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

Identity and Restoration

Identity and Restoration

My Identity is in Christ, however, sometimes I still struggle with my brokenness and how I perceive myself. How can I reconcile that, is there hope for more freedom in this life?

Michael Mavromatis

Bible Readings: John 17:20-23, Luke 4:18-19, John 10:10 (NIV)


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.

Super Plant Sale

This year there will be 2 plant sales to support the work of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm.

The first sale will be held on:

  • Saturday 6th May in the front car park from 10am-2pm
  • Sunday 7th May in the church hall after both services from 9.30am-12.30pm

There will be a wide variety of plants to decorate your home inside and out, available at fantastic prices. The proceeds will be going to great cause. Only cash sales. We look forward to seeing you browsing and buying on the 6th or 7th or even on both dates.

Family Hub Support Team

Volunteers Appreciation Supper

All our amazing and dedicated volunteers are invited to Good Shepherd’s   Volunteer Appreciation Supper

Friday 12th May 2023 @ 7pm

in the Church Hall

Please respond to Belinda by 9/5/23 at churchadmin@paravista.org.au or 8263 5087

BYO wine glass 😊

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 21st May 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.

KAPS (Kids and Parents) Event

We had a great time getting together for KAPS on Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed plenty of fun and games, worship, and a sausage sizzle for tea!  Our next gathering will be on the 28th May so please save the date! More information to follow.

Rachel and Georgie

Where Are the Collections Bowls?

The collection bowls have moved… just a little bit.

They are now located next to the two main doors as you exit the church (auditorium). See photos. You are welcome to pop your free-will offering and/or connect cards in them at these new locations!












Great Response to Support for Lutheran Care

The response to our April food collection was amazing. There were 61 bags full of groceries collected on Tuesday. This is the most ever given in any 1 month. The driver who collected our donations said they have come at a very opportune time as the shelves at Lutheran Care were looking very bare.

We pray that Lutheran Care can continue supporting families in need in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

The title for this week’s Growing Faith at Home resource is ‘Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life’. We were reminded again only a few weeks ago at Easter of God’s great love for us through Jesus’ sacrifice and how he opened the way back to God for us.  Have a look at this week’s GFH resource for some questions to ponder and some ideas to try out with your friends and family.

Take comfort throughout the coming week resting in the knowledge that we do have a reliable and trustworthy Good Shepherd, who is always looking out for us and who provides everything we need!

 School Snippets

It is lovely to be together again after a break from school routine. Students, staff and families reconnecting, sharing stories and gearing up for a wonderful term of learning a growth.

Our principal, David Wilksch, shared that he has accepted a new position of Principal Growth Director with Lutheran Education SA, NT, WA which begins at the start of next term. Evie Stevens and Brett Humphrys will assume roles of Acting Co-principals during the transition period. I encourage you to read the school newsletter for more information about what is happening in our school community. You can click on this link: https://bit.ly/3NBgLAX or pick up a hard copy from the stand in the café area. I am happy to help you out if you would like your own copy.

Chapel Invitation

You are most welcome to join us next Wednesday morning at 8:50am for Chapel. There are many intriguing stories in the bible… Pastor Rolly will be joining us as we explore the account of a talking donkey! Love to see you for Wednesday Worship and Coffee afterwards!

God bless your week.



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


6th May                                  10-2pm Plant Stall

7th May                                  9.30-12.30pm Plant Stall

12th May                               7pm Volunteer’s Supper

13th May                               Blueprint ministries Young Adults event (dinner & mini golf)

19th – 21st May                    School Men & Minors camp

20th – 21st May                     Synod

21st May                                1-4pm Friendship and Fun (Date changed due to Mother’s Day)

28th May                               12pm AGM

28th May                               4-7pm KAPS


3rd June                                 Young Adults Event

“…Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”

1 Peter 2:10 (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