Videos from our Bicentennial Events

During Summer/Fall 2022 we celebrated 200 years of God's faithfulness with concerts, lectures, tours, and a homecoming weekend! 

See event list below with links to videos of the events.

Read article describing the events.

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

Bicentennial (1822-2022) Concert/Lecture Series

Sun, May 1

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

6:30p [video]Singing School Reenactment led by Andrea Early

7:00p [video] - Harmonia Sacra Sing [video clip of one song], followed by Crank-churned Ice Cream Social

Sun, June 12

4:00p - Music Under the Oaks—concert by Good Company ( [video clip of one song]


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 [video of inside presentation]

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) [video—with captions]

Sun, Sept 11

2:00-4:00p [video of tour] - Tour of Historical Sites near Trissels church led by Elwood Yoder.

Ride an EMHS bus to sites: 1) Rhodes house [Abraham Shank house and Samuel & Catherine Shank house can also be seen from there], 2) Rhodes family cemetery, 3) Showalter house [Woodlands Church Rd], 4) Brunk homestead marker.


Oct 21-23 - Homecoming Weekend

Fri, Oct 21

7:00p [video] [YouTube livestream] - Stories From the Life of a Young Pastor, by David Augsburger (pastor at Trissels 1963-1971) [video clip - David's third story]

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

refreshments of cider and pretzels.


Sat, Oct 22

7:00p [video] [YouTube livestream] - free Homecoming Concert by two who grew up at Trissels

Madeline Bender is an international opera singer who founded and directed the annual Voices of Hope Opera Gala raising money for MCC’s Global Family Program and also founded and directs a performing arts collective in NYC  [video clip of one song].

Jerry Derstine/JD Martin is a songwriter whose songs appear in our hymnals and also include many Number One and Top Ten country and pop hit singles. He tells stories as he presents his heart-centered music [video clip of one song] [another song].

Sun, Oct 23

9:30a [videoPanel of Previous Pastors

10:30a [video] - worship service; David Augsburger on “Wonderstruck, often Thunderstruck, by Grace” [sermon video]

11:45a [video] - Fellowship Meal, followed by planting an oak tree [video clip]