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

Minister's Message

As I sit in my office listening to the rain fall against the window, I give thanks to the God of creation for the gift of rain, and pray that it will soon fall in the north, in the Wood Buffalo region. We have all heard so much about the devastion of the fires, of the lives forever changed by the events of the past weeks.

Micah 6 Verse 8Many of us cannot imagine what people have been through, the fear, the loss, the anxiety, as they wait to see when they can go home ... or at least returning to the place they once lived. What will "home" look like, once they can go back? My prayers go out to those affected.

I also extend prayers of gratitude for the many people across our province, and beyond, who have reached out with support, in so many ways. It is that kind of gracious response that makes me grateful to be a Canadian.

I can't help but be drawn to one of my favourite passages of scripture ... Micah 6:8 "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

We've seen that call of Micah's lived out in the events unfolding alongside the fires in the Fort McMurray region, and it is with gratitude that we know that those who have become refugees will find support and care from friends, family, and even complete strangers.

As we journey into the summer months, let us hope and pray that our weather patterns will help slow the chances of more fires, and that we will all practise safe living as we enjoy the great outdoors that we are called to care for.

I will be away from my office and ministry for most of the summer as I recover from knee surgery. My friend and colleague, Rev. Sue Hertell will be covering for me in my absence. I give thanks to her for her willingness to share her gifts. And I wish you all a blessed summer!

Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge of the United Church

Dear People of Olds United Church

  • NEW OFFICE MANAGER - Welcome to Maureen Simpson, our new Office Administrator. Big thanks to Lil Grover, who has been our Manager for many years, and to Bonnie Rayton, who filled in while Lil was away. You gals are terrific! Maureen who will be starting on August 31.

  • WELCOME BACK, TAMMY - Our Minister, Tammy Allan, has been away for a few months on medical leave, but she's back now! Special thanks are extended to Rev. Sue Hertell for filling in while Tammy recuperated.

  • HELPING FORT McMURRAY - Thanks to your generosity, as of May 13, 2016, the United Church appeal for Fort McMurray has received over $50,000 for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation. If you would like to contribute, please visit Emergency Response, Fort McMurray.

  • 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

Have a safe Labour Day long weekend! Wednesdays & Fridays
NEW HOURS
We have changed our office hours. Now open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am - 4 pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm).

September 10
FALL FAIR
Everyone is welcome to take in the Fall Fair at the Bowden United Church. The fun begins at 1:30. See our Events page for details.

September 12
WELCOME BACK!
We are pleased to welcome back the Sparks & Brownies in Olds, gearing up for another year of activities.

September 18
VISITING WITH EACH OTHER
Everyone is invited to join us for Muffins & Coffee after today's service.

September 30
UKRAINIAN SUPPER
It's that time of year again - time for our ever-popular Ukrainian Supper.

MORE EVENTS HERE

Daily Scripture Reading

Acts 18:10 - "For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city."

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

United Church of Canada Videos
Diversity is the Name of the Game
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.We humans can be very uncomfortable with diversity, and react negatively to differences among ourselves, sometimes misusing religion to justify such prejudice. Drawing on the experience of the LGBT community, we discover how sharing personal stories is a powerful force for change. When we risk "coming out", and when we listen carefully to others telling their stories, we discover how diversity can become a gift for everyone.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

From our Conference President
Rev. Paul Walfall
Paul Walfall was elected President at the Spring 2015 meeting of Alberta and Northwest Conference and serves the Cold Lake Alberta pastoral charge.What happens next with Conference Executive Secretary position. The Conference Executive agreed on June 4 that we would pursue sharing the services of Executive Secretaries with other Conferences. I continue to ask for your prayers for the witness, Mission and Ministry of our church even as we proceed on this new adventure together with the Holy Spirit.
READ MORE HERE

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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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