Trissels Mennonite Church Bicentennial   1822-2022

Join us during 2022 for concerts, lectures, tours, and a homecoming weekend as we celebrate 200 years of God's faithfulness! 

Something is planned every month from May through October. List below.

Picture is a painting by Anna Mae Pellman representing the original church building.

Bicentennial Concert/Lecture Series

Summer/Fall 2022

Sun, May 1

10:30a - Elwood Yoder, author of soon-released history of Trissels, speaks during worship service

6:30p - Singing School Reenactment led by Andrea Early

7:00p - Harmonia Sacra Sing, followed by Crank-churned Ice Cream Social

Sun, June 12

4:00p - Music Under the Oaks—concert by Good Company (


Sun, July 10

11:45a - Carry-in Meal (after morning worship)

1:00p - Cemetery Walk & Talk, led by Eunice Showalter; 

begin in sanctuary with a history of the cemetery, description of its 3 parts and location of 2 previous church buildings, and video of drone fly-over of entire cemetery; 

then move outside for walking tour.


Sun, Aug 7

7:00p - Video Presentation of 1997 Pageant ("Generation to Generation" by Grace Showalter; from our 175th anniversary celebration)

Sun, Sept 11

2:00-4:00p - Tour of Historical Sites led by Elwood Yoder: 

1) Rhodes house [also Abraham Shank house and Samuel and Catherine Shank house can be seen from there], 2) Rhodes family cemetery, 3) Zion cemetery, 4) Showalter house [on Woodlands Church Rd—probably just drive by the house], 5) Brunk marker near Trissels church, 6) John Kline marker near Trissels [if there is time], and 7) Tide Spring and hotdog roast there.


Oct 21-23 - Homecoming Weekend

Fri, Oct 21

7:00p - Stories From the Life of a Young Pastor, by David Augsburger; 

Lecture & Book Signing of Under the Oaks: A History of Trissels Mennonite Church, Broadway, Virginia, 1822-2022 by Elwood Yoder; 

refreshments of cider and pretzels.


Sat, Oct 22

7:00p - Homecoming Concert

45 mins with Madeline Bender (and husband and son; opera;; 

45 mins with Jerry Derstine (J.D. Martin; writer of 5 Number One hit singles;

Sun, Oct 23

9:30a - Panel of Previous Pastors

10:30a - David Augsburger, pastor 1963-1971, speaks during worship service

11:45a - Carry-in Meal

1:00p? - Plant an oak tree