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

Dealing with Hecklers

Dealing with Hecklers

Mark 1:21-28 “Dealing with hecklers: How to respond to people who react negatively to your Christian witness and lifestyle.”

Do people sometimes have a go at you for your faith in Jesus?  In today’s Gospel we see Jesus responding to a demonic heckler with authority and grace.  There are lessons from this for us too.  It’s helpful to think a little more deeply about what is going on at a spiritual level when people criticize you or put you down for following Jesus.  Try to understand what’s prompting the heckling.  Often it comes from a fear of being exposed and/or judged.  Rather than destroying him (as he feared), Jesus spoke words of liberation and healing over the man with the unclean spirit.  We too need to be people of grace and healing, of acceptance and compassion.  Sadly, too many Christians have a reputation for being judgmental and rejecting.  St Paul in Romans 12 has come helpful advice for us when facing opposition: “Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.”

Pastor Richard Haar

Bible Readings: Mark 1:21-28 (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

A reminder that the office will remain closed on 26th January 2024 (Friday) due to Australia Day.

Come and Grab!!

Free – tea and coffee are available after Sunday services, and you are most welcome to come and enjoy!!

Reminder! Two Services for February

A reminder that we are going back to two services commencing on 4th Feb 2024. Service times will be 8.45am and 10.30am.

On 4th February, at the 10.30am service, we will be installing our new principal Mrs. Evie Stevens and new staff members who have joined our Good Shepherd school community. A time to bless our school family and everyone who will be commencing or continuing their education in 2024.

Thursday Night Craft Group

Craft group is recommencing!

When: Thursday 1st February 2024

Time: 7:30pm to 9pm

Where: Church Café

BYO Craft/Activities you would like to do!!

Ladies Fellowship

A warm welcome to all ladies to join the 2024 Ladies Fellowship lunch.

Date: 6th February

Time: 12 noon onwards

Please BYO lunch

There will be a trading table!!

We will be sharing our tales from 2023.

Please send apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

Easter Service Planning

If you would like to be involved in planning Worship services at Easter, we would love to hear from you!

You may have gifts in writing scripts, acting in a drama, selecting videos, visual art displays, playing or singing in a band … whatever you feel led to contribute.

If you feel this is your calling, please write “Easter Service Planning” on a Connect Card, or contact either Merv Thiele, Sharon Tarca or the church office.

Ordination Way Forward

  • The circle indicates the unity we have in Christ. We are contained in his grace. We are in this journey together, not because we agree with each other, but because God has adopted every one of us into his family.
  • We recognise that this path is painful. The colour palette is sage. Sage is an ancient symbol of healing.
  • The end of the pathway is not defined. We do not know exactly where it will lead us, but by faith we know that God is already there ahead of us, leading us towards his light.
  • The two figures represent the different views on ordination we hold in the LCANZ. Both figures have shades of light and dark; we are at once saint and sinner. Whatever view we hold about ordination, we are each a broken person and a redeemed person.
  • Together we carry the cross of Christ on this journey. Together we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, our only hope, the joy of our salvation.

Renew Camp

RENEW is a camp for young adults and those who have just finished high school to gather together for a weekend to connect with God and others. Join us to be “renewed” through worship, electives, activities, fellowship, and late-night chats.

A special 50% discount will be offered for those in Year 12 in 2023 to attend their first RENEW. Contact admin@blueprintministries.org.au for more information.

If you require financial assistance to attend camp, please contact the Blueprint Ministries Team: admin@blueprintministries.org.au or 08 8267 5211.

Registrations close by 29th January 2024, 12pm

Regular Electronic Giving (REG)

If you can’t get to church, you can still contribute to God’s work in the world by setting up a direct debit via Regular Electronic Giving (REG).

  • REG is a convenient, safe and confidential way of giving a regular offering to your congregation.
  • Your REG offering can come from your bank, credit union or LLL account.
  • You can set up REG to coincide with your regular income (e.g. salary, pension, dividends) or budget: weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or even half-yearly.
  • REG keeps things confidential. Your congregation doesn’t receive any information regarding your identity or the amount of your offering.

How REG benefits Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

  • Provides a regular income flow, making budgeting easier.
  • Can increase giving through the convenience of direct debits.
  • Safer because there is less cash to handle and bank each week.

Brochures, including request forms, are available from the church office, or from the Café.

Community Family Support News

School Snippets

Welcome to 2024! A year of love, optimism and creativity!

Preparations have been underway for the school break as we look forward to what the year will bring. Some of our classrooms have been refreshed, we welcomed new staff and this week all staff returned for a time of connection, focusing on God and getting ready for our children and families.

Students return on Wednesday next week with our newest friends, the Foundation students, joining us the following week. We begin our year with Opening Worship at 9am on Wednesday 31st January and, of course, you are most welcome to attend (and join us for a coffee afterwards!)

Looking forward to being led by our faithful Good Shepherd as we embark on an exciting new year together as a community.


Office News

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


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


Diary Dates 2024


26th January     Public Holiday

31st January      8.30-10am Opening School Worship


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


24th May          7pm Volunteer’s Supper 😊



“…A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

Proverbs 17:22 (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