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

Greetings friends. Just thought I'd share some of what's coming up for The United Church of Canada.

This year is a General Council year, which means some 400 plus delegates, called 'commissioners' in church lingo, will be gathering in August in Newfoundland to consider decisions and actions that affect the whole of the United Church. This meeting happens every 3rd year, in a different part of the country. This year's meeting is of particular interest, as the focus on the whole gathering will be to make some very difficult decisions around how we do the work of being the church. Those decisions will include taking a serious look at our current structure, and voting on the adoption of a new one, as well as considering how we educate, support and discipline ministry personnel.

It is no secret that all mainline denominations are struggling with the realities of less resources, both human and financial. Our own denomination, The United Church of Canada, is no exception. We have been living beyond our means as a denomination for too long. There has been, for the past 3 years, a group called the Comprehensive Review Task Group (CRT), working on proposals to bring to this meeting. Their work has included consultations with people at all levels of church life. We, in Olds and Sundre, participated in the Comprehensive Review Process over a year ago.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.All of the work of that CRT group has resulted in a report, that is available for study and conversation. It can be found at www.gc42.ca.

Rev. David Shearman has also written a very helpful summary of the implications of the report and its proposals, which can be found here: dshearman.blogspot.ca.

There are also some good YouTube videos that offer visuals along with summaries of the report.

I have read and studied the documents myself. It seems that the release of the document during Lent is somewhat fitting, as in some ways it feels like we are in a wilderness time, and a time of deep reflection as we look ahead to the changes that will come. My prayer is that those who go to General Council as Commissioners will go with hearts open to change, and courage to make the decisions necessary for our church in these times.

These are difficult days for us as a church. I believe we are called to trust that the Spirit of God will lead us where we need to go as we discern how to be the church not just of the future, but the church of today. If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone 403-556-3052 or by email to minister@oldsunited.ca.

In Peace, 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

Easter is a wonderful time of year. MARCH 28
Mini Trade Fair
Hosted by Social Ministry & World Outreach. This will feature home-based businesses. Tables are $20 each. Contact Joyce Quaife, 403-556-3802 or Diane Waldie, 403-556-7741. If you know of anyone who would like to participate, call Joyce.

APRIL 3
Good Friday Service
Hosted at the Sundre United Church, everyone is invited to attend. Service begins at 10 am.

APRIL 5
Easter Sunday Service
A very special service for a very special day. Everyone welcome to attend our 10 am service.

MORE EVENTS HERE

Daily Scripture Reading

Pet 2:24 - He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

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, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!

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.

United Church of Canada Videos
Lenten - Longing for Home: Palm Sunday
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.Moderator Gary Paterson invites you to take in the "Longing for Home" online Lenten group, featuring video reflections on the lectionary with the Moderator and hosted conversations with a variety of leaders from the United Church and beyond. Learn more by watching the Palm Sunday video, reflecting on the journey into Jerusalem in Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-16, below.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

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SEPT 2014 | JUNE 2014

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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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