Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The Church in Central New York founded and consistently fostered by the GLBTQIS community. Now in our 34th Year of Ministry.

His/herstory of Ray Of hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ pertaining to the first year of existence.

We found a letter dated October 23, 1984 where Mr. Ted Ewald wrote the following information; of which this is only the hightlights.....

"I am the founder of this church and I am currently the worship coordinator.... Our church began July of 1983, with the beginning of a fesibility study, the first meeting was attended by 14 people. On October 31st at the District Conference of the Northeast District, we were accepted as a Study Group which is our current status. Our membership has grown from the original 14 to 29 at the present time. We have weekly attendance between 25 and 35 persons. We have an organist and have recently started a choir. We have everything in our favor for building a strong church here in Syracuse, and over the past year we have proved that. We have five active people on our board of directors and I Ted, coordinate everything." 

We found some records from the same period that document the following information:
First attendance on record: 18 September, 1983 14 in attendance
25 September - 20 in attendance
16 October 18 in attendance and Mr. Ted Ewald gave the sermon.

Membership classes were offered on November 6, 13, and 20, 1983. In a letter dated January 11, 1984 Ted Ewald wrote: "We have conducted our first membership classes and have taken in 9 members, we are currently conducting another membership class, so by the end of January we expect to have 15 members and 25 to 30 people in attendnce."

During the First Annual Congregational Meeting, held on October 14, 1984, Mr. Robb Bacon was elected to a three year term on the board. Robb Bacon remains active in Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ as of this October 28, 2000.

Another letter says: "An anniversary dinner" was planned for October 28, 1984. 

A special congregational meeting was called on March 10, 1985 for "the sole purpose of determining whether or not to call The Rev. Joseph C. Fischer to be our pastor and worship coordinator." Rev. Fischer was called on this date.

Rev. Fischer was a retired Pastor of the congregation. Mr. Joseph C. Fischer (former Rev. Joseph C. Fischer) does not hold Clergy Credentials with Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ as of December 17, 2000. The following motion was passed at the Council meeting on that date: "The Council of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ moves that Rev. Joseph C. Fischer no longer be considered an "Ordained Clergyman in good standing" and that his License and Clergy Credentials be permanently revoked." The motion passed 5-0-0. N.B. "Discussion: Rev. Br. Benedict expresses deep regret and sorrow that Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ has been forced to take this action." The motion and vote carry the signatures of the Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Treasurer, Clerk, and Pastor. The minutes and actions of record of all our Council meetings are public record. Mr. Joseph C. Fischer still resides in Syracuse, NY.

More information will be added to this page in the future. 

N.Y.S. Department Of State Division Of Corporations And State Records shows as of 12/28/2000 our name was officially changed to Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.

CERTIFICATE OF AMMENDMENT OF THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF RAY OF HOPE CHURCH, INC.
under Section 803 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law



The name of this corporation is RAY OF HOPE CHURCH, INC.

The date of incorporation was August 25, 1986, and the incorporation document was filed with the Department of State under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of new York on June 3, 1987, in Albany, New Yord (State Index Number 19870311).

The original name of the incorporation was Ray Of Hope Church, Metropolitan Community Church. This name was changed by amendment by the Board of Directors, pursuant to the By Laws of the Corporation at a duly called meeting held on July 14, 1996 to Ray Of Hope Church, Inc. This amendment has been registered with the Department Of State (Index number 1-961104000553).

The corporation is a corporation as defined in subparagraph (a)(5) of Section 102 (Definitions) of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. The corporation type under Section 102 is Type B.

The certificate of incorporation is amended to change the name of this corporation as follows:

Paragraph 1 of the certificate of incorporation is amended to read as follows:

1. The name of the corporation is RAY OF HOPE CHURCH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, INC.

Paragraph 6 of the certificate of incorporation is amended to read as follows:

6. The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the corporation upom whom process against it may be served. A copy of the process against it that has been served on the Secretary of State shall be mailed to RAY OF HOPE CHURCH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, INC., at Post Office Box 6955, Syracuse, New York 13217-6955. This is the post office address of the corporation in Onondaga County, New York.

PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT

This amendment was duly made by its Board of Directors, pursuant to the By Laws of the Corporation at its duly called meeting held on November 26, 2000, at Syracuse, Onondaga, County, New York.

AUTHORIZATION TO EXECUTE



The undersigned have been authorized to execute and file this certificate by the unanimous affirmative vote of all the members of the Board of Directors of said corporation, all of whom were present at a duly scheduled meeting of said Board that had been called pursuant to the requirements of the By Laws of the corporation, all in concurrence with Section 802(a)(2) of the Not-or-Profit Corporation Law.
******* the document is then dated November 26, 2000 and signed by Lawrence Fuller, Chairman of the Board, and Jane Mc Dermott, Corporation Secretary and it is notorized.

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