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

Life In the Spirit

Life In the Spirit

For many of us Christians, living as a child of God is a depressing struggle as we try to become better disciples of Jesus. We mostly feel ashamed and guilty when we take our “spiritual temperature”. Is this what God wants for us?

Pr. Steen Oslen

Bible Readings: Romans 8: 1-11 (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.

Update From The Call Committee

The Call Committee has met with Assistant Bishop Stephen Schultz and from this we developed a list of 13 names.  We received profiles for all these and combed through the information.  A short list of six names was compiled and these pastors were contacted. Conversations between three of the pastors and members of the call team are set for the coming week as three are not available for us to call.  Our hope is that this will lead to a call meeting in the near future.  Please keep this team and calling process in all your prayers.

Advance Notice for Easter Services

Maundy Thursday Service– 7.30pm with Holy Communion.

Good Friday Service– 8.45am and 10.30am

Easter Sunday service– 8.45am and 10.30am with holy Communion at both services.

Maundy Thursday- Helpers needed!!

Two to three helpers are needed for Maundy Thursday during the service to bless people. For more details contact Merv or Georgie.

March Food Collection

After a fantastic start last month of supporting Lutheran Care through our food collections our next collection is on Sunday March the 26th at both services. Donations can be left in the church office up to Friday March 24th.

Requirements for March are:

  • Tea/coffee
  • Sugar
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cereals
  • Dishwashing detergent

    KAPS Event (2 sleeps to go!)

    We are celebrating Easter at KAPS. We will be having an interactive worship where the participants, that’s you guys, will be acting out certain parts of the Easter story in little groups you’ve practiced in. It will be an awesome afternoon with some other Easter activities available. Just a reminder, we are opening up our youth event for year 2-7 with parents/caregivers/grandparents needing to be there too. If you have any questions, feel free to contact myself (Rachel 0475582289) or Georgie. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Join us at the Fair!

Endeavour College is hosting a Community Fair and you’re invited!

Sunday, 26 March

12:00pm until 8:00pm on college grounds

This year we’re turning 25 as a college and choosing to celebrate this milestone birthday in style.

We will have entertainment, rides, food and much, much more.

College Tours will also be provided during the event. Please register your interest through our College Website

Come, make a day of it and bring the whole family! We’ll see you at the Fair.

Young Adults

Come prepared to our next Young Adults Social Event held on 1st April 2023. Wine and Cheese will be consumed, and a little Easter Surprise is also being organised. Contact Ben (0411 311 381) for additional information and dietary requirements.

Christa Schwarz

Ladies Fellowship

The April meeting for Ladies Fellowship will be an EASTER QUIZ, so brush up on your Easter knowledge.

Date: 4th April

Time: 1pm

Hostesses: Ragna Gaard – Milla Nitschke

We will continue our Strong Women of the Bible Studies so please bring your Bible.

There will be a trading table.

Apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

Musicians Wanted

Seeking people interested in being involved in the church’s music ministry i.e., playing in the bands. We are particularly looking for drummers, guitarists, and keyboard players. Interested people can contact Merv Thiele, Michael Gower, or the church office on 82635087.

Karaoke is Back!

In 2020, we held a very successful Karaoke Night at Para Vista which raised over $2500 for the Family Hub at Ingle Farm.

Karaoke is back in 2023. It will be held on Saturday August 5th. Cost of tickets is $10.

This could become an activity for your Fellowship Group or a group of your friends.

Include it in your calendar!!

Family Support Coordinator News, From Georgie

School Snippets

One of the highlights for this week was Chapel on Wednesday, where all the Foundation students were presented with their very own bible, a gift from our Good Shepherd Community (church and school).  Mrs Evie Stevens shared a short message about God’s Word- The Bible. (Have a look at this week’s devotion for her reflection.)  It was a day of celebration. Many students remember receiving their bible in Foundation and an array of students shared their favourite bible verses/stories.  I enjoyed chatting with some Foundation children the following day, asking them about what they read on Wednesday night. (What story did you look at last night?) Here are some of their responses: ‘When God made the world.’ ‘When Jesus was a baby.’ ‘Jesus and the crippled man.’ ‘The lion one.’ (Daniel in the Lion’s den.) When the boy gave the fish to Jesus and then everyone had food. (The boy with loaves and fishes.)  Some were more general… ‘I looked at all the pictures in the book.’ ‘I saw a map’. Some were just eager to share that they already had bibles… ‘I have 8’. ‘I read from my other bible’. It is wonderful to hear children listening to, or reading for themselves, stories about God and his love for them and others. As mentioned before, a day of celebration!

For more of what we’ve been up to have a look at this week’s GSPV School Newsletter via this link: https://bit.ly/3M1I0UP

Chapel Invitation

Next week we begin our 3-week Easter focus called ‘Breaking News’. We will begin with Jesus’ arrest and trial.  You are most welcome to join us at 8:50am… Stay for some coffee and connection as we enjoy life together as Good Shepherd Community!

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

This week’s GFH resource is entitled ‘Jesus is the resurrection and the life’. It contains some thought-provoking conversation starters. Talking about death can be confronting, but sharing the hope that we have in Jesus and his victory over death is more than comforting, it is the central to our faith!  Why not have a look and chat with your family and the people you connect with? For this week’s Lenten activity, you can create a stained glass cross. Something to put on your window! (See attachment provided.) Have a wonderful week everyone!


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

Office Closure

The office will remain closed on Good Friday, the 7th of April 2023.

Morning Tea and Coffee

Unfortunately, the coffee machine is unserviceable. At the moment we are investigating coffee machine options. In the meantime, you are most welcome to come and enjoy the free percolated and instant coffee along with tea.

Connect Cards

Please fill in a connect card as you walk in the church as it is the only way we can connect with you!

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 Name Badge is $12. If you would like to order one, contact the church office on 82635087 or send an email to: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Diary Dates 2023

26th March- Food Collection Lutheran Care

26th March- 4pm-6.30pm KAPS Event

26th March- 12pm-8pm Join us at the Fair at Endeavour College

26th March- 3pm Agape Music Collective

1st April- 5pm Wine and Cheese Night for Young Adults

4th April- 1pm Ladies Fellowship Meeting

7th April- Office Closed (Good Friday)

5th August- Karaoke


“…Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.”

Mathew 7:21



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