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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."
The bereavement facilitators of the Olds & District Hospice Society have created a workbook for people who want to work through their thoughts and feelings during this period of social isolation. Click here to download this workbook.
Minister's Message ...
Peace and love to you, friends in faith. The following is a piece I wrote for the Olds newspaper's Hope and Happenings column. Each week one of the local ministry personnel or pastors writes a reflective piece to share with the community. Each week, we get a message of hope. This week, I found it hard to be hopeful, as I listen to the news stories of the riots and protests happening to the south of us. As a Christian, I look for that hope in the life and mission of Jesus. As a Christian, I hope that peace may prevail on earth, for all of God's people. And so I wrote this for the paper:
Our world is off kilter. I'm sad, and I wonder, will it ever end? Will racism ever end? This isn't just an America problem. Racism exists in Canada too. It exists in the communities in which we live.
Once again, we heard recently of the death of an African American person at the hands of a police officer, in the United States. Once again, our neighbours to the south of us are in turmoil, as people protest the injustice of this most recent death. In the midst of all this, there's all kinds of news reporting related to this, and it is not clear whose truth is real truth.
And then the President of the United States took the opportunity to have a photo op in front of a church building, holding a bible. First though, the people in the church yard were assaulted with tear gas and forced out of the yard. These were people supporting peaceful protesters with water, food, and first aid. These were church and community volunteers, standing in solidarity with people who have been oppressed for far too long. They were violently pushed aside for a photo moment.
I can't help but imagine Jesus, weeping at this scene, weeping, and praying, and then calling upon the people of God to follow the words of the prophet Micah - to seek justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. That is what we must do to end racism, to end the hurt, and the hate, and the violence. We must stand up, we must speak up, we must walk in the way of Jesus. We must walk in the way of love. Hope begins here, at home, with each step you and I take, toward a world of love.
In peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
An update on church and worship ...
COVID 19 continues to leave us with uncertainties and the need to be cautious around gatherings of large groups of people. For now, we must follow the guidelines of both our provincial health officials and of the United Church of Canada, for the safety and well-being of our communities. Although the province has declared that places of worship may open up again, there is still great concern about gatherings indoors, particularly for populations in the over 60 age group. We are also still being advised to maintain social distancing, and not to sing. There are so many factors in the guidelines that make it difficult to think that we will ever return to "the way we were". For now, we are moving with great caution, and will not be resuming regular worship this month, and most likely not until the end of the summer, providing we don't find ourselves in a second wave.
I will continue to post Sunday reflections/worship resource to both the Olds and Sundre websites. I and others are calling folks and checking in, and I welcome phone calls and emails to me as well.
David Birch and I are talking about posting some video reflections and music to our sites or to the Facebook group, Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge. This is a learning curve for me, but something he has talent for! I'll keep you posted on that.
For now, know that we are the church - in spite of not being in the building. Hold fast to that, and be the church in Olds, as you follow the way of Jesus, and share your love wherever you go.
Blessings and Peace,
Are you someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn stories of our faith?
You're welcome to join us in worship on Sundays, in Olds at 10:00 am, and in Sundre at 1:30 pm.
If you'd like to have a conversation with Reverend Tammy, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office and we can set up an appointment!
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Col 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
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Olds United At Home Worship
This is a time where people need connection and interaction - a chance for folks to feel connected to God and community. Please join us for our "At Home Worship" each week during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Click Here to join Reverend Tammy Allan of the Olds and Sundre United Churches.
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