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

What To Do While Waiting

What To Do While Waiting

While Paul waited for them at Athens… he saw… he was provoked… he discussed… he debated… he proclaimed Jesus and the resurrection… he called people to a radical life change… Acts 17-34.

What do you do while you are waiting?

I was waiting at the KL airport on my way to Vietnam. I met a Vietnamese woman who spoke fair English. We talked about Jesus as we waited to catch our flight. We kept in touch via email, always talking about Jesus. Now she and her family live in Adelaide…

Today I was waiting at the supermarket checkout in Littlehampton. I engaged a young woman in discussion, and after the checkout the discussion went on until it led to God. She went on her way saying it had made her day…

Make the most of the time… Colossians 4:5-6.

Pastor David Christian

Bible Readings: Acts 17:16-34, 1 Peter 3:13-22 (NRSV)

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 Update

As you know we have extended a call to Pastor Richard Fox, after our call, he also was called by Glynde.  He has attended the Ministry Coordination Group and the Board and had some good conversations.  He has since asked for an extension of time to discern our call. We expect to hear by Sunday 28th May. Please keep Pastor Richard in your prayers.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please mark your dairies for the upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on 28th May 2023 at 12pm. Reports to follow.


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 😊

We Thank You God for Mothers

To all the wonderful mothers out there.

For all the pure love, affection, and care,

And the sacrifices that you have made,

From bringing us in this beautiful world,

And being as a friend so dear,

You are always nearby,

Sharing the joys and sorrows of life,

With tender smile to guide our ways,

The lifeline of everyone’s heart,

Just knowing you are there,

For all this and much more,

A priceless gift and treasure beyond measure,

There is no greater blessing,

Than a mother’s love!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!!

Friendship and Fun

On Sunday 21st May 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.

KAPS (Kids and Parents) Event

What are you up to Sunday May 28th? (After the AGM.) Feel like going on a treasure hunt? We would love for you to join us for some fun, worship and a meal afterwards from 4pm. Students from Years 2 to 7 are welcome. (A parent/ grandparent/ caregiver must be present.) Hope to see you soon!

Rachel and Georgie

Where Are the Collections Bowls?

The collection bowls have moved… just a little bit.

They are now located next to the two main doors as you exit the church (auditorium). See photos. You are welcome to pop your free-will offering and/or connect cards in them at these new locations!












Great Response to Support for Lutheran Care

The response to our April food collection was amazing. There were 61 bags full of groceries collected on last Tuesday. This is the most ever given in any 1 month. The driver who collected our donations said they have come at a very opportune time as the shelves at Lutheran Care were looking very bare.

We pray that Lutheran Care can continue supporting families in need in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

Community Family Support News

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves at times. It can be easy to approach tasks and decisions thinking that it is all up to us… It can seem daunting to say the least! God never intended that for us to bear that burden, and that is why he sent the Holy Spirit, to be our helper! This week’s GFH resource offers suggestions and ideas to explore as a family! Why not have a look? Have a wonderful week everyone!

 School Snippets

For Chapel on Wednesday, we welcomed back Pastor Rolly. He shared the intriguing account of a talking donkey! (While he referred to Shrek, the actual message was about Balaam’s donkey.) Have a look at this week’s devotion for his reflection. After the service, we farewelled Mrs. Schoff who briefly reflected on her time in our Good Shepherd community. At the close of last year Karen was offered an education consultancy role with the Association of Independent Schools SA (AISSA) for the duration of 2023. Karen’s passion, dedication and skill set were quickly recognised, and she has been offered and accepted permanency in this role. We also farewelled Carolyn Buhren, our wonderful Auslan teacher who is also embarking on new adventures this year. While her time with us was relatively brief, her impact has been significant, launching Auslan and empowering us to begin to communicate in a different way. Both ladies have openly shared their faith in God and love for others, and we have been blessed by them. We pray that God will continue to guide and bless them in their new ventures! To read the school newsletter for more information about what is happening in our school community. You can click on this link: https://bit.ly/42woe9a or pick up a hard copy from the stand in the café area. I am happy to help you out if you would like your own copy.

Chapel Invitation

We would love for you to join us next week for Chapel as we continue to explore some of the astounding and intriguing stories in the bible. Next week is a real fiery one! Join us afterward for a coffee and chat in the church café!



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 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


12th May                               7pm Volunteer’s Supper

13th May                               Blueprint ministries Young Adults event (dinner & mini golf)

19th – 21st May                    School Men & Minors camp

20th – 21st May                     Synod

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

28th May                               12pm AGM

28th May                               4-7pm KAPS


3rd June                                 Young Adults Event

“…Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (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