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

Listening To God’s Voice

Listening To God’s Voice

You are a Christian; a follower of The Way – Jesus. Great. Now what? Jesus isn’t here “in the flesh” to talk to you. God is invisible. From a purely pragmatic perspective, interaction with God isn’t like interaction with other human beings. So how do we have a relationship with Him? How do you hear God’s voice in your life? As Christians in a 21st Century world, it is SO fundamentally important that we are clear on exactly how God does (and doesn’t) speak to us. That’s what we are exploring this Sunday in my message.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Stephen Abraham

Bible Readings: 1 Kings 19:1-3, 1 John 4:1 (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.


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: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Call for a Backup Synod Delegate

We are seeking a backup General Synod Delegate.  The Convention of General Synod 2024 is to be held at Concordia College, Adelaide SA on 4th – 7th October 2024.  We already have a delegate; however, we would like to have a backup should this person be unable to attend.  At this Synod, it is expected the voting on the two practices of ordination will be taken, so it will be an important convention in this respect.

Please pray about if you would like to volunteer. Should you wish to put your name forward (or another person, with their permission) please notify the church office by Tuesday 31st October 2023.

 Call for Members for the Board!

The Board is calling for new members. We have the position of Secretary we are seeking to fill.

Please pray about if you would like to be part of this team. Please note that there will be a selection process in place.

Should you wish to put your name forward (or another person, with their permission) please notify the church office by Tuesday 31st October 2023.

October Support for Lutheran Care

October will be our second last food collection for 2023. It has been a fantastically generous year so thank you for your continuous support.

Requests for October:

  • Sugar
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Baked beans
  • Long life milk
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soup

Accommodation Needed

We are looking for accommodation for our daughter for next year. She is currently a year 10 student at Crossways Lutheran School in Ceduna and will be attending Kildare College next year for year 11.  She was a student at Good Shepherd School before our move to Ceduna and we are looking for a place for her to board that is close to Kildare.  She has her own car and is quite independent. – A mum from Good Shepherd Community.

Please contact the church office on 8263 5087 if you can help.

Spiritual Warfare Resources in the Library

There is a selection of books on SPIRITUAL WARFARE available for borrowing from the library. They are on the spinner which you can see as you enter the room.

Some of the books on display are:

Spiritual Warfare for Every Christian by Dean Sherman

I Give You Authority: Practicing the Authority Jesus Gave Us by Charles H. Kraft

Becoming a Prayer Warrior by Elizabeth Alves

Watchman Prayer by Dutch Sheets

Borrowing is easy, just fill in one of the borrowing slips next to the computer, remembering to include the barcode number from the front of the book.

Carol Gallasch- Librarian

The Last Plant Sale

This is the end of an era. This month will be the last plant sale coordinated by Joan McCarthy to raise money to support the work of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm. We thank Joan for her enthusiasm and dedication in coordinating the plant sales over many years…

The sale will be held on Saturday 21st October from 10am-2pm and on Sunday 22nd October after both services. We hope to see you there on either or both days as you search for plants as bargain prices.

Operation Christmas Child

As of last Sunday, we have 50 Operation Christmas Child boxes returned. Thank you for your very generous response. 

The boxes will be displayed at the front of the church on Sunday and be blessed at both services praying that they will be a blessing to all the young people receiving them as well as their families. If returning your box on Sunday, please add it to the collection out the front of the church. Boxes will be delivered to the designated collection point on Tuesday morning.

Ladies Fellowship

The AGM for Ladies Fellowship will be held on Tuesday 24th October at 1pm

This will be followed by the regular meeting.

We will be having a Bible Study on Advent. Please bring your Bibles.

A trading table will be there. Last one for the year.

Hostesses: Beth Stringer. She will need some help.

Please don’t forget membership and magazine subs are due!

Apologies to Margaret Dohnt please. Phone 0404 052 685

KAPS Years 2-7 – is just around the corner!

It is just over a week away. We are looking forward to some water activities, worship and conversation over a meal, so pop the details in your diaries now.

Rachel and Georgie


Ignite Youth- Water Games and Worship!

Ignite is a youth group for teens in years 7-12. We meet once a month on the last Sunday of each month to have fun, learn about God and delve deeper into his Word.

Join us on Sunday 29th of October to make a splash! Who will be the ultimate Water Warrior?

Please bring a $2 donation, hat, sunscreen, and a spare change of clothes as you will get very wet!

We’ll be having an exhilarating series of challenges where you will compete for victory and the title of the King or Queen of splashing, guided by the esteemed Splash master. We would love to see you there!

Guardians please don’t forget to fill out the consent form when dropping off your child!

