall

Please respond to Belinda by 9/5/23 at churchadmin@paravista.org.au or 8263 5087

BYO wine glass 😊

Community Family Support News

In Case You Were Wondering…

Some people were curious about the book we shared on Good Friday. It is called ‘The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross’ written by Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri. It is available at Koorong, but we intend to have a copy available in our Church Library shortly!

 Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

One of my favorite texts is from Matthew 28:20b ‘And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ (NLT) It links into this week’s GFH title ‘Jesus walks beside us’. It is a truth to hold onto, especially when times are tough. The resource asks: ‘Who do you turn to when you are feeling sad?’ And ‘Have you experienced Jesus alongside you when times have been difficult?’ Sharing these talking points with your family, friends or small group can be enlightening and even comforting to others!

God bless your week!

By Georgie


We give thanks for all those who have contributed to our online devotions this year. Now we are looking for more! If you have one or more of your own that you would like to share, please send them through to the church office via churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Office News

Staff Update

Krishna will be on leave from 23rd April – 11th June visiting family in India.

While Krishna is away, the office will be staffed as followed:

Helen – Tuesday and Wednesday

Tina – Thursday and Friday

Office Closure

The office will remain closed on Tuesday- Anzac Day, 25th April 2023.

Morning Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee are available after Sunday services, and you are most welcome to come and enjoy the free percolated and instant coffee along with tea.


Connect Cards

Connect Cards are available as you enter worship. Please complete the card using pencils which are available from holders on the side of chairs in the worship centre. They may be placed in bowls provided at exits as you leave. Connect Cards may be used for comments, small group or prayer requests, or to communicate with office or Pastoral Care staff.

Weekly News Items

Weekly News items are to be sent churchenquiries@paravista.org.au / krishna.vasani@paravista.org.au by Wednesday Evening. Out of hours please leave a message on the answering system 8263 5087 or email the office and staff will respond as soon as they are able.

Name Badge Request

The cost for a replacement name badge is $12. If you would like to order one, contact the church office on 8263 5087 or send an email to: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Diary Dates 2023


25th April                  Anzac Day (Public Holiday)

30th April                 4-7pm KAPS

30th April                  2.30-4pm Hope’s Ministry Afternoon Tea

30th April                  Food Collection Lutheran Care (Both Services)

15th– 30th April          School Holidays



6th May                     10-2pm Plant Stall

7th May                     9.30-12.30pm Plant Stall

12th May                    7pm Volunteer’s Supper

21st May                    1-4pm Friendship and Fun (Date changed due to Mother’s Day)

28th May                   12pm AGM

28th May                   4-7pm KAPS



“…Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”


Hebrews 11:1-3(NLT)


Safe Church

Please consider the health and safety of others and do not attend the church if you are feeling unwell. 

In observing Christ’s command to love one another, we are to treat each other with respect and dignity. In honoring people, we are also fulfilling our responsibility under the law of the land. The LCA and Good Shepherd Para Vista is committed to implementing processes to ensure the church is a safe place. If anyone feels they have been subjected to sexual abuse or harassment in any form by anyone who holds a position of trust in the church, please contact:

P: 1800 644 628 E: report.abuse@safeplace.lca.org.au

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Church Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm (closed 12:30pm-1:30pm for lunch)
Church Website: www.paravista.org.au Email: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

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388 Montague Road Para Vista SA 5093 |   Phone: 8263 5087 | PO Box 306 Modbury North SA 5092