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20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

  1. 1. 1St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet St. Nicholas Orthodox Church 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet 1989-2009 c c c c
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  3. 3. 3St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Thanks to God, thanks to Saint Nicholas, and thanks to all of you for twenty wonderful years at Saint Nicholas Church. God grant us many more! with love in Christ our God, Father Bill and Khouria Dianna Table of Contents Letter from Bishop ANTOUN . . . . . . 4 Letter from Bishop MARK . . . . . . . . . 5 About St. Nicholas School . . . . . . . . 7 Letter from Our Church School . . . . . 8 St. Ignatius Society Members . . . . . 12 Parish Council Members . . . . . . . . . 13 The St. Nicholas Factor . . . . . . . . . . 14 May their Memory Be Etermal! . . . . 15 G reetings in Christ! God has truly blessed us in our first 20 years. This booklet includes just a few highlights from the past, and is dedicated to the biggest blessing of all, the future: our children. Please enjoy the artwork of a few of them, two articles about the wonderful work of our St. Nicholas Church School, which is a living legacy of founders Joan and John Philosophos—may their memory be eternal—as well as our current school directors: Marina Huff, Kim Mamamlakis and Mary Beth Newhouse, and their staff. Heed words of wisdom about “the St. Nicholas Factor” from founder and former treasurer, Vicky Shinners. Many thanks to the committee who put together our celebration, our Council for their support, and our many advertisers who have generously helped underwrite the cost of this wonderful celebration. I also wish to deeply and humbly apologize to those whom we were unable to include, as contributors for artwork or articles, in photographs, in acknowledgements, or in any way. Please know you are as important to our congregation as anyone. May we all continue to obey Christ’s new commandment and be His true disciples, loving one another as we have these first twenty years, for ages unto ages. Amen. With Love In Christ, Laurel A. Kashinn From the Editor . . .
  4. 4. 4 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet THE MOST REVEREND ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK AND METROPOLITAN PHILIP METROPOLITAN OF ALL NORTH AMERICA THE RIGHT REVEREND THE BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF TOLEDO BISHOP MARK AND THE MIDWEST AND ASSISTANT TO THE METROPOLITAN “...the Disciples were called Christians first in Antioch!” ACTS 11:26 The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest 2656 Pemberton Drive, Toledo, OH43606 Tel. (419) 535-1390 * Fax (419) 535-7999 Website: www.antiochian.org/midwest * Email: Mutron.Mark@Sbcglobal.net October 5, 2009 The V. Rev. William and Kh. Dianna Olnhausen St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church N65 W6503 Cleveland St Cedarburg, WI 53012 Dear Fr. Bill and Kh. Dianna, Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be! First of all, I want to thank you for your years of sacrifice and service to the One, Holy, and Orthodox Church over the last twenty years. I am deeply grateful for your ministry and the sacrifices you and your family have made to establish and maintain the vibrant community of Saint Nicholas. The hospitality and diversity of the entire community is a testa- ment to your graciousness and pastoral care for all people. May our Lord continue to look down from Heaven and visit and establish and per- fect this vine which He hath planted with His own right hand through your capa- ble ministry. I ask the Lord also to grant good health and many years to you, and the faithful of Saint Nicholas, and that He continue to bring healing and whole- ness to those whom He brings across your pathway. Your unworthy father in Christ, + Bishop Mark Welcome, Your Grace!
  5. 5. 5St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Welcome, Your Grace!
