Yogyakarta GKMI Church
One of the three Indonesian Synods which are members of Mennonite World Conference is Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia, GKMI. We attend the Yogyakarta GKMI Church Sunday mornings at 8 A.M. The church is fairly new and has a good mix of age groups. The style of worship varies from week to week, but usually includes singing from books accompanied by keyboard, drums and guitars.
The former pastor left just before we arrived. Intern Pastor Parminah Tabitha Samaria and the church board manage worship and other matters.
There are a lot of children in the church. The official GKMI statistics say this congregation has 104 baptised members, 30 other regular attenders and 25 children.
There were several Christmas programs in 1999. Duane was part of Koor Bapak-Bapak, the men's choir. Clare Ann played keyboard for them.
We were also asked to do a special music number, so sang "Silent Night" in English and German.
We represented MCC at the annual Synod meetings in September 1999. At the time we had three weeks of language study, and were called upon to make introductory speeches.
In the "small world" category, just before our introduction David Augsburger from Pasadena arrived to do a speech after us. He is sitting next to Mesach Krisetya who is in Fresno as I type this.
Christmas 2000 we were out of town the week before and missed all the programs. Christmas Eve was Sunday. Christmas Day there was a service that included baptism, dedication of children and communion.
|Pdt. Aris baptizes a new member assisted by Parmina, our intern pastor.|
|The entire interior of the building had been covered with heavy paper to make a cave effect.|
|More of the cave interior.|
|Detail of the cave interior.|
|One of the ten babies dedicated.|
|Our last Sunday in Yogya there was an opportunity for us to make our farewell speeches to the GKMI congregation. Pak Aris officiated. We were presented with this very nice Wayang-style filagreed leather wall hanging of the goddess Arjuna, the one who makes peace among the other gods.|
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