The Weekly Net
May 14, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends in Christ, 

We see more and more signs of hope for the end of the pandemic. Just this week, the CDC has issued new guidance along with our governor and Diocese. Please see below on how that impacts our worship this weekend. We give thanks to the gift of science, so many people tending to the pandemic, and the ability to perceive hope as we gradually come out on the other side of the pandemic. However, we will be changed. 

We celebrated the Ascension this week, when Christ blessed the disciples and ascended into heaven. The disciples and new church were left to do the work of the Gospel and carry Christ’s love into the world. Let us not forget that in Luke, the disciples “returned to Jerusalem with great joy…(and were) continually in the temple blessing God” (Luke 24:53). What is our response to this past year and this time? How do we carry the joy, and also mourn all that was lost? 

Our first response of prayer is to remember that the pandemic is not over for so many and is especially hard hit in areas such as India and Sri Lanka. The Good News was given and received by those of us on our earthly pilgrimage to go and respond. We do not continue as “normal,” but with new and changed hearts. 

As a church, we are given a unique opportunity to listen, learn, and respond to the Good News in the knowledge that Christ leaves us with his blessing and sends us out “to do the work he has given us to do.” 

We continue to celebrate the Resurrection in the season of Easter and move towards Pentecost, the birth of the church. We too move towards opening and the church continues to have a mission to go, serve, and continually receive the Good News. 

I look forward to seeing you online and in person. 

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
Online Worship & Gatherings for the Week
Saturday, May 15th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Taizé Service

Sunday, May 16th
@ 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
@ 11:00 a.m. – Coffee Hour (mtg: 863 4884 3653 | pwd: 163336)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, May 19th
@ 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 are now offering limited spots for our indoor 8:00 a.m. service. Please click below to register for either the 8:00 a.m. indoor service, or the 10:00 a.m. outdoor service. If you don't receive a confirmation email after you register, you are not registered. If you have to cancel, please email Emily.

When registering for EITHER service, please use the drop-down box on the second page to indicate if you are a parishioner (by choosing Adult or Youth/Child) or a volunteer for that Sunday (by choosing Worship Team). This is extremely important, please do not skip.

Sunday, May 16th
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 inside
  • 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 (
Regathering Update

The CDC provided guidance on May 13, 2021, which limited times for wearing masks both indoors and outdoors. Governor Northam has kept indoor mask wearing mandates and lifted much of outdoor mask wearing. Our Bishop provided communication today which lifts mask requirements outdoors. Indoors, we will still be in masks. 

While there has been guidance that you may resume more activities once you are vaccinated, we will not include vaccination status for worship attendance. 

This Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will not require masks at outdoor worship. However, we will continue to remain at 6 feet of distance from each other. We will also welcome singing back to the church outdoors this Sunday. Masks will not be required for singing at this time while outdoors. We will keep you updated on congregational singing indoors, from which we will still abstain.

Please be on the lookout for a survey which will go out early this coming week as we seek to learn where we are as a parish in returning to worship, formation, and fellowship in-person. 
Meet St. Andrew’s Preschool’s new Administrative Assistant

Please meet St. Andrew’s Preschool new Administrative Assistant, Celene Wyman. Celene is currently a stay at home mom of two boys, one at Virginia Tech and the other at Robinson Secondary. She’s held positions as a Financial Analyst, Asset Management Methods and Procedures Specialist, Finance Project Manager, Accounts Payable Accounting Associate, Quality Control Auditor, and Quality Control Documentation Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from University of Richmond and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University.

Celene met her husband, Chris, of 27 years in high school. They have a cream-colored kitty named General George Patton. The Wymans are members of Vienna Presbyterian Church.

An interesting fact about Celene is that she always carries a book to read. Celene was born in late spring when sunbeams, flowers and butterflies usher in her favorite season, spring. Her favorite childhood memory is picking blueberries with her parents and eating more than she gathered. She is a pianist for relaxation, but never for an audience. Her favorite Bible passage is Psalm 91 which reminds her that God is her protector. Celene believes naps are highly underrated which makes her a great staff member for working in St. Andrew’s Preschool.

St. Andrew’s extends a warm welcome to Celene!
Pentecost and Eucharist

We wear red to Pentecost and I encourage you to wear red for this upcoming Pentecost celebration on May 23rd! This is a celebration of the Holy Spirit and the mission of the Church! This Pentecost, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at in-person services! We are also working towards resuming Lay Eucharistic Visitors and will look at how we may offer Eucharist in smaller gatherings at the church for those not comfortable coming to a service with more people. We look forward to this celebration!
Sunday School Teacher Appreciation

Next Sunday, May 23rd, is Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Sunday. We give thanks for the dedication of our volunteers who have participated in the formation of our youngest preschool age children up through our high school youth over the 2020-21 year. Thank you for sharing the love of Christ through this wonderful ministry. Please join us if you are a teacher on May 23rd following the Formation for a special grab and go lunch treat as we appreciate you! Look for an invitation in your emails this week.

