The Weekly Net
September 10, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9

Dear Friends in Christ, 

One of the topics which came up frequently as we were discerning my call as Priest-in-Charge was in regards to fellowship. We love fellowship and I heard about the wonderful events we host all throughout the year. We have an opportunity to re-engage in some fellowship this Sunday as we celebrate the kick-off of our new program year with our picnic! Please do take this opportunity to wear comfortable picnic clothes and to share in fellowship. 

Our Bible uses the word fellowship frequently and typically in reference to Communion or sharing of a common meal. You may hear it translated as partnership, sharing, spiritual fellowship, and other components of Christ being made known when gathered. In our Baptismal Covenant, we promise to be faithful in prayers and worship and we acknowledge that our faith cannot exist alone. We gather for Communion and we gather for fun in the name of Christ. 

While not all of us are able to participate as of yet, we are able to begin remembering and re-engaging in fellowship and how we are formed together and need each other in our common life. 

At our picnic, I encourage you to re-engage with old friends and meet someone new. Stop by the formation mini-ministry fair and see how we can be formed together this year. Enjoy some good food, conversation, and time away from the busyness of our lives. Engage in fellowship, the true joy of knowing Christ when we gather together. 

This gathering is not only limited to our big events, but occurs regularly and I encourage you to seek such fellowship, knowing Christ is present. 

I look forward to seeing you Sunday for worship and at the picnic!

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
Worship Services

Masks are still required for everyone two and older. We do ask that if you are feeling ill to please stay home and follow along with our online services, which can be found at the links below.
Saturday, September 11th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Sunday, September 12th
@ 8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite I
@ 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite II
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, September 15th
@ 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite II (in-person only)

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.
20th Anniversary of 9/11

We remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this Saturday. As you remember or learn about that day, you are invited into prayer. Please take a moment to pray, your own prayers and those you feel called to pray. We also may pray together,

Let us pray:

O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Parish Picnic this Sunday!

St. Andrew's is getting ready for the new program year, which we kick off on Sunday, September 12th with our Parish Picnic! (rain date – September 19th) We will have the Hangry Panda food truck where you can purchase food, or you can bring food from home to share with your family (no potluck this year). For those planning to order from the Hangry Panda, we encourage you to submit your preorders online.

  1. Click the link above or go to:
  2. Click “CHOOSE LOCATION" - select St. Andrew’s/6509 Sydenstricker Road
  3. BE SURE to CONFIRM your pick-up date and the address as the “pickup location”
  4. Click the “As Soon As Possible" icon to choose your preferred pick-up time.
  5. Select desired items and click “Add to Order”
  6. Click check out. Complete the details section (payment info). Enter your cell number to get alerts when your meal is ready.
  7. Review and then DON'T FORGET to hit THE SUBMIT BUTTON

Contact: Jennifer Koerner & Woody Browne (
Formation Mini-Ministry Fair this Sunday

As we have come back to worship in the building, we are starting to hear the joyous sounds of running feet and laughter in our Formation wing. Our children and youth ministry is alive and well at St. Andrew’s and we are so thrilled to welcome our young parishioners back for the Formation year. Please stop by our tables at the Parish Picnic to find out more about our different offerings for our toddlers, preschoolers, and school age youth.

Kick-off for Formation will be September 19th. Please consider joining our teaching teams this year to join in the fun in this incredible ministry. Click here to fill out the Google Form to indicate interest in helping. God sightings and laughter are promised!

Contact: Christie Dasher & Stacey Peters (
Sunday School Begins Next Week

We are so excited to kick-off the 2021-22 church formation year! We currently are running a nursery for ages 1-3 and a Pre-K class during the 10:00 a.m. service. Formation will begin September 19th following the 10:00 a.m. service. We will begin Godly Play and classes for all grades. The High School Class will be separate from Confirmation this year. All high school students are welcome and encouraged to join us for a weekly conversation.

Please print and fill out the Registration Form as soon as possible. Staffing will be based on the numbers we receive through registration, so filling out the form will help us plan appropriately. Forms can be returned to the envelope on the bulletin board next to the church office.

