Good News! Men’s Quartet will celebrate the release of their first CD with a concert and CD signing party on Jan. 26 at Sycamore United Methodist Church. The 5 p.m. concert will be followed by a CD signing party and refreshments.
Good News! has been singing together for six years. The members come from many different walks of life – Lanny Sanner is a quality engineer, Jim McCue is the business and finance administrator at SUMC, Joel Maurer is a civil engineer for the city of DeKalb, and Doug Elder, the director, is a local government administrator. Ann Elder and Phyllis Horst accompany the group on piano and guitar, and each have education backgrounds.
Originally the group was known as “the men’s quartet from SUMC.” Then one year they sang a very inspiring Christmas song titled “Good News.” After singing that song, they knew that what they wanted to communicate all year long was the good news that Jesus came as a baby, ultimately to die for everyone’s sins. So the name of that song became the name of their quartet, with an added exclamation point!
The quartet has traveled all over northern Illinois to give concerts and lead worship services, including picnics, retirement centers, and the Men’s Spiritual Congress in Lake Geneva, Wis. They released their first professional recording, “Singing to the Glory of God,” before Christmas, and it has been received extremely well.
Each of the singers will give a word of testimony as part of the Saturday celebration service and concert on Jan. 26. Following worship, there will be hors d’oeuvres and punch, and the singers will be available to sign any CDs purchased that evening.
Sycamore United Methodist is located at 160 Johnson Ave. For more information about the concert or the church’s programs, call the church office at 815-895-9113.