  6. 6. 6 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love In Christ, The Elchert Family Rick, Veronica, Jake, Benjamin & Audrey W May God Bless You for Your Dedication, Devotion, Love and Honesty to Your Entire Congregation. With Much Love and Respect, Stan and Virginia Stacey Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love In Christ, Lou & Kathy Chambers Stand firm in the counsel of your heart, for no one is more faithful to you than it. —WSir 37:13 Congratulations Father Bill and St. Nicholas parishioners on your 20th Anniversary! With Love In Christ, Tony, Cheryl, Lauren & Nicole Haska
  7. 7. 7St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet St. Nicholas, bless our children and guide them to grow and share their love for God and the Orthodox Church. Current & Past Parish Councils About St. Nicholas School by Father Bill Olnhausen Here we teach the Orthodox faith. Our youth can learn everything else imaginable, good and bad, out there, but here is where they learn Orthodoxy.   1Most important, they learn by worshiping, by being at Divine Liturgy. This above all is where they pick up spirit of Orthodox Christianity, even when they’re not paying attention. This is where you pick up spirit of Orthodox Christianity, even when you’re not paying attention!  Because what is Orthodoxy? “Right glory”, right worship of God. Parents, your children need to be at Liturgy. 2Our youth learn from formal teaching — and, as I say, where else will our kids learn the Orthodox faith and how to practice it?   I know it’s hard to get your children here every Sunday.  But consider how much time they spend learning other things and how little time we have to teach them the Orthodox faith. Kim and Marina and Mary Beth and their staffs pour their hearts into this, and they do a really good job. Look at our youth and their devotion to the Church!  They deserve your support. Please see the article from our school director on page 8 that provides further insight into what St. Nicholas School is about. Mrs. Huff presenting a lesson in the Fellowship hall. SaintNi cholas Church School
  8. 8. 8 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations 2009 Midwest Bible Bowl Champions! Anna Treptow, Nicole Haska, Lydia Newhouse, Abe Newhouse, and coach, Mary Beth Newhouse, SOYO Advisor We are blessed with the spiritual education available to us here at St. Nicholas. The Holy Spirit who descends during Liturgy, Father’s sermons, our dedicated teachers—all combine to touch the hearts and minds of our children. On October 4, 2009, children second grade and older began to sing in the choir. The following is an excerpt from a letter to parents from our church school director, summarizing how the children were prepared for this service. “Wow! I want to go back to Sunday school,” said Vicky Shinners, 87, who happened to overhear the instruction. The children heard, too, and are doing their best. Please encourage them. Many parents report that their children love church so much, they ask their parents to bring them—a real testament to our spiritual education program. “St. John Chrysostom said that we fill our children with the sacraments which, like a thick bark, envelops them, so when they leave us, they will have that protection.” SINGING IN THE CHOIR We had a small talk with the children about singing in the choir and discussed the following: 1. Singing in the church choir is a little complicated. Sheila Barber has the task to learn and conduct the choir with each week’s new hymns while keeping the Divine Liturgy flowing with Father Bill. It is really an honor to be sitting up front. (Our little guys are eager to sing. Usually, that interest wanes as they grow older, so as a long as they are willing to be involved we will encourage that.) 2. Singing in the church choir is not a performance like a regular school choir. It is meant to be a form of prayer. We sing as a group. We try not to sing louder than those around us and Sheila will guide us if she needs us to sing louder or quieter. 3. All are welcome to sing even if they arrive late, but please make an effort to be on time especially since we have been given such a great opportunity. 4. The service, of course, is long. Our kids will be able to sit any time the congregation sits - at least we will start out with that goal. PERSONAL AND GROUP PRAYER Last week over snack, we learned about the two types of prayer; personal and group (sometimes called,”corporate”) prayer. We talked about the specific prayers we use, (The Lord’s Prayer - given to us by Christ himself) the Jesus Prayer (addressing Christ, Himself) the prayers to the Holy Spirit (O Heavenly King, Comforter, etc.) and those that encompass all three (Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal). We learned how the title “All Mighty” when referring to Christ is also the icon depicted in most Orthodox churches in the center of the church on the ceiling called the Pantokrator —“Ruler of All”—directly translated “All Mighty” which is Christ alone holding the Gospel. Our parish has always hoped that after our new Iconostasis is built that someday a Pantokrator Icon would be part of our church. We use our personal prayers before bed, in the morning, before a meal, and anytime we feel we need to pray. Our group prayers are said during our church services. We intentionally memorize the prayers the church gives us because we know they work and sometimes we need to rely on the familiar prayers to stay focused. At any time, especially if we are really sick and cannot pray, we need only to call on the name of Jesus, which in itself, is so powerful. We discussed that our personal prayers can deviate from those that we memorize, especially if we find our prayers becoming too robotic and impersonal. We explained that between the two types of prayer, St. Macarius writes, “Concerning prayer in church, know that it is higher than prayers at home, for it is raised by a whole group of people, among which many are most pure prayers, offered to God from humble hearts, which he accepts as fragrant incense.”  Abba Macarius also responded when asked how one should pray, that “There is no need at all to make long discourses, it is enough to stretch out one’s hands and say, ‘Lord as you will, and as you know have mercy.’ And if the conflict grows fiercer say ‘Lord help!’ He knows very well what we need and shows His mercy.” As parents we must instill the habit of prayer and attendance at the services. It is these good habits that the children will remember when they grow up. St. John Chrysostom said that we fill our children with the sacraments which, like a thick bark, envelops them so when they leave us and have to find their way on their own, they will have that protection. Those sacraments— Communion, Holy Unction, and Confession—in addition to regular prayer are the bark that St. John refers to.   Our lives are so busy but so much of what happens to our children is out of our control. We can guide them to the best of our abilities, but at some point it is our prayers that protect them. If we can pray daily without fail, God will have no choice but to hear our pleas and protect our dear children. The prayers are simple and easy to recite. I find the struggle is not in reciting the prayers but stopping my day for 5 minutes. If you have any interest to pray [a special Akathist for children] now or in the future, please let me know. This is not just for mothers. Thank you again for trusting us with your children. They are really delightful. Until Sunday, In Him, —Marina
  9. 9. 9St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love In Christ, Our family would like to extend our sincerest best wishes and congratulations to the Parish and to Father Bill on this joyous occasion. God grant you many, many years! With Love In Christ, Vicky Shinners The Kashinn Family The Van Veghel Family The Kasprzak Family The Mueller Family
  10. 10. 10 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries from your friends at Memory Eternal Father Bill and the Deacon John McQuide— memory eternal—enjoying coffee and conversation at the Java House, circa 1999.
