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

Where Do You Stand?

Where Do You Stand?

The Christian’s foundation for life is found in Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation and eternal life. One of the key passages for guidance on the foundation for life is found in the book of Matthew, where Jesus tells the parable about a wise man who built his house on a rock, and a foolish man who built his house on sand. The wise man’s house withstood the storm, while the foolish man’s house fell down.

A solid foundation for life is only found in Jesus Christ. This faith in Jesus provides a sense of purpose and direction, as well as the assurance of forgiveness and eternal life. We also believe that faith in Christ is the guiding force in all aspects of life, from personal relationships to work and community involvement.

This foundation provides a sense of purpose, direction, and security that cannot be found in any other source, and we build on this foundation by practicing regular worship, prayer, Bible study, participation in our church community and service to others as we live out our faith in our daily lives, sharing the love of Jesus with those around us.

Pr. Paul Fielke

Bible Readings: Matthew 7: 24-27 (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.

Notice from Church Board 

The SA/NT District Synod will be held this May in Victor Harbour.

The nominated delegates for GSPV are Peter Nitschke, Jodie Laubsch and Christa Schwarz.

Peter has already been appointed at the last half yearly meeting.

The call committee has also had two new members appointed – Val King and Matt Schmitd

This is in addition the current members of the call Committee:

  • Christa Schwarz
  • Lindsay Freund
  • Peter Schlenk
  • Ros Thiele
  • David Wilksch
  • Nicole Pfeiffer

An opportunity for endorsement by show of hands for Jodie and Christa as well as the new members of the call committee Matt and Val, will be held following both services this Sunday.

Please pray for our newly appointed committee members and the direction of Gods Church during this time.

March Food Collection

After a fantastic start last month of supporting Lutheran Care through our food collections our next collection is on Sunday March the 26th at both services. Donations can be left in the church office up to Friday March 24th.

Requirements for March are:

  • Tea/coffee
  • Sugar
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cereals
  • Dishwashing detergent

Musicians Wanted

Seeking people interested in being involved in the church’s music ministry i.e., playing in the bands. We are particularly looking for drummers, guitarists, and keyboard players. Interested people can contact Merv Thiele, Michael Gower, or the church office on 82635087.

Karaoke is Back!

In 2020, we held a very successful Karaoke Night at Para Vista which raised over $2500 for the Family Hub at Ingle Farm.

Karaoke is back in 2023. It will be held on Saturday August 5th. Cost of tickets is $10. 

This could become an activity for your Fellowship Group or a group of your friends.

Include it in your calendar!!

Connect Cards

Please fill in a connect card as you walk in the church as it is the only way we can connect with you!

Join us at the Fair!

Endeavour College is hosting a Community Fair and you’re invited!

Sunday, 26 March

12:00pm until 8:00pm on college grounds

This year we’re turning 25 as a college and choosing to celebrate this milestone birthday in style.

We will have entertainment, rides, food and much, much more.

College Tours will also be provided during the event. Please register your interest through our College Website

Come, make a day of it and bring the whole family!

We’ll see you at the Fair.

Good Shepherd Country Drive

Come along for a family outing, drive along a beautiful green country road. Have lunch and join in and play some games, but most of all have some great fellowship. Also bring afternoon tea for mystery location.

Venue: Federation Park Gumeracha

Date: Sunday 12th March

Time: 12.15pm (at the park)

BYO Lunch, drinks & games + table and chairs if you have them.

Third time lucky!!!

Meet and Eat Fundraising

On Sunday, 19th March at 2.00pm at the Good Shepherd church, the Meet and Eat Ministry invites you all to a concert.

Entry for children will be free!!

Come and be entertained by the Metropolitan Male Choir of South Australia and support us raise money for our Meet and Eat Ministry.

$20 a ticket includes afternoon tea. Tickets are now available. Contact Peter Weckert for more info on 0404313892

Family Support Coordinator News, From Georgie

Kids And Parents Socializing (KAPS)

We are celebrating Easter at KAPS. We will be having an interactive worship where the participants, that’s you guys, will be acting out certain parts of the Easter story in little groups you’ve practiced in. It will be an awesome afternoon with some other Easter activities available. Just a reminder, we are opening up our youth event for year 2-7 with parents/caregivers/grandparents needing to be there too. If you have any questions, feel free to contact myself (Rachel 0475582289) or Georgie. I look forward to seeing you all there.

School Snippets

Did you know that the school has a Facebook page? It is a great way to ‘see’ some of the things we celebrate across the year. We have shared a recent post of the school’s Welcome Party on the church’s Facebook page. For more of what we’ve been up to have a look at this week’s GSPV School Newsletter via this link: https://bit.ly/3FeHa2K

Chapel Invitation

On Wednesday, Georgie shared a message entitled ‘Come as you are- left out or lonely’. Please read this week’s devotion for her reflection. Special thanks to Peter and Di Schlenk who helped out by serving coffee. (If connecting with people as you serve tea and coffee is something you are interested in, please see Georgie. She would love to hear from you!)

Next week Pastor Stephen Abraham will wrap up of theme of ‘Come as you are’.

You are most welcome to join us! Chapel begins at 8:50am. Join us for a coffee and conversation afterwards! Look forward to seeing you soon!

Growing Faith at Home

Dear Church Family,

Did you know that the Growing Faith at Home resource offers weekly Mealtime prayer (some people call this ‘grace’) and blessing suggestions to try out at home? Have a look sometime.

For this week’s Lenten activity, you might like to get creative and create a hessian bookmark! (See attachment provided.)

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Little Lambs Playgroup

Our Little Lambs Playgroup has been on hiatus throughout 2022. We have certainly been blessed in previous years with wonderful volunteers who have served in this area.  We are currently exploring the possibility for this program to run again. We are looking for a team of people to serve families with little ones in this way. Sharing time together, chatting over a coffee as little one’s play is its own reward. Creating an environment where relationships can be formed and nurtured is a wonderful area of ministry!  If this is something you feel led to be a part of, I would love to hear from you. There are plenty of resources ready to go thanks to the creativity, generosity, and love of previous Little Lambs team leaders. Please contact me via email here or chat with me sometime about this valuable opportunity.



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

Unfortunately, the coffee machine is unserviceable. You are most welcome to come and enjoy the free percolated and instant coffee along with tea.

Sale Again!!- A Chair That Can Do It All

Multi-purpose comfy red chairs available for sale that can perfectly fit into your indoors or outdoors and easily stackable too! For a donation come along and purchase them and the history stays on!

Name Badge Request

The cost for a Name Badge is $12. If you would like to order one then, contact the church office on 0882635087 or send an email to: churchenquiries@paravista.org.au

Weekly News Items

Weekly news items are to be sent to churchenquiries@paravista.org.au or krishna.vasani@paravista.org.au by Wednesday Evening.  Out of hours please leave a message on the answering system 08 8263 5087 or email the office and staff will respond as soon as they are able.


“…All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4


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 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