The Weekly Net
February 5, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends in Christ,

This Sunday, we will engage in a tradition held for many years. We are not just talking about Super Bowl Sunday, but our annual parish meeting, which will be held at 11:15 a.m. after our worship. You will find further information below regarding the practical components of the meeting. As you may have guessed, it will look much different this year. We will gather in Zoom, vote electronically (no worries, it is user friendly), and listen for the Spirit. Many of the features will be familiar and it appears as though it will be an efficient meeting, especially with easy vote tallying.

While this meeting will be efficient, we enter it with our hearts open to the Spirit’s movement. Prayer will encircle the meeting. As we discuss, vote, ask questions, and are sent out again, we do so not simply with a business-like efficiency, but in the knowledge that we are engaging in Christ’s mission through the Church.

As you have seen, we are blessed to have such wonderful service on the Vestry and I am personally grateful to each of our Vestry nominations. Thank you for putting your name forward in discernment! I am also grateful for those Vestry members who are rolling off of the Vestry, for their service during transition and the pandemic.

In addition to the Vestry leadership, we need each member of the Body of Christ, which is one reason we hold an annual meeting. It is an opportunity to intentionally reflect upon the work we have been given to do.

I do encourage you to come to the meeting and I ask everyone to pray for it and for our church mission. Let us pray,

Prayer for a Church Meeting, Book of Common Prayer, pg. 818

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with us in the annual meeting of St. Andrew’s for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
For pastoral emergencies, please call (571) 336-6509
Online Worship & Gatherings for the Week
Saturday, February 6th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Liturgy of the Word

Sunday, February 7th
@ 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. – Annual Meeting (link below)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, February 10th
@ 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer Service
@ 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study (Mtg: 856 9253 7645 | password: 856550)

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.
Annual Meeting

It's almost time for our Annual Meeting, so here's everything you need to know about how it's going to work.

  • WHEN: Sunday, February 7th @ 11:15 a.m.

  • LINK: Zoom (mtg: 862 9678 9452 | pwd: 528356)

  • AUDIO: Everyone will be muted when they enter the meeting. We ask that you stay muted for the duration of the meeting

  • Exceptions will be made when we open the floor for questions and comments

  • VIDEO: Your camera can be on or off during the meeting.

  • MOTIONS: When motions are being voted on, we will use the quick poll feature on Zoom.

  • A poll will pop up on your screen and you can vote "yes" or "no." We will do this a few times.

  • You can only vote once in each of these polls, so if you are sharing a device, only one person can complete the poll.

  • All votes are anonymous.

  • VESTRY VOTE: For voting for the new Vestry members (click here to see the nominees), we will use a Google Form poll. The link to it will be posted in the Zoom chat. Click on that to vote.

  • Since more than one person will probably be using the same device, when you submit your vote, there will be the option to vote again. This is so multiple people can vote on the same device.

  • Remember, one vote per person.

  • All votes are anonymous.

  • PATIENCE: There are a lot of moving parts going on behind the scenes, so please be patient with us during the meeting :)

Contact: Emily Nein (
Pancake Supper

Break out those skillets and get to flipping! It’s time for our Annual Pancake Supper: Home Edition! Mix up a batch of fluffy pancakes (with or without chocolate chips or blueberries) and celebrate Shrove Tuesday at home this February 16th. Mess up a few pancakes? No worries, you can use those for your own Pancake Races! We would love to see pictures or videos of your family enjoying this delicious tradition since we can’t be together this year.

And, if you want to help out our Work Camp teens (who traditionally run this event), you can make a small donation online. Maybe $1 for every pancake your family eats? The link to donate will be available on our website from Feb. 14th - 20th.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Burying the Alleluias

St. Andrew's has a tradition of "burying the Alleluias" on the first day of Lent. Normally, these Alleluias are printed out and colored by our Sunday School students, then buried out front of the church by the seated area for the duration of Lent.

Since we can't gather to do that this year, we hope you can continue the tradition at your house. No shovels are needed, though. Print out the image here, color/decorated as you wish, then bury it somewhere in your house. Maybe under a bed, in an overcrowded closet, or in that pile of laundry you keep forgetting to wash. Keep those alleluias buried throughout Lent, then check back here before Easter to see what comes next.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday (February 17th) we will have a family friendly, online service complete with ashes. How? Well, starting Friday, February 12th, we will have a bin outside the front door of the church (Parish Hall side) with mini containers of ashes, the printed liturgy so you can follow along at home, and a Lenten activity. You can drop by and pick up each item any time before the 5:00 p.m. service on Ash Wednesday. Then, follow along at home and impose ashes on each other when indicated in the service. If you take any pictures of your family doing this, please send them our way!

Contact: Amy Dutton (
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: 
Eve Albanese, Tina Boyd, John and Janet Carver, Carol Cobb, Chris Conrad, Gloria Covington, Theresa DelConte, Larry Dickerson, Dale Dickey, Donna Daugherty, Katie Durso, Steve and Solange Foster, Garson, Lori Hardin, Bill Hartig, Hugh Brian Henderson, Susan Henderson, Jesse Hill, Linda and Ed Hunter, Claire Johns, Clay Jones, Tom Kelly, Jack Keyser, Janet Keyser, Nancy Knight, Lisa Lavery, Gunnar and Heike Mayer, Regina McCombs, Sarah Merriam, Mary J. Moses, Pam, Terry Peel, Charles Petty, Ann Riley, Rich Roerig, Kate Schneider, Lloyd Sterling, Kristan Stolze, Douglas Taggart, Mike Tapper, Susan White

For those Departed
Robin Horton (sister of Tracey Brown)
Andrew Reilley (friend of Chris Umberger)

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