Contact: Stacey Peters and Christie Dasher (
Messy Church

Our next outdoor Messy Church will be Sunday, May 23rd, at 3:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. Each family gets their own table! We will be marked and socially distant. Registration is now open.

If you don’t receive a confirmation email after you register, you are not registered. If you have to cancel, please email Emily ( Registration closes Saturday night.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Meet with Father Will!

Father Will would like to meet with each and every one of our parishioners. Now that the weather is warmer, both virtual and in-person outdoor options will be offered.

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 and chat with our Priest-in-Charge.

Contact: Jen Koerner and Woody Browne (
Graduate Sunday

Congratulations to everyone graduating this summer! Graduate Sunday is June 6th this year, and we would love to know about your accomplishments and what your future plans are. So, if you are graduating this summer, please email Emily with your name, your parents’ names, where you are graduating from, where you are going next, what you majored in, and a photo. Due date: Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Contact: Emily Nein (
Vacation Bible School

We are excited to explore the possibility of having an in person (mostly outdoor) VBS this summer from July 26th - 30th! In addition to monitoring the health markers and following Diocesan guidance—something we will need to make this possible—we will also need a sufficient amount of volunteers. Class sizes will be smaller and kept in separate areas, rotating through the different spots each day so that they can be cleaned overnight.

We need volunteers to help set up the week before, and during the VBS week. Please email Amy ASAP if you can help out. If we don’t meet our volunteer numbers, we won’t be able to host VBS this year.

Registration will be available next week.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Burke History: The Quander Family

The Burke Historical Society will offer a virtual program on Saturday, May 22nd, about The Quander Family. Rohulamin Quander, a retired judge, genealogist, historian, and author, speaks about the Quanders of Fairfax County and beyond, one of the oldest and most notable African-American families in the country.

To attend, please register at the link below at least two days before the program.

Stewardship Volunteers

The Stewardship Committee is asking for volunteers to plan for year-round stewardship to help St. Andrew’s plan for its future. Stewardship is an excellent way to get involved in the community for now and for years to come. We are looking for creative ideas and individuals interested to build our stewardship campaign. Skills needed: Strong communications and collaborative skills, desire to help others, and interest in making a difference. You don’t need a degree in accounting or economics, just a desire to help plan for the future!

Last year’s campaign was a wonderful success, especially given the challenges of COVID. Please contact Brian Jones or Karan Wright if you would like to be part of the Stewardship Committee.

Contact: Brian Jones & Karan Wright (
Team Believe Luminaries

Last chance to purchase Luminaria bags for the Walk on Saturday, May 22nd, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the church. Elaine Runkel will have bags at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. service or you can contact Christine Kelly at Decorated luminaries can be dropped off the day of the event or picked up by one of our team members before then. You can also support the team by buying a virtual luminaria too. The virtual luminaria will be used in the Northern Virginia Relay for life virtual luminary ceremony. Virtual luminarias may be purchased here. Please make sure to pick Team Believe and the Northern Virginia Relay for Life. All in person events will be socially distanced with masks required.

Contact: Christine Kelly (
Youth Work Camp

We’re gearing up for work camp this summer, the week of July 11-17 in Wilmington, Delaware! We currently have six of the eight youth spots booked. We’re looking for two more high schoolers to join us. Stacey Peters and Carl Jones are the adult leaders this year. Please reach out to them to find out more about this amazing ministry and outreach opportunity.

Contact: Carl Jones & Stacey Peters (
St. Andrew’s Masks

Get your St. Andrew's Masks - We have a limited number of masks still available! Right now we have the following sizes: Adult Small-Medium, Adult Large, Youth Small-Medium, Youth Large. Contact Vestry member Woody Browne to confirm we still have your size and reserve one today. When they're gone, they're gone!

Contact: Woody Browne (
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: 
Pam, Larry Dickerson, Carol Cobb, Linda & Ed Hunter, Dale Dickey, Heiki Mayer, John & Janet Carver, Susan Henderson, Douglas Taggart, Chris Conrad, Bill Hartig, Lori Hardin, Lloyd Sterling, Nancy Knight, Janet & Jack Keyser, Katie Durso, Mary J. Moses, Terry Peel, Charles Petty, Gloria Covington, Tina Boyd, Theresa DelConte, Ann Riley, Mike Tapper, Claire Johns, Tom Kelly, Lisa Lavery, Garson, Hugh Brian Henderson, Jen Blair, Marie Lichaa, Edward, Anne Huss, Al Dessayer, Theo Pickeral, Olivia Kertesz, Carol Matovick, Connie W., Sheri Cizek, Rachel Gordon, Robert Hooper, Nan Little, Cyndi Wildberger, Phil Carlson, Doris James, Dave Lewis, Phil Purdom, and Karan Wright.

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