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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.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
From the Minister's Desk
On behalf of the board of Olds United Church, I greet you, in the name of the Risen Christ. As we enter into the season, I am sure you share with me the joys of spring - seeing the first robins, finding tulips peeking out from the damp earth, feeling the warmth of the afternoon sun shining through the window.
Along with the newness of spring, for the community of Olds United Church comes the joy of being part of a community of people who share the common bond of faith. We are what church theorists call a "pastoral sized church", - currently averaging 50 to 60 people for weekly worship on Sunday mornings. One of the gifts of our size is that we are a close community, we know each other at least by name, and connect not just at church, but outside church as well.
One of the benefits of that "knowing" one another is that we care well for one another, across generations as well. Our size makes it easy for us to reach out and welcome newcomers as well. And, we certainly have room to grow. Did you know most newcomers to church join because a friend invited them to come?
We also enjoy the gift of community engagement in places such as the lodge and long term care, with the local ministerial, and through members' involvement in supporting various community agencies and initiatives. These are just a few examples of how Olds United Church members and adherents take seriously the call to live out their faith.
We are realizing that there is a core group of active members of the church who are sharing a large load of responsibility, and we would dearly love to have others come forward and share in the joys and responsibilities of ministry with us. The United Church presence in Olds is important and valued by many. It would be wonderful for a wider circle of people who think of themselves as part of the United Church to join more actively in the mission and ministry we offer. We invite you to prayerfully consider how you are able to share your time, your talents, and your financial support with the church.
We are at a critical time in the life of the church. For the past year, we have been operating under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Sundre United Church, sharing my time on a ¾ for Olds, ¼ for Sundre basis. Our midway evaluation of this working arrangement was very positive. Now, we come to the point of doing a final evaluation, leading up to decision making around moving from this MOA to a more permanent arrangement. It is vitally important that we have engagement from as many of the Olds United Church members in this evaluation and decision making process as we can. On Sunday April 12, undertook the evaluation (SURVEY RESULTS HERE), and have proposed May 3rd as a congregational meeting to address the decision of moving forward to a formal, permanent relationship with Sundre as a two-point pastoral charge.
These are critical, yet exciting times. We'd appreciate your input in shaping the future of our ministry.
As our mission statement says: "We teach the ways of God and Jesus Christ through worship, programs and music." Come, join us on the journey.
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Dear People of Olds United Church
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Daily Scripture Reading
Gen 1:26 - Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
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