Singing Churchmen in concert Monday

From Church Reports

Making their debut performance in Eupora, the Mississippi Singing
Churchmen will be in concert at 7 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church
of Eupora.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring this talented group of
musicians to First Baptist Church,” said the Rev. Travis Gray, pastor
of FBC Eupora. “We are sure audiences will be blessed by the event.”

The Mississippi Singing Churchmen is a men’s choir, comprising
ministers of music from Baptist churches in Mississippi. About 40-50
members of the group representing churches from all over the state
will be in Eupora for this special event.

“The ministry of the Mississippi Singing Churchmen has for many years
served to unite our state in one common purpose; to glorify and honor
our Lord and Risen Savior, Jesus Christ,” said Slater Murphy,
director of church music for the Mississippi Southern Baptist
Convention Board. “Our men represent churches of all sizes; it is a
great joy to come together to build the fellowship with our love for
God.”

The Churchmen began in 1964 under the leadership of the late Dan
Hall, director of the Church Music Department for Mississippi
Baptists (1964-86). In 1971 the Churchmen elected officers and
organized their operations for outreach, missions and ministry. Dr.
Milfred Valentine has been directing the Churchmen since 1982. Next
year, the group will celebrate 50 years of sharing the love of Christ
through music.

Organizers said the Mississippi Singing Churchmen have been praising
God and sharing their witness since their inception. They have sung
their testimony throughout Mississippi and in mission trips around
the United States and the world.

Stateside mission trips include Illinois, Colorado, Maryland,
Delaware and Washington. Their overseas missions have taken them to
Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, Spain, France, Germany, Argentina,
Uruguay, Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Peru.

Bob Sanderson, current president of the Mississippi Singing
Churchmen, said they are committed to “Sharing the Song of Jesus”
wherever they have opportunity.

“It is more than musical harmony, it’s spiritual harmony,” Sanderson
said. “We hope audiences will walk away with a deeper sense of God’s
presence and hope they will love Jesus more.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about
FBC Eupora, go to www.fbceupora.com.