The crest is designed in the form of a St. Andrew's Cross with an insignia in each of the four corners. The X at the centre, the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, is a traditional symbol for Christ. Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28-30. The oval shape of the United Church Crest is derived from the outline of a fish, a symbol of identity by early Christians. The initials of the words Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour spell the Greek word for fish.
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."


From the Minister's Desk

I'm writing this piece early, as I'm about to journey off on some vacation time.

I have spent last evening and this morning at our regional church camp, facilitating a 'community conversation' at a family camp. What a wonderful sense of the Spirit, being at that property on the shores of Sylvan Lake! The beauty of the surroundings, coupled with the strong sense of community was enough to make me wish I didn't have to go home and back into the office so soon.

Share your gifts with someone around you.The conversation I shared with that community was one around the joys of discovering the spiritual gifts God gives us - those gifts and talents that enable us to reach out and share with others. The apostle Paul, in 1st Corinthians 12, writes of "the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good".

What gifts have you been given that help you contribute to the good of all? Are you open to sharing those gifts with those around you? How might your sharing help open others to experiencing the presence of the Spirit?

As you journey through the lazy, hazy days of summer, why not take some time to consider those questions, and to seek places where your gifts and talents might be offered in ways that help build the community of God. You might be surprised at the ways the gift keeps giving!

Blessings for the journey!

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)

From the Moderator

Last week I was at a Benedictine retreat centre on Vancouver Island, for a week of prayer. Among several concerns, I held in my heart the people of Palestine and Israel, praying for an end to violence, for the willingness of all parties to come to the table to talk peace and justice.

The centre (strangely enough, called "Bethlehem") has no WiFi, which makes sense when one is trying to be in silence and to listen carefully to the whispering of the Spirit. But it is also a challenge when you worry that the bombs and rockets continue to explode over Gaza and Israel. I kept wondering what was happening.

Now I am back in the "real" world. The violence increases, day by day, and hundreds of people have died. Real people, not statistics. People who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time ... though is there any "right place" in Gaza? Or ever enough bomb shelters in Israel? Ordinary men, women, and children… children ... dead, because of a war that seems to never end.

And I want to cry out, "STOP! Stop this killing; stop the invasion; stop the rockets."

I want to cry out to Israel, "Why are you doing this? Yes, you have every right to demand security; to live without fear of teenagers being kidnapped and killed, of rockets falling on your cities. But do you really think this invasion, so overwhelming and destructive, so disproportionate, will bring peace and security? Do you not understand that non-combatants, civilians, real people, simply trying to live ordinary, everyday lives are being killed? And that this war is creating reservoirs of rage that will fuel nightmares of revenge?"

I want to cry out to the leaders of Hamas, "Why are you doing this? Do you really think that sending endless rockets into Israel and killing non-combatants, civilians, real people, simply trying to live ordinary lives, will bring peace to the people of Gaza?"

I want to cry out to the leaders of Israel, "Stop the occupation! Stop the blockade of Gaza! Dismantle the settlements. The West Bank is not your land, there for the taking. Yes, you need a country; but so do the Palestinians. And unless you discover how two peoples can live side by side then you will continue to bring destruction down on everyone. Why will you not recognize the right of Palestine to exist within internationally recognized borders?"

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Dear People of Olds United Church

  • 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
  • From the 120th Anniversary Planning Committee - Plans are underway for celebrations for the month of November 2014, with a variety of activities. Have you got anecdotes to share, or pictures that we can use for display purposes? Please bring those items to the church right away, to allow the Anniversary Committee to scan/copy photos and compile stories into a format to be shared.

Church News & Events

Have a great summer! Enjoy life! AUGUST
Summer Worship Schedule
Join with congregations in our surrounding communities this month: August 3, 17 & 31 - Olds United; August 10 - Didsbury United; August 24 - Bowden United. All at 10 am

Summer Holidays
The United Church office will be closed till August 5th, open the first week of the month, then closed again from August 12 - 19. Happy holidays, Lil!

Wedding Celebrations
Congratulations to the Harris and Rutschke families!


Daily Scripture Reading

Cor 6:19 - Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

The Olds United Church is a beautiful facility and was built during the ministry of Reverend Jack Towers and dedicated on September 11, 1960. It involved great congregational involvement in planning, construction, and financing.

The church looks wonderful throughout the year.Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, or better yet, stop in for a personal visit sometime!

Click here to see what's happening to celebrate the United Church's 120th Anniversary in 2014.

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JUNE 2014

BIRTHVERSE consists of 366 verses chosen from the 66 books of the Bible. Each verse correlates the chapter and verse with its month and day.

You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.

Joyfully His Preschool offers children a faith based environment for spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth. Runs at the United Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here for details.

How to get here
From Highway 27, go south on 48th Avenue, and turn right (west) onto 50th Street. The large parking lot is just west of the church. 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.
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