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:
So they went from that, to this:
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
With good music:
And dancing by Javanese dancers in spectacular costumes:
And great food:
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!
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:
It was a great open house and a great first day in the new building in Magalang, Indonesia!