388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
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Growing In Jesus

Growing In Jesus

It is an old adage that life is a journey. Now being on a journey implies that you have some directions on which way to go and some idea of what lies at the end destination. For some the answer to those points are ‘I’ll make my own way thanks’ and ‘My life right now is all I have, and the journey’s end is a plot of ground and a headstone’.

For followers of Jesus, he provides a different response. He tells us that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that waiting at the end of this earthly life’s journey is a place already prepared for each of us with him. By God’s grace he has called us into his kingdom and so growing in Jesus needs to be part of everything that we do. Ultimately it means grasping onto this promise, this hope, and this eternal truth that Jesus is the only way to the Father God.

Like travelling on a journey, growing can have its setbacks. Jesus doesn’t promise that life is all smooth sailing but as we draw closer to him through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be assured that he is always with us each step of the way to that day of glory.

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Fin Klein unpacks these life-changing promises, this new way of living and growing in Jesus and all that it means.

Bible Readings: John 14:1-6, Revelations 21:1-7 (NIV)

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™

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.

Finance update

The following is an update on our finances for Good Shepherd Para Vista to 31st August 2023.

In the budget approved at our Half Yearly meeting in November 2022, we provided for annual offerings and donations of $450,000. To 31st August we planned to have received $262,885.

As of 31st August 2023, our donations were $251,766, a shortfall of $42,234 against our planned budget of $296,000.

The good news is that our offerings have increased in June and July to help bring us back to a balanced budget for the year to date.  The not so good news is that our giving dropped off in August leading to our increased shortfall.  As we have not yet been able to secure a pastor nor employ a planned lay worker our year-to-date expenditure is down on the budget plan.

Thank you to all those who have prayerfully reviewed their giving and increased their commitment.

Dean Bartley (Treasurer)

September Support for Lutheran Care

Our next food collection in support of Lutheran Care will be on Sunday September 24th at both services. Donations can be brought to either service on that Sunday or left at the church office during office hours up to Monday 25th September.

Requests for September are:

  • Baked beans
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Tinned vegetables
  • 2-minute noodles 
  • Biscuits 
  • Cereal
  • Soap

Thank you for your continued fantastic support of our monthly food collections!

Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of Ladies Fellowship will be held on Tuesday 3rd October at 1pm.

We are having a presentation from the CFS Tea Tree Gully. This should commence about 1:30pm following our usual business and devotion.

Please note that you may bring husbands if you wish.

There will be a trading Table – Beth Stringer will help with this.

Afternoon tea Hostesses: Lyn Hancock and Maree Pukallus

Apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

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

Sunday 8th 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.

Churchwide Call to Prayer

Our LCANZ bishops are calling the people of the church to set aside 2023 for a churchwide day of prayer focusing on the unity of the church. This is a significant day as it is just a year from the 2024 Convention of General Synod.

At the in-person sessions of the 2021–23 Convention of General Synod, the General Church Board and College of Bishops were asked to consider possible ways forward in the decades-long ordination debate. The Way Forward project is working to develop a framework whereby the LCANZ could function as one church with two different practices of ordination. It is intended that this proposal will be brought to the 2024 Convention of General Synod, 4–7 October 2024.

Operation Christmas Child

Shoe boxes can be retuned on Sundays and left in the foyer on one of the high tables or delivered to the church office during office hours. All boxes need to be returned no later than Sunday 22nd October as they will be delivered to the distribution Centre on Monday 23rd October.

News from Kenya!!

Our Wycliffe Bible Translators team are in Eastern Kenya this week, helping locals learn how to draft and share Bible stories. We had 30 congregational members yesterday at the first day of a 3-day workshop. They participated very well. Thanks for your prayers.

Ian Hutchinson

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 is ‘God is amazingly generous.’ Have you ever had a ‘double take’ when you received a generous gift that you felt was undeserved? How did you feel about it? I’m wondering if your attention changed from the gift to the gift giver. Have a look at this week’s GFH edition for some things to talk about and perhaps even do as a small group or in your family.

KAPS – 2 Sleeps to go!

Our next KAPS event is just around the corner… 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. Bring your children or your grandchildren! 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.

School Snippets

Ms. Bethany McAleer, our Performing Arts teacher, is busily preparing our Stage 1 and 2 children (Foundation to Year 2 students) for our JP Showcase next week ‘Seussical Kids’. We have many excited children eagerly preparing for their moment up on stage.  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 A printed copy is available in the café area, and I am happy to arrange your own copy if you would like!


One of our school staff members, Mrs. Colalancia, shared part of her faith story at Worship on Wednesday. You will be able to see the video recording by clicking on the link in this week’s devotion. Next week we hear from a past student, who will share part of her faith walk with us.  Please note: Next week we will be having our Worship on Friday 29th September as we like to close our school term in this way. We would love for you to join us for both Worship and coffee next week. Same starting time… 8:50am… Just a different day!   Love to see you!


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


24th September                    4-7pm KAPS Event   

25th September                     Food Collection- both services

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


3rd October                           1pm CFS Talk with Mr. Jim Keatch

5th and 19th October             7.30-9pm Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

7th October                            8.30-4.30pm Power & Authority workshop

8th October                           1pm GS Worship and Prayer walk


“…Peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters, and may God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you love with faithfulness.

Ephesians 6:23 (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