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
Whatever affects one, affects all
This past week, January 15, was Martin Luther King Day in the United States. In taking time to reflect on this great man's life and work, I came across these words of wisdom: "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." Martin Luther King, Jr.
I give thanks to God for the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. and I also grieve the reality that the wisdom he shared with the world is needing to be heard today. We live in a "me first" world, in spite of the truth of what MLK said. Too many people in the world suffer because not enough people live according in a way that honours how interrelated we really are.
As people of faith, as people who follow the way of Christ, our task is to live that interrelated structure of reality, modelling the truth that we are not just human beings inhabiting this world independent of one another, but humans being in relationship with one another, in ways that build trust, and hope, and peace and love.
As you go about your day to day living, may you seek ways to be in relationships with your neighbours, near and far, to be connected in ways that build that world that Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of.
Blessings and peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge of the United Church
Church News & Events
January 15 OLDS COMMUNITY CHORUS Returning to practice in our church till the end of the month. If you would like to sing with them, call Ross Dabrusin at 403-556-9067 or Derek Lewis at 403 335-4777.
January 17 COFFEE & MUFFINS Join us for a visit over coffee and muffins from 10 - 11:30 am. Admission by donation.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE - We currently have open positions on a few committees we need to fill. We are always looking for new ideas and assistance. If you would like to help out, please contact the office at 403-556-3052.
LOOKING FOR A PIANIST - After 12 years, our current pianist is retiring. We are now looking for a pianist for Sunday Worship. If you would like to bring the joy of music to our congregation, please contact the office at 403-556-3052.
FAREWELL TO THE CHORUS - We have thoroughly enjoyed having the Olds Community Chorus rehearsals in our church. At the end of January, the group will be returning to Nazarene Church/Hope Point for practices. They are just waiting for the new piano to be in place. You might remember that their old one was damaged from improper storage during church renos after last July's hail storm. Thanks for singing with us!
WELCOME TO THE OLDS COMMUNITY LENDING SHELF! - Effective October 20, 2017 the Olds Community Lending Shelf became an outreach partner of Olds United Church. This means that this very important community non-profit is now housed in the lower level of our building, and has more space to carry out its work. We're happy to be able to provide space for these great folks, and we are pretty sure their director, Lucinda Watkins, has a spouse who is very happy to have his garage back! So, again, welcome!
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.
Daily Scripture Reading
Gal 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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
The Boundaries Commission Reports As we prepare to move from four courts of the church to three councils, people across the church have been wondering where the regional boundaries will be, and which Regional Council they'll be in. General Council Executive appointed a Commission to make those decisions. The broadcast on January 15 was an opportunity to hear directly from Andrew Richardson, the Chair of the Commission.
From our Conference President
Rev. Paul Walfall
It is with joy that I invite each member and friend of the church in this Conference area to participate in a Season of Prayer during Lent (March 1 - April 15). During this time each person in our congregations is invited to join with the others to raise our concerns for the church before God in prayer ... This Season of Prayer is intended for us to change the focus of our discussions a little as we seek to discern the will of God and focus more on the Mission of the church. 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.