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

God said, “Ask for Whatever you Want.”

God said, “Ask for Whatever you Want.”

If you could ask God for anything you wanted – what would you ask for?

Would it be pleasing to God?

Solomon was given this option and he asked for ‘wisdom’, but what is wisdom?

Bishop Stephen Schulz unpacks what this meant for Solomon and what it means for us today.

Is God’s offer still open to us?

Michael Gower

Bible Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-10

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.

Notice of Call Meeting 24th July 12pm

A congregational call meeting will be held on 24th July 2022 at 12pm.

This meeting is to call our new Pastor and will be held with Bishop David Altus assisting.  I encourage you to attend and be part of this very important decision.  If you have not received a copy containing information about the three Pastors, the call committee have recommended or have any questions in relation to this meeting please contact the church office. If you wish to attend remotely, please contact the church office for zoom connection details.

Note: There will be an Attendance list on the Sound desk for the next two weeks if anyone needs to put in an apology for this meeting.

Operation Christmas Child

Are you thinking about how you might be able to share God’s love with children beyond our borders? Here is an opportunity! Packing a shoebox with gifts and prayer is something you could do as an individual, a family, or a small group. There are brochures available with more information in the church office… just pop in to see Helen or Tina. Alternatively, you could contact Lynette Beck on 0407 354404 for more details.

Family Support Coordinator News, from Georgie

Save the Date! KAPS Kids and Parents Youth Event July 31st!

We had a great time as we gathered last month. The theme of the afternoon/ evening was ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. We had a game of ‘Get to know You’ Bingo and a Scavenger hunt. Along the way we decorated biscuits, wrote notes of encouragement, bounced table tennis balls ‘gently’ into cups and ‘faithfully’ guided friends through a task blind folded (amongst other things)! We spent some time in Worship and ended the evening chatting with others while we enjoyed a sausage sizzle.  Our next gathering is July 31st from 4pm. (First Sunday after Week One of Term Three.) So…save the date! Look forward to seeing you then!

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

This week’s GFH resource is entitled ‘Sitting at Jesus’ Feet’. Imagine that. Sitting, listening, asking questions…gaining wisdom…Ask your family, friends, and small group members, ‘When and how do you set aside time to listen to Jesus?’

Check out the Creative Response for a way you might like to invest in this area.  You may like to consider using the S.O.A.P acronym, shared a number of years ago, as you delve into God’s Word. S (Scripture) O (Observation) A (Application) and P (Prayer). Why not have a go and share your reflections with your family, friends, or small group?

Family Zone News

Through the Drake key tag initiative, the Family Zone has received $623 this year which goes to support their many programmes. To participate you simply show your key tag to the operator before they start processing your goods and a percentage is donated to the Family Zone. Tags are available from the church cafe.

Some of the programmes our support helps fund:

Being with baby: a focus on the well-being of the mother.

Dads matter: providing a safe place for dads to work through concerns and challenges of being a dad.

ASD Support Group: works with whole family. Parents connect and learn from each other.

Communication English: this teaches how to navigate a doctor visit from booking the appointment, to filling out forms to the actual consultation. This is run by Julie Freund.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Angaston Celebrates their 60th Anniversary!

You are warmly invited to celebrate the school’s 60th Anniversary.

Sunday 31 July 2022

10.30am Church service in the hub

12 noon Shared lunch – bring food to share

1pm school tours

RSVP 29th July ph 85642396.

Office News

Blank Spaces – Copies Available

Reid Matthias’s new book, “ Blank Spaces” is available for purchase through the church office. The cost is $20.

Financial Assistance – Arsha

A huge thank you to all who have donated to assist Arsha Noroozi in his quest for permanent residency in Australia. Only another $545.80 is required to meet the goal of $1800.00 that had been set.  Donations to support Arsha can still be done in the following ways:

Electronic Funds Transfer

BSB: 704 942
Acct: 100713424
Acct Name: Para Vista Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Operating
Reference: ARSHA

Cash donation: Place in an envelope marked with ARSHA (We have Mission Vision Ministry Support envelopes available in the office or the ushers’ desks) either handed into the office or placed on a collection bowl after service.

Caretaking Volunteers Required

Good Shepherd School has been chosen by SA Health to be a COVID-19 vaccination hub to help eligible people get vaccinated.  Caretaking (or security) volunteers are sought to be present in the church cafe on the following dates:

  • Friday 29 July 12.00pm to 5.00pm & Saturday 30 July 10.00am to 4.00pm

An hour or two of time is all that is required. Please contact the office or Stephen with your availability.

Office Hours/Staffing

Mon:  Closed

Tues:  Open 9.00am to 3pm. Closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm. Stephen and Helen on site.

Wed:  Open 9.00am to 3pm. Closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm. Stephen on site.

Thurs:  Open 9.00am to 3pm. Closed for lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm. Stephen and Tina on site.

Fri:  Office closed Rachel working remotely

Georgie is onsite at the school Tuesday to Friday.
Staff have a meeting Thursday from 9.30 to 10.30am.

Weekly news items are to be sent to churchenquiries@paravista.org.au or rachel.koopmans@paravista.org.au by Wednesday evening.  Out of hours please leave a message on the answering system or email the office and staff will responded as soon as they are able.


“You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

James 4:2-3

We are a Covid-Safe Church

Please consider the health and safety of others and do not attend the church if you are feeling unwell. We continue to practice good hygiene and respect the discretion of individuals to wear/not wear a mask. Thank you!

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-Thurs 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