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
Blessings for the Easter season!
Easter is just too wonderful to confine to one day of the year! It is in this season that nature reminds us of the joy of resurrection. Just the other day, as I walked outside to go to the office, I opened the front door of my home and was almost overwhelmed by the beauty of the birds' song filling the air! And weekly, I get pictures from a family member's farm, telling the story of the new little four legged lives that are entering the world. One photo even showed twin calves! God's creation is happening before our very eyes!
There's a wonderful line in one of our denominational hymnbooks: "The world has changed and God is at the heart of it!" (The Spring Has Come, Shirley Erena Murray, Voices United, United Church Publishing House, 1996, #187)
God is, indeed, at the heart of the newness that is spring, and the joy of resurrection. That joy is for each of us to share, as we live as God's resurrection people, following the path of Jesus Christ, who came to the world to show us ways of peace, justice and love. It is our call, as Christians, to model Christ's love in the world, welcoming newcomers, reaching out to those in need, caring for the littlest and the least among us.
So may we, as we live in this season of hope and new life, find joy in following that God. Easter blessings to all!
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge of the United Church
Dear People of Olds United Church
LEGACY GIVING - We have many ways to support the ministries of the church. Legacy giving is one way for us to do that through wills, charitable gift annuities, securities, life insurance, and other gift vehicles. Some of these vehicles can even provide ways for people to receive an income and provide a future gift for the church as well. Kathryn Hofley, regional Financial Development Officer for The United Church of Canada, will be conducting a "Beyond the Offering Plate" presentation on Sunday April 10, after worship. We'll have refreshments, so please plan to attend.
BOOK STUDY IN APRIL - At Olds United Church Wednesday evenings at 7:00, April 6, 13, 20, and 27. "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" by Dr. John Izzo. The author interviewed more than 200 people over the age of sixty who were identified by others as having lived happy lives with purpose and contentment. Each person was asked to identify the sources of happiness and meaning as well as lessons learned, regrets and major crossroads. With a powerful narrative voice, Dr. Izzo helps the reader understand the common themes from these stories, what really matters in their lives and especially how to put this wisdom into practice. This book is available through the library, downloadable onto your e-reader, and Tammy has ordered some used copies through Amazon, which will be available to borrow soon.
Fabric Sale Fundraiser - The Olds United Church Social Ministry and World Outreach committee will be holding a fabric sale in June. We will be supporting our community and outreach projects. We are looking for donations of all types of fabrics. We will have pickup available. Please contact Addy at 403-556-8512 for more information.
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
Wednesday evenings BOOK STUDY On Wednesday evenings in April, "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" by Dr. John Izzo. (Till April 27)
April 10 BEYOND THE OFFERING PLATE Kathryn Hofley, regional Financial Development Officer for The United Church of Canada, will be conducting a presentation after worship. There will be refreshments, so please plan to attend.
May 8 MOTHER'S DAY Join us at 10 am for our Sunday morning Worship service. And Happy Mother's Day to all!
Col 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
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!
Chic Miller Gift Keeps on Giving Thanks to the foresight of a rare gift from a prominent Olds businessman, deserving individuals or organizations in Olds will get a hand up again in 2016. Olds United Church will be accepting applications until April 29th for annual grants from the Chic and Billy Miller Endowment Fund, created by a legacy from businessman, community booster and philanthropist Chic Miller. The fund is designed to support projects that meet the needs of the community of Olds. Key considerations in awarding grants from the fund will be the overall need of an individual or organization and the number of individuals who will benefit. DETAILS & APPLICATION INFO
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Called to be the Church At Bridges to Hope in St. John's, Newfoundland, reducing the effects of poverty and empowering people to build their skills is central to its ministry. Supported through your generous donations to the Mission & Service of the United Church.
From our Conference President
Rev. Paul Walfall
Two things stood out for me at August's General Council meeting: the commitment of the commissioners for their church and their concern for the church. You felt their passion for the church's well being in the intense dialogues which occurred at tables and you saw it on many faces as issues were discussed and decided upon. READ MORE HERE
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How to get here
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.