TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN . . .
TRISSELS MENNONITE NEWSLETTER published every other week
LOCATED AT 11246 HISERS LANE, BROADWAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2007
Pastor: Phil Kanagy From the Secretary’s Desk . . .
Phone: (540) 896-7289
Website: Trisselsmc.org An assortment of stray cats passes through my yard. Lulu, a petite calico barely tipping a six-
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 549, pound scale, took shelter underneath our shed a couple of years ago. If she even caught sight of
Broadway, VA 22815 me watching her from yards away, she ran. Now she lies on her back on my lap, purring barely
audibly, kneading her paws against my arm. She had a sister, Mattie, that shared the apartment
Our Sunday Services . . .
underneath the shed. Mattie never warmed to us. After a mess with her sickly kittens, Ryland
9:30 AM Sunday School and Margaret helped me catch Mattie to take her to a friend’s farm in Singers Glen. She took
10:30 AM Worship the first door out of a warm calf barn, and the last we saw her, she was running straight towards
September 16— A Missional Sunday a woods where coyotes live. Another kitten showed up last spring. On a frosty night when I had
Linford and Janet Stutzman lead adult Sunday the shed open while covering strawberry plants, O’Malley slipped inside for warmth. The next
school and worship. After a fellowship meal, day when I opened the shed, perched on a shelf was a long-haired, white and tan Persian kitten
they will lead an afternoon session. staring at me with frightened, blue eyes. For days he ate ravenously, his feces left in the shed
Nursery Schedule . . . indicating his diet had been John the Baptist’s fare – bugs. O’Malley is slowly warming to us,
Sept. 9: Karin & Katie Halterman but really, it’s up to him whether or not he will let us fully care for him.
Sept. 16: Janet Miller & Daniel Richards
Stewardship Report . . . As I’ve watched these cats, I am struck by the parallel free will God gives us in living into His
August 26: worship— 72, offering—$3,42 goodness. Philip Yancey’s book, The Jesus I Never Knew, keeps turning over in my head on
Sept. 2: worship— 86, offering— $1,858 just how much Jesus respected this freedom. Jesus had the power to destroy Satan in the tempta-
Wishing a tion in the desert. He could have won over the crowds by creating food on demand. He could
have opted for the power behind a crown of jewels instead of the pain from one of thorns.
Happy Anniversary Plainly, why didn’t Jesus, God Incarnate, just bedazzle us, crush Satan, and get rid of this
and worldly mess? Because He knows that the only way righteousness grows out of our sinful na-
ture is when we choose to live into His love -- ever-patient, never-conditional, pain-bearing love.
to . . . So, which stray are you like? Lulu, Mattie, or O’Malley?
. . . Becky
Marv Zehr September 15
Charles & Laura Turner September 16
Donald & Sandy Lambert September 19
Sarah Mumbauer September 20
Laura Turner September 22
Michelle Hamsher September 22
~ At Trissels ~ Jr. Youth
Heartfelt condolences are extended to Janine Whoohoo! The Junior Youth Retreat at Smith
Kanagy and her family as they grieve the loss Mountain Lake is around the corner (Sept. 29 & 30).
of Janine’s father, Joseph Mininger.
Get your medical release forms to Mel or John
The Worship and Church Life Committee ASAP.
meets Thursday, Sept. 6, in the library at 7 PM.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, during school hours, Ya’ll know what a ROAD RALLY is?
Trissels Mennonite Women gather in the fel- Find out this Saturday, Sept. 8.
lowship hall to make items for missions. All Your sponsors will be calling with details.
women and children are welcome with work
available for all skill levels. Come for fellowship
and a carry-in meal served at noontime. ~ In the Community ~
Be a part of the audience for live videotaping of Fish- Trissels Mennonite Church NONPROFIT
Church Council convenes in the fellowship Eyes and Creation Chronicles at Eastern Mennonite School P.O. Box 549
hall on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 PM. Quo- auditorium on Sept. 18, 20, & 21. Ted Swartz has assembled
Broadway, VA 22815 PERMIT 10
rum members are council chair & vice-chair, a cast of seasoned actors to play roles he had created with
pastor, elders chair, treasurer, finance committee Lee Eshelman during their 20-year partnership as Ted & Lee
chair, adult & primary Sunday school superinten- Theater/Works. Fish-Eyes will be performed on Sept. 18 at 4
dents, minister of music, Mennonite Women and 7:30 PM. Creation Chronicles will be given on Thurs.,
president, senior building & grounds trustee, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept 21 at 7:30 PM each night. Tickets
senior legal trustee, youth rep, head usher, and are $5 at the door. Because of videotaping, the programs are
Brotherhood Fund administrator. At least eight appropriate for children ages 6 & up. Call 574-4877 for more
quorum members must be present for congre- information.
gational representation. All church members
may vote on matters presented. Harrisonburg Pregnancy Center is looking for Christian
nurse volunteers who have a heart for women in crisis
The Ladies Fall Retreat is at Sparkling pregnancies and who agree with HPC’s Statement of Faith
Springs on Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 2 and Mission. For more information, contact Peg Martin, RN,
PM. Finger foods will be served in Cottage #58. at 434-0685.
Visitors are welcome. Please bring lawn chairs,
and maps will be coming shortly. Virginia Mennonite Missions is seeking a team of skilled
workers to go to Charlottesville on Saturday, Sept. 29, to
Missional Sundays coming soon! assist with a construction project for a transitional program
beginning there. An electrician, floor tiler, carpenter, and
September 16, Linford & Janet Stutzman share about
plumber are needed. If you have a skill in any of these areas
their experiences resailing all of Paul’s missionary jour-
and would like to help, please contact Philip Rhodes for more
neys, focusing on how to apply Paul’s principles and
information at 434-9727.
practices to Trissels’ missional work. Share in a
fellowship meal at noontime followed by the Stutzmans
leading an afternoon session. ~ Missions ~ RETURN SERVICE
Skip and Carol Tobin, EMM and VMM workers in Thailand,
September 23, Loren Horst, Virginia Mennonite Confer-
are relating to a wide variety of people in Southeast Asia.
ence Minister, leads worship on a
Thank God for their deep commitment to spreading the Good REQUESTED
News and ask for protection daily as they move around the