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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.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
Minister's Advent Message 2016
We have crossed the threshold into the season of Advent, the first season of the church year. Yes, the first season in the church year begins near the end of our calendar year.
The word advent is from the Latin "adventus" which means "coming".
I like to think of Advent as a time of waiting and preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child into our lives, in new and wondrous ways. Often, the colour associated with Advent in the church is blue, a colour of hope. We use blue in the symbols and décor, to remind us of this time for hope.
In many Christian churches, we also follow the tradition of lighting an advent wreath - a wreath with 4 candles, one for each week of the season, representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Then on Christmas Eve, a central white candle is lit to symbolize the birth of Christ.
Are you doing anything special to prepare as you wait during this Advent time?
Are you finding ways to make space in your life for those gifts - for hope, peace, joy and love - to enter into your life, as you wait for Christmas? How might you facilitate making space for those gifts to enter into the lives of your loved ones, or even into the lives of the strangers you might encounter in the next few weeks? In reaching out in love, you are living as Christ would have us live.
Join us for worship in these Advent Days ... Sunday mornings in Olds at 10:00 am and Sunday afternoons in Sundre at 1:30 pm. Both services are followed by coffee and conversation time.
Also, on Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm. at Knox United in Didsbury, there will be a Longest Night Service. This is a quiet service, that recognizes the reality that for some, it is hard to be merry in this season, for a variety of reasons. All are welcome to gather for this reflective evening gathering.
On December 24th, we celebrate in joy, the coming of the Christ Child, with family friendly services filled with carols and story. In Sundre at 5:00 pm. and in Olds at 7:30.
Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, and our congregations have both decided to make that a day with family and friends, so there will be no worship at either church. We'll gather as a whole pastoral charge, Olds and Sundre together, on January 1st at 10:00 in Olds. There will be no afternoon service in Sundre.
As you continue your Advent journey, may you know the blessing of God, and the peace and hope of the season.
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Dear People of Olds United Church
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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 at Christmastime. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!
From our Conference President
Alberta and Northwest Conference President, Rev. Paul Walfall, encourages us to pray with our brothers and sisters affected by the hurricane's devastation.
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.
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