Farewell weekend for Pastors Chad & Amanda

News | July 9, 2015

Pastors Chad McKenna and Amanda Weinkauf are starting on a new leg of their faith journey this month, as their two-year time at St. Paul comes to a close.

This weekend, a reception for them will be held after each service. If you’d like to donate to a gift for Chad and Amanda, please write a check to St. Paul clearly marked for “Residents’ Gift.” The amount collected will be equally shared between the two. You’re also invited to send individual cards or notes to the church, or drop a written expression in the basket this weekend.

Chad is heading to Rockford, Illinois, to serve as an associate pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Amanda will be an associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Owotanna, Minnesota.

As resident pastors, they touched hundreds of lives. Here are thoughts from a few of those people.

What a joy it has been to share this time with both of you. We shared a few – too few – meals and a lot of laughter. St. Paul is a better place because you were here with us. Both of you always took the time to share our stories. You listened. A rare gift; given freely. Oh, how we will miss you. Yet, we are happy knowing you’re bound to do such marvelous things in your ministries. I have one more wish for you, “May you stay forever young.” – Duane Haas

Since August, I have been saying “It’s your last (fill in the blank) with us!” At first it was meant to torment them and to remember the finality of their time here, but I think it’s grown into somewhat of a coping mechanism for me to make sure I don’t take them for granted either. They are far more than pastors to me, they are friends. I will fondly remember our game nights, coffee tastings, movie nights and ridiculous dancing. They have helped foster a wonderful community at St. Paul that will miss them dearly. – Matt Mercer

To describe Chad and Amanda over these past two years is like trying to describe a brilliant, shiny priceless coin with two very different sides, yet with a very common center. Amanda’s joyful exuberance always brings a smile to my face and her ability to generate so much enthusiasm about and around our faith is a stunning skill. I sometimes expect her to come down the aisle doing cartwheels. Chad has always demonstrated such strong spirituality, expresses his faith with thoughtful words and sends caring messages with his eyes and those hugs! My first great adventure with Chad was traveling with him in the church van to Chavies, Kentucky – Chad’s first mission trip and my first time leading the pack! He was so eager, willing to tackle any assignment handed to him. I will miss them both and know that we are a better congregation for having them with us. – Vicki Felger

What a blessing Chad and Amanda have been in my life. Several months after their arrival, I ended up in the hospital and they both came to see me with their sweet smiles and warm personalities. We have also spent some time together over dinner at my house, which was always lots of fun. I will definitely miss my Sunday morning hugs, but wish them nothing but the best as they enter the next chapter in their lives. The welcome mat is out for both whenever they visit the QCA. – Ann Quist

Amanda and Chad started their journey as resident pastors at St. Paul as I found myself exploring membership at St. Paul. It was their smiles and open arms that drew me into 2136. Without their carefree spirit and support, I would not have been able to find my strength in becoming a member of a new church as a young adult. They have been more than just pastors to me, they are lifelong friends. – Mandy Streu

It has been a journey for us in the congregation too, one that will be remembered in many ways after you depart from our midst – certainly by your friendship, by your ever-present smiles, your cheerful personalities, and by your outstretched hands to all each Sunday morning. But you also will be remembered, more importantly, for your words of wisdom, your leadership, and the impact you have made on all our spiritual lives. You have affected us, in one way or another, and we are grateful for everything you have added to our congregation. – Jim Bush

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Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.