Thanksgiving service features ‘4 P’s in a Pod’

The “4 P’s” are, from left: Rev. Joe Clay, Rev. Richard Mark, Rev. Bill Baldwin, and Rev. Linzy Collins, Jr. They will perform a service on Nov. 21. Submitted photo

“4 P’s in a Pod,” a Men’s Barbershop Quartet, will sing for the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday evening, Nov, 21 at Friedens County Line Church, United Church of Christ (UCC), (11325 Zebra Avenue, NYA). The 7:30 p.m. worship service is sponsored by local UCC congregations. The Thanksgiving gathering welcomes community people and members of all church faiths.

The Men’s Barbershop Quartet consists of four pastors, the “4 P’s.” Their “Pod” is Ministry in the United Church of Christ. All four pastors serve or have served UCC congregations in Central Minnesota. The “4 P’s in a Pod” began singing barbershop church music for Lenten Worship Services in the winter/spring of 2012.

Rev. Joseph Clay is Pastor of Friedens County Line UCC, NYA and also Peace UCC, Glencoe. He is the senior statesman of the men’s quartet and has been in ministry for 52 years, serving UCC congregations in Illinois and Minnesota. For the “4 P’s,” Rev. Clay sings Bass.

Rev. Linzy Collins, Jr. is pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC, Glencoe. He has been a church pastor in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. In addition to being an ordained minister, Rev. Linzy is a school teacher. He taught in a Republic of China American School where his classes were math, social studies, and science. He also designed and taught in an alternative public school in Iowa. In the barbershop quartet, Pastor Collins sings First Tenor.

Rev. William Baldwin is Pastor of Lester Prairie Community Church, United Church of Christ and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. Pastor Bill has served UCC congregations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to church ministry, Rev. Baldwin has worked in the radio industry as an announcer and an account salesman. He hosts “Everyday Inspiration,” a 30-minute program of music, spirit, and inspiration at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on KDUZ, 1260-AM. For the men’s quartet, Rev. Baldwin sings “Lead” or Second Tenor, and usually sings the melody of any song.

Rev. Richard Mark is the former pastor of St. John’s UCC, Bongards, near NYA. He has served churches in Manitoba, Iowa, and Minnesota. Pastor Dick’s avocation is “Paul Bunyan, the Tall-Tale Storyteller.” In this singing group, Rev. Mark sings Baritone.

For the Thanksgiving Service, the “4 P’s in a Pod” will sing and lead worship. The theme for this ecumenical service is based upon Psalm 69, verse 30: “Praise God’s name in song and glorify him with Thanksgiving.” Pastor Collins will preach the message, “More Thanks – Less Worry.” An offering will be taken and given to local food shelves.

A fellowship and social time will follow the evening service with dessert and coffee. The “4 P’s in a Pod” sing for fun and give glory to God. At this Thanksgiving, it is time to return “Thanks to God” for this harvest season and all the blessings of life.