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

Celebrating the joy of the Easter season for 50 days!

Each of the four gospels has a version of the Easter story. In each of those stories, the first to the tomb, the first to find it empty, are women. And in turn, those women are the first to share the good news of the resurrection.

May you find wonder and awe in the Easter stories.In John's gospel, (John 20: 1-18) Mary comes to the tomb alone, while it is still dark. In the other gospels, she is not alone; others come with her - and in all 3 of the other gospels, they go to the tomb at dawn, or just after sunrise. Does the writer have Mary do so, perhaps, to depict the depth of relationship she had with Jesus, to show us the devotion she had to Jesus?

Not yet believing he is risen, she perceives that his body has been taken by someone, and she goes to tell Simon Peter and 'the beloved disciple', who run to the tomb. The beloved sees it empty and believes Christ has risen; Peter sees, yet is not ready to believe.

3 people - Mary, Peter and the beloved disciple - 3 different perspectives in respect to how they come to that point of belief. Mary, Peter and the beloved disciple do come to believe - in their own way, and in their own time.

And we know the story from John's gospel, of Thomas - often spoken of as 'doubting Thomas'. Yet, he too, comes to joyful belief when he has a chance to see for himself.

There is also the story of those walking the road to Emmaeus, who don't actually recognize that one of their travelling companions is the Risen Christ until they take time to share a meal with him.

Don't we have some similar experiences? Some of us come to belief sooner, some later; some come with questions and doubts that we need to take time with - some of us do that in phases, our doubts come and go.

However you come to the place of believing, may you find wonder and awe in the Easter stories, and throughout this season. May you also hold onto the truth that God's love and compassion, shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, is for all of people, everywhere. Thanks be!

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

Church News & Events

Happy Springtime. Enjoy life! May 26
SUPPER & MUSICAL EVENING
You're invited to enjoy the Sweet 'n' Sour Women's Chorus. Beef on a bun and dessert for $20 (advance tickets only) or Performance only for $10 (tickets at the door). Supper at 6 pm, performance at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available from UCW members or the church office 403-556-3052.

May 26 & 27
CELEBRATION OF MINISTRY
The Alberta and Northwest Conference will be hosting its Mid Triennium Event (for the 2015-2018 Triennium) at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds, Alberta. This is the time when we celebrate with new Ministers being Ordained, Commissioned to Diaconal Ministry, or Admitted to the Order of Ministry in The United Church of Canada; and with those who are retiring from active ministry. More information, and to register, please click here.

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Dear People of Olds United Church

  • HELPING FORT McMURRAY - Thanks to your generosity, as of May 13, 2016, the United Church appeal for Fort McMurray has received over $50,000 for emergency relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation. If you would like to contribute, please visit Emergency Response, Fort McMurray.

  • 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.

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.

Daily Scripture Reading

John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

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
Moderator's Easter Message 2017: This is Resurrection
Click here to see a message about the future of the United Church of Canada.To be an Easter people is to be those who embody that fierce, unrelenting love that says to the forces of death and hate that continue to operate today: "God is a God of love and of life, and we will be a people of love and of life." May it be so for us this Easter. May we be a resurrection people.

Messages & Blogs from the Moderator

From our Conference President
Rev. Paul Walfall
Paul Walfall was elected President at the Spring 2015 meeting of Alberta and Northwest Conference and serves the Cold Lake Alberta pastoral charge.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.
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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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The United Church is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada with a rich history closely entwined with the development of Canada itself. We believe a United Vision is serving, friendly, flexible, inclusive, welcoming, faithful, compassionate, justice-seeking, caring, peace-seeking, tolerant, and innovative. The vision of the United Church of Canada involves ministry in our own United Churches and in work with partners across the country and around the globe. In the four corners of the United Church crest are symbols, three of which are particularly associated with the three communions, Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian, that united to form The United Church of Canada in 1925.
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