  11. 11. 11St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet W Congratulations to Fr. Bill and St. Nicholas Church on your 20th Anniversaries! We always remember you in our thoughts and prayers, as St. Nicholas is the church where we were “born” into the Orthodox faith. With Much Love in Christ, Fr. Ignatius, Kh. Maria, Hannah, Lizzy, Katie and Josiah Valentine Congratulations to Father Bill and St. Nicholas Church on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church √ Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Mary Terry Kohler
  12. 12. 12 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet St. Ignatius Society at St. Nicholas On a February night in 1995 when the Bishop visited St. Nicholas, Eddie Koury, sponsored by Father Bill, became the first member of St. Ignatius. Four years later, Bishop ANTOUN visited St. Nicholas, and more faithful became members. And here they are! From left, back row: Arthur Nimmer, Father Bill Olnhausen, Zoe Ganos, Jim Spice, Dr. Salim Shammo. Front row: Mary Kachyeanos, Jean Koury, Eddie Koury, Dr. Tom Grossman, Vicky Shinners. Not pictured: Julia Werner.
  13. 13. 13St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Parish Council, 2009. From left to right, back row: Suheil Acra, Mike Huber, Father Bill, Lew Herro. Front row: Michael Jammal, Cheryl Haska, Lina Kassees. Not shown: Fritz Usinger, Sheila Barber, and Dori Panagis.
  14. 14. 14 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Memory Eternal! Duane Newhouse Husband to Mary Beth Father to Elizabeth, Katherine, Luke, Lydia Abraham “May God watch between you and me when we are absent from one another.” Genesis 31:49 May God continue blessing our young community for many more scores of years! Mary Alex and in Memory of Anna Alex Our family would like to extend our sincerest best wishes and congratulations to the parish and to Father Bill on this joyous occasion. God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Subdeacon Henry, Laella and Patrick Shirley St. Nicholas was working, creating a new mission with a small group of converts and a tiny group of cradle Orthodox. He covered all areas, beginning with Fr. Wm. Olnhausen and Khouria Dianna. We all walked with faith in our beginning. We were a handful of people joined together as a family in this mission, and the income of this mission began with all of us tithing. We built this church with love, prayer, and giving. I came from Annuciation Greek Orthodox Church where I worked so hard at bazaars and dinners to raise money. For years, I worked so hard raising money, I forgot to pray. Do not forget how little miracles were always there for this church. We called it “The St. Nicholas Factor.” Give with your heart and it will come back, doubled. We double-tithed from the very beginning. Even when we had almost nothing, we gave to support our archdiocese and we gave to charities. Always. It came back to us in many, many ways. For years I had been praying for the Orthodox liturgy in English. I thought it would take a miracle. After seeing the ordination of Father Bill, I went home and fell on my knees and thanked God and prayed for help to see us grow. The miracle was the love and the prayer and the giving. As we grow, remember to love, to pray, and to give. Do not get so consumed by money concerns that you ever forget to pray. Always remember that our miracle-worker, St. Nicholas, brought us here together as a family. He helped us grow in our first 20 years, with love and prayer and giving. May we continue to grow and to stay a family, remembering that the “St. Nicholas Factor” will take care of the money. With love and prayer and giving, God will provide. The St. Nicholas Factor by Vicky Shinners, Founder Former Treasurer
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  16. 16. 16 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Fr. Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Constance Janis The Lord Bless you and keep you! Congratulations on celebrating your 20th Anniversary! We love you all! With Love in Christ, Jim Evie Spice Shanon, Lucy Charlotte Blessings to you all! Reider Eleni Hoff Our family extends our most sincere best wishes and congratulations to the parish and to Father Bill on this joyous occasion. God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Paul Ebeling Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church “When you are insulted by someone or humiliated, guard against angry thoughts, lest they arouse a feeling of irritation, and so cut you off from love and place you in the realm of hatred. You should know that you have been greatly benefited when you have suffered deeply because of some insult or indignity; for by means of the indignity self-esteem has been driven out of you.” —From St. Maximos the Confessor The Philokalia Vol. 2; Faber and Faber pg. 56 W Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Father Gregory and Matuska Elizabeth Madlom; and St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Chapel (OCA) West Bend Congratulations Best wishes! —Fr. Gregory Buss
