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

Amazing Father (Father’s Day)

Amazing Father (Father’s Day)

Once again Father’s Day is with us.

How fascinating it would be to exchange our different memories about our dads.  There would be plenty of interesting stories to tell and feelings to share.

Think about your Dad? What is, or was, he like? How would you describe him? How does he, or did he treat you? Would you describe him as warm, friendly, and loving or perhaps more distant and uncaring? Always available and approachable or perhaps difficult to deal with?

On Sunday we will be delving into the amazing heart of God, our heavenly Father but at one and the same time the Father of Jesus. Have you ever thought about the possibility that He may have had divided loyalties? Consider this for a moment. Could you as a parent, a dad or mum, who loves your child, if he or she were in a desperate situation, ever knowingly and willingly abandon them, turn you back on them? I’m sure you would answer with a resounding ‘No!”

And yet, as Jesus suffered that brutal and terrible suffering on the cross it seems that God, the loving Father of Jesus, did just that. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” was Jesus’ lonely cry.

What exactly was going on there on Calvary on Good Friday?

Come along on Sunday as we explore this question and reveal the wonderful but also heart-rending decision God chose to make on our behalf.

Chris Jaensch

Bible Readings: Philippians 2:6-8, 1 John 3:1, Ephesians 1:3-6, Philippians 4:6, 1 John 5:14, Luke 11:9-13, John 8:12, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 5:1-2, Ephesians 3:19-21 (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.

Office Closure

The office will be closed on 8th September due to staff First Aid Training.

GSPV Finance Update

The following is an update on our finances for GSPV to 31st July 2023.

In the budget approved at our Half Yearly meeting in November 2022 we provided for annual offerings and donations of $450,000. To 31st July we planned to have received $262,885.

As of 31st July 2023, our donations were $226,564, a shortfall of $35,000, against our planned budget.

Our overspend to 31st July 2023 is now only $2,010.

The good news is that our offerings have increased in June and July to help bring us back to a balanced budget for the year to date. As we have not yet been able to secure a Pastor nor employ a planned Lay Worker our year-to-date expenditure is down on the budget plan. Thank you to all of those people who have prayerfully reviewed their giving and increased their commitment.

Dean Bartley (Treasurer)

Young Adults

The next Young Adults event is just around the corner. On 2nd September we are having a movie night, hosted by the Zanker’s. Arrival from 4:30pm. There will be a dinner of burgers and pizza provided from 5:30pm. BYO drinks, and nibbles for the movie, but popcorn will be provided. Following the movie, we will have a small discussion about a few parts of it.


Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of Ladies Fellowship is on Tuesday 5th September at 1 pm

We will be looking at Fathers in the Bible and then sharing about our own fathers.

Please bring your Bible.

Afternoon tea hostesses: – Rosemary Wheeldon and Faye Jolly

Trading Table is being offered, with Dorothy Buscumb in charge.

Apologies to Di Schlenk please ph. 0409 820 448.

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 10th September 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!

Community Lunch

The Meet and Eat Team invites you to a lunch on Sunday 17th September after the 10.30am service, in the church hall.

For over 7 years Pathway, our Baptist friend up the road, has been supplying tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of food so we can feed our guests on Monday nights.

We would like to raise some money and donate all of it to Pathway to help pay for its ever-present transport and electricity costs.

On the menu we have a number of soups with various breads, hot dogs and a list of fillings including sauerkraut, beetroot relish, mustard and on course tomato sauce. For a gold coin or note donation.

We’d love to see y’all there to have a good feed and to support our friends who do so much for us.

Peter Weckert (Meet & Eat Team)

Operation Christmas Child

What a great response last Sunday. Seventy-five boxes were distributed with people wanting more. Extra boxes have been sourced and will be available from the foyer after both services on Sunday. The deadline to return boxes is Sunday, 22nd October. On this Sunday they will be blessed, and prayers will be offered that will be a blessing to those receiving them as well as their families. Boxes can be returned before 22nd October and will be stored safely at church. They can be dropped into the church office during office hours or brought to the church services on Sunday and left on the high table in the foyer by the exit door.

What a blessing these will be to many young people and families around the world. What a great feeling!!

Support for Lutheran Care food Collection

Another month of fantastic support for our monthly food collection in support of the work of Lutheran Care in assisting needy families in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. Again over 40 bags of goods were donated. These were crammed full of all goods that were requested for this month. On behalf all those receiving support we say a big thank you.

