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Pastor Stephen Widener responds to Selena Day’s Open Letter about Musicians in Church

Written by Staff on June 1, 2018 – 10:07 am -

Selena Day

Selena Day

Several weeks ago, author Selena Day, a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine and wife of Chuck Day, Christian Country vocalist, wrote an open letter to pastors regarding outside Gospel artists being invited to sing at churches. To read it in its entirety, click here. Selena gives pastors valid reasons for inviting musicians to their services, including drawing new people into that assembly.

Pastor Stephen Widener, from Lenoir, North Carolina, who also writes for SGNScoops and SGMRadio in the column “Pastor’s Ponderings,” responded to Selena Day’s open letter. He writes,

The open letter that was in Scoops had me thinking because I have been on almost all ends of that situation.

As you know that as a singer/musician (with the Gospel group Faithful,) I don’t charge churches to sing and most of them give us a love offering. Now if we do travel more than, say, two hours, we may ask for enough to take care of expenses but that’s it.

As a minister of a small country church, I have been asked to bring artists in and I am glad to do this, but my dad (senior pastor) has final say about who comes because they are an extension of the ministry we (the church and its leaders) have. Plus, I have had a lot of groups ask how many people might attend their concert. I may say I don’t know because there are less than 300 people who live in that part of the world!  Yes, this has happened on more than one occasion.

Pastor Stephen Widener responds to Selena Day's Open Letter about Musicians in Church

Stephen Widener

Then there are people like Mylon Hayes, who don’t have a problem coming to where I am for a love offering and I love people like him. I have packed places out when that happens.

But then there is also the concert promotion side, of which I am also familiar, because of my work with Tony Greene for years. Last year, I was working on bringing the Talleys to a local church. This country church is losing members left and right, due to age and other issues. So, to try to bring people in, they asked me to speak to the Talleys, a group who would certainly fill the church. I spoke with them and Harper Agency (talent representative) to bring them in, but when the current leaders talked to them, they only promised the group a very low love offering. Now, I knew the Talleys would have gotten a much larger offering easy with a full house of 500 people. I even went to Lauren and had her waive the fee for the gas expense for the bus, but the promise of the low amount, which was insufficient for the Talleys to make the trip, ended the whole thing. I was saddened because they don’t even get 50 people on a regular Sunday night. The concert would have brought new people in, had the leaders been more farsighted.

I have been praying for an opportunity to have a summer sing here so we can bring other groups in, as Tony Greene did for years in Boone.

So I feel for her and know what she is experiencing.

God bless,

Stephen Widener

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SGMRadio announces live streaming of WPILFM

Written by Staff on July 21, 2016 – 9:47 am -

 

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SGMRadio began in 2004 with an online station and artist features, a format that saw the site win the Singing News’ FAVORITE INTERNET RADIO PROGRAM in 2011. Over the years there have been some changes, but website owner Rob Patz is thrilled to announce that SGMRadio is now live streaming WPIL FM out of Heflin, Alabama.

SGMRadio encourages Gospel music fans to visit the website daily to listen to the best of today’s national and regional Gospel music artists. WPIL FM presents a mix of Southern and Country Gospel, from the top 100 as well as beloved favorites.

You can still find artist features as well as radio news and articles from Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, Stephen Widener, site editor Lorraine Walker and others.

Visit SGMRadio website today and be sure to listen to great Gospel music as we live stream WPILFM.


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Celebrating Mother’s Day not always easy, possibly painful

Written by Staff on May 7, 2016 – 8:10 am -

Steve Proctor

Steve Boctor

By Steve Boctor—Husband, Father, Author and Pastor

Mother’s Day can be an absolutely wonderful day of celebration. I can picture the children and their dad tip toeing to the kitchen early in the morning quietly making breakfast for their mother. They set the plate of food, a hot cup of coffee, her favourite flower and a card on the tray and bring it all up to her while she’s still in bed. What a special moment of love and appreciation for such a deserving mother.

However, Mother’s Day can also be very difficult for some women as it can conjure up many feelings of sadness and pain.

