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

Back To Basics: God’s Treasure

Back To Basics: God’s Treasure

All people are loved by God. God’s treasure is those whose faith is in his son Jesus Christ, and being God’s treasure means that we are greatly loved. A love so great that God was willing to sacrifice his only son to save us and give us life!

Pastor Paul Fielke

Bible Readings: Romans 1:8-17 (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 Friday, 8th September due to staff First Aid Training.

Car Parking Restrictions

Monday 11th September and Tuesday 12th September there will be restricted parking to the left of the church entry main door to allow a security light to be installed. Work will be carried out between the hours of 9.00am to 3.00pm to avoid peak traffic flows.  There may be some restriction to the access gate at the rear of the church where school staff park.

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)

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.

News From Kenya!!

Our group of 9 Aussies are working in a wonderfully united way here in North Kenya. The Bible story telling is going very well.  At church on Sunday, a leading witchdoctor for the area gave his life to the Lord & today a Year 6 Muslim boy came forward in class when they were invited to receive Christ, so God is wonderfully answering your prayers!

Ian Hutchinson

Operation Christmas Child

There has been an amazing response to Operation Christmas Child. 100 boxes have been taken by members. Last Sunday there were not enough brochures giving details of items that can be included and payment. Extra brochures and boxes are now available in the foyer area after both services. All boxes need to be returned by Sunday 22nd October. Boxes completed before that date can be left in the church office or brought to either service on Sunday or left on one of the high tables in the foyer.

Enjoy filling your box/es as you imagine the joy of those receiving them at Christmas!!

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.

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

The title of this week’s GFH resource might be easier said than done. ‘Jesus calls us to make things right with others.’ This topic can bring up a lot of emotion. There is always a cost when it comes to forgiveness… but holding onto unforgiveness takes its toll as well. Releasing the other person by forgiving them, frees you from being tethered to a painful time/interaction from the past. Here are some conversation starters to try out with your family and friends: What does it mean to forgive someone? Do you find it difficult or easy to forgive? Why?  God bless your conversations and the week ahead!

KAPS – Save the date Sunday 24th September!!

Our next KAPS event is coming soon… and we are going on a bear scavenger hunt! It’s going to be lots of fun and we would love for you to be a part of it. There is also something for older people too. Students from Years 7-12 are invited to join in with some Youth games. (So… if you know anyone in this age group, share the news!) Everyone is then invited to join in with worship and dinner. Hoping to see you soon!

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

There were plenty of laughs to be had at our Trivia Night last weekend. The costumes looked amazing! It was wonderful to gather together for fun and frivolity. We are now looking forward to next year’s event! Tomorrow (8th September) is a pupil free day.  School, OSHC and church staff will be completing a full day of 1st Aid training. 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 There are photos from our Trivia Night included, or you could look at our school’s Facebook page 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

Pastor Rolly came to share a message about ‘Greatest rebel of all time’ on Wednesday. His focus was on Jesus! Please have a look at this week’s devotion for an overview of what he shared. Next week we begin a new theme of ‘My Story’. Our new theme will give us the opportunity to hear testimonies from different people as they share their faith walk with God. We have a teacher, a co-educator (whom many of you know) and a past student from Good Shepherd.  We would love for you to join us for Wednesday Worship and coffee next week. Same time as usual… 8:50am!   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


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

24th September                    4-7pm Kaps Event

26th September                   1-3pm JP Showcase Dress Rehearsal

27th September                   1.30pm JP Showcase Matinee Show

28th September                   6pm JP Showcase Evening Show

30th Sept- 15th Oct             School Term Holidays

“…You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.”

Deuteronomy 14:2 (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