Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christianity Explored @ Le Torri Lounge

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
2 Timothy 3:14-17 
The Word of God!

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: Genesis 32

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 32:  
Who are we fighting with?
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
who on the cross fought and won for us!







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!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Pray for Houston


Tomorrow early morning we'll fly to Houston for a planned visit to our friends from Bethel Church.

After the devastation of the Hurricane Harvey: we'll be involved in meeting with the families of the young people who came in the last years to help @ Exch@nge camp in Italy, in encouraging and serving with the church in their work for those affected by the storms!
We'll keep you updated about our time there through our social media!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Sunday Service: Genesis 30:25-43

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 30:25-43:  
Grace for dysfunctional families!
We'll be exposed to the beauty of Christ,
who brought us God's peace and
the adoption into God's family,  
Ephesians 2:17-19






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!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Mid-week Bible Study - App A Meal with Jesus


Tomorrow we'll have an evening to conclude our summer series where, as church family, we've interacted with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Stefano we'll work out some practical applications for our church family about what we've learned through Luke's Gospel during the summer.

 
Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission. Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Summer series: A meal with Jesus - Enacted Promise: Luke 24

Tomorrow we'll conclude our summer series where, as church family, we've interacted with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Stefano we'll engage with chapter 6:
Meals as Enacted Promise: Luke 24

Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission.


Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Prayer & Envisioning Meeting

Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week prayer & envisioning meeting.

Our desire is to build up our church to have a passion for our community with a global vision for the work of the Lord!


We'll have a prayer time for those who've lost relatives and friends at the terrorist attack in Barcelona, including the two Italian families.

We'll intercede for the families of the terrorist and for those who are still
involved in these acts of violence, that the Lord might turn their hearts to Jesus' Redemption!

We'll pray for the witness of the European Mission Fellowship churches in Spain.









We'll also pray for the rescuers at work in Ischia after the earthquake and for those who have lost loves ones.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Summer series: A meal with Jesus - Enacted Salvation: Luke 22

Tomorrow we'll continue our summer series where, as church family, we'll interact with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Nino we'll engage with chapter 5:
Meals as Enacted Salvation: Luke 22

Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission.


Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Friday, 18 August 2017

BBQ as Gospel opportunity

Tomorrow we'll have a traditional Ferragosto evening, which is an
Italian Harvest Festival.
The Feriae Augusti (Augustus' Festivals), introduced by Emperor Augustus in 18 BC,  celebrate the harvest and the end of a long period of intense agricultural work.

Nowadays is traditional to have a BBQ,
so we decided to invite @ our home some new friends alongside church family.

Two families we got to know during the Exch@nge Camp are coming! We'll be 23 adults & 4 kids, which means that we'll have 15 non-Christians with us!!! Pray for this Gospel opportunity for our church members to naturally share their faith with these friends!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Summer series: A meal with Jesus - Enacted Mission: Luke 14

Tomorrow we'll continue our summer series where, as church family, we'll interact with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Giovanni we'll engage with chapter 4:
Meals as Enacted Mission: Luke 14

Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission.


Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Celebrating with our Community: fish&chips + bike ride with the stars

Tomorrow evening we'll join our community in Budrio for a fish&chips meal in the square.
There will be tables all around the main square in Budrio and under the arcades where people will sit together enjoying food and music.

On Friday evening we'll join the traditional bike ride by night to see the falling stars in the countryside and enjoying fresh watermelons!


These are great opportunities to get to know people from our community, sharing food with them and celebrating the good gifts of the Lord and God's marvellous creation: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Psalm 19:1

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Summer series: A meal with Jesus - Enacted Hope: Luke 9

Tomorrow we'll continue our summer series where, as church family, we'll interact with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Stefano we'll engage with chapter 3:
Meals as Enacted Hope: Luke 9

Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission.


Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Missionary Evening with Giuseppe & Sun-min

Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week prayer
and missionary meeting.

We'll have a FaceTime
in New Zealand
with Giuseppe & Sun-min!

Giuseppe did an internship programme last year with us
in Budrio after his missional experience in Senegal with
WEC Italy.


At the moment Giuseppe has completed a theological and missional training at the EastWest Bible College in New Zealand which specifically prepares Christian workers for cross-cultural service.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Summer series: A meal with Jesus - Enacted Community: Luke 7

Tomorrow we'll continue our summer series where as church family we'll interact with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Stefano we'll engage with chapter 2:
Meals as Enacted Community: Luke 7

Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission.


Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Prayer & Envisioning Meeting


Tomorrow evening we'll have our mid-week prayer & envisioning meeting.

Our desire is to build up our church to have a passion for our community with a global vision for the work of the Lord!


This morning we had a very good meeting with the new Mayor and Vice-Mayor of Budrio. 

 


We donated them and to each Councilor a New Testament with this dedication: 
We pray for you and your role as church (1Timothy 2:1-6) recognizing that there is 
no authority except from God, and those 
that exist have been instituted by God 
(Romans 13:1-7) 
So tomorrow we'll pray for each Councillor of our town and their responsibility!




We'll also pray for the missionary trip of YfC Italy to Bulgaria where a team of 8 teenagers and young adults will serve in amongst the local ROM community and local churches.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Christianity Explored @ Le Torri Lounge

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 Acts 4:23-31 
Prayer!

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.

Summer series: A meal with Jesus - Enacted Grace: Luke 5

Tomorrow we'll start our new summer series where as church family we'll interact with Tim Chester's book A meal with Jesus.

With Justin we'll engage with chapter 1:
Meals as Enacted Grace: Luke 5

Meals have always been important across societies and cultures. Meals are also deeply theological - an important part of Christian fellowship and mission.


Luke's Gospel is full of stories of Jesus at meals. And these meals enact grace, community, hope, mission, salvation and promise.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Great Time @ Exch@nge Camp Budrio 2017

We had a really blessed time @ the Exch@nge Camp in Budrio.
Thanks ever so much to all the helpers and the great team from Houston!!!


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY7 - Sunday Service

This morning we had our Sunday Service for the campers' families of the 2017 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.

More than 70 people came between kids and parents, and it was great to see some of the older campers from previous years!

 



Stefano preached from Luke 7:36-50, challenging parents & kids to think that the one who understand the depths from which Jesus saved him, is the one who really loves Jesus! 



We had the visit of the new mayor of Budrio who thanked us for our work & presence in the community. We also had a great time engaging with families and kids. Many of them very happy to receive a New Testament and to be informed about our Christianity Explored and kids programmes!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Exch@nge Camp - DAY6 - Service Project + BBQ


This morning we engaged Italian & American kids in our Service Project in partnership with Budrio Town Hall.







This year we decorated the front wall & entrance hall
of Budrio kindergarten


This evening we'll have our Texan BBQ for the campers families @ Le Torri Lounge,
the café where we run both Uncover and Christianity Explored.

It's always a great opportunity to interact with families and friends!