The Weekly Net
Easter Edition
April 1, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends in Christ,

Where are you today? Many of us are acclimated to travel during Holy Week and are unable to attend these holy services. Sometimes things get in the way of observing this week. What is it all about anyways as long as I come to Easter?

This year, we each have the opportunity to safely attend these Holy Week services, continuing tonight with Maundy Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (particularly appropriate for families) and our formal liturgy at 7:30 p.m. We observe Good Friday with the stations of the cross at noon and a formal liturgy that evening at 7:30 p.m. We have the Great Vigil of Easter just after sunset on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. Of course, we then celebrate Easter at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. online and 10:00 and 11:45 a.m. outdoors with Holy Eucharist! (Please see note below on Holy Eucharist)

What might God say or reveal to you during these services? How might we, liturgically walking through this holy time, rise with Christ? As the disciples have said, “Come and see.”

We look forward to celebrating with you and are so grateful for the many people, you included who have made this Holy Week not only accessible, but beautifully reverent and holy.

I will see you tonight online!

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
Online Worship & Gatherings for the Week
Thursday, April 1st
@ 7:00 p.m. – Maundy Thursday Service [bulletin]

Friday, April 2nd
@ 7:00 p.m. – Good Friday Service [bulletin]

Saturday, April 3rd
@ 7:35 p.m. – Easter Vigil Service [bulletin]

Sunday, April 4th
@ 8:00 a.m. – Easter Service [bulletin]
@ 9:00 a.m. – Bible Study (mtg: 142 074 0872 | pwd: CMrCxTkf488)
@ 10:00 a.m. – Easter Service [bulletin]
@ 11:00 a.m. – Coffee Hour (mtg: 863 4884 3653 | pwd: 163336)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, April 7th
@ 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer Service
@ 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.
Note the 3rd: All of our services are also available on our Facebook page.
Weekend Onsite Events

We now have two outdoor services for Easter (10:00 and 11:45 a.m.)! While the 10am is full, we have space at the 11:45 if you would like to register for that service or invite others to come. Please click below to register. (If you don't receive a confirmation email after you register, you are not registered.)

Of course, we continue to have high quality and accessible worship online and encourage you, even if worshiping outside, to listen to the music and sing our hymns at home.

Sunday, April 4th

  • Please email Emily if you can't attend the service for which you are registered.

Guidelines you must follow to participate with onsite events:
  • You must register (includes people participating in the service.)
  • Step-by-step guide on how to register
  • Everyone two years and older must wear a mask
  • Keep 6ft apart from people not in your family group at all times
  • If you are feeling sick, or have any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home
  • If you are in an at risk group, strongly consider staying home

Contact: Emily Nein (
Easter Donations

Easter Memorials and Thanksgivings are a wonderful way to remember loved ones or say thank you for the many blessings in your life this year. This year your donations will support the Easter flowers and our beautiful Easter music. Please make your gift online here, or you can mail in a check to the church.

Contact: Emily Nein (
Holy Eucharist

This Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist outside. It is within our understanding of Communion that we are sustained by God if you do not participate. Some of us will need to remain vigilant and safe and nobody is required to receive if they are not comfortable.

Procedurally, the Eucharist has been prepared by someone in mask, sanitized hands, and in gloves. We will receive communion in one kind (the bread) which is considered full participation in the Eucharist. The wafers are in compostable cups which you will leave and each person will open and eat the bread at a set distance from anyone else.

We will consider future distributions of the Eucharist as we go forward, recognizing, a number of us may not be able to fully participate for some time.
Re-gathering update

We are now able to gather outdoors and with lessening restrictions from the Governor, we also have some lessening of restrictions from the Diocese. As we look toward a day when we may worship in the building again, we ask for patience so that we may not only consider the practical considerations of our return, but the emotional and spiritual as well. Please stay tuned in future weeks for any updates.

While we see hope and light, we also recognize that Covid-19 is still present and we encourage you to continue to make safe and wise decisions.

Our Vestry will meet on Monday, April 12th, at 7:00 p.m. At our last meeting, within our agenda, we engaged in a Bible study of 1 Corinthians 12 about spiritual gifts and the value of each person in the church community. Please be in touch with me or your Vestry with any questions or areas of interest.

The Rev. Will Packard
Priest-in-Charge |

Doug Wood
Senior Warden |

Darren Williams
Junior Warden |

Christie Dasher
Register |

Bo Zagurski
Treasurer |

Woody Browne & Jen Koerner
Fellowship |

Christie Dasher & Stacey Peters
Formation |

Jewell Gould & Jonathan Withington
Outreach |

Brian Jones & Karan Wright
Stewardship |

Betsy Cotten & Martha Turner
Welcome & Worship | &
Face Masks

Our St. Andrew's Face Masks have arrived! They will be available for pick up this Sunday during our Easter services. Plans are in the works for getting masks out to people who are not attending the outdoor services.

Contact: Betsy Cotten (
Sunday School Next Weekend

Starting Sunday, April 11th, Sunday School classes will start meeting outside again (weather permitting) every other week. On the days that the weather is not cooperating, classes will meet online.

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

Contact: Stacey Peters (
Forward Day-by-Day

A new batch of Forward Day by Day booklets are now at the church and will be mailed to anyone who requests a copy. Forward Day by Day is published in printed form three months at a time and includes a Bible passage from the sequence of lessons for daily use plus a brief meditation.

If you would like one mailed to you, please email Michelle. We will also have them available at our upcoming outdoor services.

Contact: Michelle Ramsdell (
Parish Clean Up

Our cyclical Spring Parish Clean Up Day is planned for April 24th beginning at 9:00 a.m. We will be preparing (with divine guidance, luck, and positive health numbers) for Regathering, per Diocesan guidance, and when appropriate. We will focus on both inside and outside general cleanup. A larger group will spend the time preparing our church exterior. We will also deploy 2 small groups of motivated, fully-inoculated, socially-distant individuals inside to prepare the Nave/Narthex, and Parish Hall, for the eventual Regathering.

Contact: Darren Williams (
Messy Church

Please join us for our next outdoor Messy Church on Sunday, April 25th, at 3:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. Each family gets their own table! We will be masked and socially distant. More information and a registration link will be available soon.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Team Believe

Help support St. Andrew's Team Believe and the American Cancer Society, Northern Virginia Relay for Life this Spring. Team Believe is planning 2 spring events:

  • Saturday, May 1st: A jewelry, purse, and more Yard Sale (backup date May 8th)

  • Sunday, May 2nd: A family friendly Luminary decoration event

Both will be outdoors, socially distant, and masks will be required. Look for more details in the upcoming Friday emails.

Contact: Christine Kelly (
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, John and Janet Carver, Carol Cobb, Edward, Chris Conrad, Gloria Covington, Theresa DelConte, Al Dessayer, Larry Dickerson, Dale Dickey, Katie Durso, Garson, Lori Hardin, Bill Hartig, Hugh Brian Henderson, Susan Henderson, Linda and Ed Hunter, Anne Huss, 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, Theo Pickeral, Ann Riley, Lloyd Sterling, Douglas Taggart, and Mike Tapper

For those Departed
Judy Criss

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