West Newton Friends Meeting
9:30 am -- Worship
10:30 -- Coffee and Fellowship
10:45 -- Religious Education for All Ages
On July 21 during Meeting for Learning we discussed ways that we might be of practical assistance to those in need on our southern border. By practical assistance we had in mind the words of Jesus in Matthew 25 -- "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me." Toward that end, Ministry and Counsel had asked me to be touch with Friends Meetings that are providing or working with groups to provide such assistance.
I was born and raised where the new Indianapolis Airport (and old Weir Cook Airport was) on land that my great grandparents homesteaded. Jim and Ruth Ladd Pierson were my parents and I and my siblings (JoAnn, Johnnie, Charles (Laddie), and Jimmie) lived on the farm with my Great-Uncle Roscoe. Some of our ancestors were buried in a small cemetery that is located close to the FedEx building at the airport.
Dale and I have been privileged to travel to many faraway places, both in and out of our country. Most trips have had meaning beyond just enjoying the scenery as a tourist. We have made trips to grow professionally, attended Quaker gatherings, visited Friends’ ministry sites, and participated on work teams. We have experienced new and varying landscapes, cultures, languages, foods, economic conditions and ways of doing things. Our hearts, minds and spirits have been enlarged to take them all in.
Dorothy (DA) Moore, a birthright Quaker and descendent of Levi Coffin, moved from Indianapolis to Decatur Township in 1944, when she married Charles H. Pierson. Living on the Pierson farm with her husband, mother-in-law, and Charlie’s two sisters and no inside plumbing was quite a change for her. Dorothy grew up in Indianapolis and went to Shortridge High School. She had a chance to go to Earlham College and study nursing but all she had ever wanted to be was a secretary.
We regularly feature the work of one of West Newton Friends making a difference in our community. We’re all involved in different ways and sometimes we don’t realize the ministries we're doing in locally and around the world.
This article features the volunteer work of Charles and Ruth Alber.