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Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:46 pm
by jtyewhit
Hoping you can steer me to where I can find guidance on reporting sacrament mtg. attendance while some stakes have cancelled mtgs. due to the coronavirus issue in part of Washington.

If our wards report zero attendance, I think this could impact their funding because one component of a ward's budget allowance is determined by Salt Lake based on their sacrament mtg. attendance.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:59 pm
by russellhltn
Meetings with zero attendance are not counted.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:00 pm
by klricks
If Sacrament meeting is not held for any reason then leave the entry field blank for that week.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:22 pm
by BrianEdwards
I would personally think that even in locations where a decision had been made to do something like only hold sacrament meeting but not the second hour class, your local Priesthood leaders may give you discretion to enter a zero for sacrament meeting attendance. It would be unfortunate to be negatively impacted in terms of attendance, by the very-understandable reluctance or inability of many church members to attend a public sacrament meeting in those unique circumstances, resulting in an abnormally low (but not zero) attendance. But I'd say that's where local leaders should make the decision.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:45 pm
by russellhltn
BrianEdwards wrote:But I'd say that's where local leaders should make the decision.
I don't disagree, but they might want to keep the count (even if they don't enter it) and run the situation by their presiding authority.

This could be a long-term thing that will impact events for some time. The low sacrament attendance could be reflected in ward activities resulting in a reduction on the demands on the ward budget.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:18 pm
by drepouille
Well yesterday, the ward clerk and assistant clerk were both out sick, so nobody counted attendance.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:59 am
by jtyewhit
Thank you for the answer (record 0 and it won't be counted against your average)

I called the help desk in Salt Lake and confirmed this. They also pointed out that this is what we should record in each ward on stake conference Sunday.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:46 pm
by supersc
Now everybody needs to enter "0" each week until further notice!

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:19 pm
by jdlessley
supersc wrote:Now everybody needs to enter "0" each week until further notice!
Or nothing. Both 0 and null are not included in the average.

Re: Reporting sacrament mtg. attendance during a natural disaster

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:26 pm
by sbradshaw
Don't forget to count how many stayed home! :)
http://beckstrombuzz.blogspot.com/2020/ ... count.html