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

Tis the season for change ... and that cold, wet snow we experienced last week was just a reminder of that. We like to think of September as a month of crisp cool weather, but we were all sure surprised with that white stuff, weren't we?

And yet, if someone had taken a picture of the snow covered world, and showed it to us in December, it would have been something we considered beautiful, seasonal, festive even.

I can't help but think of the words of Ecclesiastes 3 ... "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." The challenge is that we, in our humanity, want to be in control. We're usually not happy with the "unplanned" events in our lives, or with trusting God's sense of time. Perhaps we need to let go, and let God be with us a little more. Perhaps we need to better understand that weather is something that we can't control, and appreciate it for what it is.

Think of the things that came about because of the early snow. Neighbours were checking in with neighbours, and had something exciting to talk about. Good Samaritans had opportunities to reach out and help cover tomatoes and sweep sidewalks. Families from afar called to see if we were doing alright in the storm. It is true that this recent storm has created havoc around the southern part of our province, but it has given us opportunities to reach out and care, to support those who have suffered damage to trees, to crops, to property. It has shown us, as weather related chaos tends to do, the value of neighbours caring for neighbours. And isn't caring for our neighbour, in love, what being part of the body of Christ is about?

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • To Members of the Choir - Beginning September 18, from 7 - 8 pm, choir practices will resume. We will be preparing anthems for Thanksgiving, 120th Anniversary, Advent, & Christmas. Your presence at our practices is vital, & very much needed if we are to do our best with the beautiful selections we will be learning. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us, please encourage them; newcomers as well as former choir members are welcome. All will find joy in creating a beautiful sound by joining our voices together in songs of praise & celebration.

  • Thanksgiving Display - You are invited to show your thanks by bringing items to church that we can display in the sanctuary - items that symbolize your thanks. Last year's items included things like family photos, art work, food items ... the options are only as limited as your grateful imaginations. Appropriate food items will be donated to the Food Bank. Please bring your Thanksgiving display items to the church by Friday, October 10th at 12 noon, so that they can be arranged by the worship committee. Thanks!

  • Historic Display at the Museum - There will be an Historic United Church Display at the Mountain View Museum from November 4 - 27. It includes an oral history interview video featuring Alvina Hawthorne and Marianne Becker. The Mountain View Museum is located at 5038 - 50 Street Olds, and is open Tuesday - Friday from 9 am - 4 pm.

  • 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.

  • 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

Wishing you blessings during the autumn season. OCTOBER 1
Muffins & Coffee
A muffin and coffee party in the Upper Hall. All are welcome to attend. Bring a friend!

OCTOBER 17
Ukranian Supper
Cost is $14. Tickets available. There will also be opportunities to help with this event. Look for the sign-up sheet at the church. This is a great evening of good food among good friends.

OCTOBER 18
Hearts 'n Harmony Concert
Come enjoy some wonderful music and great fellowship in support of the ministries of Olds United Church.

NOVEMBER
120th Anniversary
More information will follow, but start now planning on attending. It'll be fun to celebrate our 120th birthday!

MORE EVENTS HERE

Come enjoy wonderful music and great fellowship at the Hearts 'n Harmony Concert on Saturday October 18th at 2 pm at the Olds United Church. Tickets $15 includes dessert and beverage. Supporting the ministries of the Olds United Church.

Daily Scripture Reading

Matt 28:19 - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

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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Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.Moderator Gary Paterson warmly thanks all Presbyteries and Districts across The United Church of Canada that are participating in the vibrant re-imagining of the church for the 21st century. For more information and resources: www.united-church.ca. To participate in the discussion, visit UnitedFuture.ca. Learn more by watching the video below.

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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.

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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