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Pentecost – Moving in The Opposite Spirit

Pentecost – Moving in The Opposite Spirit

A friend emailed this quote to me recently: “There are so many ways to move forward, but only one to stand still.”

Sinful selfishness will have us standing still, full of hurt and bitterness, wondering why others aren’t more accommodating of us.

The fruit of the Spirit shows us many ways to advance and live free. You can move forward with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Paul also shows us more inventive ways through which we can soar: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all this put-on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:12-15)

This is the work of Holy Spirit in us. We ask him to apply the freedom Jesus won for us on the cross and in his resurrection. And the result? Instead of standing still, we move forward and help others advance with us.

Pastor Peter Steicke

Bible Readings: Galatians 5: 16-26 (NRSV)

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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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please mark your dairies for the upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on 28th May 2023 at 12pm.

Pentecost This Sunday

We invite you to wear something red, orange, or yellow as we celebrate the birthday of the church.

May Food Collection for Lutheran Care

Our food collection for May will be on Sunday May 28th at both services. Donations can also be left in the church office.

Requests for this month are:

Long life milk
Pasta sauce
Tinned soup
Tinned vegetables

Thank you again for your wonderful support in April. It was amazing!

KAPS (Kids and Parents) Event – 2 Sleeps to Go!

What are you up to this Sunday May 28? Feel like going on a treasure hunt? We would love for you to join us for some fun, worship, and a meal afterwards from 4pm. Students from Years 2 to 7 are welcome. (A parent/grandparent/ caregiver must be present.) Hope to see you soon!

Rachel and Georgie



Young Adults

On Saturday, 3rd June join us at 5.00pm for an Escape room adventure at Escaplex. For more details follow the Young Adults Facebook page.



Ladies Fellowship

Congregation members are invited to the next meeting of the Ladies Fellowship on 6th June.

Special Guest speakers
Triss and Paul Roberts from the Queen Adelaide Society.

Regular meeting commences at 1pm.
Please note there will NOT be a Bible Study at this meeting.

Hostesses: Sue Renfrey She will need some help!

Trading Table will be offered. Please bring something.
Beth Stringer coordinating the trading table.

Apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

Leanne Stahl’s Solo Art Exhibition

From 10th- 25th June, I am having a solo art exhibition of around 20 paintings at a community gallery in Tranmere, (Brookside Cellars Community Arts Centre, 17 Moore Street, Tranmere) to which you are all welcome.

The gallery is open Thursday 10am – 3pm, and Weekends 12-4pm.

It is on the theme of ‘Flourishing’ in this season and in my art style.

I will also be there each Sat and Sun afternoon “sitting the exhibition” and happy to share about my artwork.

I would love to see you there.

Leanne Stahl

Successful Plant Sale

Despite the inclement weather the plant sale held on the weekend of May 6th & 7th was very successful. This raised $660 for the Family Hub at Ingle Farm. They were very excited and grateful to receive the money. This will enable them to upgrade their outside play area and make it much more attractive and exciting for the children and families that use the centre. This sort of activity does not happen without the support of many volunteers. Thank you to Joan McCarthy for organising the event, the Support Team for all their work, volunteers who assisted setting up and, on the Saturday, and Sunday and those who helped return plants after a trailer suddenly became unavailable. 

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

This coming Sunday we get to celebrate Pentecost. Some call it the birthday of the church, when the Holy Spirit came in quite an amazing way, equipping and empowering people to share God’s love with others. Have a look at this week’s Growing Faith at Home resource for some questions and ideas to try out with your family and friends!

 School Snippets

One of the definite highlights experienced by our school families was the Men ‘n’ Minors camp held last weekend. The longstanding goals of:

  • Dads and kids enjoying quantity and quality time together.
  • Dad’s meeting and connecting with other school dads and forming friendships.
  • Dads connecting with the school in a real and tangible way.
  • Children experiencing a weekend of physical and problem-solving activities.

Remain just as relevant today as they were when Men ‘n’ Minors began at Good Shepherd in 2013.

Meaningful connections and strengthening relationships build community! Fun and adventure was had by all. David mentioned that the most frequently asked question that he has received since sharing the news of his departure from Good Shepherd has been, ‘What will happen with Men n Minors when you leave?’ He shared that it is his hope and intention to continue to make the site available for this wonderful camping experience. What a blessing! We hope to share some images of this event soon!

Here is the link to our school’s newsletter ‘Wings’:  https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Alternately, you might like to pick up a printed copy in the Church Café area. (Georgie is happy to organise a printed school newsletter for you if you would like.)

In addition to the newsletter, you might be interested in having a look at the school’s Annual report. (It includes areas like Spiritual Development, Professional Engagement/ Learning, Strategic Directions, Teaching and Learning.)  Please click on this link to access the report: https://newsletters.naavi.com/i/bJd9vaM

Chapel Invitation

As always, you are more than welcome to come along and join us for Chapel on Wednesdays from 8:50am… Love to see you soon!




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 along with 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


28th May                               12pm AGM

28th May                               4-7pm KAPS


3rd June                                 5pm Young Adults Event

6th June                                  1pm Ladies Fellowship

11th June                              1-4pm Friendship and Fun

10th-25th June                      Solo Art Exhibition

12th June                              Public Holiday

25th June                              4-7pm KAPS


1st July                                  Young Adults

9th July                                 1-4pm Friendship and Fun in the church hall

10th July – 14th July          Metro CLW at Port Hughes




“…On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.”

Acts 2 (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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388 Montague Road Para Vista SA 5093 |   Phone: 8263 5087 | PO Box 306 Modbury North SA 5092