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

The Awe of Easter

The Awe of Easter

The Easter season is one of celebration, and joy, and victory. It is a truly awesome time for Christians. In Sunday’s sermon we will reflect on just how AWEsome Easter is.

Pr. Paul Fielke

Bible Readings: Mark 16:1-7 (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 Pastor Paul Fielke representing the district.  I encourage you to attend and be part of this very important decision.

Please contact the office for information about the candidates.

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

April Support for Lutheran Care

Our next food collection to support the work of Lutheran Care will be on Sunday April 30th at both services and alternately donations can be left in the church office.

Requests for this month are:

  • tinned vegetables
  • tinned soup
  • tinned fruit
  • spaghetti
  • baked beans
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • Long life milk

Thank you for your continued support.

Family Hub Support Team

Hope Stahl’s Ministry Afternoon Tea

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

Where: St Bart’s Church Norwood

KAPS (Kid’s and Parents) Event… April 30!

We are looking forward to our next KAPS event for Years 2-7 coming up on 30th April. (It’s the afternoon before school returns… won’t be a late night!) We are going to play board games, kids vs parents games and more! Everyone is welcome to join us for Worship and dinner afterwards from 5:30pm. For further information contact Rachel (0475 582 289) or Georgie











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!

Family Support Coordinator News, From Georgie

School Snippets

We were certainly blessed last Thursday with a wonderful day of friendly competition for our annual School Sports Day. The weather held, the races run, and the games enjoyed! Kelly (yellow team) made it two years in a row, closely followed by Montague (green team) and Nelson (red team). This week parents and caregivers had the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher for learning conversations (parent/ teacher interviews) to reflect on their child’s wellbeing and learning development. We give thanks for all the opportunities and blessings we have encountered through the course of Term One. We pray that all school families and staff have an opportunity to rest and relax as they enjoy a break from school routines over the next two weeks. For more of what we’ve been up to, please click on this link https://bit.ly/3myEMO4 or look for a printed copy in the church café!

In Case You Were Wondering…

Some people were curious about the book we shared on Good Friday. It is called ‘The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross’ written by Carl Laferton and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri. It is available at Koorong, but we intend to have a copy available in our Church Library shortly!

Chapel Invitation

This morning (Friday) we came together for our Closing Chapel for the term. The ‘Good Shepherd TV’ News Team ‘interviewed’ some of those who were first on scene (a guard, Mary, Thomas and Cleopas) to hear their perspectives of the greatest story of all time ‘The empty tomb… Jesus is risen!’ For a reflection, please read this week’s devotion! You are most welcome to join us as we gather again for our Opening Chapel for Term Two, Monday 1st May at 8:50am.

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

I find myself wondering about Jesus’ friend, Thomas… When he heard that Jesus was alive, he considered it ‘fake news’ and declared that unless he saw Jesus with his own eyes and touched his wounded hands, he wouldn’t believe! But why? He had just endured a very rough week emotionally, his hopes dashed. And now this good news… too good to believe? We also know that when Jesus met with him a little later, Jesus greeted him with love and compassion! Someone being raised from the dead is quite a lot to get your head around. But this was always God’s plan… for Jesus to die and rise again for us! Have a look at this week’s GFH resource for some conversations (and other ideas) to try out with your family or people you connect with God’s Peace…


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

Staff Update

Krishna will be on leave from 23rd April- 11th June visiting family in India.

While Krishna is away, the office will be staffed as followed:

Helen -Tuesday and Wednesday

Tina – Thursday and Friday

Office Closure

The office will remain closed on Tuesday- Anzac Day, 25th 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


16th April          12pm Call Meeting

25th April          Anzac Day (Public Holiday)

30th April         4-7pm KAPS

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

30th April          Food Collection Lutheran Care (Both Services)

15th– 30th April School Holidays



6th May             9-11am Plant Stall

7th May             9-2pm Plant Stall

12th May            7pm Something exciting coming up for Volunteers

21st May            1-4pm Friendship and Fun (Date changed due to Mother’s Day)

28th May           12pm AGM

28th May           4-7pm KAPS



“…Then he said to the crowd, if any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”

Luke 9:23-24

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