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

The wonder of Rest

The wonder of Rest

Rest is a key to holistic and joyful living. We think we can keep going and going, harder and harder, trying to achieve more and more.

But without rest, you blow up or burn out. You rest to be invigorated, restored, revitalized, and renewed. Not just physically but spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and mentally. This refuels and refires you for the privilege of receiving from and relating to others, contributing to their well-being out of your own sense of being well.

When Jesus invited us to come to him and rest, he wasn’t instigating a go-slow policy or saying we need a snooze. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those. He was inviting us to rest from those attitudes, activities, and performance-based sources of identity that rob us of life in him.

Spiritual rest is about life in Jesus: celebrating who he is and what he has done; living in his accomplishments and rejoicing in his declaration “It is finished.”

Pastor Peter Steicke

Bible Readings: Matthew 11:25-30

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.

Civil Works at Montague Road Entrance Update

Beginning Tuesday 11th July, we have some stormwater repairs being performed at the entrance to our church/school car park on Montague Road. While this work is undertaken, the entrance will be clearly closed to all traffic (using cones and bollards). The exit gate to Hillary Crescent can be used for entry and exit of the car park during this period.

We have been informed the works will be complete before the end of week.

Please use care and travel slowly through the car park while anticipating the possibility of 2-way traffic.

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 9th July 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.

Completion of Carpet Replacement – Sanctuary and Band Area

When – Monday 17th to Thursday 20th July

We are seeking a team during this time to remove old carpet squares and furniture (including the altar).

Please advise Belinda Konrad, Ross Pukallus, or the front office of your availability so this can happen in a smooth and organised manner without too much disruption of our activities. Thank you to all those who assisted in the past, your time would be greatly appreciated again.



KAPS- Save the Date! Saturday 29th July

Our next KAPS event will be held after the school holidays. It will be a little different. Join us for our first KAPS movie night on Saturday 29th July with worship at 6pm, followed by dinner. The movie begins at 7pm. For those who are keen, you are invited to an optional sleepover! (Please contact Rachel for more details if you are planning to stay over.) See flyer for details. Love to see you!

Rachel and Georgie



Karaoke Night

Date: Saturday, 5th August at 7:30

In support of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm

Cost: $10 Students $5 Primary age children free. Tickets on sale from July 9th after services

Night of fun music + wine auction +games + raffle

A great night to share with friends or as a fellowship group activity.





Salisbury Lutheran Women’s Fellowship

We warmly invite you to the METRO NORTH ZONE FELLOWSHIP DAY

Date: 17th August 2023 at 10.00 am

Arrival time: 9.30 am for morning cuppa and sign in.

Venue: 10 Waterloo Corner Road SALISBURY

(Please park on Waterloo Corner Roadside of the church)

Bring your own lunch. Wear name badge.

Soup, tea, and coffee provided.

Guest speakers:

  • Mark Underwood – Pastoral Care Worker at Lake Windermere School
  • Sandy Davis – Lutheran Care
  • Jeanette Mann – Blueprint Ministries

Theme: “Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”

Psalm 145:4

RSVP: 1st August 2023

Margaret Sallis on 0439 781 333 or Email: salromar3@gmail.com

Fundraiser for Hope Stahl

Ruby Keller has crocheted a blanket to raise funds for Hope’s ministry.  If you would like to donate, guess the number of marbles in the jar.  Gold coin donation for each guess.  See Peter and Di Schlenk in the café after services.




Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

The bible text that is referenced in this week’s GFH resource is the one we will be exploring on Sunday. Pastor Peter will share a message on the ‘Wonder of Rest’. We often get ‘worn out’, as we compete with the world and try to build our self-worth based on our own achievements. And then we worry, because it feels like the bar is always getting higher! Jesus invites us to bring our worries to him… We weren’t created to ‘do life’ without him! Have a look at this week’s resource for discussion points and ways to serve others!

Step Up to Communion

Young people aged around 10 years, together with their parents/ caregivers, are invited to take part in our Step-Up program to prepare for Holy Communion. Taking the approach that parents/ carers are the primary faith developers in their children, Step Up is designed to support parents/carers in preparing their child for Holy Communion.

This course will be offered during the next school term over 4 consecutive Friday nights (11th, 18th, 25th August and 1st September) with a Sunday communion service to follow.  If you are interested, please contact Georgie here by Friday 4th August. Look forward to hearing from you.



Blueprint Dinner 2023

The Blueprint Dinner is on 5th August – to book go to https://www.facebook.com/events/927365398523089

Can you help with donations?

If you are not able to attend the dinner, there are other ways to support this event.  Blueprint Ministries are looking for donations of goods or experiences for the silent auction, prizes, and wine wall.   If you are able to help, contact Jeanette 08 8267 5211

Email: admin@blueprintministries.org.au   jeanette.mann@lca.org.au

The money raised supports the Christmas & Easter Children’s packs/Grandparent packs and the Congregational Ministry Grants for Children & Young people.






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

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

Diary Dates 2023



9th July                                 1-4pm Friendship and fun afternoon (in the church hall)

11th July                                6.30pm The Gideons International in Australia- Bibles to the World Dinner

10th – 13th July                    JC Life camp at Barmera for Years 4-7

10th – 14th July                     Metro CLW Camp at Pt Hughes for years 7-12

17th July                               volunteers needed to remove old carpet

18th July                               carpet replacement – altar and band area

29th July                               Saturday- 6pm KAPS Movie Night and Optional Sleepover

30th July                               LC food collection




1st August                             1pm Ladies Fellowship Meeting with Lutheran Disability

5th August                             7:30 Karaoke Night

13th August                          Country Drive to Barossa

17th August                           10.00am Salisbury Lutheran – Metro North Zone Fellowship Day

27th August                          KAPS 4-7pm

27th August                          LC food collection



“…For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

 Isaiah 9:6 (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