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

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

These days we are very conscious of our mental health and also body conscious, but do you ever give much thought to your “soul”?

On this “Good Shepherd” Sunday we reflect on verse 3 of the 23rd Psalm: “He restores my soul.”

Pray that our Good Shepherd might do that for you and for those around you in worship this morning.

Bishop David

Bible Readings: Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10 (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.

The Outcome of the Call Meeting Held Sunday 16th April 2023

At the Call Meeting last Sunday, two names were considered. It was decided that Good Shepherd should call Pastor Richard Fox.  Pastor Richard has four weeks to consider this call, please pray for Richard and his family.

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 (Kids and Parents) Event…Just 2 Sleeps to go!

We are looking forward to our next KAPS event for Years 2-7 coming up on Sunday… (It 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










Super Plant Sale

This year there will be 2 plant sales to support the work of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm.

The first sale will be held on:

  • Saturday 6th May in the front car park from 10am-2pm
  • Sunday 7th May in the church hall after both services from 9.30am-12.30pm

There will be a wide variety of plants to decorate your home inside and out, available at fantastic prices. The proceeds will be going to great cause. Only cash sales. We look forward to seeing you browsing and buying on the 6th or 7th or even on both dates.

Family Hub Support Team

Volunteers Appreciation Supper

All our amazing and dedicated volunteers are invited to Good Shepherd’s   Volunteer Appreciation Supper

Friday 12th May 2023 @ 7pm

in the Church Hall

Please respond to Belinda by 9/5/23 at churchadmin@paravista.org.au or 8263 5087

BYO wine glass 😊


Ladies Fellowship

Mothers. So many memories, both happy and sad.

Mother’s Day; also, happy, or sad.

Mother’s cooking usually invokes happy memories.

This meeting we will reminisce with recipes that remind us of our mums.

One you have perhaps passed on to your own family or one you’d rather forget!

Date: 2nd May, 1pm in the hall

Please bring your Bible, as we are continuing our study of Sarai.

There will be a trading table.

Hostesses: Margaret Dohnt, Ragna Gaard

RSVP Di Schlenk 0409820448

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Another one of my favourite texts is from Isaiah 40: 11 ‘He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.’ (NLT) The message for Sunday is about ‘The Good Shepherd.’ This week’s GFH resource is called ‘Jesus is our Good Shepherd’. Here are some conversation starters to share with those you love… ‘What does it mean to be trustworthy?’ Which people do you trust most? Why?

Take comfort throughout the coming week resting in the knowledge that we do have a reliable and trustworthy Good Shepherd, who is always looking out for us and who provides everything we need!

 School Snippets

We look forward to welcoming families back to school this coming Monday morning. We will begin with Opening Chapel for Term Two and you are most welcome to join us! When: Monday 1st May at 8:50am. (Please note, this will replace our usual Wednesday morning Chapel.  Wednesday Chapel gatherings recommence the following week Wednesday 10th May.)

By Georgie


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


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 along with 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

Diary Dates 2023


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


2nd May                                 1pm Ladies Fellowship

6th May                                  10-2pm Plant Stall

7th May                                  9.30-12.30pm Plant Stall

12th May                               7pm Volunteer’s Supper

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

28th May                               12pm AGM

28th May                               4-7pm KAPS


“…The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honour to his name.”

Psalm 23:1-3 (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