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.
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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

From the Minister's Desk

An Advent Message - We've entered a new year in the life of the church. We, as part of the Reform Tradition of churches, follow the common lectionary - a 3 year cycle of prescribed biblical readings that take us through the seasons of the church year quite systematically. The idea is that if you follow each Sunday's readings, in a three year cycle you will have read most of the Bible, covering all the major themes it contains.

We are the clay, you are the potter.Advent - it means "coming" or "visit". The secular world associates it simply with a time of getting ready for the celebration of Christmas. For the secular world, it tends to be a time of joyful celebration, more than anything else - and seen as the Christmas season. Yet, on the church calendar, the Christmas season doesn't start until December 25, and goes for 12 days after that.

Historically, in the church, Advent has been a reflective time; a time to look at how we are called to follow God, to look at where we have been lacking in our spiritual lives, and to seek to be better disciples. The journey, historically, has been one of repentance, of "getting right" with God.

The journey towards God, towards healing and reconciliation, toward re-connecting with the Spirit of Life in all its goodness, can be as a first step on the Advent journey. With that step, we become open to the transformative power of the Spirit. One of our Advent readings refers to 'being clay in the potter's hands' (Isaiah 64:1-9). That can be such a hopeful image, in that when we are open to the moving of the Spirit, shaping us, we are open to the transformation that can come into our lives, to hearing the voice of God, leading us in new directions.

As we travel through these Advent days, may the Spirit bring us to a place where we are ready, once again, to welcome the birth of the Christ child. Amen.

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • Bookkeeper/Treasurer Needed - We are looking for someone interested in taking on the task of Bookkeeper/Treasurer. If anyone knows of someone who might be approached or asked to do this, please contact Joyce Quaife, 403-556-3802 or call the office at 403-556-3052.

  • 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

Wishing you blessings during the Christmas season. DECEMBER 4
Advent Study
Join us from 12 - 1 pm at St Paul's Lutheran Church for our Advent Study: Journey to Bethlehem. 5022 - 52 Street

DECEMBER 11
Advent Study
Join us from 12 - 1 pm at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church for our Advent Study: Journey to Bethlehem. 5038 - 49 Street

DECEMBER 12
Christmas Carolling
Please feel free to join us at the church at 6:15 pm, as we sing Christmas carols to our friends and neighbours around town.

DECEMBER 18
Advent Study
Join us from 12 - 1 pm at our church, Olds United, for our Advent Study: Journey to Bethlehem.

DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve Services
Join the congregation at the Sundre United Church at 5 pm for their Christmas Eve Service. Come join us in Olds at 7 pm for our Christmas Eve Family Worship.

MORE EVENTS HERE

Daily Scripture Reading

Matt 28:18 - Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me."

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.

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!

United Church of Canada Videos
Advent 2014: Moderator's Message
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.In his Advent message, Moderator Gary Paterson invites us to think about whether Mary is the invitation for each one of us to bring forth new life and to be open to the Spirit. Learn more by watching the video below.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

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SEPT 2014 | 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.

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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The United Church is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada with a rich history closely entwined with the development of Canada itself. We believe a United Vision is serving, friendly, flexible, inclusive, welcoming, faithful, compassionate, justice-seeking, caring, peace-seeking, tolerant, and innovative. The vision of the United Church of Canada involves ministry in our own United Churches and in work with partners across the country and around the globe. In the four corners of the United Church crest are symbols, three of which are particularly associated with the three communions, Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian, that united to form The United Church of Canada in 1925.
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