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

Only What’s Done for Christ Will Last

Only What’s Done for Christ Will Last

Only what’s done for Christ will last.

In 2018, the Christian band Casting Crowns released their song, Only Jesus, which included these lines:

“Make it count, leave a mark, Build a name for yourself.

Dream your dreams, Chase your heart, Above all else.

But all the kingdoms built, All the trophies won,

Will crumble into dust when it’s said and done.

Jesus is the only name to remember.”

If we are to leave any kind of legacy behind, it will not be because we have followed the patterns of the world.

It will be because the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, has graced us with faith and helped us in turn to reveal Jesus Christ, his life and love, to others.

Rev. Christopher McAleer

Bible Readings: Matthew 16:24-27; Matthew 11: 28-30 (NIV)

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.

Final food collection for 2023

The final food collection for 2023 to support the work of Lutheran Care will be held on Sunday 26th November. Donations can be brought to either service on that day or left in the church office during office hours. Thank you for your continuing very generous support throughout 2023.

This month’s requests are different from the normal requests. At Christmas time Lutheran Care aims to bring some joy to families in need by supplying Christmas hampers. The bigger more expensive items are either donated or purchased. The request this month is for items that will add joy especially for the children.

This month’s requests are:

  • Chocolates 
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Chips/pretzels
  • Lollies
  • Mince pies

Our collections will recommence in February 2024.

Ladies Fellowship Lunch

A reminder to all who have booked for the Ladies Fellowship lunch!

When: 5th December

Time: 12 noon for 12:30pm start

Where: At the church café.

Please bring an item/s for donation to Foodbank SA. Please ensure a use-by date later than March 2024.


The latest edition of the Tidings is available for reading.

If you would like a copy to read, please email Di Schlenk pdschlenk@internode.on.net

Operation Christmas Child

All shoe boxes collected around Australia have been sent to distribution centres in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney ready to be sent overseas. 18,124 boxes have been donated this year so there will be many happy children and families this Christmas.

Thank you again for your support and generosity!

Support for the Family Hub

The BBQ last Sunday raised $273. This will be forwarded to the Family Hub to help support their many programmes. Thank you to those who supported this fundraiser.

Carols Night Play Participation

We have an exciting opportunity coming up here at Good Shepherd! Chris Jaensch is looking for children who might like to join him up the front for some singing/acting at the Community Carols evening being held on Saturday 9th December, starting at 7pm. If this interests you, or would like more information, please contact Chris or via email here or the Church office on 8263 5087.


Para Vista Community Carols

Saturday 9th December at 7pm

Have you reserved a seat yet for the biggest family event of the year?

In less than 3 weeks we will be offering an evening of entertainment, performances from a live band and talented local artists, as well as children’s participation and community singing.

Electronic bookings can be made HERE or use the QR code provided.

This is a FREE event which is sponsored by the City of Salisbury.

So, book now, spread the word, and join us for an evening filled with joy and community spirit at the Para Vista Community Carols!

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 10th December 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!

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.

Time Out Devotion Book

If you require a daily devotional book for 2024 let the front office know via email churchenquiries@paravista.org.au  or 08 8263 5087 as soon as possible. Price of $30.00 pickup from the front office will need to be paid for in advance to be received for the beginning of January 2024. The theme for 2024 is ‘In God’s Promises’ and is compiled of a selection of short meditations for each day of the year, from Australian writers, including pastors, pastors’ wives, lay-workers and other faith-filled servants of the church.

The writer’s thoughts are life-related, and then connect you back to the promises of Jesus. Included is the bible reading for the day, their featured verse, a faith-talk question, and a prayer. Perfect for individuals, families, or groups.

May you be blessed as you live each day in Gods promises.

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

How did you go with last week’s questions? I’d love to hear how your conversations went.  Here are some more. Try these with your friends and family.  The first question links with what we will be hearing about in our service on Sunday!

KAPS – Years 2-7 Remember… younger siblings’ welcome!

Our last KAPS event for this year is this Sunday 26th November, from 4pm to7pm. (Please note extended time) We will be celebrating Christmas in November with activities, worship and a meal, so pop it in your diaries now! Ignite (for young people in Years 7-12) is on at the same time. If you have older siblings or friends, please let them know! Bring your children and your grandchildren! The more… the merrier! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Rachel and Georgie


School Snippets

Yesterday (Thursday) we welcomed 66 excited preschoolers (and their families) to school for the first of their transition days in Foundation. Children got to explore, build, play, listen to stories and munch on snacks in the Foundation classrooms, while their parents/ carers gathered in the hall to learn about Good Shepherd, our culture and things to look forward to. It is always wonderful to witness the children’s joy and enthusiasm. Some take a little while to warm up (nothing to do with the weather), but by the end, there were plenty of smiles and excited chatter! This week we also bid farewell to Mrs. King, who leaves us for hopefully a little rest before she and her husband welcome their first child in a few weeks. For more of what we’ve been up to, please click on this link for the school newsletter: https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Of course, a printed copy is available in the café area, and I am happy to arrange your own copy if you would like!

Wednesday Worship

We concluded our current Christmas theme on Wednesday with Pastor Rolly sharing a message about Simeon and Anna recognizing the promised Messiah as Jesus was brought to the temple. Please have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. Next week we look forward to a special Blessing service for our Curiosity friends, as the Blue and Orange team ‘graduate’ from the ELC. We have a lot to give thanks for!

God bless your week!



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

Office News

Morning Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee are available after Sunday services, and you are most welcome to come and enjoy!!

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


26th November                         4-7pm KAPS and Ignite

26th November                         Last Food Collection for 2023- both services


2nd December                          Young Adults Social Event

3rd December                           Advent

7th December                           7.30-9pm Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

9th December                           7pm Para Vista Community Carols

10th December                         1-4pm Congregational Activity

13th December-30th January     School Holidays





“…Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”


Psalm 100:4-5 (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