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Ryan Stutzman and family need prayer

Written by Staff on May 11, 2018 – 7:48 am -

Ryan Stutzman

Ryan Stutzman

Many may remember the Stutzman family as they sang gospel music a few years ago. After the release of their album “Life Stories” in 2008, Rob Patz recorded a radio program with them for Southern Styles. Lorraine Walker interviewed the family for SGNScoops’ January 2010 Magazine here.

The patriarch of the family, Ryan, was involved in an altercation recently, as he drove a Uber car.

Ryan Stutzman and family need prayer

Ryan and Heather Stutzman

Ryan’s wife Heather posted the following on her Facebook page on May 1, 2018:

“Wanted to let all our friends know: Early Sunday morning (April 29) Ryan was involved in an altercation while he was out Uber driving. He was slammed to the ground and his heart stopped. He was taken to the hospital where they gave him paralytics and cooled his body temperature while they spent most of the day trying to regulate his heart. Late Monday night they did an emergency heart cath and found that he had suffered a severe of heart attack. 100% blockage of the main artery (The Widow Maker). They put in a stint and blood is now flowing well again. The big question now is how much damage was done to the brain. EEG this morning showed some brain activity…not normal, but it is there! Not very responsive yet, but they say that is normal considering how long he has been sedated. They removed the vent momentarily to see his response and he did show signs of trying to breathe on his own. EEG also showed he is at risk for seizures, so they have him on meds for that as well.

Ryan Stutzman and family need prayer

The Stutzman Family

“The doctors all say that he is young and that is a big benefit, but they aren’t being overly optimistic at this point either. Are planning another EEG in the morning and hope to have a better idea in 72 hrs. Belinda is here in Florida with me and has been a rock! Keep MaKayla and Rebecca in your thoughts. It’s hard for them having to hear all the news from so far away. We all know Ryan is a strong, stubborn man and I have told him in no uncertain terms that he is not getting rid of me that easily! We appreciate your prayers. I will keep you updated as we hear more…”

Heather’s latest posts are heart-wrenching as tests showed that Ryan was unable to survive and the family was forced to make the decision to end life support. Ryan is now in a hospice as the family says goodbye.

Ryan Stutzman and family need prayer

Dianne Wilkinson and Ryan Stutzman

To extend your thoughts and prayers, you can go to Heather Stutzman’s Facebook page here.

Everyone at SGNScoops sends their prayers to the Stutzman family during this difficult time.

Special thanks to Randall Hamm for sharing photos.

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Prayers Needed for Many Southern Gospel Artists

Written by scoopsnews on January 20, 2018 – 3:24 pm -



Please pray for Tony Dean

Please pray for Tony Dean

Latest on Tony from Wife, Tina:

The beautiful man of God in this photo whose heart beating sounds so amazing to me needs a miracle!!!!! We have so many wonderful praying family, friends and fans!!! And we are coming to you with an update that has been a huge disappointment. After having the echocardiogram the doctors said that Tony HAS to have a valve replacement. But that his heart is so worn out that it makes the mortality rate for dying on the table much higher. That if the surgery is a success, he may not regain the heart muscle that he has lost. Please!!!! We desire your prayers!!!!! Somebody needs to reach the Throne of God for him!!!! Please ask everyone you know to pray and fast. We know that our God is more than able!!!! And we know that he hears the cries of His children!!!! Please Cry out for me on his behalf!!!!! We love and appreciate each of you and we will never forget the love you have shown us!!

Please Pray For Mike Watson

Please Pray For Mike Watson

Latest on Mike Watson from Group Exodus:

Mike Watson, one of the founding members of Exodus, from Gadsden, Al had a follow-up visit this week with his doctors about his previous Cancer. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we tell you the Cancer has returned and the diagnosis is incurable.
There will be no Chemo or Radiation treatments.
Mike chooses to spend his days with family, friends, attending his home Church and attending sings with the gospel group God Placed him in some 6 years ago.

Message from Mike:
Though we may not always understand God’s will, we know that Gods will and timing are perfect.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Though this is a very trying time for myself and my family, our faith has NOT Weakened

NEW Ladonna Bates Update

Latest From Tim Bates on Mother  In Law, Janet Nye:

Please Pray! LaDonna’s Mom is being rushed to the hospital. She had a heart attack today.

Latest From Yvonne: (The Dodrill Family)

Please Pray for My Mom. We need a Miracle!


Will you please join us in prayer for these great folks? We at SGN Scoops are praying. God is still on the throne and still in the miracle making business.

