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



Grace is a free gift of God and means you are beloved, whether you deserve it or not. In Grace the focus is on Jesus. Join Pastor Matt Thiele via video as he explores what it means to be ‘beloved’ as he opens up 1 John.

Bible Reading for this Week: 1 John 2:7

Please also read: 1 John 3:2, 1 John 2:21, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:11

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.

August Support for Lutheran Care

Thank you for your support of Lutheran Care as they continue to assist needy families in these difficult times.

Request for August:

2- minute noodles
Tinned spaghetti
Baked beans
Tinned fruit
Sweet biscuits
Dishwashing liquid

Collection will be on Sunday August 29th at both services. Donations can also be left at the church office during office hours.

Family Support Coordinator News, from Georgie

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family

We live in a fast-paced world. We rush from one commitment to the next and the weeks fly by. And we can get tired and even run down. This week’s GFH talks about rest. Here are some of the Caring Conversation starters: Share a place you like to rest best. Explain why resting is good. Why does God want us to set apart time for him? How do you do that? God desires for us to rest and spend time with him… resting, recharging, connecting with us as we connect with him. Sharing time so our relationship can be enriched.  Check out the GFH resource for some more ideas to try out with those you connect with!


School Snippets

One of the highlights from this week was the return of our annual Connected Schools worship and connection event. Year4 -7 students from across our Connected Schools group- Good Shepherd, Golden Grove Lutheran, St Paul Lutheran and Endeavour College came together for worship and in fellowship to celebrate our unity and partnership. It was an absolute joy to see students and staff brimming with excitement to connect and reconnect. Another highlight was sharing in the excitement over at our ELC Thursday morning. Our Curiosity friends were the South Australian winners of the National ‘ Little Scientist’ competition, in recognition of their exploration and inquiry into ‘air’. It was also lovely to be able to chat over tea and coffee (before and after Chapel) on Wednesday. We were blessed to have a school volunteer serving behind the counter. Why not join us for Chapel and a coffee! If this is an area you might like to help with, please see Georgie. She is keen to hear from people who like sharing coffees and conversations! For more of what we have been up to, please check out our Week Four Newsletter by following this link: https://bit.ly/3K4rFeG If you would like a paper copy of the school newsletter pick one up from the stand in the Café area. Alternatively, just ask Georgie and she is happy to organise one for you!

Chapel Invitation

What are you up to at 10 to 9 (8:50am) on a Wednesday morning? We would love for you to join us for Chapel. This week we concluded our theme of ‘Doors’, and the choices we get to make. Have a look at this week’s devotion in the Weekly News for a reflection on the choices that Jesus had to make in order to keep on track to save us from our sin. Next week we begin a new theme of ‘God @ the Movies’. You are most welcome to attend!

Face masks will be required for parents and visitors. To enter, please come in via the courtyard (not the Montague Road main entrance). Seating for non-school staff adults will be in the church hall (as the church auditorium will be full of children!)

KAPS Youth Event

Parents, grandparents… are you looking for an opportunity for young people to connect and get to know each other? One of the aims for this KAPS (Kids And Parents Socialising) event is to provide an opportunity for children and parents to connect with each other from our community (church and school). Grandparents are welcome too! Join us for bingo and games to test your teamwork. Plus, we are having a live band for Worship While the first part of the afternoon is for students/ parents in Years 4-7, the Worship and dinner is open to all family members. When? August 28th, 4-6:30pm.  Where? Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (enter via the main door facing Montague Road.) For more details you can check out the flier below (there are paper copies in the café area), contact Rachel on 0475 582 289 or see Georgie. *** If you don’t have a child or grandchild in this age range you are more than welcome to join us for worship and dinner from 5:30pm! The more the merrier!


Metro North Zone Ladies Rally

A big thank you to all Ladies Fellowship members, the Executive, office staff, band, and Julie and Lindsay Freund for all your help at yesterday’s Metro North Zone Ladies Rally. It was a huge effort by everyone. Home- made Biscuits are available for $2 after the service.

Ladies’ Fellowship

Next Ladies’ Fellowship meeting is on 6th September at 1pm. The topic for the day is: Fathers – Bring a favorite photo or memory of your father. Hostesses: Beth Stringer, Janice Viant. Please bring something for the trading table. Seminary student Jacob will be leading a study. BYO Bible. Please do not come if unwell. Mask optional but preferable. Apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448.

Office News

Church Security

A small change has been made to the lock up procedure for all those rostered on to church lockup. Request the AV room doors are to be locked when securing the premises from now on. 

If you have been issued with a church key and code, you will be rostered on at least once per year for Sunday lock up unless you have notified the office that you are unable to do lockup. Please check the hospitality roster when it is released and if not available, please swap with another key holder or notify staff. A lock up roster is available to the end of the year in stewards’ information area for reference.

Congregational Contacts

Due to the turnover of office staff and running from an older version of outlook in recent years we have discovered a few discrepancies in the email contact lists. We are working to resolve this and ask for patience as we do so. As a result, you may discover that you are not receiving the weekly news reminder or emails you require for your rostered positions. Please email churchenquiries@paravista.org.au or contact the office if you find you are not receiving information you require. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Morning Tea and Coffee

For health and welfare of our members and guests we have decided to revert to the COVID-safe serving of morning tea. If you are rostered for serving, please serve the milk and sugar to guests. This should assist in preventing the spread of COVID or influenza. We will monitor this and return to self-serve as soon as we believe it to be safe.

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:2


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!

In observing Christ’s command to love one another, we are to treat each other with respect and dignity. In honouring 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