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

Jesus’ Witnesses to The World

Jesus’ Witnesses to The World

Hope. With all of the change, pressures, and challenges we face in life we are all in need of hope. Thankfully Jesus offers us and the whole world hope. With Australia becoming more multicultural – 30% born overseas, 50% have a parent born overseas – there are many from all over the world looking for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Thankfully the Holy Spirit is with us to empower and guide us to be Jesus’ witnesses. Witnesses to the hope of Jesus Christ.

Messages of Hope continues to reach out to millions of people in Australia and New Zealand on more than a thousand radio stations including 1079 Life, SEN, FlowFM, and many other commercial and community radio stations. People are being inspired with this hope on Messages of Hope social media too. There are videos, podcasts, and booklets and much more available for you and people you care about at messagesofhope.org.au.

Pastor Richard Fox

Bible Readings: Acts 1: 1-8 (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.

GSPV Finance Update

The following is an update on our finances for GSPV to 31st July 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 July we planned to have received $262,885.

As of 31st July 2023, our donations were $226,564, a shortfall of $35,000, against our planned budget.

Our overspend to 31st July 2023 is now only $2,010.

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. 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 of those people who have prayerfully reviewed their giving and increased their commitment.

Dean Bartley (Treasurer)

Pastoral Care Ministry News

The pastoral care ministry is undergoing a change.  Sue Schenscher and Kathy Liebig have taken on the role of leading and coordinating this ministry.  We are looking to expand the role of pastoral care throughout our community.  Equipping, training, and mentoring will be explored.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please come and chat with us.  For any pastoral care needs please contact the front office on 8263 5087 or email pastoralcare@paravista.org.au

August Food Collection

Our next food collection will be on Sunday, 27th August at both services.

Requests for this month are:

2 Minute noodles
Tinned tuna
Tinned fruit
Tinned spaghetti
Baked Beans
Muesli Bars
Roll ups

Thank you for the fantastic ongoing support for the work of Lutheran Care

Family Hub

KAPS -This Sunday 27th August from 4pm in the church!  

Time to get creative! Our next KAPS event is just around the corner… Just 2 sleeps to go. We are getting creative! Years 2 to 7 students and a parent/carer are most welcome to join us for activities, worship, and a meal. (Just wear old clothes and /or BYO art smock for the activities!) Grandparents… a great opportunity to bring your grandchild along and spend time with them! Love to see you!

Tina and Georgie



Young Adults

The next Young Adults event is just around the corner. On 2nd September we are having a movie night, hosted by the Zanker’s. Arrival from 4:30pm. There will be a dinner of burgers and pizza provided from 5:30pm. BYO drinks, and nibbles for the movie, but popcorn will be provided. Following the movie, we will have a small discussion about a few parts of it.


Level 2 Training

Have you completed level 1 and need to complete Level 2?

There is an opportunity to attend a Level 2 workshop at Elizabeth Lutheran church on Saturday 2nd September.

Register online or contact Tina Pfeiffer.









Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of Ladies Fellowship is on Tuesday 5th September at 1 pm

We will be looking at Fathers in the Bible and then sharing about our own fathers.

Please bring your Bible.

Afternoon tea hostesses: – Rosemary Wheeldon and Faye Jolly

Trading Table is being offered, with Dorothy Buscumb in charge.

Apologies to Di Schlenk please ph. 0409 820 448.

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 10th September 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 Lunch

The Meat and Eat Team invites you to a lunch on Sunday 17th September after the 10.30am service, in the church hall.

For over 7 years Pathway, our Baptist friend up the road, has been supplying tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of food so we can feed our guests on Monday nights.

We would like to raise some money and donate all of it to Pathway to help pay for its ever-present transport and electricity costs.

On the menu we have a number of soups with various breads, hot dogs and a list of fillings including sauerkraut, beetroot relish, mustard and on course tomato sauce. For a gold coin or note donation.

We’d love to see y’all there to have a good feed and to support our friends who do so much for us.

Peter Weckert (Meet & Eat Team)

Wine Glasses- Free Takeaway!!

Looking to sip some wine? We have got some old wine glasses available to give away. Please feel free to grab a few from the silver servery located in the church hall.

Thank You!!

Thank you for your continued support of Lutheran Care Family Zone through Drakes Community Dollars. Raised in last 6 months – $680 – the most ever!

Kerry McGrath, Manager at Family Zone, sent the following:

The money will continue to support the programs we deliver at Family Zone this term, including Dad’s Matter, Being with Baby, Men’s Support Hub, Neurodiversity Support Group, Child Development Creches, Conversational English Class and our new program -Cooking from the Heart.

The money allows us to provide food to families to ensure they are in the best place to learn – with bellies full, allowing them to concentrate. It also provides food fresh fruit for the children and families attending our playgroups. Any spare money will be used to provide morning teas/lunches to our Volunteers – whom without, our doors would struggle to stay open.

If you shop at a Drakes Supermarket, please scan your “Drakes Tag” or “myDrakes App” each time you shop (before you pay) as from little things big things grow!
With humble thanks.

Family Zone

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

School Snippets

One of the highlights of the week was this morning’s (Friday) Book Week parade! Creativity was on full display as children coordinated their costumes with their favourite book! It was lovely to see all the smiling faces… Wednesday Worship was another highlight. Mrs Claudia Deanshaw introduced our new theme G.O.A.T (that is ‘Greatest of all time’). We began with ‘The greatest human of all time- Jesus’. Have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. You are most welcome to come along next week for Part 2! Join us for Worship, followed by fellowship over a cuppa. We would love to see you! You are also welcome to click on this link to find out what’s happening at school via our newsletter: htps://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Of course, a printed copy is available in the café area, and I am happy to arrange your own copy if you would like!

Growing Faith at Home

Who is Jesus?’… How would you answer this question? A good man? A teacher? Saviour? People have been mulling over this one for centuries. Jesus’ disciples, who walked and talked with him on a daily basis, were challenged with this same question. Then Jesus asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 Have a look at this week’s GFH resource for some ideas to discuss with your friends and family. How would you respond if Jesus asked you, “Who do you say that I am?”

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.




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


27th August                           4-7pm KAPS

27th August                           LC Food Collection


1st September                        Step-up to HC course

2nd September                      Young Adults Event

2nd September                      Level 2 Safe Church Training

3rd September                       Father’s Day

5th September                      Ladies Fellowship Meeting

7th & 21st September            Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

10th September                     10.30am Step- up Service

10th September                     1-4pm Fun and Friendship Afternoon

17th September                     12-3pm Community Lunch

“…He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”- Revelation 22:20 (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