The Weekly Net
January 8, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends in Christ, 

What do we do? 

This is the questions which arises throughout our lives and it ranges from the mundane to significant life events. We often ask, in the more boring category, what do we do: 1) for fun today; 2) for dinner tonight; or even 3) when we are stuck at home in quarantine. Then we have such questions as what do we do 1) when our loved one falls ill; 2) when the finances are not working; 3) when a relationship ends. We also have the more systemic questions, what do we do 1) about racial reconciliation; 2) when I hear of wars and famine; 3) when the Capitol is overrun during a democratic process. 

We are reminded in so many of these questions that control is an illusion which we are able to alleviate sometimes through temporary means. The questions above, (aside from ordering pizza again), are difficult reminders of our frailty and mortality. They are also reminders of our dependence on God. 

This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ and it is always at an opportune time! We will renew our Baptismal Covenant and remember on whom we rely and to whom we turn when we ask the above questions. I invite you into this service, to listen to the Scriptures, to renew the promises, and accept the invitation of grace given to you and to all of us through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

When we ask the questions above and do not know the answers, we turn to prayer, we look to our covenant, and we stand firm on the rock on which we rely, Jesus Christ. This is not something done in isolation, but in community. Our baptisms are always done in community and we gather this Sunday, while distant, together. Let us celebrate the gift of Baptism and the gift of discipleship this Sunday. 

Please continue to be safe. 

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
For pastoral emergencies, please call (571) 336-6509
Online Worship & Gatherings for the Week
Saturday, January 9th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Saturday Evening Service

Sunday, January 10th
@ 8:00 a.m. – Liturgy of the Word
@ 9:00 a.m. – Bible Study (Mtg: 142 074 0872 | pwd: CMrCxTkf488)
@ 10:00 a.m. – Liturgy of the Word (also on Facebook)
@ 11:00 a.m. – Coffee Hour (Mtg: 847 0278 7729 | pwd: 437719)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, January 13th
@ 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer Service
@ 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study (Mtg: 884 0844 2173 | password: 313159)

Note: When joining any of our Zoom meetings, please make sure your name is displayed.
2nd Note: If any of the service links above don't work, check our website for updated links.
Sunday School this Weekend

All Sunday School classes will start at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom at the links below:

If your child hasn't registered for Sunday School yet, they can do so here.

Contact: Jane Girondo & Stacey Peters (
Hypothermia Prevention

This year we will not be able to host guests at St. Andrew's but we will be providing meals and other essentials to the Hypothermia Shelter in Tyson's Corner.

We will collect a specific set of donated items for the breakfast and lunch meals which can be found on the signup genius. Please note that the requested items are on the signup genius and differ from the items that we have collected in the past (for instance they do not need jackets at the moment). We will have teams to safely assemble and deliver the meals to the shelter. We have contracted with a local professional caterer, whose business has also been impacted by Covid, who will be providing dinners to the guests and staff at the shelter during our week.

We have donation drop offs as listed on the signup genius starting January 21st for non-perishable items. Our week begins Sunday evening, January 31st and ends Wednesday evening, February 3rd (Floris UMC will take over on the 4th and finish out the week).

Please take special notice of the drop off dates and times on the sign up genius; due to COVID we can only offer limited opportunities to drop off items. There will be volunteers at the church to gather dropped off items so you will be able to drop items off at the front door during the main dropoff times.

Thank you for all you do to help this vulnerable population in our community!

Contact: Steve Koss & Elaine Runkel (
Epiphany Blessing

To help shed some light on this dark time, here is an Epiphany blessing we can all do at home. You can say this blessing and use chalk to write (20+C+M+B+21) on the top of your door. The “20” and “21” stand in for the year while the “C+M+B” stand in for the names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.

God of Light, bless our home. Make it a haven of rest for all in need of your warmth and care. And when we go out from this place, may we never lose sight of that Epiphany star. We mark our door with the symbols of the Magi (20+C+M+B+21). May all who enter throughout the year find love and light; for Christ has come to dwell in this home and in these hearts. Amen
Preschool Registration

Starting January 19, 2021, our preschool will begin registering for the 2021-2022 school year. Current families, siblings of alumni, and Parish members get priority on registering. Registration opens to the community on February 16, 2021. Classes are filled first come first serve, so please don't delay if you are interested. Please visit our website for more information and to view a virtual tour of the preschool.

Contact: Tami Phillips (
Annual Meeting

Save the date: Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 7th via Zoom. We will send out more details once we get closer to the date.
Meet Father Will!

Father Will would like to meet with each and every one of our parishioners. Now that the weather is colder, meetings will be via Zoom only.

A Sign-Up Genius has been created, so pick a time that works best for you/your family and sign up here to schedule a meeting.

We hope you take advantage of this time to meet our new Priest-in-Charge.

Contact: Betsy Cotten and Rebecca Umberger (
Online Giving

During these unprecedented times, we are called into community in unprecedented ways. Your financial gifts to St. Andrew’s are of vital importance to support our ongoing ministries and our outreach to the most vulnerable among us. Please continue to offer your faithful gifts by:

  • Mailing your check to our church office (6509 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke VA 22015)
  • Hand delivering cash or checks to the church mailbox (cash or check should be sealed in an envelope marked with your name)
  • Using your bank’s online bill-pay feature
  • Using St. Andrew’s online giving feature. You will be asked to provide your email address, an amount, date of gift, whether it is one-time or recurring, and a fund. In the fund box, you can click the arrow at the right-hand side to see the drop-down menu (the current options are Pledge and Plate Offering). The next page will give you the option of paying via your bank or debit/credit card. Please note that St. Andrew’s will pay fees on these transactions and you will be asked if you would like to increase your donation to offset these fees.

Contact: Michelle Ramsdell (
Prayer List

Please keep these members of our community in your prayers: 
Tina Boyd, John and Janet Carver, Carol Cobb, Chris Conrad, Gloria Covington, Theresa DelConte, Larry Dickerson, Dale Dickey, Donna Daugherty, Katie Durso, Lori Hardin, Bill Hartig, Susan Henderson, Linda and Ed Hunter, Claire Johns, Clay Jones, Tom Kelly, Jack Keyser, Janet Keyser, Nancy Knight, Chely Lopez, Gunnar and Heike Mayer, Regina McCombs, Alys McGlohon, Mary J. Moses, Pam, Terry Peel, Charles Petty, Ann Riley, Rich Roerig, Kate Schneider, Lloyd Sterling, Douglas Taggart, Mike Tapper, and Susan White

Contact: Deborah England ( |
(703) 455-2500