The Weekly Net
February 19, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends in Christ, 

I will with God’s help. This is the answer to so many of those difficult components of our lives. This is how we are able to carry out our discipleship and this is how we enter into covenantal relationship at St. Andrew’s. We first proclaim, “I will,” and acknowledge that it is with “God’s help.” 

It is an ancient practice for the church to prepare new members for baptism during the season of Lent. This Lent is a particular time when we may look at our Baptismal promises as they apply during this unique time in our history and lives. Each Sunday we will take a look at a different one of the questions, and this week we will examine the question: 

Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?

After a brief presentation, we will invite small groups to discuss a few questions provided before coming back together as a larger group. How might we carry out these baptismal promises in our lives and what do they uniquely mean during this time in our lives? 

We will gather at 11:00 a.m. for a brief fellowship/coffee hour and then our presentation will begin at 11:15 a.m. 

I look forward to seeing you at services this Saturday and Sunday and at our Lenten Forum Series. 

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, February 20th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Taizé Service (also on Facebook)

Sunday, February 21st
@ 8:00 a.m. – Liturgy of the Word (also on Facebook)
@ 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/Adult Forum (mtg: 863 4884 3653 | pwd: 163336)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, February 24th
@ 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer Service (also on Facebook)
@ 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study (mtg: 856 9253 7645 | pwd: 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.
Sunday School this Weekend

Godly Play will be at 4:00 p.m. this week. The 9th-12th grade class will not meet this week. Next class TBD. All other 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.

Who is St. Absalom Jones
(November 7, 1746 – February 13, 1818)

On February 13, we celebrate the Feast Day of Absalom Jones, the first African American Priest in the Episcopal Church. He was born into slavery in Delaware in 1746. He purchased his own freedom and helped many others do the same. He founded the Free African Society to assist with recently freed slaves and others “become” free. He stood against slavery and segregation in church and petitioned Bishop William White for his church to join the Episcopal Church. He was ordained a Deacon in 1795 and Priest in 1802. His life and witness includes so much more and I encourage you to read more about him here and elsewhere. 

Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sundays in Lent

Our Baptismal Covenant asks us five question regarding the life of our faith. We know them and we respond to each, “I will, with God’s help.” This Lent, we will explore what exactly each one of these questions means for our lives in faith. You will enjoy these presentations and discussions with the Rev. Will Packard, the Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein, and our candidate for diaconal holy orders, Jess Speaker! We invite you to attend at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays throughout Lent: February 21, 28; March 7, 14, and 21.

Join us as we engage these vital questions in our discipleship!

Contact: Will Packard (
Soup Suppers

Now that Lent is here, our minds naturally turn to Soup Suppers! Unfortunately, we can’t gather for our typical soup suppers this year, but, during our Sundays in Lent Adult Formation series, we hope you can enjoy a new soup a week with us. Each week, starting today, we will send out a soup recipe from a fellow parishioner. Feel free to make this soup to eat during the Sunday formation hour or for dinner that night. Either way, we can feel connected to each other by knowing we are eating the same soup and reflecting on this Lent season together.

Recipe of the Week:
  • Lasagna Soup, submitted by Tami Phillips, Preschool Director

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Audiovisual Support for Worship Services

St. Andrew's Audiovisual is looking for interested individuals to assist with online & future in-person services. Interested individuals must simply have a desire to learn about simple computer-based editing & working with St. Andrew's television switcher/audio mixer in the Nave. If you have a background in theater, computers, and/or television, this would be ideal for you, and you will be scheduled only for when you are available. Training will be provided.

Contact: Darren Williams (
St. Andrew’s Face Masks

Even with everyone slowly working their way to getting vaccinated, there is still a need to wear masks when in public. Now you can wear your very own St. Andrew’s mask! These polyester masks come in either blue or red, and in the following sizes: Youth S/M, Youth L/XL, Adult S/M, Adult L/XL. All masks are $10, and you can pre-order and pay online here. Pre-ordering will end on March 22nd. We hope to have the masks in by Easter. Distribution plan TBD.

Contact: Betsy Cotten (
Vaccine Appointment Help

If you are frustrated trying to navigate the vaccine system and need help getting an appointment -OR- if you are willing to help someone work through this system, please contact Amy Dutton. Hopefully all who wish to be vaccinated will be able to accomplish it by summer!

Contact: Amy Dutton (
ECHO Food Drive

With the pandemic and the current economy, we have many neighbors who need food assistance. Fortunately, we can help! We will be holding another Drive-By Food Drive TOMORROW, Saturday, February 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please bag up your donations and put them in your trunk/hatchback. Drive over to St. Andrew’s and pop your trunk. Scouts from our BSA Troop 1849 will take the bags from your trunk and make sure they get to ECHO.

Vegetable (Cooking) Oil, Chili, Corn Beef Hash, Beef Stew, Large Size Bottle/Can Juice, Canned Fruit, Pudding/Jell-O Mix, Tomato Sauce/Tomato Paste, Dried Pasta, Dried Beans

Shampoo, Conditioner, Children's Toothbrushes, Pain/Flu/Cold Meds--Children and Adults, Deodorant (men’s and women’s), Shaving cream, Laundry detergent

Lent with The St. Phoebe School for Deacons

The St. Phoebe School for Deacons is holding the prayers of our communities and the world during Daily Morning Prayer throughout the Lenten season. This prayer wall is an open site for people to write their prayer requests whether for themselves, their loved ones, for the world or for anything on their hearts and minds. The site uses Padlet, which does not require anyone to sign up or list their name; users can simply click the (+) in the bottom right corner and type in their prayer request. They can upload a picture if they would like, or just write their prayers. The site works on smartphones as well as computers. List your prayer requests or share a prayer on our wall; we will hold these in our daily prayers. Click here to add your prayers.
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, Jen Blair, Tina Boyd, Betty Carruth, John and Janet Carver, Carol Cobb, Chris Conrad, Gloria Covington, Theresa DelConte, Larry Dickerson, Dale Dickey, Donna Daugherty, Katie Durso, Garson, Lori Hardin, Bill Hartig, Hugh Brian Henderson, Susan Henderson, Jesse Hill, Linda and Ed Hunter, Claire Johns, Tom Kelly, Jack Keyser, Janet Keyser, Nancy Knight, Lisa Lavery, Marie Lichaa, Heike Mayer, Sarah Merriam, Mary J. Moses, Pam, Terry Peel, Charles Petty, Ann Riley, Rich Roerig, Lloyd Sterling, Douglas Taggart, Mike Tapper, Susan White

For those Departed
Regina McCombs (friend of Sandy Mansfield)
Gunnar Mayer (friend of the Durso Family)

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