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

What to do when (your) Moses dies!

What to do when (your) Moses dies!

Ok, so maybe you don’t personally know a “Moses” who has recently passed away, but maybe you’ve lost an important leader, or you are the “newly elected leader” of your “tribe”, or you are on the precipice of some massive life changes and are unsure of what lies ahead for yourself or your family, and the fears/worries/doubts are creeping in!😬 Let’s lean into Joshua 1.1-10 and hear what God might be saying to us as we face the challenges that lie ahead for us in 2024.

Pastor Stephen Abraham

Bible Readings: Joshua 1:1-10 (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.

Community Family Support News

A chance to connect with families in our Good Shepherd School Community

Would you like to volunteer at our school’s Welcome Party coming up on Friday 23rd February? The school is looking for volunteers to help out on the afternoon/ evening. The party begins at 5:30 and concludes at 9pm. More information to follow. Please see Georgie or email here if you would like to serve in this way.

School Snippets

Schools are always better full of children and families and we were excited to open our doors and welcome everyone from Years 1 to 6 back on Wednesday morning. There were smiles galore, a few butterflies in tummies and plenty of chatter as we came together as a family once again. We began the day with Worship, remembering that we are not walking into 2024 alone, but with our God who is always with us! Have a look at this week’s devotion for a reflection of what was shared. There is also the display in the café area to check out! With our Good Shepherd as our guide, we can approach this year with optimism and confidence! As children followed their teachers into their classes, many families stayed back and enjoyed either tea or coffee (thank you to the school volunteer who served behind the counter). Warm conversation flowed. It is lovely to be together once again. I encourage you to have a look at our school newsletter via this link: https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Of course, a printed copy is available in the café area and I am happy to arrange your own if you would like! Inside we hear from our new Principal, Mrs. Evie Stevens! We are all looking forward to our Sunday 10:30am service where Evie and our new staff will be installed and our community, as well as other people engaged with education, will be blessed.

Wednesday Worship

What are you up to at 10 to 9 (8:50am) on a Wednesday morning? We would love for you to join us for Wednesday Worship.  You are welcome to stay behind afterward for some coffee and conversation. I’m always looking for people to serve beverages from behind the counter and connect as a Good Shepherd Community. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Dear Church Family,

Given that it is the beginning of the school year for so many people, I would like to share some Growing Faith Moments with you. Using the 4 keys that have been shared with our Good Shepherd Church (Caring Conversations, Devotions, Service and Rituals/ Traditions) Grow Ministries offer ideas for you to use with your family (children or grandchildren) as they either begin school, return to school, begin secondary school or begin year 12. These ideas help to nurture faith and strengthen your relationships within your family. Talking with children about their concerns and aspirations and blessing your children with prayer all play their part. Copies will be available on the pin up board and the stands in the café. Electronic copies are available with this newsletter and will be accessible on our website for a month. Why not have a look?


Reminder! Two Services for February

A reminder that we are going back to two services commencing on 4th Feb 2024. Service times will be 8.45am and 10.30am.

On 4th February, at the 10.30am service, we will be installing our new principal Mrs. Evie Stevens and new staff members who have joined our Good Shepherd school community. A time to bless our school family and everyone who will be commencing or continuing their education in 2024.


Chaplain Blessings

Here’s a wonderful way to show support for Christian Chaplains at East Para, Gulfview Heights, Ingle Farm East, North Ingle, Para Hills, and Para Hills West Primary Schools and Para Hills High School.

You are invited to the Start of Year Blessing Service for the chaplains at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Para Vista followed by a light lunch.

Note: To help with catering plans, please sign the registration sheet near the offering bowls if you will be attending.

RSVP: 8th February.

Ladies Fellowship

A warm welcome to all ladies to join the 2024 Ladies Fellowship lunch.

Date: 6th February

Time: 12 noon onwards

Please BYO lunch

There will be a trading table!!

We will be sharing our tales from 2023.

Please send apologies to Di Schlenk 0409 820 448

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 11th February 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!

Lutheran Care Food Collections Recommence!!

2023 finished on a very high note with a record collection of food and items to bring joy to children at Christmas.

Collections for 2024 will commence on Sunday 25th February.

Items requested for February are:

  • Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Sugar
  • Long Life Milk
  • Breakfast cereal
  • 2 Minute Noodles
  • Soup

Looking forward to another great year of supporting families in need through our generosity.

Easter Service Planning

If you would like to be involved in planning Worship services at Easter, we would love to hear from you!

You may have gifts in writing scripts, acting in a drama, selecting videos, visual art displays, playing or singing in a band … whatever you feel led to contribute.

If you feel this is your calling, please write “Easter Service Planning” on a Connect Card, or contact either Merv Thiele, Sharon Tarca or the church office.

Office News

Café Time!!

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


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


Diary Dates 2024


6th February    12pm Ladies Fellowship Lunch

11th February    1-4pm Fun and Friendship

13th February   11.30-1pm Chaplain Blessings with Lunch

15th February   7.30-9pm Craft time

23rd February   5.30-9pm School’s Welcome Party

25th February   First Lutheran Care Food Collection (both services)


24th March       4-6.30pm KAPS


24th May           7pm Volunteer’s Supper 😊 

“…Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”

Ephesians 4:2 (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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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