388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
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An Adventurous Journey

An Adventurous Journey

Transitions can be challenging. Change often is. Shifting house or school, farewelling a stage of life or even a loved one, or facing obstacles that stretch us, all involve a transition. As difficult as these situations are, they are at least obvious dilemmas. The most challenging transitions are those that may involve a mindset shift, an expansion in our thinking, or facing the opportunity to step out when we’d rather draw back. Peter may have eventually sunk after he walked on water, but at least he stepped out. How comforting for the early believers—and us—to look back on this and know that not only is Jesus with us in the storm, but when we step out, he’s standing there right beside us, reaching down, and restoring us all. It’s emboldening to realise what you can face when you know Jesus is there with you.

Pastor Peter Steicke

Bible Readings: Matthew 14: 22-33 (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.

Friends of Gideons Notice

Here’s a wonderful way to help you share your faith: OFFER SOMEONE A GIDEON NEW TESTAMENT!

Good Shepherd Church is a Friend of Gideons and has paid for New Testaments to be available for you to take, then pray for God to prepare someone to accept it, read it and come to faith.  Pray you will have courage and wisdom to be used by God in this way.

Visit by Bishop Mathias Daeli

At the second service this Sunday Bishop Mathias Daeli will be visiting our congregation. He is Bishop in Siantar, Indonesia. He is one of 13 Bishops of the Lutheran Church Indonesia who are visiting Adelaide. As many of the 13 Bishops are new to their position it was decided it would be beneficial for them to visit Australia as the Lutheran Church partners with the church in Indonesia. They will be attending seminars at the Seminary and attending church services to experience a variety of worship styles. Make him feel welcome!

Good Shepherd Country Drive

Come along for a family outing, anyone with a classic car bring it along.

Have lunch and join in and play some games, but most of all have some great fellowship.

Venue: Bethany Reserve

Date: Sunday 13th August

Time: 12.15pm (at the park)

BYO Lunch, drinks & games + tables & chairs


August Food Collection

Our next food collection will be on Sunday, 27th August at both services.

Requests for this month are:

2 Minute noodles
Tinned tuna
Tinned fruit
Tinned spaghetti
Baked Beans
Muesli Bars
Roll ups

Thank you for the fantastic ongoing support for the work of Lutheran Care

Family Hub


KAPS -Save the Date- Sunday 27th August!!

Time to get creative! Our next KAPS event is coming up in a few weeks and we are going to be having a creative theme! Years 2 to 7 students and a parent/ carer are most welcome to join us for activities, worship, and a meal. (Just wear old clothes and /or BYO art smock for the activities!) Grandparents… Here is an opportunity to share time, fun, worship, and a meal with your grandchild… and get to know others in our community at the same time! Love to see you!

Rachel and Georgie

Karaoke Night

The Karaoke Night held last Saturday night was a great success enjoyed by those who attended. It raised $2300 for the Family Hub at Ingle Farm. They were very excited at receiving this news as it will enable them to continue and improve the services that they offer families in the local area. Special thank you to Joan Mc Carthy for organizing the event, the Family Hub Support Team for their tireless involvement, Craig and Val King for donating their time and expertise as DJ’s, our auctioneer Graeme Tscharke and all who attended to make it such a good evening. Great team effort all around.

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. Keep an eye out as there is more information to come.

Community Family Support News

School Snippets

We have a wonderful culturally diverse community at Good Shepherd… and we have wonderful opportunities to get together. I encourage you to have a look at one of the new initiatives we are using to communicate with our Good Shepherd family regarding our upcoming Trivia night! There is a page dedicated to it in our newsletter. Please click on the link to find out what’s happening at school via 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 were blessed to have Pastor Joel Cramer visit with us this week for our Wednesday Worship. 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 if you have a little time. Same time as usual… 8:50am!  Our Stage Four (Year 5 and 6) Worship Drama group will be sharing a message about ‘Letting our light shine’.  Have a wonderful week and God bless you all!

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.

Growing Faith at Home

Today’s GFH title is ‘Jesus has the Power to Help and Save’. It shares the story of when Jesus rescued Peter out on a stormy lake! Peter was actually walking on water toward Jesus when he started to sink. Jesus rescued him of course. The bible says that when he (Peter) saw the wind, he was afraid… (See Matthew 14:30) It can be difficult to keep our peace and our eyes on Jesus when difficult circumstances are buffeting us… But Jesus doesn’t abandon us! Here are some questions to ponder with people you connect with: What are some of the difficult things you are facing at the moment? What are you doing to keep your focus on Jesus while this is going on? Have a look at this week’s resource for some other things to consider!


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.










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


Diary Dates 2023


13th August                          12.15pm Country Drive to Bethany Reserve

17th August                           7.30pm Craft and Coffee in the Church café area

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

18th August                          Step- up to HC course

25th August                          Step- up to HC course

27th August                          4-7pm KAPS

27th August                          LC Food Collection


1st September                     Step- up to HC course

2nd September                    Young Adults Event

3rd September                      Father’s Day

10th September                   10.30am Step- up Service


“…See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.”

Exodus 23:20 (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 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