James 5:15

And The Prayer of Faith Shall Save The Sick…..

Keep Updated HERE


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Rob Patz: Fast Trains and Life Regrets

Written by Staff on June 22, 2017 – 7:36 pm -

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2017 June SGNScoops Rob Patz: Publisher’s Point

Welcome to the June edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Can you believe that we are almost halfway through the year of 2017? It’s hard for me to imagine how fast this year has flown by. When we’re younger, we think time moves so much slower than it really does, and when we get older, we realize how fast time really is moving.


As many of you know, I usually avoid talking about Father’s Day during the month of June in the Publisher’s Point. If you don’t believe me, go back and read past years of SGNScoops. Now that I look back on it, it was not necessary, but each of us mourn the loss of someone in a different way. I’m coming to grips with that, so this month I want to tell you a story about my dad.


My father loved trains, and in fact, my grandfather worked for the Canadian National Railroad as an arbitrator, so trains are in our family. I can remember my father buying me my first train, which progressed to a larger train, and a larger train, and then a larger train. My father would lay on the floor with me, and we would play with these trains. To be honest, I think he was having as much fun or maybe more than I was.


Rob Patz and his dad, Rev. Don Patz

Rob Patz and his dad, Rev. Don Patz

I remember at about eight years old, my dad and I were laying on the floor playing with the larger model train that he had gotten me. Now, I know my dad … he would never miss an opportunity for a life lesson. I think that was the pastor in him. As we were laying there on the floor, he said, “Our lives are a lot like a train. We are on a track to a destination. Unfortunately, some engineers push their train, and those trains derail. They are much like people who push life outside of the speed limit, go too fast for the tracks and miss their station. Then, there are people who stay within the recommended speed. They move along the tracks safely and get to their destination.”


I remember him looking at me and saying, “Rob, that is much like people and our relationship with God. If we try to speed things up and move past what God wants, we are going to derail our life. If we listen to God, who is the ultimate engineer – and stay within the parameters that He has laid out for our lives – not only are we going to get to our location but we are going to get there safely.”


Being a boy of eight years old, at first that story didn’t sink in. In fact, it was many years later before the story really hit home with me. If I remember correctly, my first words after he made this great analogy were, “Hey Dad, can you set up my race car set now, because I can switch lanes, and we don’t have to go around on the same track.” I’m sure my father was wondering if I had listened at all. I wish more than anything he could read this and know that I listened and understood.


So many of us today want to rush to the destination. We want to get to the place that in our mind we think is the most important, sometimes cutting corners on our own convictions, much like the engineer who knows better but still gives the train too much fuel and accelerates past the recommended traveling speed. He knows he’s pushing it to the limit and probably hoping he doesn’t derail. Unfortunately in life, if we cut corners or go past the recommended traveling speed, we more than likely are going to suffer derailment in our lives.


Rob Patz

Rob Patz

I’m thankful that I serve a God who watches over us even after we’ve derailed. Much like me as as a child, when my train would derail because I would push it to the limit of speed, God is willing to reach His hand down and put our lives back on the track. He doesn’t think twice about it if we ask Him and if we seek to move in the right direction.


So many of us rush through life. I think that’s my biggest regret. I haven’t taken the time to enjoy moments. If I could go back to that moment at eight years old, I would. If I could tell my father I loved him one more time, I would for all the money in this world. So if your dad is still with you, tell him you love him and tell him you appreciate what he has done for you.


I hope each and every one of you have an amazing month of June, and please join me for Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, Sept. 8-9 in Vernon, Ala.


I also encourage you to be with us Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 for Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. It’s going to be an awesome four days of Gospel Music and renewal for your soul.


June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

And that’s this month’s Publisher’s Point.

Read the Publisher’s Point and more in the 2017 June issue of the SGNScoops Magazine:

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Written by Staff on May 10, 2017 – 3:18 pm -

Kody Erwin of The Erwins

Kody Erwin of The Erwins

NASHVILLE, TN. (May 10, 2017) – Kody Erwin, bass vocalist for family group, The Erwins, has been admitted to a Nashville-area hospital. He has been diagnosed with Viral Meningitis/Encephalitis.

Kody’s mother, Tiffany Erwin, states: “We need your prayers. Kody has been complaining of a headache for 5-6 days and was treated for Tension Migraines. Today, he woke up and didn’t know who he was and couldn’t talk in a complete sentence. Kody was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis/Encephalitis. Please pray for healing.”
At this time, The Erwins plan to keep all personal appearances.
The Erwins record for StowTown Records, distributed by Provident Distribution and are based in Edgewood, Texas.