– Some are hurting because the mother you love deeply passed away.

– Others are wrestling with the reality that your mother has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and cherishing every moment you have with her is bitter sweet.

– Some have longed to be a mother for so long; but the medical reports have crushed those dreams.

image– Some of you may even be grieving, or angry, because you never really had a good mother in your life and were left to raise yourself.

– Some mothers are feeling the tremendous burden of a child (or children) that has not only left home, but is living an unhealthy lifestyle.

– Some are even dreaming of how old your child would be today if they weren’t taken from you so prematurely.

On such a day as this, no matter how good or difficult it may be, I believe there is one thing worth remembering: God created each of you with unique qualities that are worth honouring and celebrating.

The Apostle Paul wrote; “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—THINK ABOUT (ie FOCUS on) such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

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Happy Birthday to Rob Patz

Written by Staff on September 24, 2015 – 5:25 am -

Rob Patz of SGN Scoops

Rob Patz of SGN Scoopsu

It’s time to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our own Rob Patz. Rob is publisher of SGNScoops digital magazine, owner of all SGNScoops and SGMRadio websites and CEO of Coastal Media. He is known and loved by Gospel music artists, industry personnel and every one he meets.

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Go to the SGN Scoops Facebook page and wish Rob a Happy Birthday today!


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Want To Be A Southern Gospel DJ?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 14, 2015 – 9:32 am -

Want To Be A Southern Gospel DJ?

Want To Be A Southern Gospel DJ?

Want To Be A Southern Gospel DJ?

Do you have a good knowledge of Southern Gospel and a good sense of humor? Do you love to talk and have some free time? SGM Radio is looking for a volunteer DJ to help with its online radio station. If this sounds like you, contact Rob Patz today! Rob@sgnscoops.com

 

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Bryan and Yvonne Hutson: Baggage Claim

Written by Staff on July 23, 2015 – 9:40 am -

Bryan and Yvonne Hutson

Bryan and Yvonne Hutson

From Bryan Hutson …
This month’s article may be the most difficult yet most transparent one for me.

It is difficult because it’s a subject that I have failed at MISERABLY.

I have said before that Yvonne and I don’t have marriage counseling degrees framed on our wall. We don’t ever want to be perceived as “having it all together” because we don’t. We have both attended the “Marriage School of Hardknocks.” We even feel like we’re being hypocritical at times. Many times we find ourselves failing at THE VERY ISSUES that we are preaching for or preaching against.

I admit that when I came into our relationship, that I brought a lot of emotional baggage. Years of hurt, rejection, bitterness and pain. Yes, a lot that I openly admit, that I brought on myself.

The issue that I battle is making my wife and children PAY for things from my “previous life”. “Our previous life” is what Yvonne and I call the years BEFORE WE met and married.

I grew to adulthood and made mistakes and in a “previous life”, I was TOLD that I was a “mooch” (one who doesn’t pull their weight in finances or in the household) and a “Monster” because of my anger issues. I battle those “labels” that were put on me. See, if you’re told something long enough, it’s hard NOT to believe it.

A few weeks ago, Yvonne and I were riding in the car after seeing our Granddaughter being born and she inadvertently said something innocent that I took offense to. My mind raced back to my “previous life” where I felt like my feelings didn’t matter and I wasn’t allowed to voice my opinion about certain issues. After Yvonne innocently made her remark, I emotionally shut down and as she asked “What’s wrong?” I kept repeating “Nothing, I’m fine.”

At that moment, I allowed the enemy a foothold. I allowed the devil to whisper to me “Here we go again, YOUR opinions didn’t matter and YOU don’t matter.”

See, I KNOW Yvonne’s heart and I should’ve realized that she never meant to hurt me. I was allowing the baggage of my previous life to weigh me down IN THIS LIFE. I CHOSE to be offended and instead of letting it go, I held onto that pain for 2-3 days.

I also allowed the enemy to keep re-stating those lies to me. “YOUR opinions don’t matter, because YOU don’t matter. If you tell her how you feel, you’ll be perceived as a Monster.”

