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

What’s Your Faith Focus?

What’s Your Faith Focus?

Have you ever caught yourself measuring your level of faith, how strongly you believe in God. Perhaps you compared yourself to someone else whom you held in high regard as an example of strong Christian faith. Maybe at this stage you thought and prayed ‘Lord increase my faith’. Jesus’ disciples asked the same thing of him in the reading in Luke’s gospel. But did they have it right, were they asking the right thing, did they have the right faith focus?

Grace and Faith

Pastor Fin Klein

Bible Readings: Luke 17: 5-10 (NLT)

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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.

Friends of Gideons Notice

Here’s a wonderful way to help you share your faith: OFFER SOMEONE A GIDEON NEW TESTAMENT!

Good Shepherd Church is a Friend of Gideons and has paid for New Testaments to be available for you to take, then pray for God to prepare someone to accept it, read it and come to faith.  Pray you will have courage and wisdom to be used by God in this way.

Lutheran Care

Another great response to our monthly food collection to support the work of Lutheran Care in caring for families in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. As reported in local media charities are really struggling to keep up with the demand. Our 40 + bags of donations will help ease the situation. Thanks again for your wonderful support!

Good Shepherd Country Drive

Come along for a family outing, anyone with a classic car bring it along.

Have lunch and join in and play some games, but most of all have some great fellowship.

Venue: Bethany Reserve

Date: Sunday 13th August

Time: 12.15pm (at the park)

BYO Lunch, drinks & games + tables & chairs


Community Family Support News

School Snippets

We have wonderful things to look forward to this term. There’s the Good Shepherd School Trivia Night, a Father’s Day Stall and our Junior Primary Showcase ‘Seussical Kids’ for a start! Planning and preparation for each event is well underway! The new director for the Showcase is none other than Ms Bethany McAleer! (You may already be familiar with her talents through church.) I’ve already heard happy children share their excitement and enthusiasm for the part they will play in the production. As mentioned last week in church, as we pray for a Pastor for our community, please pray for God to reveal the right Principal to join us at Good Shepherd next year! You are welcome to head to the link provided for more information and to view the Principal Appointment Prospectus. https://bit.ly/GSPVprincipal For more of what we’ve been up to, please click on this link for the school newsletter: https://inewsletter.co/J1WDLx/latest Of course, a printed copy is available in the café area, and I am happy to arrange your own copy if you would like!

Wednesday Worship

We would love to see you at our Wednesday Worship and coffee next week if you have a little time. Same time as usual… 8:50am!  Pastor Joel Cramer will be sharing the message. God Bless!!

Do You Like to Cook?

From time to time, we have the opportunity to help out families in need of a meal or two. If one of your hobbies is cooking (or if it is something that you don’t mind doing) I would love to hear from you. Feel free to have a chat or you could contact me here and I can give you more information.

KAPS -Save the date- Sunday 27th August!!

We had a great night on Saturday. After worship we enjoyed pizzas, then watched a movie together in the church. Some even stayed the night for a sleepover! Now we look forward to our next gathering later this month. Please save the date: Sunday, 27th August!

Growing Faith at Home

Today’s GFH title is ‘Blessing Others’. I shared some GFH resources at the beginning of the year that detailed information about blessing people you care for through words. This resource gives some ideas about how we, through our words and actions, can be a blessing to others. Here are some conversation starters for your family, friends or small group: What is compassion? Share about a time when someone showed compassion to you, or when you showed compassion to someone else… Share your stories with others… Kindness can leave an indelible mark in your heart! Encourage one another! Have a look at this week’s GFH for some ideas to try out!


Level 2 Training

Have you completed level 1 and need to complete Level 2?

There is an opportunity to attend a Level 2 workshop at Elizabeth Lutheran church on Saturday 2nd September.

Register online or contact Tina Pfeiffer.










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


Diary Dates 2023


5th August                             7:30pm Karaoke Night

5th August                             6pm Blueprint Dinner

11th August                         Step- up to HC course

13th August                          12.15pm Country Drive to Bethany Reserve

17th August                           7.30pm Craft and Coffee in the Church café area

17th August                           10am Salisbury Lutheran – Metro North Zone Fellowship Day

18th August                          Step- up to HC course

25th August                          Step- up to HC course

27th August                          4-7pm KAPS

27th August                          LC Food Collection



1st September                     Step- up to HC course

2nd September                    Young Adults Event

3rd September                      Father’s Day

10th September                 10.30am Step- up Service






“…He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Luke 17:6 (NIV)


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