Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Sunday Service: Genesis 35

Tomorrow we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.


At 10.30 we'll start our service continuing our series on the book of Genesis.
With Stefano we'll engage with  
Genesis 35: God's victory through a dysfunctional family!
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the one who enters in our suffering to bring us God's life & peace!






Justin & Stefania will lead our children's programme based on
The Gospel Project, in which week by week kids engage
with the same passages from Genesis and families will have activities to keep interacting with God's Word during the week!


After the service we'll have a bring&share fellowship lunch with Giuseppe & his fiancé Sun-min!
Giuseppe did an internship programme two years ago with us in Budrio after his missional experience in Senegal with WEC Italy.

Giuseppe & Sun-min have completed a theological and missional training at the EastWest Bible College in New Zealand which specifically prepares Christian workers for cross-cultural service.
Now they are getting ready to work with WEC in Germany amongst Iranian refugees.
It is a privilege for our little church to partner with them for the Gospel cause!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - From Selfies to Selflessness!



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our
My Space Club 4 Teens
for this school-year.

We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.

In this way we have a fantastic room
with a courtyard in Budrio Library
and the social workers are sending
some of the kids they follow.
As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: From Selfies to Selflessness!

We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Green & Blue, Aim High, 
Running with selflessness,
That's what I want, 20 words,
Build up, Self-less?, The line,
Rewards, Top Tips, Lay it down,
which will serve as illustrations
to Justin's Talk from Mark 12:30-31
where we'll see what does it really mean
to love our neighbour as ourselves!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Thanksgiving Family Meal


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US,
so we decided to celebrate an Italian version.

In the evening we'll meet @ Justin & Carli's for a bring&share Thanksgiving meal.

We've invited a few new friends from the October Reformation events, so we should have about 15 non-Christians with us!


Join us in praying that it will be a great Gospel opportunity to celebrate the goodness of our Lord and to share the many reasons we have to be thankful to God this year!

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, 
"I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 
2 Corinthians 4:13-15 (ESV)

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Christianity Explored

Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our monthly
Christianity Explored Course,
for every age-group!

Christianity Explored is a great way to give people space and time to think about the big questions of life.

We run these public meetings hosted by the Café of the theatre we use for our Sunday meetings as church!


Tomorrow with Stefano
we'll engage with
Mark 4:3-20 - Are we the choices we have made?

Over 10 sessions in Mark's Gospel, we'll find out about the life and the teachings of the person at the heart of the Christian faith - Jesus Christ.

Sunday Service: visiting preacher Phil Dunn

Tomorrow we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.


At 10.30 we'll start our service.
We'll have with us Phil Dunn,
Northern Ireland Representative of the European Mission Fellowship.
Phil will preach on how we should 
marvel at Jesus' identity and be 
confident in His power from John 1:1-5.






Marco & Jenny will lead our children's programme based on
The Gospel Project, in which week by week kids engage
with the same passages from Genesis and families will have activities to keep interacting with God's Word during the week!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Theology for Breakfast with Porterbrook!

Tomorrow we'll continue
with our meeting:  
Theology for Breakfast!

Following Luther's Table Talks example, we'll meet from 9am to 11am @ Central Café
in Mezzolara where, while enjoying a breakfast with eggs&bacon, or capuccino & croissant or bread+butter&jam, we'll engage with God's Word discovering the beauty of theology in our everyday life!
We'll interact with the Porterbrook module:
The Bible in Missional Perspective.
With Stefano we'll engage with Unit 2:
Our Problem (fall and flood).

Together we'll walk through the Bible as the story of God's mission to redeem the world through his Son. We’ll find out why the church is so central to mission, and how to see everyday life through the Gospel lens.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Building TRUST



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our
My Space Club 4 Teens
for this school-year.
We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.

In this way we have a fantastic room
with a courtyard in Budrio Library
and the social workers are sending
some of the kids they follow.
As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Building TRUST
We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Who am I?, T.R.U.S.T., 
Trust Falling, Twist & Pull, 
Who to Trust?, Screaming Goats, 
Be a Friend / Keep a Friend,
Real TRUST, Broken Trust,
Keep Your Word, Blind Chase & Car Crush which will serve as illustrations to Stefano & Phil Dunn's Talk from Jeremiah 17:7-8 where we'll see that Blessed is he who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Prayer meeting - Phil Dunn from EMF


Tomorrow evening we'll host in our home our monthly prayer meeting.
We'll have a time of prayer & intercession for our church family, and for the national work of Acts29Italy.

We'll also have a time of prayer for the work in Europe of the European Mission Fellowship.
We'll have with us Phil Dunn, Northern Ireland Representative of the EMF, who will give us updates from different churches around Europe.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Acts29 Italy training days

From Sunday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon,
Stefano & Jenny with Justin & Carli,
will be @ the Impatto Italia Acts 29 training days conference.

This year we'll engage
with the theme of Gospel Centred Discipleship interacting with the book of Jonathan K. Dodson.

Avoiding extremes and evaluating motives, Jonathan Dodson insists on a way of following Jesus that re–centers discipleship on the gospel. This book helps to understand and experience the fullness of discipleship as God intended. It combines the mess and the weight, the imperfection and transformation, the honesty and wonder of being a disciple who revolves around Jesus. Here is a practical guide to discipleship that is Spirit–filled, Christ–centered, field–tested, and easily implemented.

Sunday Service: Genesis 34

Tomorrow we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.


At 10.30 we'll start our service continuing our series on the book of Genesis.
With Justin we'll engage with Genesis 34: The sin of compromise & the mercy of God!
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
the one who enters in our suffering to bring us God's life & peace!







