388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
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Advent Sunday– God Is Faithful

Advent Sunday– God Is Faithful

All the signs for the imminent return of Jesus are there for all to see. Christians have been saying that for nearly 2,000 years.  And still, we are waiting!  Humans are capable of great love and sacrificial service, and of equally great hatred and evil.  We find all this within the institutional church too. It would be easy to get discouraged, as many have done and walked out. But God is faithful. He gives us all we need to be witnesses of his grace, mercy and patience.

Pastor Robert Voigt

Bible Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (NIV), Mark 13:24-37 (NLT)

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™

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.

Call Committee Update

The call committee has recently met after being voted in at the half yearly AGM two weeks ago.

The committee asks that the congregation to submit all pastor names for consideration, by 5pm Sunday 10th December.

Names can be submitted via the church office email  churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

When putting forward a name for consideration, please evaluate how that pastor would fit our key ministry points of:

  • Teaching and preaching of the Word.
  • Ability to develop and work with teams and equip the lay people for ministry.
  • A passion for young people- youth and discipleship.
  • A leader with a servant heart.

The committee is next meeting on Thursday the 14th of December.

Please continue to pray for the call committee as they work through the call process.

Your servant in Christ,

Joel Schwarz – Committee chair

Ladies Fellowship Lunch

A reminder to all who have booked for the Ladies Fellowship lunch!

When: 5th December

Time: 12 noon for 12:30pm start

Where: At the church café.

Please bring an item/s for donation to Foodbank SA. Please ensure a use-by date later than March 2024.


The latest edition of the Tidings is available for reading.

If you would like a copy to read, please email Di Schlenk pdschlenk@internode.on.net

Support for Lutheran Care Food Collection

Wow what a response. There was a record donation of items in the November food collection. What joy and excitement they will bring many families, especially children when they receive their Christmas Hampers. Due to your generosity the hampers will not only contain traditional Christmas food such as puddings and ham, but items will be surrounded by treats that will be enjoyed by families especially the children. Thank you for helping make Christmas a more enjoyable time for many.

Thanks again for your continued generous support throughout the year. Our collections will recommence in February 2024.

Happy and blessed Christmas from the Family Hub Support Team!!


Para Vista Community Carols

Saturday 9th December at 7pm

Have you reserved a seat yet for the biggest family event of the year?

In less than 2 weeks we will be offering an evening of entertainment, performances from a live band and talented local artists, as well as children’s participation and community singing.

Electronic bookings can be made HERE or use the QR code provided.

This is a FREE event which is sponsored by the City of Salisbury.

So, book now, spread the word, and join us for an evening filled with joy and community spirit at the Para Vista Community Carols!

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 10th December from 1pm in the church hall. Come along and enjoy sharing time over some friendly games. All welcome!

BYO drinks, nibbles, afternoon tea.

A gold coin donation on arrival would be appreciated, and tea/coffee is available.

Activities for the afternoon will include cards, board games and carpet bowls – if you can’t play, then come and learn!

Contact Peter Schlenk for more details on 0419 217 767.

We aim to provide a welcoming, enjoyable afternoon of conversation and fun and look forward to seeing you there!

Time Out Devotion Book

If you require a daily devotional book for 2024 let the front office know via email churchenquiries@paravista.org.au  or 08 8263 5087 as soon as possible. Price of $30 pickup from the front office will need to be paid for in advance to be received for the beginning of January 2024. The theme for 2024 is ‘In God’s Promises’ and is compiled of a selection of short meditations for each day of the year, from Australian writers, including pastors, pastors’ wives, lay-workers and other faith-filled servants of the church.

The writer’s thoughts are life-related, and then connect you back to the promises of Jesus. Included is the bible reading for the day, their featured verse, a faith-talk question, and a prayer. Perfect for individuals, families, or groups.

May you be blessed as you live each day in Gods promises.

Open Door Christian Bookshop

Advent and Christmas stock available, including Nativity sets. Also, Calendars and Diaries.

December SALE – 50% off selected items.

Christmas blessings from all staff at Shop 5, Gawler Arcade, Gawler.

Ph: 85221677  E: opendoorbook@gmail.com

Trading M-F 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Happy New Year everyone! (No, I’m not getting ahead of myself.) This weekend marks the beginning of the new church year. We begin with the season of Advent… A time of looking forward to Christmas (when Jesus came to us as a baby) and the time when Jesus will return… How about making your very own Advent calendar? Check out this week’s GFH resource for some thoughtful and practical ideas to prepare for Christmas! (There are 5 pages to this. If you would like a printed copy, just ask!) Enjoy!


Do you like camping and sharing time with other people who like to have fun? Here’s an idea! SPIN is a four-day, three-night, statewide camp in January for young people in years 4-6 (in 2023) to experience an inclusive and encouraging community and grow in relationship with Jesus and others. This year’s theme is ‘Wanted’. Significant sponsorship is offered to first time campers by the LLL. (You just pay $50.) For those who have attended this camp before and are part of our Good Shepherd community, we are offering a subsidy. Just ask Nicole, Rachel, Georgie or the ladies in the church office. The camp is held at Camp Kedron, Barmera. For more information and/or to register head to SPIN.

Christmas is Coming to Good Shepherd!

As you know preparations are well underway for our upcoming Community Carol evening. Many thanks to those who responded to Chris Jaensch’s invitation to be part of his item! We are also looking forward to hearing from the school choir that evening. Thank you to Ms. McAleer for organizing this. I am still interested in hearing from people who would like to be part of our 5:30pm Christmas Eve Family Service. If you would like to be part of this, please let me know or send me an email here.

Wednesday Worship

Wednesday morning was an exciting time for our Curiosity (ELC) friends. We gathered as a community and celebrated with students who are ‘graduating’ at the ELC Blessing Service. Have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. Next week we look forward to another special occasion as the Year 6 students share a Christmas message. Hope to see you there!

School Snippets

There are plenty of things happening at school as the year draws to a close. (I’m writing this on Tuesday, which is still early in the week.) This week is a big week for the Stage 3 (Year 3 and 4) students, who are camping at the Christian Youth Camp, El Shaddai at Wellington. I did hear that they missed the big thunderstorm early Tuesday morning! I plan to join them tomorrow (Wednesday) to share in their excitement. Why not ask some of our young friends at church on Sunday to hear what they got up to?  Here is the link for our school newsletter: https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Of course, a printed copy is available in the café area, and I am happy to arrange your own copy if you would like!



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: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Office News

Morning Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee are available after Sunday services, and you are most welcome to come and enjoy!!

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

Spill Kits

Reminder two spill kits are available for use in emergency cases where someone has vomited or perhaps become incontinent resulting in involuntary soiling of an area. The kits are in a black bucket with ‘Spill Kit” clearly marked in white on the bucket and lid.  Buckets are located in the ladies’ air locker first cupboard to the right on entry and in the very rear store wooden shelving on the left behind the kitchen.  Please notify the office if you have used one of the kits so they can be replenished and returned to use.


Diary Dates 2023


2nd December                                              Young Adults Social Event

3rd December                                               Advent

7th December                                               7.30-9pm Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

9th December                                               7pm Para Vista Community Carols

10th December                                             1-4pm Congregational Activity

13th December-30th January                       School Holidays






“…Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.”

1 Chronicles 16:8 (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