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

See, Your King Comes to You…To Be for You!

See, Your King Comes to You…To Be for You!

See your King comes to you…to be for you. But who cares? Who even wants a king these days. Our ideal leader has moved away from someone who commands and directs and rules. We want someone who collaborates and co-creates with us. Anyone and everyone can lead…can’t they? Maybe. The desire to have control over our own lives is nothing new (that started way back with Adam and Eve). So where does God fit into this? What kind of King is Jesus and is he a welcome presence in our lives?

Pr. Stephen Schultz

Bible Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10 and Matthew 21:1-11 (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.

Call Meeting Update

This is to inform you all, a call meeting to be held on 16th April 2022 at 12pm.

This meeting is to call our new Pastor and will be held with Bishop David Altus or representative assisting. I encourage you to attend and be part of this very important decision.

Please find attached information about the two Pastors we are recommending as suitable for Good Shepherd here:

If you have any questions, please either ask a call committee member or send an email to church churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Praying that God will give us direction as we discern His will for us,

Christa Schwarz | Good Shepherd Call Committee Chair

Advance Notice for Easter Services

Maundy Thursday Service– 7.30pm with Holy Communion.

Good Friday Service– 8.45am and 10.30am

Easter Sunday service– 8.45am and 10.30am with holy Communion at both services.

Maundy Thursday- Helpers needed!!

Two to three helpers are needed for Maundy Thursday during the service to bless people. For more details contact Merv or Georgie.

Hot Cross Buns!

In keeping with tradition here at Good Shepherd, we would like to enjoy hot cross buns after Good Friday service. Please bring some to share:

buttered, unbuttered, fruitless or choc chip- any way you enjoy them!

Young Adults

Come prepared to our next Young Adults Social Event held on 1st April 2023. Wine and Cheese will be consumed, and a little Easter Surprise is also being organised. Contact Ben (0411 311 381) for additional information and dietary requirements.

Christa Schwarz

Ladies Fellowship

The April meeting for Ladies Fellowship will be an EASTER QUIZ, so brush up on your Easter knowledge.

Date: 4th April

Time: 1pm

Hostesses: Ragna Gaard – Milla Nitschke

We will continue our Strong Women of the Bible Studies so please bring your Bible.

There will be a trading table.

Apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

Friendship and Fun

On Easter Sunday 9th April 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.

Hope’s Ministry Afternoon Tea

When: 30th April, 2:30pm- 4pm

Where: St Bart’s Church Norwood

Use of Facility Reminder

It is wonderful that our church is more than just a building! It is filled with people using their gifts and talents, serving God and each other as we seek to connect with those in our community and outside it too… not just on a Sunday, but every day!

Just a friendly reminder that after your group has used the facility, to please return things (furniture etc.) to the place where you found them. We have had a few situations where this hasn’t happened and, when the next group arrives, things aren’t where they are supposed to be. We would really appreciate your help with this! Thank you and God bless your ministry!

KAPS (Kid’s and Parents) Event

We enjoyed getting together for our first KAPS for the year last Sunday. There was drama (the good kind) where people used their acting skills to share part of the Easter story, later shared in Worship. We made palm leaf crosses and decorated flowers before enjoying a meal together (Yiros were on the menu!) Our next gathering will be on 30th April (last afternoon before school returns for Term Two.) Save the date! More information to follow.

Rachel and Georgie

Family Support Coordinator News, From Georgie

School Snippets

This week we heard some ‘Breaking News’ in Chapel. A ‘team’ of students covered the beginning of the biggest story in history. They began by reporting on Jesus’ arrest and trial. Pastor Chris Mann followed up by sharing a message describing Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of his message. He also shared a video about Malchus in the Garden (of Gethsemane) which links in with Good Shepherd’s Easter theme of Three Gardens! For more of what’s been happening at school, please have a look at our newsletter by following this link: https://bit.ly/3ZvboFX

Chapel Invitation

We would love for you to join us next Wednesday as our reporters continue to follow the ‘Story of all time’! Please note, our final Chapel for the term will be held on Friday 14th April as we hear the exciting conclusion of the story… or maybe it is just the beginning! Services begin at 8:50am. Please enter via the courtyard.

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

Palm Sunday is just around the corner.  A day of celebration as we remember how people greeted Jesus with joy and gladness as he entered Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of ‘Holy Week’ in the church. This week’s GFH resource offers ideas for you to talk about and perhaps do with your family and friends.

Also included are some palm leaf activities to make at home. There is an easier palm leaf to make or a slightly harder cross you can make out of an actual palm leaf. (See attachments provided.) Have a wonderful week everyone!


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

Daylight Savings Reminder

See you one hour “earlier” on Sunday, 2nd April as our clocks go back!

Office Closure

The office will remain closed on Good Friday, the 7th of April 2023.

Morning Tea and Coffee

Unfortunately, the coffee machine is unserviceable. At the moment we are investigating coffee machine options. In the meantime, you are most welcome to come and enjoy the free percolated and instant coffee along with tea.

Connect Cards

Please fill in a connect card as you walk in the church as it is the only way we can connect with you!

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 Name Badge is $12. If you would like to order one, contact the church office on 82635087 or send an email to: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Diary Dates 2023

1st April             5pm Wine and Cheese Night for Young Adults

4th April           1pm Ladies Fellowship Meeting

7th April            Office Closed (Good Friday)

9th April           1pm Friendship and Fun (Easter Sunday)

16th April          12pm Call Meeting

30th April         4-7pm KAPS

30th April          2.30-4pm Hope’s Ministry Afternoon Tea


“…took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!”

John 12:13



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