Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Sunday Service: Christ in the faith of Joshua - Hebrews 11:30

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 Hebrews 11-12.
With Colin we'll engage
with Hebrews 11:30 -
Christ in the faith of Joshua!
Together we’ll see the beauty of Christ, for through Him, who loved us and died for us,
we are more than conquerors!
 


Nino & Marco will lead our children's programme
based on The Gospel Project for kids,
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, 20 July 2018

Budrio Preaching Class

Tomorrow morning we'll have our Preaching Class meeting.
We're very excited about this opportunity to invest in the
lives of Nino & Giovanni 
to equip them to preach
God's Word in our church!

Tomorrow we'll give
feedback on Nino's sermon on Hebrews 11:23-29 and we'll engage with Colin's sermon on Hebrews 11:30!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Open Air Movies Festival @ Budrio Square - Wonder

Tomorrow evening our
church family, will join Budrio community for the Open Air Movies Festival B'Est @ Budrio Square.
This month we'll watch the
2017 movie Wonder with
Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson
and Jacob Tremblay. 

WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. 
Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sunday Service: Christ in the faith of Moses - Hebrews 11:23-29

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 Hebrews 11-12.
With Nino we'll engage
with Hebrews 11:23-29 -
Christ in the faith of Moses!
Together we’ll see the beauty of Christ, 
for Jesus, our Passover lamb, 
has been sacrificed to give us life!
 


Giovanni & Tiziana will lead our children's programme
based on The Gospel Project for kids,
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, 11 July 2018

Prayer & Envisioning Meeting

Tomorrow evening Stefano
will lead 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 month we'll pray specifically for the follow-up after the Exch@nge Camp Budrio, and for the Exch@nge Camp Bologna East of this week. We'll intercede for our church family and for the Lord's work in Thailand with Compassion International!


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Sunday Service: Christ in the faith of Joseph - Hebrews 11:22

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 Hebrews 11-12.
With Stefano we'll engage
with Hebrews 11:22: 
Christ in the faith of Joseph!
Together we’ll see the beauty of Christ, 
for all the promises of God find their Yes 
in him. That is why it is through him 
that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20
 


Jenny & Raffaela will lead our children's programme
based on The Gospel Project for kids,
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.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Family Time @ the Balcony


Tomorrow evening we'll meet
@ Matteo's home for a
Family Time on the Balcony!

This is an informal evening 
to enjoy the beautiful landscape of 
Budrio's rooftops from Matteo's balcony, 
to be together as a church family and 
to share the many stories of 
how the Lord has worked and 
continues to work in our lives!

Exch@nge Camp 2018 Video & Report


Yesterday we had a great day out in Florence with our friends from Bethel Church
in Houston, who have helped @ our
5th Exch@nge Camp for teens in Budrio!

We feel so blessed by this great Gospel partnership that joined our churches
in these 5 years of reaching out teens
and families in Budrio!

At the end of these challenging 10 days of ministry we are amazed be the many ways The Lord has answered our prayers!


We had 45 local kids from
11 to 17 years old and only
2 of them were coming from
Christian families!

Join us in praying that The Lord will apply to their hearts what they've heard in these days through the Talks from Ephesians, and the many conversations during the camp!
At the community dinner of Saturday evening we hosted more than 100 people and we had good Gospel Conversations with a few parents and the Cafè staff!








On Sunday more than 130 people attended the service and quite a few asked questions after Stefano's sermon!

We were very encouraged by 4 Christians from our church who took holidays in order to serve with us at the camp and the many great helpers we had from other churches!

Pray with us the Lord of the Harvest for the many seeds planted this week!

Have a taste of this incredible week by watching the Camp Video!


You can also watch a video interview with Rod Bohls, the team leader from Houston!

 


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Exch@nge Camp - DAY7 - Sunday Service

This morning we had our Sunday Service 
for the campers' families of the  
2018 English Sport Camp Exch@nge Budrio.

We had the biggest turnout of kids and parents in the last 5 years, indeed there where more than 130 people, and it was great to see some of the older campers from previous years!

 
Stefano preached from Ephesians 2:1-8, challenging parents & kids to think about 
the depths of our sin and so the amazing salvation that Jesus accomplished for us 
at the Cross!
How great is to know that Jesus' salvation is 
by grace alone!
 
We had the visit of the 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 Course and kids programmes during the year!


 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Exch@nge Camp - DAY6 - Service Project + BBQ


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


We decorated the entrance hall and first floor of 
the Social Workers Office Building. 

It was very encouraging to see many local kids working alongside some parents and 
our church members! 
We also had the visit of the mayor, 
who complimented kids and our Exch@nge staff for the good work!!!
 

This was a great opportunity not only to keep serving our community, but also to keep building a strong partnership with social services in Budrio. 

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

In the years this has always been an amazing Gospel opportunity to interact with families and friends!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Exch@nge Camp - DAY5 - The Assurance of Salvation

 
Great 5th day at the 2018 English Sport Camp 
Exch@nge Budrio.
This morning we had our final Talk 
from Ephesians 5:25-32.


Davide led this time challenging kids to see 
that Jesus loved us so much that he gave himself to save us! We can be absolutely certain of his love! Therefore we can be absolutely certain of our salvation because it doesn’t depend on us, but on his love!
American students in every group answered to this question: How can you be sure of salvation in Jesus, even when your faith is weak and you have doubts?



We had lots of fun playing at Frisbee Golf & Line Dancing.

This is the last official day at the Camp. 
Join us in praying that The Lord will make to grow the Gospel seeds that have been sown in these days through the Talks and the many Gospel conversations with kids!