By Rev. Richard Mark
“4 P’s in a Pod,” a Men’s Barbershop Quartet, sings for the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, Nov, 21 at Friedens County Line Church, United Church of Christ (UCC) (11325 Zebra Avenue) in Norwood Young America. 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, who are 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, Norwood Young America and also Peace UCC, Glencoe. He is the group’s bass.
Rev. Linzy Collins, Jr. is Pastor of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Glencoe. In the barbershop quartet, 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. 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 United Church of Christ, Bongards, near Norwood Young America. In this singing group, 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.” Collins preaches the Thanksgiving message, entitled: “More Thanks – Less Worry.” An offering will be taken and given to local food shelves.
A Fellowship and Social Time follows the evening service. Dessert and coffee will be enjoyed by all. The Barbershop Quartet entertains and sings again.
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.
Rev. Richard Mark is a Church Minister who served UCC congregations.