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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.
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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.
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 email@example.com.
In Peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Dear People of Olds United Church
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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.
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