Connect with The Erwins online, on Facebook and on Twitter. 

About The Erwins (From The Erwins online, May 10, 2017.)
The Erwins started singing as soon as they were each able to talk.  Appearing

The Erwins' new release, Only Faith Can See, quickly rises on the Southern Gospel chart!

The Erwins’ new release, Only Faith Can See

over 270 dates a year with their mother and father, who have been in full-time evangelism for 40 years, they have been traveling full-time their entire life singing in concerts, revivals, and conferences all across the country.  Three of the four siblings, Keith (born 11-12-92), Kody (born 4-26-94) and Kris (born 5-5-96) performed as a trio until 2013, when the group announced that their little sister, Katie (born 9-19-00), would be joining the group full-time on stage officially making them a Mixed Group.

Please join SGNScoops in praying for The Erwins.

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Brenda Ann Denney of 2nd Generation needing prayers

Written by Staff on April 23, 2017 – 9:55 am -

2nd Generation

2nd Generation

2nd Generation ministries is on the road this weekend, but this morning they sang as a duet instead as of trio. Brenda Ann Denney had some health issues overnight and is in the hospital today. Her sister, Elaine Robinson, posted on Facebook today:

“Hey all our prayer warriors, need your prayers! 2nd G is in Montana on business for the King and the devil doesn’t like that. Brenda Ann Denney was admitted to the hospital early this morning after being taken there by ambulance late last night. We are not sure what is going on in her body but, we know the healer! They will run several tests today. Randy Barnes and I will be ministering this Morning’s service but felt it best to cancel tonight’s. Please be in prayer for our ministry and for a God report for my baby sis!”

Brenda Ann Denney of 2nd Generation

Brenda Ann Denney

We are praying for 2nd Generation,  Elaine and Randy as they are in the hospital with Brenda Ann today. We pray for a special touch on Brenda and her doctors as well.

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Eli Fortner in need of new kidney

Written by Staff on March 22, 2017 – 12:38 pm -

Eli Fortner

Eli Fortner

Eli Fortner has been in need of prayers in the last few days due to the kidney problems he has been experiencing. Now Eli confirms what will be the next step. On his Facebook page, Fortner tells us:

“To all my friends. I love you. I’m overwhelmed with all the support and prayers. I simply can’t keep up. Now let me tell you what’s going on.. My kidney is failing, I’m in need of another transplant. My doctor gave me the option of going on dialysis now or waiting till the function gets to a certain point while in the meantime be looking for a kidney donor and getting testing done in prep for a transplant. I chose the latter so I can still have a life. I was on dialyses for two months before my first transplant and it’s awful. It literally sucks all the life out of you and is terrible on the body. I don’t want that AT ALL. My prayer is that they find a positive match and have the transplant before it gets worse. I desire all the prayers. My God is big and I’m in His hands. He will not fail me and I know that you, my friends won’t either with your prayers and support. I love you all. Let’s do this.”


McKameys with Eli Fortner in front.

SGNScoops joins with all of our readers in extending our thoughts and prayers to Eli, the Fortners, McKameys and all of their family and friends. We agree with all of you and Eli that we serve a big God. We know He saves and we know He heals. Let’s go to the throne today to petition our God for a new kidney that is a perfect match and a swift and successful transplant.

Eli Fortner is the son of Roger and Connie (McKamey) Forner. He is a vocalist and musician with The McKameys as well as being a freelance musician. Eli lives in Clinton, Tennessee.

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Rob Patz and his Publisher’s Point for March: Find Your Strength

Written by Staff on March 22, 2017 – 10:50 am -


Rob Patz

Rob Patz

It is the month of March. Can you believe this year is flying by the way it is? I am excited about March. We have Southern Gospel Weekend coming up, March 23rd through the 25th. If you haven’t made plans already, we want you to be with us in Oxford, Alabama for three great days of Gospel music and over 30 great artists. It is going to be a time that you will not forget!

I want to thank each and everyone of you who have subscribed to my YouTube channel over the last month as we continue to see growth in our effort with One Minute Prayer. I am excited to see what God is going to do with One Minute Prayer.

