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.
The chapel, is now ACCESSIBLE to the "differently abled" with a commercial grade
wheelchair lift in front of the building, pictured here.
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 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.
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.
+ 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 activitiesclick 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.
(based upon the New American Bible - divine office version - 1970 with inclusive language added.)
Read an essay on who we are as the Church of Jesus Christ that was written by Pastor Benedict in 2017. Click Here.
Ray Of Hope
Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
is the original Church in Central New York for
ALL People, including but not limited to
persons who are or might be:
Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Asexual, Pansexual, Hetero-flexible.
Anyone who is human!
Married, divorced, remarried, single,
and persons of all gender expressions.
Persons of any faith / religion or
no faith, no religion, or have no idea where to start with
A spiritual home for those
who are "spiritual but not religious."
WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO TELL Y
OU IS WE ARE
the Church by us, for us, 4 U!
The Church made by you
we ARE you!
Ray Of Hope Church was founded in 1983
and is serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Elmira New York.
We are in fact serving the world with live interactive worship
Bible enrichment sessions, and meetings
through SKYPE on the Internet.
WE ARE YOU!
We never held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church
WE ARE YOU!
We are not an OPEN AND AFFIRMING church
WE ARE YOU!
We are not a RECONCILING CHURCH or
RECONCILING CONGREGATION for
WE ARE YOU!
We are not an OPEN MINDED or ACCEPTING or WELCOMING
church where you can attend as long as
you blend in quietly and discretely.