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

Making Songs for Saints

Making Songs for Saints

Making Songs for Saints is Robin and Dorothy Mann’s theme for Sunday. They’ve made songs for over 50 years with tunes to sing, words to understand, the story of faith to believe. Join us on Sunday to hear Robin and Dorothy bear witness to how God is using them to place a song on the hearts of others.

Bible Readings: Psalm 98, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (GNT)

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.

Daylight Savings

A reminder that we “spring forward into Spring” and wind our clocks forward, so see you all one hour earlier this Sunday.

Ladies Fellowship

The next meeting of Ladies Fellowship will be held on Tuesday 3rd October at 1pm.

We are having a presentation from the CFS Tea Tree Gully. This should commence about 1:30pm following our usual business and devotion.

Please note that you may bring husbands if you wish.

There will be a trading Table – Beth Stringer will help with this.

Afternoon tea Hostesses: Lyn Hancock and Maree Pukallus

Apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

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

Sunday 8th 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.

Endeavour College Open Day

Register now for the last Open Day of the year.

Tours are student-led.

Thursday 19th October (Week 1, Term 4)

9am – 11am

For further event information and registration, please visit our college website.

Come and see how we foster the independent learner.

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

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.

September food collection

Thanks once again for your continued generous support of our monthly food collections to support the work of Lutheran Care as they care for families in the northern suburbs of Adelaide!

In Case You Didn’t Hear!!

A word of thanks to you all who supported the Meet & Eat lunch to raise funds for Pathway, our Baptist Benefactor.

The lunch raised $855.80 and that together with donations from our guests at Meet & Eat and The Team a total $1130 was given to Pathway to allay transport costs.

Working Together Serving Jesus.

Peter Weckert

Stamps for Mission raises $500,000

If you have donated a used stamp, promoted the Stamps for Mission program among your church community and encouraged others to be involved, we are delighted to inform you that, through your contribution, we have now raised $500,000 for God’s mission among our overseas partner churches! We are so grateful to God for you and his provision of finances through the donation of your used stamps and we thank God for the enthusiastic and joyful voluntary service of the National Project Director Peter Nitschke and Andrew Cecil. To find out more about Stamps for Mission please click on this link.​​​​​​​

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.

Churchwide Call to Prayer

Our LCANZ bishops are calling the people of the church to set aside 2023 for a churchwide day of prayer focusing on the unity of the church. This is a significant day as it is just a year from the 2024 Convention of General Synod.

At the in-person sessions of the 2021–23 Convention of General Synod, the General Church Board and College of Bishops were asked to consider possible ways forward in the decades-long ordination debate. The Way Forward project is working to develop a framework whereby the LCANZ could function as one church with two different practices of ordination. It is intended that this proposal will be brought to the 2024 Convention of General Synod, 4–7 October 2024. Please play this video message from LCANZ Bishop Paul Smith which introduces you to the important decision General Synod will make in October 2024, and calls our entire church to pray here: Call to Prayer, 8 October 2023 on Vimeo


 Kenya Report

Thank you, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, for your prayers for my time in Kenya during September. Here I am at Kikumini village, helping locals how to prepare an Oral Bible Story using a storyboard – a series of pictures – to help them memorise the actions for a story. They loved to get up and practice telling the story in their own language.  Then they went around the village, sharing the story with their neighbours – rather courageous!  It was wonderful to see the Gospel going out! – Ian Hutchinson


Community Family Support News

Equipping Resources

As we are on the cusp of our school holiday break, I thought I’d share something a little different. Grow Ministries provide a range of resources that encourage faith at home. Sometimes people feel a little reluctant to engage in conversations that involve faith, preferring to leave that kind of thing to the ‘experts.’ Here are three resources to help! The ‘Encouraging faith at home’ resource outlines the four keys that underpin Grow resources: Caring Conversations, Devotions, Service and Rituals/ Traditions. There is a ‘Sharing your faith with your children’ resource with ideas to try out. If you would like a copy of the Talk Time cards, I’m happy to share them with you. The last resource gives you some ideas to help you explore the bible with your family. The break from school routine is an ideal time to nurture your faith at home!

School Snippets

We are excited to announce that Evie Stevens will be serving as our new Principal, beginning in 2024.  Evie has developed extensive experience across ELC, Junior Primary, Senior Primary and Middle College years in teaching and learning as well as curriculum leadership positions, which will provide a holistic approach to the strategic oversight for our community. As an existing member of the Senior Leadership Team, Evie understands Good Shepherd’s culture and practices to ensure our core values of Love, Optimism and Creativity are upheld and cherished by everyone in our community. Evie’s faith in God is her foundation. We have a lot to look forward to in 2024!

There was a lot of fun, colour and excitement in our Junior Primary classes this week as they presented their Showcase ‘Seussical Kids’, directed by Bethany McAleer, whom many of you know. It was wonderful to see the children come together and shine on stage! 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: GSPV News – Term 3 Week 10 (naavi.com)

KAPS – Save the date 29th October!!

We had a lot of fun on Sunday! An afternoon of looking for clues, inside and out! We enjoyed the beautiful weather and finished the afternoon with worship and a meal. Our next KAPS event will be after the school holidays. We are looking forward to some water activities so save the date! Hoping to see you then.

Rachel and Georgie


We had our final worship for the term this morning. Tara Williams shared some of her faith story.  It is encouraging to hear people of varying ages share how God walks with them through the good times and the challenges too! Have a look at the devotion for a link to the interviews we have heard over the last few weeks. Our next School Worship gathering will be on Monday 16th October beginning at our regular time of 8:50am. We would love for you to join us! – Georgie


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

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


30th Sept- 15th Oct               School Term Holidays


3rd October                     1pm CFS Talk with Mr Jim Keatch

5th and 19th October         7.30-9pm Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

7th October                      8.30am-4.30pm Power & Authority workshop

8th October                      1pm GS Worship and Prayer walk

21st October                     10am-2pm Plant Sale

22nd October                    Plant Sale after both services

29th October                    4-7pm KAPS

31st October                     Ladies Fellowship AGM


“…For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.”

Psalm 32:7 (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