As of February 27, 2016 we are finally able to edit our web site after many years.  Our goal is for this web site to be our communication and ministry   portal.  Pages to be published in the future include: the Sunday Bulletin, The Council Of Ray Of Hope - which will have monthly agendas, minutes and financial reports, a Library page featuring lists and samples of our over 6,000 holdings, Founders / Foundresses Page, LGBTQIS his/herstory, a photo album of the making of the Elmira chapel, many new links for resources.

We are rebuilding our web site with new information and a new all devices friendly format.

The chapel, is now ACCESSIBLE to the "differently abled" with a commercial grade
wheelchair lift in front of the building, pictured here.

Check back often to read new content on our web site. 
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:14)

  "You are as welcome here as Christ Jesus Himself"
  (Fr. Bartholomew J. O'Brien, see Romans 15:7).

Call the Pastor Benedict at 607-280-0374.
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. October 31, 2018 was the 35th Anniversary in our 36th year in Ministry.
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This is our current schedule: Sunday worship @ 10:30 AM and Tuesday Bible Enrichment @ 6:30 PM.  For easy instructions on how to use Skype to participate in our activities click here.  Come in person to our chapel at 380 W. 1st St. Elmira, NY 14901.  The chapel is open for prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM.  Closed 11:59 PM  to 7:00 AM. 

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Dear Friends and Members of the Body Of Christ and His Church,

December 9, 2018 is PRIDE SUNDAY in the Winter.  It is Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete is a Latin word prounounced (gow-DAY-teh) and means REJOICE.  The color for the third week of Advent is Rose for JOY on the Advent Wreath and decorations.  Worship is at 10:30 AM, shared dinner after, with gift exchange.  Wear pink / rose to have some fun with the celebration.  We will worship at 10:30 AM at 380 W. 1st St., Elmira, NY 14901 and on the Internet.

You may notice we seem to be one week ahead of other churches.  Do you know why that is?  We will celebrate Christmas on December 23 so it is on Sunday.  Therefore, we backed up the calendar so we can have a full four weeks of Advent.  

To read this week's bulletin with all of the readings and all announcements simply click here.

Coming up!

November 25 Advent WK I
December 1 World AIDS Day  the 30th Anniversary
December 2 Advent WK II
    Hanukkah Starts at sundown Day 1
December 9 Advent WK III Gaudete Sunday Pride in the Winter   
    Hanukkah last night begins at sundown Sunday December 9 and ends at sundown Monday Decemebr 10
December 16 Advent WK IV
December 23 NATIVITY
    December 26 Kwanzaa day 1 8:45 PM service on line
    December 27 Kwanzaa day 2 8:45 PM service on line
    December 28 Kwanzaa day 3 8:45 PM service on line
    December 29 Kwanzaa day 4 8:45 PM service on line
December 30 Holy Name
    December 30 Kwanzaa day 5 8:45 PM service on line
    December 31 Kwanzaa day 6 8:45 PM service on line
    January 1 Kwanzaa day 7 8:45 PM service on line
January 6 Epiphany - Visitation of the Magi
January 13 The Baptism Of The Lord -30 yrs. old

Join us for worship and enjoy the POWER OF PARTICIPATION, a phrase that came to me in prayer during Pride month.  We are called together to give God thanks and praise.  CHURCH MEANS GROUP TOGETHER.  Jesus designed His Church to be in this Age, this Dispensation as HIS PEOPLE, HIS GROUP, HIS PEERS, to do this work together.  FEEL THE POWER OF PARTICIPATION  this Sunday at 10:30 AM, live in the chapel or live on line through Skype.

Reserve this time for HIM.
Br. Benedict, Pastor

Christ Pantocrator Palermo Cathedral, Italy
+ Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ is Christ-centered in all of its teachings, and therefore does not ascribe to the dogmas, teachings, or practices of any denomination, or para-church organization of the Christian Church. Rather, we maintain an autonomous freedom to draw from the two millennia of immense riches known in all denominations of Christianity. Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an "independent" local Church. This does not mean we stand alone, as though on pride or arrogance, rather we seek to share an interdependence with other assemblies and fellowships of believers who endeavor equally as hard as we do to bring the Gospel to all people.  (Ray Of Hope Church Statement Of Faith)

For easy instructions on how to use Skype to participate in our activities click here.
All content on the Ray Of Hope Church, Inc. web site is written for intelligent and interested nonspecialists.  Academic and professional specialists are invited to contact us at for information on how to visit our St. Benedict of Nursia Memorial Library where all of the material on this web site is sourced.  Our library currrenty has over 6,000 holdings.
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.  The only name associated with this ministry is the "Name above all names."  (see Philippians 2:9-11)
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. is the name of this ministry.  The only name associated with this ministry is the "Name above all names."  (see Philippians 2:8-11)
8     Jesus humbled himself,
        becoming obedient to death,
        even death on a cross.
9 Because of this, God highly exalted him
    and bestowed on him
      the Name above every other name,
10      So that at the name of Jesus
    every knee must bend,
    in the heavens, on the earth,
    and under the earth,
11  and every tongue proclaim
    to the glory of God:
(based upon the New American Bible - divine office version  - 1970 with inclusive language added.)