Family Support Hub

Marble Jar Winner

The winner with the closest number of “guess the number of marbles in jar” competition was Andrew Sharpe. The number he guessed was 290, and he received as his prize the Crochet rug made by Ruby Keller. The money raised totaled $405.

A big thank you to all who participated!!

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.

Power and Authority: Weekend Focus

Led by Pastor Michael Dutschke, Adventurous Discipleship

At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Para Vista

7-8th October 2023

Saturday 7th October Workshop: Discovering Spiritual Authority

  • Explore the biblical teaching of the spiritual power and authority that God has, and we have as followers of Jesus”.
  • Through a series of sessions explore, observe, and practice using your spiritual authority.
  • Prepares participants for Sunday afternoon Prayer Walk

Sunday8th October: Worship and Prayer Walk

  • Worship services at 8:45am and 10:30am with Pastor Michael Dutschke bringing us a message on Power and Authority
  • A sausage sizzle will be provided after the 10:30am service.
  • Sunday afternoon Prayer walk, 1pm (approx.) over Good Shepherd Church using guiding principles from Saturday’s sessions.

Further Details

  • Saturday workshop is free for Good Shepherd Church community!
  • We are inviting others outside of Good Shepherd, where a fee is being charged to attend ($40 pp)
  • Registration for all participants on Saturday is required for catering purposes (morning tea and lunch, gluten, and dairy free options)
  • More details to come about program times for Saturday.
  • To register
  • Contact the Church Office on 8263 5087
  • Write in your Contact card.
  • See Julie Freund on Sundays between the services in the café.

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

What does it mean to ‘take up your cross and follow Jesus’? This week’s GFH resource shares some ideas about this. Here are a couple of questions to chat over with your family or small group. What is something you find difficult to do? What makes it so? Why do people wear crosses? God bless your week everyone!

KAPS – Save the date Sunday 24th September!!

We had a great time on Sunday… letting our creativity flow! There was painting, weaving, and printing! Special thanks to Jacqui Morton for her artistic expertise, as well as Mrs. Shields, who did some behind the scenes preparation for our canvas print. (The print is up in the Parenting Room along with some other photos from the afternoon. Why not have a look?) Thanks also to the dedicated team who help organize KAPS events and make them happen. After our artistic activities we gathered for a ‘Creativity themed’ worship service.  The afternoon finished with conversation and a shared meal. We would love to see you at our next KAPS event coming up on 24th September. More information to follow.

Rachel and Georgie

Do you like to cook?

From time to time, we have the opportunity to help out families in need of a meal or two. If one of your hobbies is cooking (or if it is something that you don’t mind doing) I would love to hear from you. Feel free to have a chat or you could contact me here and I can give you more information. God bless you! Georgie

School Snippets

On Tuesday morning, senior students and teachers from our school went to Endeavour for the morning.  We joined together with some students and staff from St Paul Lutheran, Golden Grove Lutheran and Endeavour for our Connected Schools Worship service and morning tea. Our Good Shepherd student leadership team assisted in running the service. We were reminded that we are indeed ‘better together’. Linking with the theme, the Year 4 student artwork (of beehives) were on display. These were created at a prior art workshop run at Endeavour.

On Wednesday morning, Good Shepherd’s Curiosity Early Learning Centre ushered in Father’s Day by welcoming 48 of their special dads, uncles, Godfathers, and grandpas for a time to ‘come and play’. The morning was filled with building, painting, construction, storytelling, performing and singing. The fun was topped off with fresh coffee, croissants, brownies, and chocolate!

If you would like to find out more of what is happening at school, you are also welcome to click on the link to our 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!

Wednesday Worship

We continued our ‘G.O.A.T’ theme (that’s ‘Greatest of All Time’). This week’s focus was ‘The greatest Shepherd of all time- Jesus’.  Please have a look at this week’s devotion for an overview of what was shared. We would love to see you at our Wednesday Worship and coffee next week. Same time as usual… 8:50am!   Pastor Rolly will be sharing the message! Love to see you soon!



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

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


1st September                        Step-up to HC course

2nd September                      Young Adults Event

2nd September                      Level 2 Safe Church Training at Elizabeth

3rd September                       Father’s Day

5th September                      Ladies Fellowship Meeting

7th & 21st September            Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

8th September                      Office closed for First Aid Training

10th September                     10.30am Step- up Service

10th September                     1-4pm Fun and Friendship Afternoon

16th September                     6pm Blueprint Ministries Young Adults Event

17th September                     12-3pm Community Lunch

“…As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 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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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