388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
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A Surprising God- Pt 7- Mission Sunday

A Surprising God- Pt 7- Mission Sunday

We (Michael and Kim Findlay) have always had a passion for social justice. We both independently felt called to live and work in Africa. But what God asked of us in our 20s – to set up a hospital in a remote village in Uganda – felt impossibly hard at times. We had to learn over and over again hard lessons about trust, obedience, and what God actually was asking of us. Sometimes it was very different to what we had in mind!

Michael and Kim Findlay

Bible Readings: Micah 6:8 (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.


Good Shepherd Church Is Now a Friend of Gideons!

What does this mean?  Our church can now purchase Friends of Gideons New Testaments, which members can take to use in personal witnessing situations.

Our first box of 50 has arrived.  Please take one or more to pray over and personally give to someone you know whom you can encourage to read it.

See Ian Hutchinson for more details.


KAPS- Is Just Around the Corner! Saturday 29th July

Our next KAPS event will be held in just over a week. It will be a little different. We will begin with worship at 6pm, followed by dinner.  The movie begins at 7pm. For those who are keen, you are invited to an optional sleepover! (Please contact Rachel if you are planning to stay over.) See flyer for details.  Love to see you!

Rachel and Georgie




July Food Collection

Thank you for your continued and generous support of our monthly food collections in support of the wonderful work of Lutheran Care.

Our next collection will be on Sunday 30th July at both services. Donations can also be left in the front office of the church up to the collection date.

Requests for this month

  • Sugar
  •  Coffee
  • Cereal
  • Vegemite
  • Jam
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Family Support Team


Karaoke Night

Date: Saturday, 5th August at 7:30

In support of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm

Cost: $10 Students $5 Primary age children free. Tickets on sale from July 9th after services

Night of fun music + wine auction +games + raffle

A great night to share with friends or as a fellowship group activity.

Tickets also available from Joan Mc Carthy or Lorraine Johns. You can book a table of 8-10 people to share with friends or your Fellowship Group or purchase tickets individually.



Salisbury Lutheran Women’s Fellowship

We warmly invite you to the METRO NORTH ZONE FELLOWSHIP DAY

Date: 17th August 2023 at 10.00 am

Arrival time: 9.30 am for morning cuppa and sign in.

Venue: 10 Waterloo Corner Road SALISBURY

(Please park on Waterloo Corner Roadside of the church)

Bring your own lunch. Wear name badge.

Soup, tea, and coffee provided.

Guest speakers:

  • Mark Underwood – Pastoral Care Worker at Lake Windermere School
  • Sandy Davis – Lutheran Care
  • Jeanette Mann – Blueprint Ministries

Theme: “Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”

Psalm 145:4

RSVP: 1st August 2023

Margaret Sallis on 0439 781 333 or Email: salromar3@gmail.com


Ladies Fellowship Christmas Lunch!

Tuesday December 5, 12:30pm.

Mark your diaries now!



Community Family Support News

Chapel Service

Just a reminder that school begins on Monday morning (24th July at 8:50am) with Worship… You are most welcome to join us as we come together once again as a Good Shepherd family!

Step Up to Communion

Young people aged around 10 years, together with their parents/ caregivers, are invited to take part in our Step-Up program to prepare for Holy Communion. Taking the approach that parents/ carers are the primary faith developers in their children, Step Up is designed to support parents/carers in preparing their child for Holy Communion.

This course will be offered soon over 4 consecutive Friday nights (11th, 18th, 25th August, and 1st September). The actual ‘Step Up Service’ will take place on 10th September at the 10:30am worship service.  If you are interested, please contact Georgie here by Friday 4th August. Look forward to hearing from you.

Growing Faith at Home

The word ‘hope’ gets used quite a lot… But it can mean different things to different people. This week’s GFH resource, entitled ‘Hope for the Future’, presents an opportunity to talk about this as a family or a small group… What does it mean to hope? How is hope different from wishful thinking? Our hope in Jesus isn’t just wishful thinking, it is a certainty! A firm foundation to stand on, especially when life throws up its challenges! Why not check out the resource? Have a wonderful week!


Level 2 Training

Have you completed level 1 and need to complete Level 2?

There is an opportunity to attend a Level 2 workshop at Elizabeth Lutheran church on Saturday 2nd September.

Register online or contact Tina Pfeiffer.










Blueprint Dinner 2023

The Blueprint Dinner is on 5th August – to book go to https://www.facebook.com/events/927365398523089

Can you help with donations?

If you are not able to attend the dinner, there are other ways to support this event.  Blueprint Ministries are looking for donations of goods or experiences for the silent auction, prizes, and wine wall.   If you are able to help, contact Jeanette 08 8267 5211

Email: admin@blueprintministries.org.au   jeanette.mann@lca.org.au

The money raised supports the Christmas & Easter Children’s packs/Grandparent packs and the Congregational Ministry Grants for Children & Young people.


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

Thank You!!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers that showed great readiness to assist with carpet and furniture removal at the church.

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 and 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



29th July                                 6pm Saturday, KAPS Movie Night and Optional Sleepover

30th July                                LC Food Collection



1st August                             1pm Ladies Fellowship Meeting with Lutheran Disability

5th August                             7:30pm Karaoke Night

5th August                            6pm Blueprint Dinner

13th August                          Country Drive to Barossa

17th August                           10am Salisbury Lutheran – Metro North Zone Fellowship Day

27th August                          4-7pm KAPS

27th August                          LC Food Collection






“…Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (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

Weekly News Submissions should be made by the Wednesday prior to Friday publication.

Church Giving via Electronic Funds Transfer:
Regular Electronic Giving (REG): BSB 704 942; Acc 100 354 939
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