388 Montague Rd Para Vista SA 5093 Australia
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Power And Authority – Adventurous Discipleship

Power And Authority – Adventurous Discipleship

Jesus sent his 12 disciples out with His authority to preach the good news, heal the sick and drive out demons. He then sent out another 72 of his disciples with that same authority and instructions.  What does it look like to be a modern-day disciple with that same authority?

Bible Readings: Luke 10:1-20 (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.

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 8th October 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!

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.

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


Community Family Support News

KAPS – Save the date 29th October!!

Have you put it in your diary yet?  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

Equipping Resources

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.’ How have you been going with the resources I shared last week? The ‘Encouraging faith at home’, ‘Sharing your faith with your children’ and ‘Reading the Bible’ resources are still available for you use.

Here are some more!

Grandparents, did you know how important you are to the faith development of your grandchildren? Have a look at the resource for some ideas to use with your loved ones, whether they are down the street or across the country! Another resource is entitled ‘Encouraging families to pray’. Prayer is a conversation with the One who loves us most and knows us best. Have a look at the resource for some starting suggestions. There is also an ‘Encouraging acts of service’ resource for you. I know that many people from our community are putting together some gift boxes as part of the Operation Christmas Child program. That is just one way we can serve others. There are opportunities all around us. From in our homes, our church, the people down our streets… everywhere!   Enjoy the many opportunities we have to nurture faith at home, and/or in your small group, and/ or with the people you love!



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


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                      1-4pm Friendship and Fun

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



“…Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 18-20 (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