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

Life As Community

Life As Community

When we consider all the material and digital distractions of this 21st century world that we live in, many are asking the question ‘have we lost our sense of community?’ It seems like there is even a lack of willingness to make the effort to connect with others; instead, we replace that idea with something else rather than looking for new ways to be engaged with each other in any meaningful sense. Many find that this purposeful journey into a solitary lifestyle is not healthy for body or soul.

The Christian approach to community is in stark contrast to this modern worldview. Our Triune God is the perfect completion of being community. Even at the dawn of creation, Father, Son, and Spirit worked together to bring all things into being. As we draw near to God the immediate response should be that we also draw closer to each other. Why is this important? Because doing life as community is in the very essence and nature of God. As you grow in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit the love of Jesus is made manifest in you and into the lives of those around you.

May we all hold each other up and encourage one another in this.

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Fin Klein shares more on these themes of Christian community.

Bible Readings: Hebrews 10: 19-25 (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)

Community Lunch

The Meet 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, hot dogs and a list of fillings including sauerkraut, beetroot relish, mustard and on course tomato sauce. For a 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)

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

Sunday8th 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.

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!

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.

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

For the second week in a row, the title of this week’s GFH resource might be easier said than done. ‘God calls us to show mercy and not judge others.’ You’ve heard the expression: ‘Don’t be so quick to judge’.  We aren’t always in a position where we know someone’s back story that might contribute to them behaving in a certain way. Sometimes their actions impact others, they may impact us, and it can be hard not to judge or retaliate… God calls us to show mercy… That can be a big ask, but it has the power to change lives! Can you think of a time that, instead of judging you, someone showed you mercy?  Here are some conversation starters to try out in your family: Have you ever felt judged by somebody? How did you feel? Why should we be careful about judging others?  God bless your conversations and the week ahead!

KAPS – Save the date Sunday 24th September!!

Our next KAPS event is coming soon… 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. 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. God bless you! Georgie

School Snippets

Last Thursday afternoon/ evening the Foundation students came back to school for their ‘Tea and Teddy’ event. They enjoyed pizzas, stories, a ‘bear hunt’, singing and games. Have a look at the school’s Facebook page for some photos. As mentioned last week, our Good Shepherd staff (school, OSHC and church) attended the 1st Aid training day. Have a look at our church Facebook page for a glimpse at the gathering. 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!

Wednesday Worship

One of our teachers, Mrs. Hart, 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 another staff member, (Mrs. Colalancia, who many of you might know) as she shares part of her faith walk with us.  We would love for you to join us for Wednesday Worship and coffee next week. Same time as usual… 8:50am!   Love to see you soon!


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



16th September                     6pm Blueprint Ministries Young Adults Event

17th September                     12-3pm Community Lunch

21st September                     7.30-9pm Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

24th September                    4-7pm KAPS Event

25th September                     Food Collection

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



“…Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.!”

Philippians 2:1-2 (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