Skyline Ward

Elders Quorum Newsletter January 13, 2022

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For 2022, Skyline Ward Sacrament meetings begin at noon.
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Sunday January 15, 2022
Sacrament Meeting, Sunday, 12:00 pm
The meeting is face-to-face at the Golconda Building and masks are required.  
Zoom link for those who wish to participate remotely. 
http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/Events/renonevadastake
Go to the Skyline Ward page on the Reno State website to access the Bulletin.  
www.skylineward.com
Second hour face-to-face meetings are now being held every Sunday.   
Primary:  Every Sunday
Sunday School: 1st and 3rd
YM/YW, Relief Society, and Elders Quorum:  2nd and 4th.
This Sunday will be Sunday School. 
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Elder’s Quorum Service Opportunity.  
For 2022, the Skyline Ward Elder’s Quorum will have the opportunity for a group early morning exercise activity every time it snows.  The Quorum is responsible for snow removal for seminary and Sundays.  When we get snow be ready with your cold weather gear, snow shovels, and snow blowers. 
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Come Follow Me – Old Testament
January 10 – January 16:  Genesis 3-4, Moses 4-5
January 17 – January 23:  Genesis 5, Moses 6
January 24 – January 30:  Moses 7
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Ministering from Bishop Keenan
Do I know my families by NAME?
Do I consistently PRAY for them by name?
Do I THINK of them during the week?
Do I provide acts of SERVICE?
Do I KNOW what they like? Their struggles?
Do I talk about the GOSPEL with them?
Do I INVITE them to my home?
Do I share my love and TESTIMONY of the Savior with them?
Do I truly know and LOVE them?
Do I CARE for them just like I care for my own family?
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Spiritual Thought: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, 'Behold the Lamb of God'
Speaking of us during the Preparation and Passing of the Sacrament!
"When the sacred hour comes to present our sacrificial gift to the Lord, we do have our own sins and shortcomings to resolve; that's why we're there.  But we might be more successful in such contrition if we are mindful of the other broken hearts and sorrowing spirits that surround us.  Seated not far away are some who may have wept---outwardly or inwardly---through the entire sacramental hymn and the prayers of those priests.  Might we silently take note of that and offer our little crust of comfort and our tiny cup of compassion---might we dedicate it to them? or to the weeping, struggling member who is not in the service and, except for some redemptive ministering on our part, won't be there next week either? or to our brothers and sisters who are not members of the Church at all but are our brothers and sisters?  There is no shortage of suffering in this world, inside the Church and out, so look in any direction and you will find someone whose pain seems too heavy to bear and whose heartache seems never to end.  One way to "ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM" would be to join the Great Physician in His never-ending task of lifting the load from those who are burdened and relieving the pain of those who are distraught."
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Skyline Ward Discovery Day Activity scheduled for Saturday January 22 has been postponed.  Stay tuned for a new date.  
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Update from Stake Presidency on Changes to Worship Services
Sisters and brothers,
We wanted to update you on some changes in our worship services as more is known about the Covid-19 virus and the risks associated with social gatherings. There are some changes that can now be made, while some restrictions will need to stay in force for the foreseeable future. Nevada continues to have a mask mandate for all indoor activities. Additionally, the First Presidency, in their letter dated August 12th, 2021, stated: "we urge individuals to be vaccinated", and "we urge the use of facemasks in public meetings whenever social distancing is not possible". Therefore, we will continue to wear face coverings in indoor Church gatherings and we urge our members to get vaccinated.
The following are changes to the way we have been doing things previously:
1. Hymnals and printed programs are allowed in worship services.
2. Confirmations of new converts in Sacrament Meeting is authorized.
3. Choirs are able to perform, removing their masks while singing, with increased distancing between members of the choir. We can use our recent General Conference as an example of appropriate distancing for choirs. Masks should be used when choir members are not actively singing.
4. Sacrament trays no longer need spacing between water cups, nor does the bread need to be placed in cups. The bread should be spread out on the trays to minimize touching of multiple pieces of bread where possible. Those administering the sacrament should continue to sanitize their hands before and after passing the sacrament. Masks are required for them as well as all congregants until further notice. The priesthood holders can take the bread after passing the bread, and the water after passing the water. Efforts should still be made to allow the sacrament to be passed to each individual directly by the priesthood holder who is passing the sacrament. Ideally, the only people touching the tray will be the Deacon and Priest. Passing the tray down aisles should continue to be avoided wherever possible. Separate receptacles for used cups are not required.
5. Dances are allowed as a Stake or Ward activity. Multi-Stake activities have still not been authorized by the Area Presidency. That includes Multi-Stake Youth dances, until further notice. If the dance is indoors, masks are required.
6. Food is allowed at Church activities. Efforts should be made to avoid having multiple people touching serving utensils, pitchers, etc. Individually packaged food or designated food servers are encouraged. Hand sanitizer should be readily available.
7. Sports within the Stake are allowed. Active participants may remove their masks. Spectators and participants "on the bench" are required to wear masks. This mirrors the current Washoe County School District policy for sports participation.
Sincerely,
The Reno Nevada Stake Presidency
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Support and Feed the Missionaries
Our two sister missionaries are working hard to find those individuals who are interested in hearing the gospel.  Please consider finding a date to provide them dinner.  If you are unable to have them in your home, you could make a meal for them to pick-up.  
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Skyline Ward Temple & Family History Plan In Development
“Gathering of Israel on Both Sides of the Veil”
“Bishop Keenan would like our ward to dedicate the 1st Sunday of every month to be Family History Sunday.  We encourage everyone to work on Indexing and Family history on those days.  He has also challenged every ward member to find an ancestor to take their name to the temple by the end of the year!”  Once a quarter the Bishopric will ask the Sacrament meetings speakers to talk about Temple and Family History.
The Family History Committee:
“In support of our Ward’s goal for every member to take a name to the Temple, the Temple and Family History Committee is challenging each ward family member to do one indexing project on the first Sunday of every month.
Please reach out to the Brights or the Loosles if you have any questions or need any assistance in learning how to work on indexing.
The Temple and Family History Committee will be offering some brief classes on indexing in the coming weeks – please watch for details in the Relief Society and Elders Quorum Newsletters.”
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Reno Temple
The Reno Temple is closed through Monday January 24, 2021.  
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Relief Society Newsletter

WARD MEETINGS
Sacrament Meeting Meeting Link:
Broadcast Sacrament Meeting is from 10:30 AM - 11:05 AM 
In Person Sacrament meeting 10:30-11:30
RS/EQ/SS 11:30-12:30

Temple & Family History Plan

“Gathering of Israel on Both Sides of the Veil”
“Bishop Keenan would like our ward to dedicate the 1st Sunday of every month to be Family History Sunday.  We encourage everyone to work on Indexing and Family history on those days.  He has also challenged every ward member to find an ancestor to take their name to the temple by the end of the year!”  Once a quarter the Bishopric will ask the Sacrament meetings speakers to talk about Temple and Family History.

The Family History Committee:
“In support of our Ward’s goal for every member to take a name to the Temple, the Temple and Family History Committee is challenging each ward family member to do one indexing project on the first Sunday of every month.
Please reach out to the Brights or the Loosles if you have any questions or need any assistance in learning how to work on indexing.

The Temple and Family History Committee will be offering some brief classes on indexing in the coming weeks – please watch for details in the Relief Society and Elders Quorum Newsletters.”

Skyline Temple and Family History Plan