The Weekly Net
October 8, 2021
From our Priest-in-Charge

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” – Matthew 19:14

Dear Friends in Christ, 

We pray for and recognize in particular this week our preschool on this Preschool Sunday! I told many of you my experience during the “Meet the New Priest-in-Charge” sessions that when I asked how people arrived at St. Andrew’s, almost every gathering included a response that included the preschool as a reason.

We learn as much about our savior, Jesus Christ, and how to live into our Baptismal Covenant from our youngest members as we do from our oldest members. Each week, we seek to meaningfully incorporate and provide opportunities for children of all ages to worship and learn about God. It is such a blessing to have the ministry of our preschool, a visual and audible sign of God’s grace alive in our community!

The school’s ministers, that is the teachers and staff, are an incredible, gifted group and we are blessed that each one of them has said “yes” to the call to serve some of the youngest! A huge thank you to Tami Philips and all of the school staff! We also give thanks to our wonderful Preschool Board for their intentional and deliberate work. They have all taken on extraordinary efforts during uncertain times and always prioritizing the safety and well-being of our children.

We also lift up all of the supporters of our preschool. Yes, we have many people who contribute in many ways towards our preschool, however, I speak of all of us! This is a ministry of the church to our community. Our school is a way to share and teach God’s love, not only to young, inquiring and discerning hearts, but to families.

Through the lens of our school, we are able to see some of what is behind Jesus’ teaching on children and receiving the kingdom of God. 

Faithfully yours, 
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
Preschool Board

The Rev. William L. Packard – Ecclesiastical Authority, ex-officio
Tami Philips – Preschool Director, ex-officio
Ann Brannam – Treasurer
Gail Bouton – Secretary
Martha Turner – Vestry
Christie Dasher – Vestry
Alice McGuin – Church Member
Beth Ridpath – Church Member
Laura Fattahi – Parent
Ann Tempelis – Parent
Melissa Ball – Community Member
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, October 9th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Sunday, October 10th
@ 8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite I
@ 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist: Rite II
@ 11:15 a.m. – Adult Forum (Mtg #: 868 0982 2167 | Pwd: 849321)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, October 13th
@ 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.
Adult Forum: Life with Cancer

Join us this Sunday, October 10th, for an Adult Forum with Sarah Bradley, the Director of Life with Cancer for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

Sarah brings 15 years of experience leading multidisciplinary service lines across large hospital systems. In addition, she has more than 20 years of personal experience supporting Northern Virginia patients and families impacted by cancer through an organization she founded in memory of her brother. She was awarded the James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Chairman Award in recognition of her accomplishments and dedication to cancer patients and their loved ones.

Adult Forum begins around 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
Constant Contact Email Reset

Sometime next week we will be combining our church database with the email database we use for Constant Contact. If all goes according to plan, no one will notice any difference. However, there is a chance some emails might be reactivated, deleted, or duplicated. We ask for your patience, and if you see a change in the Friday emails, please send a note to Emily. Thank you!

Contact: Emily Nein (
Children in Church for Preschool Sunday

Join us this Sunday for Preschool Sunday! We ask that all children remain in the service this week instead of going to childcare (unless you feel they will struggle too much) because the sermon will be a Godly Play story told by Mrs. Dutton with the kids up on the altar steps. We will sing a song from our normal Godly Play service and later the children will be invited up to the altar to watch the preparation for Eucharist.

Just before dismissal we will sing another song from preschool chapel. We look forward to seeing you! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Burke Pumpkin Patch

Join us for a family trip to the Burke Pumpkin Patch on Burke Rd at the Burke Nursery on Friday, October 15th. St. Andrew’s will provide pizza, drinks and cookies at 6:00 p.m. so you can go before hand and play and then eat (and then play some more) or go to eat and then play afterwards - it is open until 7:00 p.m.

The pumpkin patch playground is a bit scaled down this year compared to pre-COVID years, but the good news is that it is FREE! RSVP to Amy if your family is going to go so we can order the correct amount of pizza. Thank you to Lisa Rollo for being our point person for this event!

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Adult Inquirer’s Class

Adults interested in the Episcopal Church, deepening their faith, or are curious about the Church’s role in our faith and life are encouraged to take the 6-week Adult Inquirer’s course. Led by Fr. Will, we will engage in discussion and learning about our Church, our Baptismal Covenant, and following Christ. While not required, participation in this course could lead to adult Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation at the Bishop’s visitation on December 12, 2021 at the 10:00 a.m. service.

