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Reformation Sunday – Amazing Grace

Reformation Sunday – Amazing Grace

For a few years in the 1960s my football coach was Jack Oatey. “Keep your eye on the ball!” he said (yelled) over and over again. “No matter who or what is coming at you, remember the objective – to get the ball.”

History has shown that as individuals and as churches it is easy to lose focus. The Bible is full of examples of that. And we know how easy it is for us to allow the many issues we face to distract us from God’s offer of grace to the world through Jesus. Today, as many Christians celebrate The Reformation, I believe God is reminding us again to “fix our eyes on Jesus” and to follow his example of sacrificial love and service.

Pastor Robert Voigt

Bible Readings: Romans 3:22-24, Romans 3:28 (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.

Coming Soon!!

A big surprise is coming to join the Good Shepherd Community, which will surely delight and bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

So please stay tuned…….

October Support for Lutheran Care

October will be our second last food collection for 2023. It has been a fantastically generous year so thank you for your continuous support.

Requests for October:

  • Sugar
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Baked beans
  • Long life milk
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soup

Accommodation Needed

We are looking for accommodation for our daughter for next year. She is currently a year 10 student at Crossways Lutheran School in Ceduna and will be attending Kildare College next year for year 11.  She was a student at Good Shepherd School before our move to Ceduna and we are looking for a place for her to board that is close to Kildare.  She has her own car and is quite independent. – A mum from Good Shepherd Community.

Please contact the church office on 8263 5087 if you can help.

Annual Fete

On Saturday 28th October, Hope Valley Lutheran Retirement Village is having an annual fete between 9-2.30pm at 1215 Grand Junction Road. Everyone is Welcome to join in!!

KAPS Years 2-7 – Two Sleeps to Go!

Is just around the corner. We are looking forward to some water activities, worship and conversation over a meal, so pop it in your diary. I think we are in for more than just a splash of fun! Hoping to see you on Sunday.

Rachel and Georgie


Ignite Youth- Water Games and Worship!

Ignite is a youth group for teens in years 7-12. We meet once a month on the last Sunday of each month to have fun, learn about God and delve deeper into his Word.

Join us on Sunday 29th October to make a splash! Who will be the ultimate Water Warrior?

Please bring a $2 donation, hat, sunscreen, and a spare change of clothes as you will get very wet!

We’ll be having an exhilarating series of challenges where you will compete for victory and the title of the King or Queen of splashing, guided by the esteemed Splash master. We would love to see you there!

Guardians please don’t forget to fill out the consent form when dropping off your child!

4pm – Arrival (Please meet at the church entrance)

4.15pm – Water games

5.30pm – Worship (Combined with KAPS – our youth for kids in years 2-6)

6pm – Dinner (Optional)

Contact Christy (0474486741, caljohn010@gmail.com) to find out more information

Community Fete

On Sunday 29th October, Golden Grove Lutheran Community Fete is on again this year. Everyone is welcomed with plenty stalls and activities.


Maranatha Health

We’d love to see you face-to-face, to show you our appreciation and celebrate what we’ve achieved together this past year. Please join us for afternoon tea in the garden at Knightsbridge Baptist Church, 4th November 2023 from 2-4pm.

This year, we encourage you to bring a friend along who may be interested in hearing more about Maranatha Health.
Please RSVP to contact@maranathahealth.org with number of guests attending, by 1st November.


Good Shepherd Country Drive

Come along for a family outing, anyone with a classic car bring it along.

Have lunch and join in and play some games, but most of all have some great fellowship.

Venue: Lyndoch Park

Date: Sunday 12th November

Time: 12.15pm (at the park)

BYO Lunch, drinks & games + tables & chairs

Operation Christmas Child

On Tuesday the Operation Christmas Boxes were delivered to the collection centre at Modbury. The generosity of the members of Good Shepherd has again been very obvious. 122 boxes were donated which is an outstanding effort considering the depressed state of the economy.

Hopefully these boxes and the gifts enclosed will bring joy to the recipients and families and that the message of the great news of the gospel will bring even greater joy!!

Breakfast Co-Host (Part-Time)

Life FM is Adelaide’s Christian Community Radio station. Broadcasting family friendly, positive and uplifting radio.

The station has an exciting part-time opportunity to join the Breakfast announcing team in 2024.

If you are a confident, articulate and experienced public speaker who loves telling stories and being creative, we’d love to hear from you.

You will have:
-Experience in public speaking (preaching, presenting to large groups, podcasting etc)

-Organisation and time management skills including the ability to wake up early and thrive in the mornings.

-Be able to communicate with our audience of young families

-Bring creative ideas and work well in a team to bring the best radio for our dedicated listeners.

Life FM is a Christian value driven organisation – if you genuinely live and breathe our values, you’ll be a perfect fit.

Apply now by submitting your resume and cover letter to

Scott Curtis
Content Director (


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.

Love Adelaide

Love Adelaide exists to organise and promote the annual Walk for Life, to bring education and community awareness raising on the issues of the value of life – of all people. Through the use of available media resources Love Adelaide will promote awareness of the sanctity of every human life. For more information follow the link: https://www.loveadelaide.org.au/


Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

October 31st is a special day on our church calendar. We celebrate the Reformation! What’s that you may ask? It is linked back to just over 500 years ago, when Martin Luther posted 95 statements on the church door (which was a bit like a bulletin board back in the day). It caused quite a reaction! From his study of God’s Word, he discovered that our salvation (through Jesus dying and rising again in payment for our sin) is God’s gift of grace to us, that we receive through faith… It isn’t something that we can earn through good works. That takes so much pressure off us. We don’t have to earn his approval and love… This week’s GFH resource gives you some ideas to discuss with your families and small groups. Happy Reformation Day everyone!

School Snippets

On Thursday night our Year 2 students enjoyed a pizza tea together before spending the night in tents which were set up in the school gym. This is part of a progressive camping experience for our young people. Camping overnight in a familiar environment is a great ‘stepping- stone’ in children’s development before they enjoy camping experiences away from the school when they reach Year 3. Today (Friday) is World Teachers’ Day. We acknowledge and celebrate all the love, care and dedication that our wonderful teachers and staff members invest in our students and families. We are truly blessed here at Good Shepherd. If you get to see any of our staff (or you might know of other teachers or school staff members working in other schools) you might like to check in with them and see how they are going. 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

Eve (Youth worker from Endeavour) joined us for Worship on Wednesday. She reminded us about what we can do with our worries and anxieties… ‘When in a fix… Philippians 4:6!’ Please read this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. Next week we begin our four-week Christmas theme. We would love for you to join us as we walk together as a Good Shepherd community towards Christmas. Usual starting time of 8:50am… Hope to see you there!



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 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


28th October                    9am-2.30pm Annual Fete- Hope Valley Retirement Village

29th October                    4-7pm KAPS

29th October                    4-6.30pm Ignite

29th October                    Food Collection (both services)

29th October                    11am-3pm Community Fete- Golden Grove Lutheran Community


2nd & 16th November         7.30-9pm Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

4th November                   Maranatha Health Afternoon Tea

12th November                  Country Drive

19th November                 Half- yearly AGM

26th November                 4-7pm KAPS and Ignite

26th November                 Last Food Collection for 2023 (both services)

“…May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

2 Corinthians 13:14 (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