Magalang Open House

On Saturday, after the eyeglass screening, we drove to Magalang for their open house.  The Church likes to open a new facility (local buildings, Temples, etc.) when new so the neighbors can come and and have a look.  The Magalang Branch has been working on getting a new facility for a couple of years and finally secured a old Dutch-era home to renovate.  Renovation began in September, so they made good progress once they started.

So this was the old “building” – which was actually just a store-front, almost like a storage shed:

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Space A3.  Notice Moroni on the roll-up door – the entire Church was as wide as the pillars.

So they went from that, to this:

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The new building.  They do not yet have permission to put a sign on the front.  First things first….

So Saturday consisted of opening the building up  from about 11 (we got there at 11:30) until about 3, with each room (with presenters) explaining a different program of the Church – Family Home Evening, Young Men / Young Women, Relief Society (the Women’s organization) and last but not least, the Humanitarian effort in Indonesia (we gave a slide presentation).

It was a good turnout

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With good music:

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The Branch Choir

And dancing by Javanese dancers in spectacular costumes:

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They asked us to join their performing troop, but we told them ‘no’….

And great food:

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Very traditional Javanese food – soup, rice, chicken, vegetables

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Snake Fruit

 

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Eggs in a hot chili sauce

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The “Pamuda Pancasila” – every community has one – it’s like a local-security-council- neighborhood-watch kind of group.  They were invited to come eat – so they did!

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We stayed for Church on Sunday for the first meeting in the new building.  Before the meeting started, someone (it was never quite clear who it was – police, Pamuda Pancasila, or who – came by and suggested it would be a good idea to keep the first meeting short, to let the community get used to the idea of a Christian Church as a new neighbor.  So after Sacrament Meeting, we were done…

So, we had to take the obligatory group photo:

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The bule couple on the right (the Jeffery’s) was going home Wednesday….sad goodbyes for the Branch members.

 

 

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DeeAnn with Calista, Olivia and their mom, Debbi.  The girls really made DeeAnn miss her cucu (grandchildren).

It was a great open house and a great first day in the new building in Magalang, Indonesia!

One response to “Magalang Open House”

  1. Jim says :

    I hope you got the egg recipe. I’m on Adkins.

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