Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The LGBTQISA2ss+ Pride Activities, and Social Events Center of Elmira, NY.
The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQSIA2ss+ community for 39 years. October 31, 2022 - 39th Anniversary now in our 40th year in Ministry.


6.01 Moderator. 

The President of the Corporation shall be the Moderator of the Council.

6.02 Regular Meetings. 

Regular meetings of the Council shall be held on the fourth Sunday of each month, commencing at 3:00 p.m., unless otherwise set by the Council. 

6.03 Place of Meetings.

Regular meetings of the Council shall be held at such place as shall be designated by the Council from time to time. Special meetings of the Council shall be held at the place where regular meetings are held, unless otherwise specified by the Moderator or others authorized to and who have called the Special Meeting.

6.04 Special Council Meetings. 

Special Meetings of the Council may be called by the Moderator or by any three members of the Council upon 7 days written notice. The fact that a Special Meeting has been called shall be announced to the Members at the next worship service, informing them of the time and place of the meeting and the reason it has been called. 

6.05 Conduct of Meetings. 

Meetings of the Council shall be conducted by the Moderator, or if he or she is absent, by the Vice-Moderator. If neither the Moderator nor the Vice Moderator is present at any meeting of the Council, the members of the Council who are present shall select a temporary chairperson to conduct the meeting. The Council may elect to conduct general planning sessions, which do not accommodate public attendance.

6.06 Open Attendance at Council Meetings; Exception. 

Unless personnel actions are under consideration, the Members, Friends of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ and other congregants shall be entitled to be present at all regularly called or special meetings of the Council. 

6.07 Conduct of Meetings. 

The Council shall conduct council meetings pursuant to the rule of the Moderator, subject to change. Upon its being made, the Moderator must call to a vote any motion that would change the rules for the conduct of the meeting. A motion to change such rules may be made without advance notice. 

6.08 Agenda.

The Council shall conduct its business by consideration of the following reports and action items in this designated order, unless the Council shall first have decided otherwise. All meetings shall open and be closed with prayer.

a. Approve or Change Agenda
b. Minutes of Last Meeting
c. Reports of Officers

Moderator and Vice-Moderator Report
Treasurer's Report
Clerk's Report
Pastoral Reports

d. Reports of Committees
e. Old Business
f. New Business
g. Comments From Those in Attendance
h. Remarks from Council Members

6.09 Submission of Board Agenda Items. 

Guidelines for submission of Council agenda items were approved by the Board of Directors of Ray of Hope, Metropolitan Community Church, Inc., in December of 1995. They are incorporated herein by reference, but are not a part of these By-laws and may be changed by action of the Council at any time.

6.10 Order of Consideration of Motions

. Motions normally shall be considered in the order they are listed on the Agenda and, to ensure adequate consideration of all motions, each shall be presented in writing and delivered to all members of the Council by personal delivery or mailing at the address listed for them in the records of the Clerk, at least twenty days before the meeting. Any motion other than as specified in regard to the conduct of the meeting, may be presented at the Council Meeting, but the Council shall not be required to act upon it at once if the constraints of time do not permit it or if consideration has been officially deferred by a motion to table the consideration to some future date.

6.11 Quorum and Unanimity in Voting. 

While a unanimous vote on all items of business may not always be possible, all reasonable effort shall be made to reach a general consensus before any decision is made. Absent that agreement, and unless otherwise herein specified, all decisions of the Council shall be by majority vote of a quorum in attendance. A Quorum of the Council shall be two-thirds of the Council Membership, exclusive of vacancies. 


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