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

Caring for one another as we head into Lent ...

As I write this message, we are in the last days of the Season of Epiphany, the season of light. Throughout this season, the scriptures read in worship have reminded people of their call to discipleship and service in the way of Christ. We are called to live in the light of Christ, and be light for others, and indeed for all of creation.

Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.As children, we used to sing "This Little Light of Mine". (Some of us still like to sing it!) The lyrics speak of how we all are instilled with God's light, and that we are required to let it shine. In doing so, we are giving the best of ourselves to others, and to God.

So what does that mean? It's about caring for one another; it's about engaging in conversation with others in ways that are respectful and honest - even, and especially, where there is potential for conflict or disagreement. It's about treating one's fellow human being as equal, without judgment or assumptions. It's about living in the light of love and care, as we live the golden rule of treating others as we would desire others to treat us.

That call to shine our light is not a seasonal call. It is a call to commit our whole selves to serve and love, each and every day of our lives. So, let your lives shine, all the time! Be a blessing to the world.

Tuesday February 25th is Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as "Fat Tuesday, and also Pancake Tuesday". The tradition is to eat all those rich foods we so enjoy, (think eggs, butter, and bacon) and to have a feast day, before entering into Lent.

Lent begins on February 26th, Ash Wednesday. The wearing of ashes, often in the sign of a cross on the wrist or forehead, is considered a sign of repentance, sorrow, and mourning. It helps us enter Lent in a reflective, contemplative way. The word Lent has a variety of sources. In Middle English "lente" and the Old English "lencten" refer to the lengthening of days. In French, "lente" means 'to move slowly'.

The colour for the season of Lent is purple, a colour for deep reflection, and in the church, traditionally the colour of penitence. As you begin your Lenten journey, remember, may you find moments of quiet reflection that nourishes your body and soul.

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

Are you someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn stories of our faith?

You're welcome to join us in worship on Sundays, in Olds at 10:00 am, and in Sundre at 1:30 pm.

If you'd like to have a conversation with Reverend Tammy, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office and we can set up an appointment!

Phone: 403-556-3052

Church News & Events

Happy Valentine's Day! February 2
WORSHIP & COMMUNION
Come and join us as we worship together on Sunday morning.

February 15
MEN'S BREAKFAST
Olds United is hosting the next inter-denominational breakfast beginning at 9 am. Come meet other gentlemen from our community's church families.

February 17
CONNECTING NEEDLES
Connecting Needles is a group of quilting, sewing and knitting enthusiasts who gather the third Monday of each month in the Upper Hall of Olds United Church between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring a current project to work on or start a new one. Connecting Needles is all about connecting with other crafters through crafts, participating in demonstrations, charity work and the occasional party! All are welcome - stay for a few minutes or a few hours. For more information please call Craig's at (403) 556-3717.

February 19
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
We invite our congregation members, their friends, and the entire community to celebrate the month of love! 10 - 11:30 am. By Donation.

March 13
STEW LUNCHEON
One of the most popular events in town is our annual Irish Stew Luncheon. "Friday the 13th" from 11:30 am - 1 pm. $15/person, $7/child (under 12 years). Presold tickets only are available from UCW members or church office 403-556-3052. Print our Poster and put it on your fridge or in your staffroom. A great idea for Staff Appreciation.

Sundays
MORNING WORSHIP
We hope you will join us for worship at Olds United on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Ask us about our programs for young people, families, and seniors.

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Dear People of Olds United Church

  • PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) - Are you on PAR? If you already pay bills, taxes, or your mortgage with automatic withdrawals from your bank account, then you've got the PAR principle. Monthly PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) offerings are an exceptional expression of commitment and allows you to support Olds United Church through automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account.

    Besides being convenient, using PAR for your offering ensures regular monthly givings to help our Church's ministry and increasing our overall financial stability, even while you are away. You can also include a regular Mission & Service gift at the same time. Why not participate in PAR? Here's how ...

    1. Prayerfully decide how much you want to give each month.
    2. Fill out a PAR Authorization Form with a cheque marked "VOID".
    3. Enclose both in an envelope and place on the offering plate, or leave at the church office.
    4. We send this information to the United Church's national office, who instructs your bank to automatically withdraw your gift around the 20th of each month.

    You can increase, decrease, or cancel your contribution at any time. To learn more, please call the church office at (403) 556-3052, The United Church of Canada at 1-800-268-3781, or visit www.united-church.ca. Thank you!

  • 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!

Daily Scripture Reading

Heb 10:25 - Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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Update from Kasota, Fall 2019

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
Lent message for 2020
Click here to see a message from the United Church of Canada. Moderator Richard Bott ushers in the season of Lent with a reflection on Ash Wednesday as a celebration of Hope and Life.

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BIRTHVERSE consists of 366 verses chosen from the 66 books of the Bible. Each verse correlates the chapter and verse with its month and day.

You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.

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.

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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