Frequently Asked Questions
What is “OFCN”?
OFCN is an abbreviation for our full name, Ontario First Church of the Nazarene.
What is a Nazarene/the Nazarene?
Scholars believe that Jesus’ name was quite common during the time of His ministry. To differentiate Him from others named Jesus, He was called Jesus of Nazareth, since Nazareth was His hometown. His disciple Nathanael famously asked, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46), suggesting that the town didn’t have such a great reputation. Jesus’ followers were often called Nazarenes. Sometimes we refer to ourselves as Nazarenes, too. The names, “Nazarene” or, “Church of the Nazarene” don’t make us special or better than anyone else; rather, it reminds us of Him who loved us in spite of our sinfulness.
How many people attend OFCN?
On a typical Sunday morning, we have about 300 people between both services.
What is your building like?
Our building is two levels with a variety of rooms to meet, learn, pray and worship in. We have specific areas for teens and children of all ages. There is a Mom & Baby room where families can go and still listen to the service if the little one is fussy or has other needs. There are two prayer rooms, one on each floor and a Welcome Center stocked with information and event notices. We also have a full gym, commercial kitchen, and play area outside as well as a multi-use field. There is ample parking on three sides. As you can see, we have a lot to offer.
What kinds of activities/programs/ministries do you do?
Take a look at our Typical Schedule page to see what a normal week might look like at OFCN. Other, occasional events can be found under Upcoming Events or our Calendar. For a more specific idea in regards to children, teens or adults, look under the Ministry tab at the top of the page.
How are you involved in your community?
As a church body and as individuals, we support various Christian ministries in our community, such as New Hope Kitchen and Hope Pregnancy Center. We are also involved in a local elementary school backpack program, providing food for the weekend for needy kids. Children, teens, and adults are invited to participate in various community service activities throughout the year (for example – our local Community Serve Day).
January-March, we offer Upward Basketball & Cheerleading which provide children in our community a fun, safe place to play and learn. We are committed to offering Upward scholarships so no child will be turned away.
Our Compassionate Ministries team connects members of OFCN with needs in our congregation and community, such as collecting donations for Thanksgiving food baskets.
Most importantly, we believe ministry isn’t something that only pastors do, or something that only happens inside a church building. As Christians, we are all called to share the love of Christ with our neighbors. Anything we do for God is ministry.
Your basketball program is called “Upward”? It’s not called “Upward Bound”?
Do you do mission trips?
Yes we do! Typically our youth pastor plans a mission trip for our teens, traveling to different destinations to serve. Destinations have been Mexico and an Indian reservation in South Dakota. Adults of all ages are also encouraged to be involved in mission trips (often called Work & Witness trips). Groups have traveled to Seattle, Washington, Manchester, England, and Manta, Ecuador.
What time are your services and/or Sunday Life Groups?
Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00am, we participate in worship, and offer Children’s Church, Fusion (for those in 6th, 7th and 8th grades), and adult life groups. Children begin in the sanctuary with their parents and are dismissed during the service for a lesson geared just for them. We believe it is important for children to see their parents worship.
What classes and Bible studies are you offering right now?
You can find out on our Life Group and Foundation page, or by giving us a call, 541-889-2155.
Where do I park?
There are parking areas on the north, east (Alameda Drive), and south sides of the building. Park wherever you’d like! The main doors on all three sides are open on Sunday mornings. If you’ve come to the gym previously for Upward Basketball or another similar event, look for the entrance a little closer to Alameda Drive.
What should I wear?
You’ll find a variety of dress at OFCN on a Sunday morning, from shorts and flip-flops to more traditional “Sunday best” attire. This isn’t a place to pretend to be who you’re not, so come as you are. Whatever you wear, you are welcome here!
What is tithing? Are visitors expected to participate?
As a voluntary act of worship, we give back to God a portion of our income. We call this tithing. Other gifts we call offerings. If you are visiting, you are our guest and are not obligated to participate in tithes or offering.
What is your worship music like?
During both services, we sing a mix of hymns and contemporary songs with a worship team (vocalists, guitars, drums, piano, keyboard, and other instruments). A larger choir assembles for praise and worship musical programs at Easter and Christmas.
Do you have a library or coffee shop?
We have a Book Share lending library in the hallway leading to the children’s area. We don’t have a coffee shop exactly, but complimentary coffee is available on Sunday mornings. We typically have a concessions stand during Upward Basketball season.
What do you believe?
Excellent question! Ours is a Christian denomination. We believe in one God, revealed as three Persons — Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit — who invites us into a personal relationship. A summary of our core beliefs can be found at www.intermountaindistrict.org/what-we-believe. To explore this in greater depth and to see the Bible references which guide those beliefs, visit the Nazarene Articles of Faith at www.nazarene.org. If you would like to know more or discuss what this all means, we’d love to talk with you. Feel free to contact us.
How can I connect?
Like any other relationship, simply showing up is the first step. The activities at OFCN create an environment for getting to know others in addition to our core goal of getting to know God.
Worship services are vital and uplifting times, and generally have the greatest number of people. The focus during these times is very much on God and generally offers fewer opportunities for interacting with others.
The small group format of Life and Foundation groups allow for greater interaction. Participants often enjoy talking about what they are learning and hearing from others. It’s a great place to ask questions and explore issues from a God-centered perspective.
What other ways can I get involved?
There are lots of ways to get involved! Check out our Ministry Opportunities page for some ideas.
What do you do with Communion?
Communion (“The Lord’s Supper”) is one of two sacraments in the Church of the Nazarene. It is done in remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion as the sacrifice which provides forgiveness for sin. The bread is a symbol of Jesus’ body, and the juice of his blood, as described in the Bible (see 1 Corinthians 11:23-32). It is not limited only to Nazarenes. Anyone who believes in God and has accepted Christ’s forgiveness is welcome to participate.
We typically have the elements available at the front of the sanctuary and those who want to participate come forward. If you’re not ready to take this step, you can stay seated. Those who are unable to come forward may have the elements brought to them.
What does leadership mean in the church?
There are several individuals serving OFCN as pastors. They serve in an official and public leadership role for the church, but ministry should never be limited to staff. We believe God invites all Christians to join in His mission to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:11-13, “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” We work together!
As Ephesians 4 teaches, pastors and staff provide guidance and direction for the congregation to accomplish our mission. A volunteer board is elected each year to provide leadership and wisdom to help the whole organization function effectively together. Within this structure, many serve in teaching, hospitality, worship, and other areas of ministry