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

Living Under Grace

Living Under Grace

We know what we should and shouldn’t do as Christians, but often we fail. We don’t have the power to make ourselves better, so what do we do? Today we will explore how we might live as God’s people, without letting sin rule our lives on the one hand, and without being legalists and living under the law, on the other hand. The Spirit of God enables us to live under grace. That is his gift to us.

Pastor Steen Olsen

Bible Readings: Romans 6:12-23 (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.

Good Shepherd – Call to Pastor Greg Fowler – Declined

We received a phone call from Greg Fowler and he has declined the call to Good Shepherd.

Greg went on to say that he has a strong emotional tie to us as he was a Vicar here during his study.  He met with groups and individuals a few times in the last few weeks.  Upon prayer, reflection, and discussion he made the hard decision to decline the call.  Greg thanks us for all the time we have invested in the process and believe that we have all grown through our discussions as we seek the Lord’s will.  He adds: God bless you and His ministry at Good Shepherd.

Please keep Greg and the next step for Good Shepherd in your prayers.

Christa Schwarz (Call Committee Chairperson) and Lindsay Freund (Chairperson)

Civil Works at Montague Road Entrance

Beginning Monday 10th July, we have some stormwater repairs being performed at the entrance to our church/school car park on Montague Road. While this work is undertaken, the entrance will be clearly closed to all traffic (using cones and bollards). The exit gate to Hillary Crescent can be used for entry and exit of the car park during this period.

Please use care and travel slowly through the car park while anticipating the possibility of 2-way traffic.

Another Amazing Response

Thank you again for another amazing response for the June food collection supporting the work of Lutheran Care in caring for families struggling in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. There were over 40 bags and boxes crammed full of food that will bring relief to many families as they are distributed during the cold winter months.

Family Support Team


Young Adults

We look forward to seeing all of you in Two Wells for a warm (hopefully) night of staring into the flames. Looking forward to seeing you all then on 1st July. Please RSVP to Christa Schwarz on 0456 182 338



Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 9th July 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.

The Gideons International in Australia

Revised details for BIBLES TO THE WORLD DINNER

Due to numbers above capacity – a second dinner will be held on Tuesday 11 July, from 6.30 pm at Modbury Plaza Hotel.

Speaker: Ian Hutchinson

Bible Blitz participant in Papua New Guinea, along with a team from Australia and Japan, handed out over 40,000 Scriptures in 5 days in October 2022

There will be an offering for Scriptures around the world.

Dinner: $25 per person

Alternate drop of fish or chicken, plus salad or vegetables

Alternate drop of fruit salad or pudding, plus tea or coffee

RSVP Thursday 6 July: Ian Hutchinson (0455 467 898)

Thank you for your understanding!

KAPS- Recap and Save the Date! Saturday 29th July

We had a great afternoon on Sunday. It was all about service! We heard from guests representing ALWS, Maranatha Health and Stamps for Missions and spent time cleaning and sorting stamps, creating cards, and playing games that made us think!  Julie from ALWS shared a meaningful message during worship and then we shared a meal together.

Our next KAPS event will be held on the Saturday after Week One of next term. It will be a little different. We will begin with worship at 6pm, followed by dinner.  The movie begins at 7pm. For those who are keen, you are invited to an optional sleepover! (Please contact Rachel if you are planning to stay over.) See the flyer for details.  Love to see you!

Rachel and Georgie

Karaoke Night

Date: Saturday, 5th August at 7:30

In support of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm

Cost: $10 Students $5 Primary age children free. Tickets on sale from July 9th after services

Night of fun music + wine auction +games + raffle

A great night to share with friends or as a fellowship group activity.



Retreat 2023

Captivating Women’s retreat 2023- There is still time to register for the women’s retreat being held at Yankalilla 3rd August – 6th August.  Kylie Woithe has managed to secure a group booking, so the cost of the retreat is only $250, but you need to register via Kylie by 7th July.  Contact Kylie for more information, the church office or visit the website https://www.thegoalislife.com/en/product/captivating/

The Men’s retreat is being held 24th-27th August. https://www.thegoalislife.com/en/product/made-for-more/

Salisbury Lutheran Women’s Fellowship

We warmly invite you to the METRO NORTH ZONE FELLOWSHIP DAY

Date: 17th August 2023 at 10.00 am

Arrival time: 9.30 am for morning cuppa and sign in.

Venue: 10 Waterloo Corner Road SALISBURY

(Please park on Waterloo Corner Roadside of the church)

Bring your own lunch. Wear name badge.

Soup, tea, and coffee provided.

Guest speakers:

  • Mark Underwood – Pastoral Care Worker at Lake Windermere School
  • Sandy Davis – Lutheran Care
  • Jeanette Mann – Blueprint Ministries

Theme: “Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”

Psalm 145:4

RSVP: 1st August 2023

Margaret Sallis on 0439 781 333 or Email: salromar3@gmail.com

Community Family Support News

Step Up to Communion

Young people aged around 10 years, together with their parents/ caregivers, are invited to take part in our Step-Up program to prepare for Holy Communion. Taking the approach that parents/ carers are the primary faith developers in their children, Step Up is designed to support parents/carers in preparing their child for Holy Communion.

This course will be offered during the next school term over 4 consecutive Friday nights (11th, 18th, 25th August, and 1st September) with a Sunday communion service to follow.  If you are interested, please contact Georgie here by Friday 4th August. Look forward to hearing from you.

Growing Faith at Home

Today’s GFH title is ‘Welcoming Others’. I’m sure that you have appreciated times in your life where you have been welcomed by someone. It can have a powerful and lasting impact. This week’s resource gives to some suggestions to talk over with your family or small group…  What does it mean to welcome someone? Share a time when you needed some help, and someone was kind to you. How could you, personally, make someone feel welcome on Sunday… or any day for that matter?

 School Snippets

It’s been a big term at Good Shepherd! Our community is a special one. Throughout much change, our core values of Love, Optimism and Creativity have been unwavering. Our focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus is still central to who we are and informs our decision-making on a daily basis. Evie Stevens will be taking a time of scheduled Long Service Leave for the first five weeks of Term Three. We pray that her time away from school routine is a time for some well-deserved relaxation and refreshment.

Please have a read of our newsletter for more details of what we’ve been up to using this link: https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Of course, printed copies are available in the café area and Georgie is happy to arrange a copy for you if you would like.

Chapel Invitation

We concluded our term with Chapel this morning. The Stage 4 Lunch time Drama group presented a summary of some of the highlights from the intriguing bible stories we covered throughout the term. Have a look at this week’s devotion for reflection!

Our next School Worship opportunity will be on the first day back for Term Three (Monday 24th July) at 8:50am. As always you are most welcome to attend. (Please note: This will take the place of Wednesday Chapel that week. Our regular Wednesday gatherings will recommence the following week on 2nd August.) Love to see you!



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


1st July                                   4pm Young Adults- Bonfire and BBQ

4th July                                   12pm Ladies Fellowship lunch

9th July                                   1-4pm Friendship and fun afternoon (in the church hall)

11th July                                 The Gideons International in Australia- Bibles to the World Dinner

10th – 13th July                     JC Life camp at Barmera for Years 4-7

10th – 14th July                      Metro CLW Camp at Pt Hughes for years 7-12

29th July                                Saturday- 6pm KAPS Movie Night and Optional Sleepover



5th August                             7:30 Karaoke Night

13th August                          Country Drive to Barossa

17th August                          10.00am Metro North Zone Fellowship Day



“…And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.”


2 Corinthians 9:14 (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 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