The Weekly Net
October 16, 2020
Online Worship & Gatherings for the Week
Saturday, October 17th
@ 6:00 p.m. – Taizé Service

Sunday, October 18th
@ 8:00 a.m. – Liturgy of the Word
@ 9:00 a.m. – Bible Study (Mtg# 142 074 0872 | password: CMrCxTkf488)
@ 10:00 a.m. – Liturgy of the Word (also on Facebook)
@ 11:00 a.m. – Coffee Hour (Mtg ID: 847 0278 7729 | password: 437719)
@ 9:00 p.m. – Compline with St. Phoebe's (via Zoom)

Wednesday, October 21st
@ 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer Service
@ 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study (Mtg ID: 884 0844 2173 | password: 313159)

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.
From our Priest-in-Charge

Dear Friends in Christ,

Before each worship service, we are reminded that where ever we are, whenever we are worshipping, while we may be physically distant, we worship, One Together.

I continue to be amazed at the amount of ministry in which we continue to engage each and every week. Our outreach programs, from FACETS to ECHO are as active as ever. We are consistently holding at least four worship services each week! We are engaging in holy discussions and formation from Bible studies to youth/child Sunday School, to commitments for racial reconciliation. While the numbers are there and our incredible support of these ministries through time, talent, and treasure are large, I am moved by the stories.

Each week, we have heard stories form our Stewardship team. These are not simply lessons on stewardship, but they are authentic and raw life accounts on how their relationship with God in the St. Andrew’s community is deepened, informed by, and encouraged through in-kind and financial support. We continue hearing from our team and I encourage you to go back and take a look at each one which you can find at the following links:

Sharing What We Have: A Series on Giving

Thank you to our Stewardship team and to our whole community for your faithful gifts and willingness to support our needed programs and infrastructure. What is your story? How has your relationship deepened with God in our community?

In a constantly changing and unpredictable world, we seek to faithfully follow the mission we have in Christ. We share our stories. We invite others to share in our stories. Our gifts of time, talent, and treasure enable us to carry out the mission we have before us. We do not do this alone, but we do this through Christ and with each other, One Together.

Faithfully yours,
The Reverend William L. Packard
(571) 449-7438
For pastoral emergencies, please call (571) 336-6509
Weekend Onsite Events

Your one stop shop for everything happening at St. Andrew’s this weekend. Links for these events are also available on our website.

Sunday, October 18th
  • Outdoor Service @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday School (Pre-K-8th Grade) @ 11:00 a.m. (no sign up required)
  • Confirmation Class (9th-12th Grade) @ 11:00 a.m. (no sign up required)

Also, please remember to register your children for Sunday School.

Guidelines you must follow to participate with onsite events:
  • 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
Sharing What We Have: A Pilgrimage
A Series on Giving

Hello and thanks to St. Andrew’s for sustaining me as part of their family, One Together.

Some of you know me from the 8:00 a.m. service, ushering and then diligently attending Pat Brown's 9:00 a.m. Bible Study to learn the day’s gospel lessons. It all began 10 years ago, where I found my "One Together" family at St. Andrew's. Through ushering, I discovered the joys of socially welcoming, during Friends of Music and the Arts presentations, comforting families at funerals, and other special events.

The warmth and generosity of St. Andrew's members, our Priest-in-Charge and staff, was inspiring. I reinforced my membership in a structured class, took my oath, and was Received with Bishop Shannon Johnston presiding, where I truly felt one together in St. Andrew's.

I found many opportunities to share my time through many outreach programs, Hypothermia week, ECHO, Team Believe's annual American Cancer Society walk, and fundraisers.

