Princeville, Illinois

The Apostolic Christian Men’s Sing all began back on Labor Day Weekend, 1980 in the small town of Princeville, Illinois, just a little north of Peoria. Brothers from the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church planned the first Men’s Sing by inviting 45 brothers from other Apostolic Christian churches, to record “O For A Thousand Tongues”.  Then, in 1983, the Princeville church invited again and 70 Brothers recorded “Rise Up, O Men Of God”.  Both recordings were made under the direction of Brother Al Hartzler of the Princeville congregation.

Peoria, Illinois

The Peoria congregation hosted the A.C. Men’s Sing in 1989, and over 170 Brothers participated from across the country. “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship”, directed by Brother Bob Hoerr of Peoria, was recorded and produced on cassette. Then, for a second time in 2013, “Jesus Is Worthy” was recorded under the direction of Brother Ben Luginbuhl of Bloomington, Illinois.

Bluffton, Indiana (Country)

The Bluffton, IN Congregation hosted the Men’s Sing in 1985 with Brother Al Hartzler of Princeville, Illinois directing, yielded “Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide”. Over 100 men were there for the weekend and were blessed by singing and fellowshipping.

Roanoke, Illinois

In 1987, the Roanoke congregation invited the Brothers, and this time the number exceeded 150. “Holy, Holy, Holy” was recorded under the direction of Brother Al Hartzler of Princeville, Illinois.  Then 2007, The A.C. Men’s Sing returned a second time, and “Be Still, My Soul”, directed by Brother Ben Luginbuhl of Bloomington, Illnois, was recorded and produced on CD.

Goodfield, Illinois

The Goodfield congregation were the hosts for the singing and recording of “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” under the direction of Brother Bob Hoerr in 1991.

Wolcott, Indiana

Wolcott, Indiana hosted the singing and recording of “Abide With Me” in 1993 with Brother Al Hartzler directing in the local High School Auditorium.

Morton, Illinois

In 1995, the Morton Brethren hosted the A.C. Men’s Sing and, being directed by Brother Phil Witzig, the group recorded “Faith of Our Fathers.” This was the first recording to be produced on both Cassette and CD.

Forrest, Illinois

“Come Unto Me” was recorded under the direction of Brother Phil Witzig of our Morton congregation in Forrest in 1997.

Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois graciously hosted the singing in 1999 and the result was the recording of “Strive Aright” under the direction of Brother Larry Moore of Elgin.

Latty, Ohio

The year 2001 saw the group come to Latty, Ohio for the first time to record “Rejoice, The Lord is King”, also under direction of Brother Larry Moore of Elgin, Illinios.  In 2019, the group returned to record "Bless The Lord", co-hosted by the Junction congregation, under the direction of Brother Jon Stoller of Latty.

Francesville, Indiana

Francesville, IN hosted the Men's Singing in 2003 and the group added “From Here to Eternity”, with Brother Phil Witzig of Morton, Illinois directing, to the growing list of recordings.

Bluffton, Indiana (North)

In 2005, the A.C. Men’s Sing returned to the Bluffton, IN area, hosted this time by the brethren at Bluffton North. This recording, “We Will Glorify” was the first Men’s Group recording produced only on CD and marked the 25th anniversary of the first A.C. Men’s Sing.  Brother Al Hartzler of Princeville, Illinois, graciously served again as the director for the event.

Remington, Indiana

In 2009, “Christmas Joy” was recorded in Remington, Indiana. The 2009 Men’s sing was the first to use the acmensing.com website for communication and registration.  Brother Wayne Klopfenstein of the Peoria, Illinois congregation directed this recording.

Tremont, Illinois

The brothers of the Tremont congregation hosted the 2011 Men’s Sing. With Brother Andy Sauder of Morton directing, “Singing with Christ” was recorded.  The CD featured current scenes of the Mount of Olives, and Gethsemane provided by Bro. Kevin Koch.

Washington, Illinois

The Washington Congregation hosted the Men’s Sing for the first time on August 29, 2015. A group of 105 brothers sang and recorded “God Leads Us Along” under the direction of Bro. Phil Witzig.

