Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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church-planting in Budrio, Italy

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Sunday Service 18/08/2013 - Serenissima Bible Church (Pordenone)

Tomorrow we are invited at 
the Serenissima Bible Church,  
in Fontanafredda (Pordenone), 

near Venice.
The Serenissima Church is part of the Acts29 Network of local churches working together 
to plant new churches in Italy.
The name "Serenissima" is taken from the Republic of Venice, which existed from the late 7th century until 1797, formerly known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice and so often referred to as La Serenissima. "Serenissima" literally means “most peaceful” and as a church they have chosen as the best equivalents of the word shalom in the Italian language.  
The Serenissima Church is also the Italian Hub 
for the Porterbrook course, where men and women from all of Europe partake in the Porterbrook Network’s strategic training co-operative for churches.
Many of our students from the Bologna course have benefited by the 3 residential weekends organised in the Serenissima Church throughout the year.

For the Sunday morning service Stefano will preach on John 14:1-17.
To introduce this passage we'll interact with the question: 

"What makes "home" a house?"

Then we'll answer to these two questions which will be our points:
1. Lord, how can we know the way?
2. Lord, can you show us the Father?


After the service there will be a "missional lunch" which they call "Converge",
with some Christians that are opening new works in the surrounding villages and towns.
Stefano will share some Porterbrook material and exercises that have been helpful for us in Bologna. The goal is to share our mission together over lunch and help the brothers in their contexts for outreach and discipleship.

To introduce this afternoon seminar we'll watch this funny clip in Italian that challenges us in thinking about the way we share the gospel in our communities.