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

Unlocking The Potential In Others

Unlocking The Potential In Others

John the Baptist was so popular that people asked if he was the Christ. His humble and powerful denial points away from himself and on to Jesus. Just think of the potential we can unlock in others when we deflect from ourselves and release them. You get to experience one of the greatest thrills in life: seeing others soar and prosper.

Pastor Peter Steicke

Bible Readings:1 Peter 2: 9-10; John 1: 6-8, 19-28 (NRSVA)

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 Committee Update

The call committee has met again this week to go through the names submitted by the congregation for consideration.

Thank you to those that have put names forward.

If you would like the full list of pastors available for call, please see the church office and they can provide you with one.

The next step is to study the pastoral profiles in consultation with the district office before shortlisting pastors for interviews.

Please continue to pray over the call committee during this time, that we may seek Gods will and follow the path he has set out for us.

Your servant in Christ,

Joel Schwarz

Christmas Service times

Christmas comes once a year but it’s a special time filled with cheer. A time for friends and family to come together joyfully.

May our hearts prepare Him room, our lives reflect His presence, our homes radiate His peace.

The pleasure of your company is requested as we celebrate the welcoming of our Almighty King!

Christmas Whirlwind

This year it’s happening on Saturday 23rd December commencing at 8.30am.  This year many hands will blow the leaves away, cobweb the building and give the facility a good spruce up. Please bring along your personal safety equipment (earmuffs and dust mask), best leaf blower and join the group to create an inviting appearance to our church facility for Christmas. Don’t have a blower? Here will be a few spares you can test with free training. Don’t want to use a machine?  Compete for the biggest spiderweb ball as cobwebbing will also be completed and you can create a web ball worthy of a Guinness record.  If you have long cobweb brush, bring it as well.

Bring your children or grandies and supervise them while they learn.

Celebrating Jacob Fabich

Many of you may remember Vicar Jacob Fabich who served here until April 2022.

We celebrate and congratulate Jacob on his exciting news, including his ordination on 3rd December, his wedding to Tegan this weekend, and his upcoming installation into the Eudunda/Freeling Parish early next year.

May God continue to guide and bless him in his marriage and his ministry.


Ladies Fellowship

A big thank you to Peter Weckert and his team from Monday Night’s Meet n’ Eat for their efforts at our recent Christmas Lunch.

Also sincere thanks to my fellow Executive members and the retiring ones for all their invaluable support this year. Thank you to all who assisted with the trading tables and afternoon tea each month.

Enjoy your Christmas as we celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child.


Support For the Family Hub

Through 2023 there were a series of fundraising events to support the work of the Family hub. These included the 2 plant sales ($1,390), Karaoke Night ($2,300), Drakes shopping tags ($680), BBQ ($274) and donations ($1,000). The total was $5,643 for the year. Thank you to all those that supported these events during the year.

This money was used to upgrade the outside play area, run parenting courses, provide social activities for the families and children, and teach living skills such as cooking healthy meals. Without our financial help most of these activities would not have happened.

Message From the Family Hub

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to make the Family Zone a welcoming place. Never underestimate the dignity you give back to children and families who we support through your generosity. Without your support some of our programmes would struggle greatly. Wishing you all a safe, wonderful and blessed Christmas. We look forward to your continued support in 2024.

Family Zone Team

January 2024 service times

We will be having only one service at 9.30am throughout the month of January.



Community Family Support News

Christmas is Coming!

What are you up to on Christmas Eve? You are welcome to come along and rediscover some of God’s gifts for us at Christmas… Love. Joy, peace and hope! The 5:30pm service is a short, family friendly service where we get to sing Christmas songs and carols and children have the opportunity to participate as we share the message of Christmas. A wonderful opportunity for families to be involved… so bring your children and your grandchildren and let’s celebrate Christmas together!

Growing Faith at Home

Have you finished decorating your Christmas tree at home? Here is a paper chain with a difference. (The strips have ideas written on them that encourage faith and strengthen relationships over the season of Advent. I have also placed printed copies of the Christmas Family Faith Trail in the church café area. This booklet is packed with Christmas themes and activities designed for pre-school and primary students as well as all age activities. There are prayer and online video suggestions, reflections, even a Christmas biscuit recipe… Plenty of ideas to explore during the school holidays!

School Snippets

It has been a short, but eventful week at Good Shepherd! On Tuesday we worshipped together and farewelled some of our amazing staff at our Closing Worship Service. Mrs. Evie Steven’s shared a timely message. (Have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what she shared.) On Tuesday evening we celebrated with our Year 6 Graduating Students and were reminded that no matter what changes may take place in life, our God loves us and is with us. On Thursday afternoon the ELC had their closing blessing service. A colorful array of blossoming children (and amazing staff members) reflecting on the year and sharing God’s love. I’d love you to click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EkrEugomaw to view Good Shepherd’s reflection video, based on Psalm 139.

I would also encourage you to read our final newsletter for the year, with reflections from our Co-Principals, Mr. Brett Humphrys and Mrs. Evie Stevens. Just click here https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest or ask me for a hard copy if that is what you would prefer.


It’s not too late… Registrations close this Sunday 17th December! SPIN is a four-day, three-night, statewide camp in January for young people in years 4-6 (in 2023) to experience an inclusive and encouraging community and grow in relationship with Jesus and others. This year’s theme is ‘Wanted’. Significant sponsorship is offered to first time campers by the LLL. (You just pay $50.) For those who have attended this camp before and are part of our Good Shepherd community, we are offering a subsidy. Just ask Nicole, Rachel, Georgie or the ladies in the church office. The camp is held at Camp Kedron, Barmera. For more information and/or to register head to SPIN



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

Office Closure over Christmas

The office will be open/closed over the following dates:

22nd December 2023 9am to 3pm                        OPEN

24th December 2023 to 8th January 2024            CLOSED

9th January 2024  onwards (Tuesday- Friday)     OPEN as normal

26th January 2024                                                CLOSED

For urgent contact please call 8263 5087 and leave a message. Messages will be retrieved by staff as available while the office is shut.

Weekly News

The last Weekly News for 2023 will be published on Friday 22nd December and the first edition for 2024 will be published on 12th January.

Morning Tea and Coffee

Tea and coffee are available after Sunday services, and you are most welcome to come and enjoy!!

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


24th December- Christmas Eve Services

9:30am Carols and Organ- ‘Just another Christmas’

5:30pm Family Service- ‘God’s gifts at Christmas’

7:30pm Carols and Reflections- ‘God’s gifts at Christmas’

25th December- Christmas

9:30am ‘God’s Word = Joy’

31st December – New Year’s Eve

9.30am ‘Who we are in the Light of Christmas!’ with Holy Communion


9th January 2024                              Office Reopens

9th – 12th January 2024                      Spin Camp


13th December-30th January 2024  School Holidays

24th December -8th January 2024   Office Closed over Christmas


“…And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28 (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

Weekly News Submissions should be made by the Wednesday prior to Friday publication.

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