Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Remembering Pam Stone

She fought the good fight of faith. She is now in the presence of the Lord, forever. We will miss her, for now.

Here is a copy of the obituary for our dear sister in the faith.

RED LION Pamela Ann Stone, 59, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 24, 2010, after a 14 year battle with ALS. She was the wife of Terry Stone. Born on August 27, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Mabel Albright and a 1969 graduate of Dallastown High School. Pamela had served as PTO president for Clearview and Chanceford Elementary Schools for several years. Her life's testimony was recorded on a cd and sent to several churches and missionaries around the world. To her family, she was a dedicated wife, faithful mother and loving grandmother. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Angela Smith of Manchester, Ryan Stone of Brogue, Kelsey Tome of Windsor, and Kayla Stone of Winterstown; four grandchildren, Tristan and Anaiah Wilson of Brogue, Carter and Tegan Smith of Manchester; a brother, Thomas Albright of Brogue; and a sister, Joan Schaffer of Port Charlotte, Fla. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 48 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Brogue. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the church with Pastor Randy Starr officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hershey Medical Center ALS Clinic, Department of Neurology, EC037, 30 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Harkins Funeral Home, Delta, has been entrusted with her arrangements. For directions or to send condolences, please visit or call 800-550-5915.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Remembering Johnny Waltemyer

We will always remember Johnny to be a loving and extremely cheerful Christian.  He loved the Lord, his family, his church-family, and his friends.  I know this guy was special the moment he told me that I wasn't half as dumb as I look.  We will miss him, but we sorrow not like the world which have no hope.  We know that he is with the Lord Jesus, and one day, we will be with Johnny praising the Lord for all eternity in throne room of Heaven.

Here is his obituary as published in the York Daily Record, today:

AIRVILLE Welby B. 'Johnny' Waltemyer, 90, went to be with the Lord on October 17, 2010, with his family by his side. He was the husband of Edna E. (Joines) Waltemyer, his wife of over 55 years. Viewing will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 48 Muddy Creek Road, Brogue. The service will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church, with Pastor Randy Starr officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Born October 27, 1919, in York County, he was a son of the late William and Agnes Jane (Burns) Waltemyer. In the past he had been employed for 35 years with the former E.E. Sinclair General Store, Airville. Johnny was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for over 20 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Johnny enjoyed hunting, fishing, and having a good sense of humor. He was the last of 15 children of William and Agnes Waltemyer. In addition to his wife, Edna E. Waltemyer of Airville, Mr. Waltemyer is survived by a son, Mark Waltemyer and his wife, Lori of Red Lion; two daughters, Judy Hoerr and her husband, Jim and Tammy Henricks and her husband, Todd, both of Airville; and seven grandchildren, Tansy Peters and her husband, Seth, Jordan, Brittany and Micah Hoerr, Todd and Truman Henricks. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Building Fund, 48 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Brogue, PA 17309. J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 19 S. Main St., Stewartstown, is in charge.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hardeckers on vacation

Ah, vacation!  What a wonderful time.  First, Squantz Pond.  Second, Marcia on a hammock (she was reading and then took a nap).  Third, W.T. snuggled and also napping (an activity that he does a lot - being only a little over three weeks old).  And me, reading, relaxing, and taping.  We also went to church at Dover First Baptist Church in Wingdale, NY.  This church housed General George Washington, and some of his men for an evening.  Absolutely good Sunday School teaching on Psalm 19 by Mr. Harold, a 20 + year member of the church.  The preaching was on Stewardship by a missionary to Ghana (Mr. Jim Peterson).  What an important topic.  Pastor Bacino was on vacation (funny!) so we never did get a chance to meet him but I am absolutely for vacation.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Personal Observation Notes on the Parable of the Sower

1. The sower sows the "seed" = word (Luke says "his seed") – in the parable it is classified as:

    a. The Word of the Kingdom (Matthew)

    b. The Word (Mark)

    c. The Word of God (Luke)

2. There are four different kinds of soil (hearer)

    a. The way side

    b. The stony places (Matthew); stony ground (Mark); a rock (Luke)

    c. Thorns (among [the] thorns)

    d. Good ground

3. Regarding the Way Side:

    a. Main description:

        a.1. They hear

        a.2. and understand not

        a.3. "lest they should believe and be saved." (Luke)

    b. Main culprit is Satan: (parallel to "fowls" [Matthew], "fowls of the air" [Mark & Luke])

        b.1. "The wicked one" (Matthew)

        b.2. "Satan" (Mark)

        b.3. "the Devil" (Luke)

    c. Method:

        c.1. He comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. (Matthew)

        c.2. Satan comes immediately and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. (Mark)

        c.3. comes and takes away the word out of their hearts. (Luke)

  4. Regarding the Stony Places, Stony ground, a rock:

    a. Main description:

        a.1. They hear

        a.2. anon with joy receive it (Matt); immediately receive it with gladness (Mark) receive the word with joy (Luke)

        a.3. not much earth; no deepness of earth; not root in himself; no root (Matt & Mark)

        a.4. lacked moisture (Luke)

        a.5. "for a while believe" (Luke)

    b. Main culprit: these are parallel to the scorching of the sun.

        b.1. Tribulation (Matthew)

        b.2. Persecution (Matthew) [all because of the word, or for the word's sake]

        b.3. Affliction (Mark)

        b.4. Temptation (Luke)

    c. Method:

        c.1. "Withered away" (Matt, Mark) i.e. offended because of the word (Matt./Mark)

        c.3. Endured for a time, but when affliction arise, immediately they are offended. (Mk.)

        c.4. in a time of temptation fall away (Luke)

  5. Regarding the Thorns:

    a. Main description:

        a.1. they hear the word

        a.2. the word is chocked.

    b. Main culprit:

        b.2.1. care(s) of this world (Matt, Mark)

        b.2.2. riches and deceitfulness of riches (Luke, Matthew)

        b.2.3. the lusts of other things (Mark)

        b.2.4. pleasures of this life (Luke)

    c. Method:

        c.1. choked – the thorns grow up with the seed.


6. Regarding the Good ground:

    a. Main description: (an honest and good heart – Luke adds to the description)

         Good ground

    b. Results: fruitfulness.

    c. Method:

        c.1. hears the word (Matthew, Mark, Luke)

        c.2. understands it. (Matthew)

        c.3. receive it (Mark)

        c.4. keep it (Luke)

Luke adds a warning: "Take heed therefore how ye hear…" (Luke 8:18a).

Scripture references: Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:3-20; Luke 8:5-18