All classes will be in-person and indoors, with the option to use outdoor space while the weather is still conducive. Children will be masked and adults who teach will be required to be vaccinated as well as masked.

Contact: Christie Dasher & Stacey Peters (
Childcare Help

Childcare is available during our 10:00 a.m. Sunday services. The two classes that are open are the Nursery (ages 1-3) and the Pre-K class (ages 3-5). Pre-registration is not required, but children will need to be signed in when dropped off at their classroom.

All children over the age of two must wear a mask while inside. When the weather is good, the Pre-K class and older Nursery children may go outside to play on the playground. Children do not need to wear their masks outside, but send them with anything they may need to wear while outside.

In order to provide this to all of our young families, we will need help staffing the classrooms. We need at least one volunteer to help each of our teachers every week. Volunteers must be 16 years or older, fully vaccinated, and wear a mask.

You can sign up to volunteer here:
Contact: Emily Nein (
Regathering Update

As of Thursday, 9/9/21, Fairfax County moved from the High down to the Substantial transmission rate according to the CDC, with a total of 95.95 cases per 100k over the past 7 days. According to the Brown School of Public Health, we are averaging 14 cases per 100k on average over the last 7 days, placing us in the orange zone. We have seen a slight decrease in transmission in our area. This decrease in transmission is due to our high vaccination status. 79.2% of adults 18+ (67% of total population) has received at least one dose of the vaccine. 72.2 % of adults 18+ (60.8% of total population) is considered fully vaccinated. With full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, we encourage you to receive your vaccine if you are eligible and monitor if you are eligible for a booster shot. 

Our bishops have issued a letter in support of a National Resolution to support vaccines. You may find the text of the letter in the link above.

At this time, we will continue with our practice of wearing masks indoors at all times. Our fellowship with food will take place outside where risk of any transmission is greatly reduced. Thank you for your continued patience as we do the best we can to navigate the pandemic. 

Contact: The Rev. Will Packard (
Diocesan Ordination at St. Andrew’s

On Thursday, September 9th, we hosted the Diocesan ordination of the Rev. Santiago Rodriguez, the Rev. Peter Fraser-Morris, and the Rev. Celal Kamran. Our sanctuary was decorated in red and the Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff celebrated and ordained these three. You may watch the ordination on our YouTube channel.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the day so special. Thank you to our Worship Commission leads (Betsy Cotten and Martha Turner), thank you to our dedicated ushers with communion plans that looked like football plays. Thank you to our altar guild. Thank you to our sexton and all who helped to prepare for our guests. Thank you to Darren Williams and Kyle West for hosting the first online ordination at St. Andrew’s. And thank you to all of our community for being such gracious hosts!
Wednesday Bible Study

Join the Wednesday Bible Study as it discusses the First Epistle of St. John over the next several weeks. John wrote this epistle to "you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life." In doing so, John explains in greater detail what is perhaps the best known and most quoted verse from his gospel: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life." Come for any or all of the sessions.

The first class will be on Wednesday, September 15th at 10:30 a.m. In-person and Zoom attendance available. Click here to download the outline for the first class.

Contact: Scott Anderson (
Memorial Service for Mary Robertson

The memorial service for former parishioner Mary Robertson will be this Sunday, September 12th, at 12:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church (9325 West Street, Manassas, 20110). A celebration of life will be held after the service.
ECHO Food Drive

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming ECHO food drive. This annual St. Andrew’s event provides greatly needed food and non-food items to many ECHO clients in economic difficulties.

On Saturday, September 18th, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., you can drive through the church parking lot and Boy Scouts will remove the bags from your vehicles in a contact-free process, and then deliver them to ECHO. If you have a conflict that day, you can also bring a bag with you as you attend the services on Sunday, September 19th, and leave it inside the church; those donations will be taken to ECHO on Monday. For further information, please contact Andrea Hellier, Marlies Durso, Woody Brown or Pam Hauge.

Currently the list of most needed items includes the following: Canned (tomatoes, beef stew, chili, soup, vegetables, fruit, large juice); Box Mixes (cake, brownie, pancake, muffin, jello, pudding); Other (coffee, cooking oil, peanut butter, jelly, rice, tortillas and crackers). Non-food items include deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, hand/body lotion, sanitary pads.