One day, I was asked by Father Tim to help a Turkish Muslim friend, whose wife needed tutoring with English. I am not an educator and was apprehensive; but Father Tim saw another talent in me I did not see in myself. I got into a rhythm for her unstructured lessons. I encouraged her to set a goal, a lofty one - to become a Naturalized U.S. citizen. She was encouraged and her unspoken confidence became apparent. Even when she moved away because of her husband's new job; we stayed in touch. I visited her and praised her commitment to master English. I reminded her of her goal. On July 4, 2019, I proudly attended her prestigious Naturalization ceremony at Monticello. Later that month, her husband also had his own naturalization ceremony. We felt not only "One Together" in Christ, but as citizens, helping one another to achieve a dream and goal.
Outside of St Andrew's, I found a group of women who studied Spanish, both the language and culture. I sponsored this small niche group and met regularly at St. Andrew's; even though they were non-members. I took a brief sabbatical in 2015 to walk the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage across Spain to the Cathedral of St. James. I shared the blessing of the pilgrimage with my fellow friend and parishioner, Deborah England, one together in spirit, but going on our separate paths: me from the Northern route, Deborah from the South. I'll never forget it; we connected spiritually over weeks of non-communication, yet on the day I entered St. James Cathedral, we found each other through the crowds of pilgrims. We were "One Together" in our journey, separate in our petitions, intentions and yet, somehow united again through divine intervention in the end. Following this divine experience, together we presented an Adult Forum in tandem to recount our separate journeys and joined pilgrimage - "One Together."
When I returned to St. Andrew's, my volunteer spirit grew. Deborah inspired me and welcomed me into the Prayer Guild, to pray "One Together" for those in need. To expand my horizons, I volunteered on the Audit team to complete the Annual Audit. It opened my eyes to the seamless operations and many programs of St. Andrew's, all managed by a very capable Vestry, competent front office, and staff at a time when we had no Priest-in-Charge. Then, I was voted onto the Endowment Fund Board "One Together" team effort in oversight of our Endowments. Father Will came along to fill our spiritual needs. What a joy to answer his call to participate in his Pastoral connection, by making phone calls to our sequestered parishioners, ensure they know we are all "One Together," and inquire about their needs and desires. All of this fulfilled my need to connect with others, as well.

Just because we are in a pandemic doesn't mean we stop our stewardship, fellowship, and volunteering. Right now, we need to bond with each other even more. Open your heart, give freely of your time, talents, and resources to our "One Together" St. Andrew's family and community.

Alice Redman
Stewardship Committee Member
Godly Play

If you attended Godly Play on October 4th, please remember to bring your Go Bags to Godly Play this week. If you are new to Godly Play, we have more Go Bags to give out.

Contact: Amy Dutton (
Outdoor Clean-Up

There is a Parish Clean-Up Day planned for Saturday, November 14th, at 9:00 a.m. The focus is on cleaning up the outdoor sanctuary and classroom area. We will need people to remove downed branches and clear away brush, and probably poison ivy. Please contact Doug for more information.

Contact: Doug Wood (
Contribution Statements

Third Quarter Contribution statements are coming soon! We have recently switched to new software that allows us to send these easily and quickly via email and plan to use email as the main form of distribution going forward.

If you do not wish to receive your statement by email and would prefer it to be mailed to you instead, please contact Michelle Ramsdell prior to October 25th. Please also contact Michelle if your email address has changed or if you would like to verify that we have the correct email address for you. Thank you!

Contact: Michelle Ramsdell (
Forward Day by Day

We still have plenty of copies of the popular Forward Day by Day booklet. If you would like one mailed to you, please email Michelle.

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.

Contact: Michelle Ramsdell (
ECHO Donations

The Vestry discussed at their last meeting that the number of folks who ask for assistance from ECHO has increased significantly due to the pandemic. We would like to support their needs more regularly than the occasional food drive.

So we are asking folks who come to in-person Sunday worship to bring something from their pantry to share with our neighbors in need. It doesn't need to be a great quantity of items (unless you so desire) but a couple of non-perishable items.

There will be a box designated for ECHO at the check-in table. We will make sure they get to ECHO in a timely manner. We know they would appreciate all the support.

Contact: Mark Foster & Carl Jones (
Meet Father Will!

Father Will would like to meet with each and every one of our parishioners in person or by Zoom. He will be hosting a series of small group meetings (up to 10 people) in the mornings (10:00 a.m.) and evenings (7:30 p.m.) to get to know the people of St. Andrew’s. Outdoor meetings will require you to bring your own chair and wear a mask. These meetings will be held until November 30th on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 our new Priest-in-Charge.

Contact: Betsy Cotten and Rebecca Umberger (
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: 
Michael Arnold, Lauren Bauer, Maxx Bauer, John and Janet Carver, Carol Cobb, Chris Conrad, John Corbett, Larry Dickerson, Dale Dickey, John Dunham, Phil Dunn, Katie Durso, George Duvall, Ed Frey, Agnes Gleason, David Graves, Lori Hardin, Bill Hartig, Susan Henderson, Linda and Ed Hunter, Jack Keyser, Janet Keyser, Nancy Knight, Dale Leonard, Ryan Martel, Gunnar and Heike Mayer, Regina McCombs, Conrad Moore (and family), David Nies, James Padgett, Leean Palmgren, Pam, Andrew Parthum, Philippa Pearce, Marie Reba, Lloyd Sterling, John Strong, Maureen Sullivan, Douglas Taggart, Susan White, and Bette Williams

Those Departed
Col. Terry Rice (friend of the Durso Family)

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