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 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.

General Questions

How well do I have to be able to sing in order to participate?

The most essential quality is that you enjoy singing. You should be able to comfortably sing your voice part. Previous experience singing in a smaller group and the ability to sight read are a plus.

Can I come for a part of the weekend?

Yes! In the past some brothers have attended the Saturday practice and recording session and then did not stay for the Sunday program. Practicing with the group on Saturday is prerequisite for singing at the Sunday program.

Can I bring my family?

There are activities for the ladies who come but no planned activities for children. Other arrangements would need to be made if children are to come.

I don't have a real strong voice, does that matter?

That can actually be an advantage as no one person should stand out above the rest. Blending and endurance is the key to a good day of recording.

What is the best way to prepare for the day of the recording?

Download the music and start practicing the part you intend to sing as soon as you can. Listen to the music files that have been included for each song to make sure that you are practicing the right notes. Make every effort to attend the practice sessions.

How should I determine what part I should sing?

Download and listen to or sing the music, look at the range on the parts and pick a part that you can comfortably sing for many hours in one day!

What are the most important things to remember when singing in a large group?

Know the music well enough that you can keep an eye on the director. Follow the director and his instructions. Start, stop and blend with the other singers in your voice part. If in doubt about something, ask the director rather than your neighbor.

Can we make suggestions for improving the songs?

Many of you are extremely talented and your input is appreciated. Please make your suggestions to us via the website contact form by June 1st. We are open to making minor changes to improve the music even during the practice sessions and up until recording.

How do I know if I am too loud?

Singing too loud can assure you of one thing – your voice will be heard on the recording. Sacred music is most inspiring to the listener if all voices blend together and no one specific voice is sticking out. If you hear your voice much louder than those next to you, you may be singing too loud.

Who will be doing the recording for the CD?

The singing is professionally recorded by Bro. Dennis Virkler of Congerville, IL. (Rejoice Records)

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