Contact: Jewell Gould & Jonathan Withington (
One Congregation, Here and at Home

This year’s Stewardship Campaign, “Do All the Good You Can”, looks like this, in long form:
“Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
In all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as you can”
—John Wesley, English Theologian

I’m particularly drawn to this, as we have been all or partially remote since March of 2019, and we have been using all the means, in all the ways, in all the places (mostly your living room), all the times, and to all the people we can, through our remote AND in-person services. This has been going on now for 18 months.

Right now we have 2 congregations worshipping as one, and we have done all the good we can in keeping those in-person, and those remote, engaged and connected. On average, we have about 132 people in total attending our in-person services on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. That number might seem low to you, and have you concerned with our overall parish health, with regards to attendees.

Fret not! What you may not know is that when you add in our remote viewers, who, using August 22nd as an example (and we have had many weekends mirror these totals), totaled 18 views for Saturday 6:00 p.m., 31 views for Sunday 8:00 a.m., and 83 views for Sunday 10:00 a.m. Keep in mind, these statistics from YouTube and Facebook don’t tell us if it’s one, or more than one viewer, at a discreet location.

If you total the in-person and remote numbers, we have almost 250 with us every week. These numbers are as large as our pre-pandemic attendance.

So, if you’re concerned about the overall numbers engaging our worship services, you now know there is no need to worry. The real area for improvement is really out of our hands, and something which we can happily anticipate: being safely all together in our worship home. In connecting, and staying connected, it seems we are, after all, doing all the good we can.

Contact: Darren Williams (
Shrine Mont

The last day to drop out without losing money is Sunday, September 19th.

Final payments are due by September 26th. You can pay online by clicking below, or by check (made out to St. Andrew’s, with "Shrine Mont" on the memo line). Your confirmation email will show you how much you owe. If you can't find that email, contact Michelle or Emily.
Contact: Amy Dutton (, Michelle Ramsdell (, Emily Nein (
High School Youth Ministry 

We are excited to be able to offer more opportunities for high school teens to engage this Fall. I hope our teens will try each activity and let me know your interests. While our Youth Ministry is about growing our relationship with God our Creator, Jesus our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit our Sustainer, we do that in part by being in relationship with one another. Church can be fun! During Formation, we will meet in a welcoming, open, accepting environment. Formation will be an opportunity to share thoughts and questions, and LISTEN to one another. Our time together will be flexible to meet the needs of our group. I am open to your feedback, high school teens!

Confirmation will be a separate opportunity this fall. We will meet 4 times for two hours between September and December. Those dates will be set soon.

All youth are welcome to join us whether you participated last year or not. Bishop Porter will visit us December 12th for the sacrament of Confirmation.

We also want to offer monthly activities off-campus as COVID permits. These activities could include a ropes course, putt-putt golf, pizza, or a movie. Youth please give us your ideas!

Contact: The Rev. Colleen Schiefelbein (
Sacraments Class

We are gauging interest in holding Sacraments classes this Fall. This would consist of 2 one-hour sessions on Sunday afternoons. We will discuss the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Eucharist. These classes are NOT necessary in order to take communion, but some people like to have these classes first so there is more understanding about it all. Even if your child has already been receiving communion, these classes can be helpful. They are open to all ages but we find that it is more difficult for children under the age of 4 to grasp. If you are interested and would like to have us offer these, please email Amy.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
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, Linda & Ed Hunter, John & Janet Carver, Bill Hartig, Lori Hardin, Lloyd Sterling, Nancy Knight, Janet Keyser, Charles Petty, Gloria Covington, Jack Keyser, Hugh Brian Henderson, Theo Pickeral, Olivia Kertesz, Carol Matovick, Rachel Gordon, Dave Lewis, Phil Purdom, Karan Wright, Candi James, Kim Reisig, Jeff Nein, Christy Bering, Beth Matovick, Dorothy Polk, Sean Hartig, Rebecca Miyares, Ahmadi, Tom Shearer, Natasha Browning, Robert, Brian DeWyngaert, Sr., Steve Ramsdell, and Becca Triplett

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