Welcome to Olds United Church Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
"I know there is nothing better for them, than to be happy and enjoy themselves." ECCLESIASTES 3:12
The prophet Jeremiah speaks of God as a potter working clay, forming it into a vessel, that it might be used in service for its owner. Sometimes, when the potter finds a flaw in the vessel, or finds that it isn't turning out the way he or she imagined, the potter starts again. The potter spoils the vessel and then remolds, reshapes the mound of clay it has become, creating something that will satisfy the true purpose for the vessel.
That is a metaphor for how God reshapes our lives, when our actions are not what God intended for us. In those times when we feel we are misdirected, or not truly following God's way, God's grace - when we are open to receiving it, can reshape us. We are people gifted with God's love and grace - and called to be vessels for God's hopes and dreams for the world. We are called to be agents of God's love - vessels that do the will of God - caring for God's creation. That means we are called to care not just for one another, but for the whole created and creating world. We are called to be faithful stewards of the earth.
When we stray from that call, we can trust that God is with us, and by grace, God will reshape us and guide us that we might become new vessels for service and action in the world. As we enter into the fall, a season of change, how is God working in your life? How is God reshaping you, for service and mission? How might you see yourself in service to God and community, here at home?
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge of the United Church
Dear People of Olds United Church
NEW OFFICE MANAGER - Welcome to Maureen Simpson, our new Office Administrator. Big thanks to Lil Grover, who has been our Manager for many years, and to Bonnie Rayton, who filled in while Lil was away. You gals are terrific! Maureen who will be starting on August 31.
WELCOME BACK, TAMMY - Our Minister, Tammy Allan, has been away for a few months on medical leave, but she's back now! Special thanks are extended to Rev. Sue Hertell for filling in while Tammy recuperated.
HELPING FORT McMURRAY - Thanks to your generosity, as of May 13, 2016, the United Church appeal for Fort McMurray has received over $50,000 for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation. If you would like to contribute, please visit Emergency Response, Fort McMurray.
HELPING IN THE SUDAN - Alarmed at the growing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the United Church of Canada is issuing a church-wide appeal. Donations will aid displaced persons with food, water, shelter and medicine. Mission & Service partners are already on the ground in refugee camps serving those in need. Contributions are urgently needed to mitigate the severe human suffering
that threatens to worsen as the time of seasonal rains draws closer. To see how you can help out, visit www.united-church.ca.
Church News & Events
Wednesdays & Fridays NEW HOURS We have changed our office hours. Now open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am - 4 pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm).
September 30 UKRAINIAN SUPPER It's that time of year again - time for our ever-popular Ukrainian Supper. It's our 8th Annual! 6 pm. Ages 6-11 $7. Adults $14.
October 7 MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN Thanks to a partnership between the Olds Library and the Mountain View Film Group, the movie, "Miracles from Heaven" will be shown in Cadets Hall at 7 pm. Admission by Donation. Cash Concession available. This film is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (played by Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Details here
Matt 11:29 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!
United Church of Canada Videos
Diversity is the Name of the Game We humans can be very uncomfortable with diversity, and react negatively to differences among ourselves, sometimes misusing religion to justify such prejudice. Drawing on the experience of the LGBT community, we discover how sharing personal stories is a powerful force for change. When we risk "coming out", and when we listen carefully to others telling their stories, we discover how diversity can become a gift for everyone.
From our Conference President
Rev. Paul Walfall
What happens next with Conference Executive Secretary position. The Conference Executive agreed on June 4 that we would pursue sharing the services of Executive Secretaries with other Conferences. I continue to ask for your prayers for the witness, Mission and Ministry of our church even as we proceed on this new adventure together with the Holy Spirit. READ MORE HERE
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How to get here
Olds United Church is located on the corner of 48th Avenue and 50th Street, just a couple of blocks west of Olds College. Click the map for an enlargement.