388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
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How To Respond to A Changing World

How To Respond to A Changing World

In a world where everything is changing very rapidly, how do we react as Children of God?

How does our congregation adapt, change so that we can still reach people with God’s Grace?

We are told to be in the world but not of the world.  What does that mean?

Have you ever stopped to really consider how this is reflected in your life?

Pastor Matt Thiele will unwrap this for us this Sunday.

Read: John 17: 11-18 in preparation for this message.

Pastor Matt Thiele

Bible Readings: John 17:11-18 (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.

AGM Round Up

The Annual General Meeting for Good Shepherd Para Vista was held on Sunday the 28th of May.

The following were discussed during the meeting:

  • Both Robyn Oatey and Christa Schwarz presented reports on the National Synod and District Synods (respectfully) and what was discussed at each.
  • The Review for Corporate worship was submitted to the congregations and accepted that we will continue with two Sunday morning services.
  • It was noted that due to the recent decline of call from Richard Fox that Greg Fowler has now been called, as per the motion passed from the last call meeting.
  • A special thanks was given to David Wilksch and his contribution to the GSPV community over the last decade. We wish David well and pray every blessing in his new district role.
  • An update was provided on the progress that the community has made towards our goals outlined in our church safe plan after the review and action plan was recently implemented. Thank you to everyone that has participated in training thus far and embraced the inclusive culture that we are striving to create.

Gods Blessings,

GSPV Board

KAPS (Kids and Parents) Event

Our next KAPS event is coming up on 25th June. We will be having a ‘Service’ theme. Bring your children or your grandchildren… Get to know new friends!  Pop it in your diaries now. More information to follow! -Rachel and Georgie



Thank you for continued support!

Once again, your support for the food collection for Lutheran Care has been fantastic. Food donated in our May collection has already been distributed to families in need.

Request for this month is:


Pasta Sauce





Dishwashing liquid

Family Support Team

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 11th June 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 Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Now something for grandparents! Many grandparents pray for their grandchildren. They long for them to share their faith and experience the security and comfort that comes with doing life with Jesus. Did you know that you can play an important role nurturing your grandchild’s faith through your relationship with them? This GFH ‘Equipping Sheet’ offers ideas to try out with those you love (whether you live next door or in the next state). Cooking, sharing stories, talking or texting on the phone as well as praying for them are just some of the examples. Have a look at the resource, or you may like to pick up a printed copy in the Café area. I’d love to hear how you go with this!

 School Snippets

It has been a big week for us. On Wednesday we farewelled a visionary, faith filled man from our school community. Mr David Wilksch has held the role of Principal since April 2012. During this time, the school has grown in size- both number of students attending and shape, with a number of major building projects completed in this time. While David worked in partnership with the board and other leadership staff, his passion for student learning and community are part of his legacy. We give thanks for his dedication and service, for the many ways that he has invested in the lives of children and their families at Good Shepherd. You may like to read this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared in the Chapel message. Our new school leadership staff (Brett, Evie, Therese and Claudia) were installed into their new positions. Have a look at this week’s newsletter, which includes at ‘Farewell Video’ using this link https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest  Unfortunately, we are experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment, so we are unable to provide a printed copy for this week’s school newsletter. (This issue is being looked at and will be addressed as soon as possible.)

Chapel Invitation

As always, you are most welcome to join us for Chapel next Wednesday at 8:50am where we will be continuing our theme of intriguing stories from the bible. Why not stay around afterwards for a coffee and chat and get to know more people in our Good Shepherd Community.

JC Life Kids Camp

Do you like camping and sharing time with other people who like to have fun? Here’s an idea for the school holidays!  Junior Christian Life (JC Life) is a four-day, three-night, camp for young people in Years 4-6 to meet others and grow in their relationship with God. Significant sponsorship is offered to first time campers by the LLL. Only $20 admin fee!  (If this is not your first camp, talk to Georgie as there is a smaller sponsorship available.) The camp will be at Camp Kedron, Barmera. There will be a bus heading out from Adelaide. For more information either chat with or contact Georgie here, or check out the camp section on the blueprint ministries website at: www.blueprintministries.org.au/camps/jc-life

Alternately, you might like to head straight to JC Life for registration.


Leanne Stahl’s Solo Art Exhibition

From 10th- 25th June, I am having a solo art exhibition of around 20 paintings at a community gallery in Tranmere, (Brookside Cellars Community Arts Centre, 17 Moore Street, Tranmere) to which you are all welcome.

The gallery is open Thursday 10am – 3pm, and Weekends 12-4pm.

It is on the theme of ‘Flourishing’ in this season and in my art style.

I will also be there each Sat and Sun afternoon “sitting the exhibition” and happy to share about my artwork.

I would love to see you there.

Leanne Stahl

New and Renewing Leader -Full time position, Gawler Lutheran Church

Gawler Lutheran Church (GLC) is in the process of establishing a school-based church within Immanuel Lutheran School, Gawler called “New Life Church”. They are seeking a leader for this new and renewing church venture. This is a new and exciting position, working in conjunction with Gawler Lutheran Schools (inclusive of Zion preschool and Immanuel School) and New Life Church under Gawler Lutheran Church. The leader will work in a supportive team with the various volunteers of different teams in the congregation as well as a supportive staff environment at school and GLC.

For more information, a position description and application details head to the following website: https://www.sant.lca.org.au/about-us/job-opportunities/ or contact Pastor Anthony Price at: anthony.price@lca.org.au; Ph: 0410983269.

Applications close Friday 23 June.



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 along with 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


10th-25th June                      Leanne Stahl’s Solo Art Exhibition

11th June                              1-4pm Friendship and Fun

12th June                              Public Holiday

25th June                              4-7pm KAPS

25th June                              Lutheran Care food collection



1st July                                  Young Adults

4th July                                 12pm Ladies Fellowship lunch

10th – 13th July                    JC Life camp at Barmera for Years 4-7

10th – 14th July                     Metro CLW camp at Pt Hughes for years 7-12

16th July                               1-4pm Friendship and Fun, Country Drive to Barossa



“…The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”

John 15:19 (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 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