The Weekly Net
June 4, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. — John 3:16-17

Dear Friends in Christ,
We will recognize and pray for our graduates this Sunday. These are graduates of High School, trade school, graduate programs, and from other institutions. This is a time when hard work, time, talent, and more is recognized. It also marks not only the passage of time, but the entrance into a new time.

Often, during courses of study and work, there is significant evaluation and judgment (real and perceived) on how well we are doing. “Congratulations!” we call to all those who have made it through the ordeal and onto the next chapter.

The time leading up to baptism and affirmation of our baptismal covenant is a journey on its own. However, as I tell parents, Godparents, and those old enough to take the covenant on their own, the culmination in this event does not end the journey, but initiates a new one. While we are each at different places on our journey of faith, we embark on this journey together and in support of each other.

We enter into a new time of the church and a time of regathering. As we regather this Sunday, we recognize that we will not be able to have everyone present at once quite yet. We begin this journey, a recognizable one, anew and with fresh eyes, faith, and experience. (Please read below for additional information on regathering.)

As we enter into our common journey, we lean on the well-known piece of Scripture above and not only read verse 16, but verse 17. Jesus came to save through God’s love. There is so much to which we may give our attention in regathering, including patience itself. In this season of graduation, we enter into this new part of the journey in this knowledge of God’s eternal love.

I look forward to seeing you online and in person (inside!) this Sunday.

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
Online Worship & Gatherings for the Week
Saturday, June 5th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Sunday, May June 6th
@ 8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite I
@ 9:00 a.m. – Bible Study (mtg: 142 074 0872 | pwd: CMrCxTkf488)
@ 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite II
@ 11:00 a.m. – Coffee Hour (mtg: 863 4884 3653 | pwd: 163336)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, June 9th
@ 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.
In-Person Worship Services

Click one of the services below to register for that service. There is a limit on how many people can attend our indoor services, so don't wait until the last minute to sign up.

Masks are required for all indoor services.

When registering for a 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.

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

Saturday, June 5th
Sunday, June 6th
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
  • In-Person services are limited to 60 people
  • 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

This weekend, June 5th and 6th, we will regather for indoor worship at all three of our services. We will continue to follow guidance provided for congregate settings of mixed vaccination status which includes:

  • Social distancing
  • Face masks
  • Hand Sanitizing
  • Communion – Bread Only (considered full Eucharistic participation) 
  • Registration
  • Sanitizing
  • Guided foot traffic patterns

As our health metrics continue to improve, we will adjust these precautions. As of June 3rd, the 7-day average for new Covid-19 cases in Fairfax county was 1.8 per 100,000, which keeps us in the low yellow level (medium risk). This is about 20 cases in a population of about 1.4 million. The “green zone” is 1 case and under per 100,000. While we continue to take precautions, we are also able to do so much more in our worship such as singing, partaking in the Eucharist, some fellowship after services, and more!

This weekend, while we are unable to have our full 10:00 a.m. crowd, we encourage you to come to other services if you are able and “try them out.” We will also continue to have online worship live streamed for those who are unable to come.

Thank you for your continued patience!
Sunday School this Weekend

Sunday School classes will meet for the last time this school year on Sunday, outside, at 11:00 a.m. If classes can’t meet in person due to bad weather, they will take place on Zoom.

Contact: Stacey Peters (
Youth/Graduate Sunday

In honor of this Graduate Sunday, the youth have prepared the entire service, including the Prayers of the People and the selection of the Eucharistic Prayer! Many thanks to the Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein, our youth, parents, families, and all those in support of our graduates and youth this Sunday!
Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates!

Isaac Burkhalter, son of Susan & Ted Burkhalter, is graduating from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia) with a Major in Aerospace Engineering and Minors in Physics and Business.
Rachel Burkhalter, daughter of Susan & Ted Burkhalter, is graduating from West Springfield High School and will be attending Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, Indiana) in the fall. She plans to Major in Oboe Performance.
Peter Dasher, son of Christie and Mike Dasher, is graduating from West Springfield High School and will be attending George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) in the fall as a Theatre major. He has enjoyed growing up at St. Andrew’s since he was three years old. He is also a proud graduate of St. Andrew’s Preschool!
Stephen Fike, son of Libby and Rob Fike, graduated cum laude from Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Virginia) with a BA in History. Stephen is planning on attending Graduate or Law School in the Fall.
Elizabeth Horan, daughter of Tom & Kim Horan, is graduating from Robinson Secondary School and will attend Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Virginia) in their President's Leadership Program majoring in business with a minor in leadership.
Nidaal Jubran is receiving his MBA from Virginia Tech University.
Ian Smith, son of Amy & Debby Braun, is graduating from medical school at University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia). As a recipient of a scholarship with the United States Navy, he will report to Camp Pendleton in California on June 1 to begin Family Medicine residency.
Sean Thomas, son of JD & Stacey Thomas, is graduating from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia) with a Masters degree in education.
Annette Wright, daughter of Bill & Karan Wright, is graduating from West Springfield High School and will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin) majoring in History and looking forward to one semester abroad, marching band, learning Japanese, and enjoying all the varietal cheeses Wisconsin offers.
Claire Zimmermann has graduated from George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) with a BA in English and a minor in Russian language. Her future plans are to work on her family's flower farm for a year while applying to graduate school.
Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (July 26th-30th) is our camp for kids ages 3½ to rising 4th graders. We start each morning at 9:00 a.m. and spend the day making crafts, playing, singing, and listening to Bible stories until pick-up at 12:00 p.m. Classes will mostly take place outside, each class in a different area each day. Cost is $30/child ($65 family max). Money & registration due by June 30th.

This year will be smaller than previous camps, with a cap of 50 campers. So, if you want to join us this summer, sign up now.

Depending on what is recommended (for schools) at the time of VBS, masks may be required. We will let you know before camp starts.

If you don’t receive a confirmation email after you register, you are not registered. If you have to cancel, please email Emily ( Registration and payment are due by June 30th.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Welcome the Rev. S. “Suresh” Sureshkumar

With our increased technological abilities, we welcome, all the way from Sri Lanka, the Reverend S. Sureshkumar. Fr. Suresh, recently at the Virginia Theological Seminary working on his doctorate, is a professor and lecturer of New Testament at The Theological College of Lanka, and serves as priest associate at the Church of Ceyloy in the Diocese of Colombo. We will be able to hear him preach in the sanctuary and online and are grateful for this opportunity.

As you may have read in the news, this area of the world is hitting a hard third wave of Covid-19. Hospitals are full, supplies are short, and food is often not available. The plate offering for Sunday, June 13th, will go towards those in need in Sri Lanka which may include seminarians, a remote farming community hit particularly hard, and others in particular need. You may donate with “Suresh” in the memo line, give online and designate “plate” on the weekend of June 12/13, or put money not marked as pledge in the offertory plates which will be outside the sanctuary during those services. Please join us as we welcome Suresh!
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 Keyser, Katie Durso, Mary J. Moses, Terry Peel, Charles Petty, Gloria Covington, Tina Boyd, Theresa DelConte, Jack Keyser, Ann Riley, Mike Tapper, Claire Johns, Tom Kelly, Lisa Lavery, Garson, Hugh Brian Henderson, Jen Blair, Marie Lichaa, Edward, Anne Huss, Theo Pickeral, Olivia Kertesz, Carol Matovick, Connie W., Sheri Cizek, Rachel Gordon, Robert Hooper, Nan Little, Cyndi Wildberger, Doris James, Dave Lewis, Phil Purdom, Karan Wright, Susan Scott, and Brendan Cizek.

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