Fairbury, Illinois

Then, in 2017, the brothers gathered together again under the gracious hosting of the Fairbury, Illinois congregation to sing and subsequently record “Shine For Jesus” under our Morton, Illinois Brother, Phil Witzig’s, direction.

History of the Apostolic Christian Men’s Sing

The Apostolic Christian Men’s Sing all began back on Labor Day Weekend, 1980 in the small town of Princeville, Illinois, just a little north of Peoria. Bro. Al Hartzler and a Men’s Group from the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church planned the first A Cappella Men’s Sing by inviting 45 brothers from other Apostolic Christian churches, mostly in Illinois, to record their first record (which was later made into cassette). Brothers from previous or existing Quartets, Octets, and small Men’s Groups were invited. The first recording was entitled “O For A Thousand Tongues”. At the time, there was little thought given to repeating the event.

For a few years following the event, several brothers indicated their interest in repeating the event due to the blessing received from the singing and the subsequent recording. Thus in 1983, the Princeville brothers had the second A.C. Men’s Sing in Princeville again, this time inviting more brothers from Indiana, Ohio, and other states. Approximately 70 Brothers attended. Again, the weekend was a blessed event and “Rise Up, O Men Of God”, was recorded and produced on both record and cassette. At the conclusion of the weekend, several brothers thought it would be good to repeat the experience every 2 years.

The Bluffton, IN Congregation extended the invite for the A.C. Men’s Sing in 1985. This was the first year the group exceeded 100 Brothers and “Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide” was recorded and produced only on cassette, as records were starting to go away. In 1987, the Roanoke congregation invited the brothers again, and this time the number exceeded 150. “Holy, Holy, Holy” was recorded and again produced only on cassette. The Peoria congregation hosted the A.C. Men’s Sing in 1989, and over 170 Brothers participated from across the country. “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” was recorded and produced on cassette. Goodfield hosted the singing and recording of “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” in 1991 and Remington and Wolcott hosted the singing and recording of “Abide With Me” in 1993 in the local High School Auditorium.

In 1995, the Morton Brethren hosted the A.C. Men’s Sing and the group recorded “Faith of Our Fathers.” This was the first recording to be produced on both Cassette and CD. Subsequent recordings on both Cassette and CD were “Come Unto Me” in Forrest in 1997, “Strive Aright” in Elgin, IL in 1999, “Rejoice, The Lord is King” in Latty, OH in 2001, and “From Here to Eternity” in Francesville, IN in 2003.

In 2005, the A.C. Men’s Sing returned to the Bluffton, IN area, hosted this time by the brethren at Bluffton North. This recording, “We Will Glorify” was the first Men’s Group recording produced only on CD and marked the 25th anniversary of the first A.C. Men’s Sing. In 2007, The A.C. Men’s Sing returned to Roanoke for a second time, and “Be Still, My Soul” was recorded and produced on CD.

In 2009, “Christmas Joy” was recorded in Remington, IN.  The 2009 Men’s sing was the first to use the acmensing.com website for communication and registration.

The brothers of the Tremont congregation hosted the 2011 Men’s Sing.  “Singing with Christ” was recorded, and the CD featured current scenes of the Mount of Olives, and Gethsemane provided by Bro. Kevin Koch.

The Men’s Sing returned to Peoria, IL for a second time in 2013, and “Jesus Is Worthy” was recorded under the direction of Bro. Ben Luginbuhl.  Around 30 brothers had the opportunity to minister in song at the Peoria County Jail Sunday morning services.  The program Sunday afternoon capped off a truly Spirit filled weekend, with many visiting congregations represented, as well as friends, and those from the community in attendance.

The Washington Congregation hosted the Men’s Sing for the first time on August 29, 2015.  A group of 105 brothers sang and recorded “God Leads Us Along” under the direction of Bro. Phil Witzig.

Then, in 2017, the brothers gathered together again under the gracious hosting of the Fairbury, Illinois congregation to sing and subsequently record “Shine For Jesus” under Brother Phil Witzig’s direction.

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