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

Something To Know For Sure

Something To Know For Sure

This Sunday I will be focusing on ALL SAINTS DAY, which was on 1st November and is celebrated throughout the world. 31st October was REFORMATION DAY, which is also celebrated throughout the world by Lutherans and some other Protestants.

Pastor David Christian

Bible Readings: Revelation 21:1-5; John 11:25-26, 43-44 (NIV)

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™

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.

Notice of Half-Yearly General Meeting

Please mark your dairies for the upcoming half-yearly GM to be held on 19th November 2023. Reports to follow.

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

pel will bring even greater joy!!

Carols Night Play Participation

There is an opportunity calling children (and their parents) who are interested in joining the little Christmas play and songs that will be part of our Carols night on 9th December at the Good Shepherd Church. So, if you are willing to put forward your name, please contact Chris Jaensch or the church office on 8263 5087.


Para Vista Community Carols

Saturday 9th December at 7pm

Gather with family, friends and neighbours for a musical evening celebrating Christmas at the Para Vista Community Carols.

Performances from a live band and talented local artists, as well as children’s participation and community singing.

Bookings are open now.  Electronic bookings can be made HERE or use the QR code provided.

Limited seats are available.

Attendees do not need their tickets to check in at this event. Our staff will be ready to check you in, based on your name.

Whether you’re young or young at heart, everyone is welcome to this FREE event which is sponsored by the City of Salisbury. 

Onsite monitored parking is available.

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

Plant Sale

Despite the inclement weather the plant stall raised $741. This money will be an invaluable support for the Family Hub as it will enable them to continue and enhance programmes that assist needy families in our local area.

Thank you to all who assisted and supported the sale which helped make it such a successful event!

October Food collection

Once again there was a magnificent response to our monthly food collection in support of the work of Lutheran Care. This month there were over 50 bags crammed full of much needed food. On behalf of the recipients, I say THANK YOU

Next month will be our last collection for 2023.

BBQ Before Half Yearly meeting

To alleviate the hunger pangs there will be a BBQ held between the second service and the Half Yearly meeting. All monies raised will go to support the Family Hub

Menu – Sausages $2, Steak sandwich $5. Maximum charge per family is $15.

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.

Volunteers Needed- Lutheran Care

Lutheran Care is seeking for volunteers to assist as van driver/ van assistant, shop duties, sorting donations.

If you are interested and believe you have gifts to serve in this way, please contact:

 Elizabeth on 0487 561 991 or 8269 9326

Amanda on 707 06 781

 Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Wednesday, 1st November, was ‘All Saints Day’… a day to remember loved ones who have passed away. Losing someone you love is difficult and it takes time to process. God understands and is with us, even as we mourn, offering his comfort.

You may consider the action response for this week. ‘Light a candle for any of your relatives or friends who have died. Share memories. Read Revelation 21:1-4 and pray this prayer: Lord God, we thank you for the life of (name). Thank you for the blessings that came to us through them. Thank you that they now have eternal life with you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.’ Have a look at this week’s resource for more ideas to consider.

KAPS – Years 2- 7 – Younger Siblings’ Welcome

We had a lot of fun last Sunday. The weather was kind and we enjoyed outdoor water games, inside worship and a meal afterwards. Our last KAPS event for this year is coming up on Sunday 26th November, from 4 to7pm.  (Please note extended time.) We will be celebrating Christmas in November, so pop it in your diaries now!

Rachel and Georgie

School Snippets

This week we welcomed Kim Reddy to our school administration team in the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She has hit the ground running, familiarizing herself with our school and attending to a variety of tasks. We welcome Kim and pray that she settles in quickly into our community. Today (Friday) we launched Lutheran Care’s ‘12 Days of Giving’ at school. You could describe it as a ‘reverse Advent Calendar’ where families contribute items that will help with Lutheran Care’s Christmas hampers this year. We look forward to sharing God’s love and provision through this initiative. 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 began our Wednesday Worship Christmas theme this week focusing on Light in the darkness. Please have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. Next week we look forward to hearing from Mrs Abraham as she shares another part of the Christmas story. As always, you are welcome to join us at 8:50am for worship, fellowship and coffee. Hope to see you soon! 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 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


4th November                   Maranatha Health Afternoon Tea

12th November                  Country Drive

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

19th November                 Half- yearly AGM

26th November                 4-7pm KAPS and Ignite

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


“…I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”

Ephesians 1:18 (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 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