I’ve been asked why I came up with this idea and I wanted to share a little bit with you right here. One Minute Prayer came out of a time in my life where I needed to meet with God more than just in my normal prayer time and I started asking Him in short increments about what was on my heart. That turned into me setting the timer on my phone for one minute and praying for what God knew was on my heart. To be honest, I continue to pray about that

Rob Patz will be at Southern Gospel Weekend March 23-25

Rob Patz will be at Southern Gospel Weekend March 23-25

need, but God has lit a fire in my soul to share the idea of One Minute Prayer. So many people that I come in contact with daily are hurting and need to be encouraged, so I know that this is a timely theme.

So that’s a little bit of a background. This month, I want to talk to you about your strength. You know that the Scripture says in Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” So many people feel so burdened by life, they feel so heavy with the circumstances that are around them, whether it is their family or their job or their church they feel like things are so overwhelming for them that they no longer have any joy. But Scripture says that the joy of the Lord is our strength which means when things seem overwhelming, when life seems bigger than we can handle, that if we rest in Jesus and in His strength we will find joy.

Rob Patz and soldier. What do you rely on for strength?

Rob Patz and soldier. What do you rely on for strength?

When I started to think about that, it changed my life. I started to realize that joy doesn’t come from this world. I know you understand that and I understand that. I grew up in church and I have heard that my whole life. But there are times where we need to be reminded that the joy of the Lord is our strength too. Not only is He the One to uplift us with His strength, He is the One that will bring us joy in the midst of whatever is weighing us down. So take a minute today and pray about the strength that God is going to give you. I will stand with you and pray this prayer.

Let’s pray this month together for people who need jobs and for people who need changes in their personal relationships with their family and friends. Let’s pray for a revival to come to those that we know. So many times we pray for revival in our churches, but I have really felt the burden lately to start praying that revival will happen in us. Not to the church but in His people.

I love each and everyone of you and I believe God has great things for you to do this month. So go out and do them because the Bible says, “When God is for us, who can be against us?”

And that is this month’s Publishers Point.

By Rob Patz, Publisher of SGNScoops Magazine.

First published by SGNScoops Magazine March 2017.

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Urgent Prayer Request

Written by scoopsnews on March 3, 2017 – 11:56 am -

Calling all prayer warriors…

Please pray for Lori Wise’s (Surrendered) Dad. A tree fell on his truck while driving down the road a little while ago. He has been taken to the hospital and in a lot of pain…

Thank you for praying.

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Update On Ella Cline

Written by Staff on February 2, 2017 – 8:52 am -

Prayers for Shellem Cline and Family Requested

Shellem Cline and daughter Ella

Ella Cline, daughter of award-winning artist, Shellem Cline, is doing much better today after a night in the hospital. Ella’s fever broke yesterday and they saw a major improvement in her breathing after lunch as well.

Shellem would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this time.

Doctors have stated that Ella may return home later today, if she is able to go 24 hours without a fever and a breathing treatment.

Shellem stated this morning that, “Lacy and I are so blessed to have family and friends that believe in the power of prayer and lifted us up in their prayers yesterday. Ella has seen a major improvement and has not had a fever or even breathing issues in over 12 hours. The power of prayer is real and God is proving his power to us again. Thank you for your prayers and support!”

For more information, visit Shellem’s Facebook page and website .

About Shellem Cline:

Shellem Cline is an award winning Christian artist from Statesville, NC. Cline began his professional musical career at the age of 18 and since then, has made a huge mark within the Christian music industry. His desire to see individuals come to know Jesus Christ is what sets the standard for his ministry and he believes that in every event he must give his all, just like Jesus Christ gave His all for us. He has created a style of worship that mixes laughter, funny music, inspirational stories with amazing gospel melodies to create a time of worship that many call dynamic. Shellem became a married man on February 22, 2014, and his wife Lacy joins him at most events and shares her talent of sign language as her husband sings. Shellem Cline will finish every Christian concert with a special invitation, inviting the unbeliever to come to Jesus and the believer to receive encouragement that only Jesus Christ can give.

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Prayers for Shellem Cline and Family Requested

Written by Staff on February 1, 2017 – 11:45 am -

Prayers for Shellem Cline and Family Requested

Shellem Cline and daughter Ella

Award winning Christian artist Shellem Cline is asking for prayers after his 16 month old daughter, Ella, was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning.

Ella has been admitted to the hospital with a high fever and respiratory issues.
Currently, Ella is stable and resting, but Shellem and his wife Lacy request your continued prayers as they face this trying time.

Cline will continue to provide updates on his Facebook page and website as Ella progresses.

Prayers for Shellem Cline and Family Requested

Prayers for Shellem Cline and Family Requested

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