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The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQIS community for 38 years. October 31, 2021 - 38th Anniversary now in our 39th year in 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
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 remained
active in Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ up to the day of his passing on to Paradise on December 23, 2018.
Robb Bacon was a Member of this Congregation for 35 years.
Another letter says: "An anniversary dinner" was planned for October
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
Rev. Fischer is 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. More information and documentation is available upon request made to the Council of the church.
The Articles of Incorporation are posted here.
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.
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 York (State Index
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,
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.
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
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
******* 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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October 31 is the official anniversary of Ray Of Hope Church. In truth, there was an evening meeting of the "District Conference of the Northeast District, we were accepted..." (see below for reference). Being evening it was the same time Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517, a move that would eventually be credited as the spark igniting the Reformation. This was the Vigil, the eve of ALL SAINTS DAY, November 1, therefore called All Hallows Eve. The only other days that would been more perfect for the start of Ray Of Hope would have been Christmas, Resurrection Sunday, or Pentecost. We were officially born in the evening of Reformation Day, or in the early hours, of All Saints Day. Our message has always been the same, "All are welcome" and "You are as welcome here as Christ Himself" (Fr. O'Brien). November 1, 2019 we began our 37th year of ministry. We pause to give God thanks and praise for every person who has shared in service to others and to God during these 37 years. Many have gone on ahead of us and we are grateful for their prayers and support. We thank God for the Church of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ of God, and we thank God that we are called to live out the Message and Mission here in this Congregation. Join us this Sunday, November 3 at 10:30 AM when we will celebrate the Feast Of All Saints and we will dedicate and bless our new front doors and dedicate the side door as the Kenneth Fraisier Miracle Door.~ Br. Benedict, 11/1/19 (to see the full reference above by Mr. Ted Ewald, the founder of Ray Of Hope, Click Here.) Read about the Miracle Door and Miracle Painting Click Here.
Read the official documents verifying this is the original church founded in Syracuse, NY in 1983 and incorporated in 1986. It was originally named Ray Of Hope, Metropolitan Community Church (August 25, 1986, December 12, 1986, June 3, 1987), Not-For-Profit Corporation of New York State. The name changed to Ray Of Hope Church, Inc. (July 14, 1996). The current name, Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. was established on November 26, 2000, and December 17, 2000. This is the original church founded by the LGBTQISA2ss Community of Central New York and has met without any break in the record with monthly meetings by its board of directors and every Annual Meeting of the Congregation. To read these documents of Incorporation with the State Of New York, right-click here.