The course will be in-person, however, there may be a hybrid option if there is a need. Classes will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, beginning on October 17th. If interested, email Fr. Will.

Contact: The Rev. Will Packard (
Family Night In

Because COVID has thrown a wrench into our Parents' Night Out activities, we have pivoted and come up with a fabulous new event - Family Night In! This time we will have a live virtual program from a Naturalist at Hidden Pond doing a program on Nocturnal Animals and Nature. This will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd.

This is a free event, but registration is required so we have a head count. We will also have a bag for each family to pick up with related activities, a snack, and other goodies! The registration deadline is Friday, October 15th. Bags will be available from October 18th-22nd. Register here:

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Sacraments Class

Sacraments classes have been scheduled! They will be held on Sunday, October 24th, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. with the Rev. Colleen and Amy Dutton, and on Sunday, December 5th, (same time) with the Rev. Will and Amy. We may not need the full hour, depending on the number of participants.

The classes are different (one on Communion and one on Baptism) so please plan to attend both if possible. These work best with those 4 years old and above, but please decide for yourself if you think your child could get something from this! Please let Amy know if you plan on attending so we know how many to expect.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Regathering Update

This past week, we saw great improvement on the impact of the virus in Fairfax County. According to the Brown School of Public Health, Fairfax County is on the low end of the “orange zone,” with a transmission rate of 11.5 cases on average per 100k residents (as of 10/7/21). This is a large drop from previous weeks. According to the CDC, we even moved down a level from High transmission to Substantial transmission this week with a total of 90.89 cases total per 100k residents. With a decrease in new hospital admissions (about 16%) and no change in the percent of hospital and ICU beds used in Fairfax, the metrics are trending in the right direction. Additionally, 81.6 % of residents 18 and older (69% of all residents) have at least one dose of a vaccine for Covid-19. 73.9% of residents 18 and older (62.4% of all residents) are considered fully vaccinated.

On vaccinations, we expect to see emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 soon! We also encourage you to take a look and see if you are eligible for a third dose of the vaccine. While our media is conveying who is eligible, it is always a good idea to review the information yourself and you may do so at this link.

While we see an improvement in health metrics in our area, we will not make any changes this week to our safety practices. Thank you for your patience as we do the best we can to navigate the pandemic and continue to worship and praise our God in covenant community!

Contact: The Rev. Will Packard (
Invitation to All Singers

As we navigate the future of singing worldwide and at St. Andrew’s, the choir is looking for interested singers! Anyone who can sing and wants to is invited to reach out to talk about joining. Beginning this season, the choir will rehearse only on Sundays after the 10:00 a.m. service, with no midweek rehearsals, augmented occasionally with a Saturday morning rehearsal. For the moment, all singing and activities in the building are done masked.

In addition, we are gauging the interest of children in taking part in singing on occasion this year. This involvement would be every once in a while, joining the adult choir in a service.

Anyone with interest in any of these opportunities is invited to contact Gabe Simerson, Interim Organist and Choirmaster.

Contact: Gabe Simerson (

Stewardship Sunday is fast approaching and it is time to start praying about your pledge for the year. It is encouraging that so many people are attending church in person again and getting back to the “new” normal. We have so much to be thankful for and your pledge is your commitment to God for all the blessings he has provided. We genuinely need every household to make a pledge and with full participation, we can continue to change lives through God’s work.

Financial stewardship isn’t “giving to God”— everything already belongs to God. And we’re not “giving to support the church” the same way we would donate to public radio or the United Way. We give in thanksgiving for God’s lavish gifts. We also give to honor the responsibility God has given us to take care of his people and his world. But we also give because there’s something about giving that cuts right to the heart of who we are and what we need to be. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” When we give of our “treasure,” something important happens in our hearts.

Please start praying about your pledge and then make your commitment to St. Andrew’s. I promise you will feel closer to God and closer to your family here at St. Andrew’s.

Contact: Karan Wright (
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 and Ed Hunter, John and 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, Phil Purdom, Karan Wright, Candi James, Kim Reisig, Jeff Nein, Christy Bering, Beth Matovick, Dorothy Polk, Rebecca Miyares, Natasha Browning, Robert, Steve Ramsdell, Becca Triplett, Randall Prior, Eric & Melissa Christianson, Christina Kelly, JoVanna Tawney

and those departed:
Gordon Kay (father-in-law of Christi (Conrad) Kay)
Penny Webb (friend of Gail Bouton)

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