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

Welcoming Strangers

Welcoming Strangers

Jesus had a lot to deal with in his earthly ministry, but on one occasion he overflowed with joy when his disciples obeyed him. Is it possible that our response today could bring him the same joy?

Craig Heidenreich

Bible Readings: Matthew 25:35, Luke 10:1-9 (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.


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

Call for a Backup Synod Delegate

We are seeking a backup General Synod Delegate.  The Convention of General Synod 2024 is to be held at Concordia College, Adelaide SA on 4th – 7th October 2024.  We already have a delegate; however, we would like to have a backup should this person be unable to attend.  At this Synod, it is expected the voting on the two practices of ordination will be taken, so it will be an important convention in this respect.

Please pray about if you would like to volunteer. Should you wish to put your name forward (or another person, with their permission) please notify the church office by Tuesday 31st October 2023.

 Call for Members for the Board!

The Board is calling for new members. We have the position of Secretary we are seeking to fill.

Please pray about if you would like to be part of this team. Please note that there will be a selection process in place.

Should you wish to put your name forward (or another person, with their permission) please notify the church office by Tuesday 31st October 2023.

Special Congratulations to Peter and Jim Kraft!!

An article appeared on the channel 7 Adelaide News ‘Ray of Sunshine’ 10th October 2023. 

Brothers Peter, Jim and David Kraft have made 1000 blood and plasm donations between them, over 45 years.  They were awarded with special certificates and a cake to celebrate their achievements.  To see the article go to: https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSAdelaide/videos/338293885395400/

October Support for Lutheran Care

October will be our second last food collection for 2023. It has been a fantastically generous year so thank you for your continuous support.

Requests for October:

  • Sugar
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Baked beans
  • Long life milk
  • Pasta sauce
  • Soup

Spiritual Warfare Resources in the Library

There is a selection of books on SPIRITUAL WARFARE available for borrowing from the library. They are on the spinner which you can see as you enter the room.

Some of the books on display are:

Spiritual Warfare for Every Christian by Dean Sherman

I Give You Authority: Practicing the Authority Jesus Gave Us by Charles H. Kraft

Becoming a Prayer Warrior by Elizabeth Alves

Watchman Prayer by Dutch Sheets

Borrowing is easy, just fill in one of the borrowing slips next to the computer, remembering to include the barcode number from the front of the book.

Carol Gallasch- Librarian

The Last Plant Sale

This is the end of an era. This month will be the last plant sale coordinated by Joan McCarthy to raise money to support the work of the Family Hub at Ingle Farm. We thank Joan for her enthusiasm and dedication in coordinating the plant sales over many years…

The sale will be held on Saturday 21st October from 10am-2pm and on Sunday 22nd October after both services. We hope to see you there on either or both days as you search for plants as bargain prices.

Operation Christmas Child

Shoe boxes can be retuned on Sundays and left in the foyer on one of the high tables or delivered to the church office during office hours. All boxes need to be returned no later than Sunday 22nd October as they will be delivered to the distribution Centre on Monday 23rd October.

Ladies Fellowship

The AGM for Ladies Fellowship will be held on Tuesday 24th October at 1pm

This will be followed by the regular meeting.

We will be having a Bible Study on Advent. Please bring your Bibles.

A trading table will be there. Last one for the year.

Hostesses: Beth Stringer. She will need some help.

Please don’t forget membership and magazine subs are due!

Apologies to Margaret Dohnt please. Phone 0404 052 685

KAPS – Save the date 29th October!!

Have you put it in your diary yet?  Our next KAPS event will be after the school holidays. We are looking forward to some water activities so, save the date! Hoping to see you then.

Rachel and Georgie

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.





Open Door Christian Bookshop Inc has Great news!! 

All praise to God! Thank you for your prayers and your patience for 3 months.

We will now be open from Monday 9th October 2023.

Trading: M-F 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm

We welcome you back to Shop 5, Gawler Arcade, Gawler.

Phone: 85221677

Email: opendoorbook@gmail.com.

Please note – CASH ONLY – until we get our new Eftpos machine.

Endeavour College Open Day

Register now for the last Open Day of the year.

Tours are student-led.

Thursday 19th October (Week 1, Term 4)

9am – 11am

For further event information and registration, please visit our college website.

Come and see how we foster the independent learner.

Mock Interviewers Needed

Want to help our Endeavour College future graduates get career-ready?

Mock interviewers are needed to help provide our Year 10s with firsthand real-world experience.

Event details:

WHEN: Monday 13th November

TIME: 9:00am – 12:30pm

WHERE: Endeavour College

For more information and to register your interest contact Annie Fitridge at annie.fitridge@endeavour.sa.edu.au

Morning tea will be provided.

Community Family Support News

School Worship

Just are reminder that school begins on Monday morning (16th October at 8:50am) with Worship. You are most welcome to join us as we come together once again as a Good Shepherd family! (Our regular Wednesday Worship gatherings will resume the following week.)

Equipping Resources

Grow Ministries provide a range of resources that encourage faith at home. Sometimes people feel a little reluctant to engage in conversations that involve faith, preferring to leave that kind of thing to the ‘experts.’ How have you been going with the resources I shared last week? The ‘Encouraging faith at home’, ‘Sharing your faith with your children’ and ‘Reading the Bible’ resources are still available for you use.

Here are some more!

Grandparents, did you know how important you are to the faith development of your grandchildren? Have a look at the resource for some ideas to use with your loved ones, whether they are down the street or across the country! Another resource is entitled ‘Encouraging families to pray’. Prayer is a conversation with the One who loves us most and knows us best. Have a look at the resource for some starting suggestions. There is also an ‘Encouraging acts of service’ resource for you. I know that many people from our community are putting together some gift boxes as part of the Operation Christmas Child program. That is just one way we can serve others. There are opportunities all around us. From in our homes, our church, the people down our streets… everywhere!   Enjoy the many opportunities we have to nurture faith at home, and/or in your small group, and/ or with the people you love!


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


16th October                                    School Term 4 Begins

19th October                                    7.30-9pm      Craft group (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month)

21st October                                     10am-2pm Plant Sale

22nd October                                    Plant Sale after both services

24th October                                    Ladies Fellowship AGM

29th October                                    4-7pm KAPS

29th October                                    Food Collection (Both Services)



Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

Isaiah 55:6 (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

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