Nino & Carli will lead our children's programme based on The Gospel Project, in which week by week kids engage
with the same passages from Genesis and families will have activities to keep interacting with God's Word during the week!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

IDOP 2017 - International Days of Prayers for the Persecuted Church

Tomorrow we'll have a joint service for the IDOP 2017 - International Days of Prayers for the Persecuted Church, alongside the 4 local churches we are partnering with in the Bologna area.
This global event is promoted by the World Evangelical Alliance and Open Doors.

In the morning we'll meet
at Nuova Vita Church where,  
Cristiano De Chirico from
Open Doors Italy, will preach
God's Word challenging us to partner in prayers, intercessions and action with our sisters and brothers from the persecuted church worldwide.

In the afternoon, our church will host in Budrio
the prayer meeting where Cristiano will update us
about the present situation of the Persecuted church.

On a daily basis Christians around the world face persecution in various forms, including discrimination, physical assaults, violence and even death. Persecution is the daily reality of at least 100 million Christians around the world. We believe that God uses the prayers of his people to strengthen and deliver suffering saints. However, that’s not all. Even though persecution and suffering may be the present reality for some believers, the Scriptures promise that their  journey, ultimately would be from ashes to glory. As such, we are convinced that though sorrow is the present reality of those suffering for Christ, triumph is their ultimate reward.

Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Director World Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC)




Thursday, 2 November 2017

MySpace Club 4 Teens - Fear ends where...



Tomorrow afternoon we'll have our
My Space Club 4 Teens
for this school-year.
We organize this club for local kids,
in partnership with Budrio Town Hall
as part of their after-school programme.

In this way we have a fantastic room
with a courtyard in Budrio Library
and the social workers are sending
some of the kids they follow.
As part of our club, we also offer help
with their English home-works.






 

Together we'll engage with the YfC Rock Solid material,
interacting with the theme: Fear ends where...

We'll play lots of fun games like: 
Mystery Boxes, What do you see?,
Keep Them Out, Horror @ Casa Surace,
David & Goliath, Human Battleships,
Sort The Fears, Noises in the night,
Guess the Ghost & Not Alone,  
which will serve as illustrations to Stefano's Talk from 1 Samuel 17:32-51 where we'll see that Fear ends where Faith begins, and that with Jesus we're Not Alone: Romans 8:31!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Video Report of the #Reformation500 events in Budrio

 

Jörg Müller is the Director of the European School of Biblical Studies near London. 
From Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th October 2017, Jörg & Heike have been helping at the #Reformation500 events in Budrio. 
Jörg's family on the maternal side comes from the same village in Thuringia as Luther’s family: Möhra. Jörg planted and pastored a church in Wartburg where Luther was brought for hiding after the Diet of Worms and translated the NT into German. While hiding there, he called himself Knight Jörg.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Family Time Evening - Luther movie #31October1517-2017

Tomorrow evening we'll have a special family time mid-week meeting @ our home.
Together we'll watch the 2003 Luther movie. The 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the doors of Wittenberg cathedral, starting the Reformation.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Sunday Service: Soli Deo Gloria & Trip to Ferrara Castle

Tomorrow we'll have our morning service
to worship God together and to proclaim
His Word in Budrio.






We are glad for the Lord's provision of the main room in
Le Torri dell'Acqua, the theatre&modern art-gallery right at the centre of Budrio, well known as a cultural meeting point.


At 10.30 we'll start our service with our
series on the 5 Solas of Reformation.
With Jörg Müller, director of the European School of BiblicalStudies, we'll engage with the 5th: Soli Deo Gloria.
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Jesus,
who has redeemed us in order to live for God's Glory in every sphere of our life!





Marco & Jenny will lead our children's programme,
in which kids will engage with the same theme
interacting with Jesus' resurrection from Matthew 27:11-66!





After we'll have a fellowship lunch together.

In the afternoon we'll have a trip to Ferrara, to visit the castle where in 1536 the young John Calvin, who had just published the 
first edition of his Institutes, hide from the Inquisition under the protection of the duchess Reneé of France.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Reformation 500 - Lesson in Budrio High School - Conference & Reformation Dinner

Tomorrow morning, Stefano & Justin will be back
@ Budrio High School.

We'll speak to a 3rd year class during their History & Philosophy lesson about the 500° anniversary of Reformation.


We'll start our presentation with some clips from the Luther movie.

Yet, our main goal is to engage students with the 5 Solas of Reformation to expose them to Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus alone!

In the afternoon we'll host a conference in Budrio's Bookshop.

The main speaker will be 
Jörg Müller, director of the European School of BiblicalStudies.


Jörg's family on the maternal side comes from the same village in Thuringia as Luther’s family: Möhra. Jörg planted and pastored a church in Wartburg where Luther was brought for hiding after the Diet of Worms and translated the NT into German. While hiding there, he called himself Knight Jörg.

Jörg will speak on Past Reformation, about what happened in Europe 500 years ago!

We'll have a special guest Tiziano Casella,
a very well-know story-teller from Budrio,
who will speak about Near Reformation.

  




Tiziano will read from the letters that 
John Calvin wrote to Reneé of France the duchess of Ferrara, near Budrio.
In 1536 the young Calvin, who had just published the first edition of his Institutes
hide from the inquisition in Ferrara's Castle!

Stefano will then conclude speaking about Present Reformation,
explaining how the motto of Semper Reformanda, challenges today's church and society. 

After the conference we'll have a Reformation Dinner hosted @ Le Torri Lounge, the café of the Theatre we use on Sundays.
We'll enjoy some German sausages & sauerkrauts challenging friends with Luther's Quiz.
The winners will receive 
Luther's action figure! 

Pray with us that all these moments will turn in good Gospel opportunities to share Jesus' hope!