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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On March 31, 2016 the Olds United Church Women hosted a musical evening with guest musicians Melony Gibbs and Christina Crouch. Melony's vocal renditions covered a wide variety of artists from Adelle to the Shirelles and from Elvis to Amy Winehouse, to name only a few. Christina Crouch, a classically trained pianist, added the perfect accompaniment to Melony's beautiful voice. After two musical sets, refreshments comprised of beautifully decorated cupcakes and refreshing fruit skewers were served. Attendees enjoyed a time of visiting and fellowship. The musical evening may become an annual event. Another job well done, women of the Olds United Church!
Food Prep: (left to right) Mary Anne Rupert, Glenna Theaker, Joan Atkinson, Darlene Leask
Food Prep: (left to right) Mary Anne Rupert,
Glenna Theaker, Joan Atkinson, Darlene Leask
Food Table
Food Table
Christina Crouch (L) Melony Gibbs (R)
Christina Crouch (L)
Melony Gibbs (R)
Faith and Begorrah! Our 35th Annual Irish Stew Luncheon - a great Olds tradition!
Sign outside church
Sign outside church
Esther Orr - dessert anyone?
Esther Orr - dessert anyone?
Stew and potatoes
Stew and potatoes
Verna Ward and Marion Bennett at food table
Verna Ward and Marion
Bennett at food table
Neil Godwin and Lynn McDonald doing dishes
Neil Godwin and Lynn
McDonald doing dishes
Attendees at food table
Attendees at food table
The Olds United Church celebrated 120 years (1894 - 2014) in November of 2014. Activities included "Soup's On", an Open House, Old Time Hymn Sing, and an Anniversary Dinner. An Historic United Church display was at Mountain View Museum for the month of November. This display included an oral history interview powerpoint program, featuring Alvina Hawthorne and Marianne Becker, long-time members of the congregation.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Our sanctuary, decorated for thanksgiving, showcases the beauty of the cross.
Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee. Our sanctuary, decorated for thanksgiving, showcases the beauty of the cross. The beautiful colours of autumn centered around the Bible.
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Our sanctuary, decorated for thanksgiving, showcases the beauty of the cross. The beautiful colours of autumn centered around the Bible.
Pies Pies and More Pies!
Perfect Pies for sale $10.00 on November 2nd at the Olds United Church at 12 noon.
The quilting group at Olds United Church produced two magnificent heirloom quilts. Bids on these two quilts were taken throughout the fall and at our Fall Tea and Bazaar. Olds United Church 116th Anniversary Congregational Party. Please click to see an enlargement.
At our Camp Weekend in May 2013, people created symbols that represented their image/understanding of God/the Holy.
The quilting group at Olds United Church produced two magnificent heirloom quilts. Bids on these two quilts were taken throughout the fall and at our Fall Tea and Bazaar. Olds United Church 116th Anniversary Congregational Party. Please click to see an enlargement.
These quilts were auctioned off at our 116th Anniversary Party, Nov 2010. 116th Anniversary Congregational Party, Nov 2010. Click for enlargement.
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee. Scarecrows, pumpkins, and the fruits of a wonderful harvest. Our sanctuary, decorated for thanksgiving, showcases the beauty of the cross. The beautiful colours of autumn centered around the Bible.
This little guy might be a scarecrow, but he greets everyone who comes to our church with a wonderful smile. Thanks be to God. More decorations in the sanctuary when our congregation gathers to praise God and give thanks. Our God is good and God's love and faithfulness continue through all generations. This is the basis for our thanksgiving!
Decorating a tree for Christmas is a well established tradition. Come to Olds for the Festival of Trees each December. Historically, a star is used on Christmas trees to signify the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. A nativity scene, or crèche, is a depiction of the birth of Jesus as described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Christmas is God's way of saying I love you.
We decorate the church sanctuary for Christmas and celebrate this wonderful season together. Knowing how to make a Christmas wreath can be a fun Christmas craft for the entire church community. Chi Rho, is an ancient Catholic symbol which are visually similar to the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. Candles and fir greenery are always beautiful at this time of year.
A beautiful blanket of snow covers the grounds at the Olds United Church. The entrance to the sanctuary welcomes all, as well as providing an opportunity for parishoners to donate to the Mountain View Food Bank. Church members also volunteer to decorate the pulpit at the front of the church. One of our rooms offers a place for people to just come in, relax, visit, and worship.
The nativity scene decorates the front of the church. What a beautiful tribute to the Christmas season and a warm and inviting front of our sanctuary. The Christmas tree is a symbol of love and everlasting life. Other decorations include a poinsettia, more evergreen, and holly and berries.
Another Christmas tree decorates the United Church in Olds. A hand-crafted quilted hanging depicting home and nature. This tree is dedicated to providing monetary gifts, food and toys for those less fortunate. A cross in this simple form is known as the Latin cross or crux ordinaria representing the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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