4pm – Arrival (Please meet at the church entrance)

4.15pm – Water games

5.30pm – Worship (Combined with KAPS – our youth for kids in years 2-6)

6pm – Dinner (Optional)

Contact Christy (0474486741, caljohn010@gmail.com) to find out more information

Maranatha Health

We’d love to see you face-to-face, to show you our appreciation and celebrate what we’ve achieved together this past year. Please join us for afternoon tea in the garden at Knightsbridge Baptist Church, 4th November 2023 from 2-4pm.

This year, we encourage you to bring a friend along who may be interested in hearing more about Maranatha Health.
Please RSVP to contact@maranathahealth.org with number of guests attending, by 1st November.


Breakfast Co-Host (Part-Time)

Life FM is Adelaide’s Christian Community Radio station. Broadcasting family friendly, positive and uplifting radio.

The station has an exciting part-time opportunity to join the Breakfast announcing team in 2024.

If you are a confident, articulate and experienced public speaker who loves telling stories and being creative, we’d love to hear from you.

You will have:
-Experience in public speaking (preaching, presenting to large groups, podcasting etc)

-Organisation and time management skills including the ability to wake up early and thrive in the mornings.

-Be able to communicate with our audience of young families

-Bring creative ideas and work well in a team to bring the best radio for our dedicated listeners.

Life FM is a Christian value driven organisation – if you genuinely live and breathe our values, you’ll be a perfect fit.

Apply now by submitting your resume and cover letter to

Scott Curtis
Content Director (


Live Christmas Trees

Birdwood Lutheran Church is once again offering live Christmas trees for $50. Trees are either 6 or 7 feet. All money raised goes to supporting school chaplains in Adelaide Hills schools.

Any questions or to place an order contact John Dolling 0409819864 or via email dollingjohn47@gmail.com. Orders are to be placed no later than Sunday 26th November. Trees will be available on Saturday 9th December.

Special Congratulations to Peter and Jim Kraft!!

An article appeared on the channel 7 Adelaide News ‘Ray of Sunshine’ 10th October 2023.

Brothers Peter, Jim and David Kraft have made 1000 blood and plasm donations between them, over 45 years.  They were awarded with special certificates and a cake to celebrate their achievements.  To see the article go to: https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSAdelaide/videos/338293885395400/

Open Door Christian Bookshop Inc has Great news!! 

All praise to God! Thank you for your prayers and your patience for 3 months.

We will now be open from Monday 9th October 2023.

Trading: M-F 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm

We welcome you back to Shop 5, Gawler Arcade, Gawler.

Phone: 85221677

Email: opendoorbook@gmail.com.

Please note – CASH ONLY– until we get our new Eftpos machine.

Community Fete

On Sunday 29th October, Golden Grove Lutheran Community Fete is on again this year. Everyone is welcomed with plenty stalls and activities.


Love Adelaide

Love Adelaide exists to organise and promote the annual Walk for Life, to bring education and community awareness raising on the issues of the value of life – of all people. Through the use of available media resources Love Adelaide will promote awareness of the sanctity of every human life. For more information follow the link: https://www.loveadelaide.org.au/

Mock Interviewers Needed

Want to help our Endeavour College future graduates get career-ready?

Mock interviewers are needed to help provide our Year 10s with firsthand real-world experience.

Event details:

WHEN: Monday 13th November

TIME: 9:00am – 12:30pm

WHERE: Endeavour College

For more information and to register your interest contact Annie Fitridge at annie.fitridge@endeavour.sa.edu.au

Morning tea will be provided.

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

It astounds me that Jesus, who is God and the King of kings, chose to live among us ordinary people and obey the laws of the land. (I’m wondering how many times he thought in his mind, ‘Do you know who you are talking with?’) He honoured his parents, he paid taxes. This week’s GFH resource brings up some talking points around ‘honouring earthly rulers and authorities.’ Have a look at the resource for some ideas to talk over with your family or small group.

School Snippets

We began our term together with Worship on Monday. Pastor Stephen Abraham and his wife gave some insight of where the term ‘Halloween’ comes from (hallow = saint and eve = the night before). His puppet character and Mrs. A talked about ‘All Saints Day’, a festival where Christians remembered people of faith and loved ones who had gone home to be with Jesus. Have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. Our Wednesday Worship continues next week. Love for you to join us! We have also enjoyed other highlights this week. The Junior Primary classes enjoyed their swimming lessons and today (Friday) we dressed up in our loud shirts to raise money for Can: Do4Kids in support of children with hearing loss. This term seems to go very quickly. We look forward to sharing more as we go along. 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!

God bless your week!


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

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.



Diary Dates 2023


21st October             10am-2pm Plant Sale

22nd October            Plant Sale after both services

24th October            Ladies Fellowship AGM

29th October            4-7pm KAPS

29th October            4-6.30pm Ignite

29th October            Food Collection (both services)

29th October            Community Fete- Golden Grove Lutheran Community



“…God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”

Job 37:5 (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