  17. 17. 17St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With love in Christ, Markos Angelica Mamalakis Our family would like to extend our most sincere best wishes and congratulations to the parish and to Father Bill on this joyous occasion. God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Mitchell Diane Ticoras W Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Fr. Alexis Sandra Fedec Family Pleasant Prairie, WI
  18. 18. 18 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Fr. Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Tara Wisdorf Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Fr. Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Bill Shepherd Our family would like to extend our best wishes on this joyous occasion. May the parish continue to grow and prosper. John and Loretta Krenitsky Our family extends our most sincere best wishes and congratulations to the parish and to Father Bill on this joyous occasion. God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, The Haddad Family
  19. 19. 19St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Mary Chris Tsoris c c Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversary! pediatric healthcare 20611 WATERTOWN RD., WAUKESHA, WI 53186 FAYE E. MANSOUR-SHAMMO, M.D. MARY C. DONOVAN, M.D. DAVID J. PIKNA, M.D. DENNIS J. SARAN, M.D. www.pediatrichealthcare.us (262) 798-1810
  20. 20. 20 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Fr. Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, David L. Luhrssen Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Fr. Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, The Usinger Family The Lord Bless you and keep you! Congratulations on celebrating your 20th Anniversary! We love you all! With Love in Christ, Rev. Mann We would like to extend our sincerest best wishes and congratulations to the parish! We hope you will remember us in your prayers as we will keep you in ours. We are a full service company that will give you the best service possible. Our staff is constantly working on new creative designs as well as providing professional services all year long from great horticultural designs, weed control, fertilization, pruning, plant maintenance, new plantings, innovative patio and hardscape designs, water features, decorating for the holidays and snow removal. If you are interested in any of these services contact us and one of our staff will come out to the property, estimate the job, and send you a proposal in the mail. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your celebration. Our family extends our most sincere best wishes and congratulations to the parish and to Father Bill on this joyous occasion. God grant you many, many years! With Love in Christ, Pam Dick Grote
  21. 21. 21St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Congratulations to St. Nicholas Parish and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! Sartori Reserve award-winning artisan cheese is available at retailers across the country, including: Larry’s Market, 8737 N. Deerwood Dr., Milwaukee Sendiks, 2195 1st Avenue, Grafton Layton Fruit Market, 1838 E Layton Ave, Milwaukee Sendiks, 8616 West North Avenue, Wauwatosa Outpost Natural Foods, 205 W Highland Ave, Milwaukee Sendiks, 500 East Silver Spring Drive , Whitefish Bay Outpost Natural Foods, 2826 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee Sendiks, 10930 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon Outpost Natural Foods, 100 E Capitol Dr, Milwaukee West Allis Cheese Sausage Shoppe, 6832 W Becher St, West Allis Outpost Natural Foods, 7000 W State St, Milwaukee Order Online at www.sartorireserve.com
  22. 22. 22 St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. know ye that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100 Chris and Lesa Potos
  23. 23. 23St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • 20th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet Celebrate Your Next Event Perfect for * Reunions * Anniversaries * Birthdays * Weddings * Special Events * Fundraisers * Businesses * Festivals * Groups * Cruises * Schools * Causes * Bands Located in Cedarburg in back of Echo Plaza 262.376.7777 . lkashinn@danceartfx.com The theme and artwork for the Yianoplis Family Reunion reflected our Greek roots as well as the musical and theatrical talents shared by many in the family, who enjoyed a musical jam session together at Blue Harbor. Let Tony design a cool t-shirt for your family reunion, event, or group! Congratulations St. Nicholas and Father Bill on your 20th Anniversaries! God grant us all many years! with Fun Custom T-Shirts, Bags and More Coming soon, in time for Christmas: St. Nicholas Christmas Shirts Bag Designs—a fundraiser for the church Custom T-Shirts Gifts ➤
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