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.
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
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.
Church News & Events
May 7 SPECIAL SUNDAY SERVICE Everyone is welcome to join us at 10 am for regular Sunday morning worship, but with a twist. Brian and Addy will be having a presentation on Roatan Honduras as part of the Worship service. Please join us for chili, buns and cookies after the service. Free will offering will be accepted to support the ongoing outreach.
May 12 & 13 FABRIC SALE We're holding a Fabric Sale on May 12 & 13. All types of fabric including quilting, curtains, notions, wool etc. All fabric will be sold at $1 dollar a meter! Take advantage of our Bag Sale too! $5 for a grocery bag full. Funds raised from the Fabric Sale will allow us to continue with our ongoing outreach. 1-4 pm on Friday and 2-7 pm on Saturday. We are looking for volunteers, any amount of time you can spare would be helpful. Please contact Addy at 403-556-8512 if you can help.
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.
Matt 11:29 - Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Chic Miller Gift Keeps on Giving Thanks to the foresight of a rare gift from a prominent Olds businessman, deserving individuals or organizations in Olds will get a hand up again in 2017. Olds United Church will be accepting applications until April 29th for annual grants from the Chic and Billy Miller Endowment Fund, created by a legacy from businessman, community booster and philanthropist Chic Miller. The fund is designed to support projects that meet the needs of the community of Olds. Key considerations in awarding grants from the fund will be the overall need of an individual or organization and the number of individuals who will benefit. Deadline: Friday, April 29th. DETAILS & APPLICATION INFO
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 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.
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.