I was distant and quiet that week. It was like there was the “Elephant In The Room” but I didn’t want to talk about it.

Which in turn caused Yvonne to feel like she wasn’t worth it and our marriage wasn’t worth fighting for.

I was making Yvonne pay for something that happened to me YEARS ago. However, in order for she and I to have a future…we must deal with our past.

Click the link to read Yvonne’s response….

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We’re Growing!

Written by SGN Scoops on November 30, 2012 – 2:37 pm -

We’re excited about the rise in popularity we’ve experienced this year!  We’re now at a place of adding additional gifted writers to our team.  Do you enjoy writing?  Do you love Gospel Music?  We are considering adding feature writers and event writers to our staff at Coastal Media Group. Coastal Media is the parent company of SGNScoops.com, SGNScoops All Digital Magazine, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, The Southern Styles Show, and SGMRadio.com.  We’ve grown during 2012 and anticipate substantial growth to continue in 2013.  If you are interested in using your writing skills to promote the gospel and gospel music, please email rhonda@sgnscoops.com  for more information.


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Bill Traylor, Rob Patz, and Evie Hawkins to Co-Host Radio Promotions Showcase at NQC

Written by SGN Scoops on August 24, 2011 – 6:31 pm -

 Patterson Promotions Annual Radio Promotions Breakfast at the National Quartet Convention will be held Thursday September 15, 9:30-12:30 at the Louisville, KY, Crowne Plaza. The event is by invitation only and includes an opportunity for charting station Program Directors, DJ’s, and VIP’s to hear new music of Gospel recording artists. Pauline Patterson of Patterson Promotions announced today the VIP’S that will be co-hosting the showcase. She notes, “We have asked Rob Patz, Evie Hawkins, and Bill Traylor to co-host and we are really looking forward to this event.We do appreciate all the DJ’s and stations that play our artists’ music. These stations report to the Singing News and this is a time we are happy to set aside once a year to give them an opportunity to hear some of the artists’ material performed live. I appreciate our VIP’S agreeing to take time out of their very busy NQC weeks and come listen to our artists.”

Rob Patz is President/CEO of Coastal Media Group in Bellingham, WA, the syndicated Southern Styles show, SGM Radio, and the popular SGN Scoops Magazine. He also owns the affiliated Diamond Awards and “Diamond Awards on Tour” concert series.

 Bill Traylor is President of Mansion Entertainment, and a partner/owner wtih John Mathis, Jr. and Bill Dykes in the newly launched Pathway Records. Both companies are located in Franklin, TN, where Traylor recently opened the Pathway recording studio. Traylor is also known for his extensive work in television and taking Gospel Music into the homes of millions with his programs over a span of many years. In addition, he travels and sings with the popular Homeland Quartet that also includes members, Mike Allen, Ben Speer, and Joe Thrasher.This year the group charted for the first time on Singing News with the top 40, “When He Set Me Free.” The quartet has released another single to radio, “Miracles Will Happen on That Day” and will be performing in this promotions event.

Evie Hawkins is owner of EHA-Nashville, located in Brentwood, TN. The company offers management, direction/consulting, and publicity; primarily to Gospel recording artists. EHA also provides PR services to music industry companies and associated non-profit agencies and associations. She has been involved in Southern Gospel Music in some aspect since age 13 as a singer, songwriter, recording artist, promoter, and a published writer for various music media outlets. Hawkins also serves as a writer for SGN Scoops Digital.Patterson Promotions is based out of Lily, KY and has also had a presence on Music Row in the past year. More info: www.PattersonPromotions.com


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Rob Patz on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on August 8, 2011 – 5:37 am -

The guest on the current edition of Gospel Music Today is Rob Patz, of SGM Radio and SGN Scoops magazine. The Feature Group is Lakeside, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit a concert in Vian, OK, to hear The Dove Brothers Quartet. Jean reviews a new CD by Mercy’s Well, and the show features singing by Brian Free & Assurance and a vintage video with The Hinsons. The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at www.gospelmusictoday.com.
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