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

Our Words ...

The Letter of James to the early church offers great wisdom for us today. James was a teacher, and early Christian church leader, who writes to tell people how to live the Christian way.

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.Much of his epistle is about how what we say can hurt, how words, simple words from that little organ we call the tongue can cause great hurt if misused.

Remember that old playground chant: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."

Can you get any further from the truth? Ask anyone who has been a childhood victim of verbal bullying; or any adult who has been the victim of workplace gossip or bullying - names, words, can, and do hurt, when they are used in anger or to belittle or disparage another. They hurt in the moment, and they can leave lasting hurt. In some instances, lasting trauma.

Essentially, what the writer of James offers is wisdom for the ages - that message that our tongue, and our words have power to be blessing and power to be curse.

And in today's world, I think we can extend the idea of the power of the tongue to the power of the fingertips and social media. With the touch of our fingertips on a keyboard, and hitting "post", we have the power to uplift and praise people, or we have the power to hurt and diminish people, in a way that goes so much further than the confines of the schoolyard or the workplace.

As you encounter friend and stranger alike, face to face, or online - be mindful of how your words can be a blessing, or can be hurtful - and that as the body of Christ, we are called to be blessing to the world.

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

Are you someone who someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn more about the story of Easter, or any of the other 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 me, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office - 403-556-3052 and we can set up an appointment!

Church News & Events

Lest We Forget. Remembrance Day is November 11th. November 11
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
Community Learning Campus (Olds High School Gym). Doors open at 9:30 am. Service begins at 10:30 am. Followed by a wreath laying service at the Cenotaph in Centennial Park.

Sunday Church Worship will be at Sundre United at 1:30 pm.

The church bells in Olds will ring at 4:45 pm at the setting of the sun, on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to attend, take a moment to pause and remember all those who served and sacrificed.

November 16
ANNIVERSARY SUPPER
Every fall we enjoy a delicious pork roast dinner. Plan on attending, and watch for the sign-up sheet to volunteer to help!

November 21
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Conversation, Coffee, and Muffins from 10 - 11:30 am. Everyone welcome to come and visit and chat with new and old friends. By donation.

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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

Rom 5:8 - But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Olds United Church is seeking a Musician starting as soon as possible.

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
Meet the UCC's New Moderator
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada. With so many things happening in our church and in the world around us, Moderator Richard Bott invites us to listen carefully to ourselves and to one another, and then to let our action be full of love.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

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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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