Category: General

Michael McGuire Benefit

On October 10th, Bloomington South and IU Grad Michael McGuire* was rushed to the emergency room by his wife Megan and diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation. A special night of fundraising events has been organized. The benefit will be held on Friday, January 29th from 7pm to 10pm at The Warehouse (1525 S Rogers St,… Read more →

America’s Best Hope

On Friday, November 13 Sherwood Oaks will be hosting a video conference by Truth at Work called America’s Best Hope designed to reach out to market place leaders.  The conference features Lee Strobel, Donnie Smith – president of Tyson Foods, Steve Green – president of Hobby Lobby, Franchon Stinger- Fox 59 News, Dina Dwyer-Owens – ‘Undercover Boss’, Gabe Lyons –… Read more →

Ralph Voelkel Memorial

January 8, 2015

Dear St. Mark’s Family and Friends,

Ralph VoelkelWe are saddened to share the news of the death of Ralph Voelkel, who had been an active member of St. Mark’s for over 50 years. Visitation with Ralph’s family will be at St. Mark’s this Friday, January 9, from 5:00PM-7:00PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10, at 10:30AM at St. Mark’s, followed by a reception in Garton Hall. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ralph’s family and loved ones.


Ralph Voelkel, 87, of Bloomington, Indiana passed away on January 6, 2015. Ralph was born April 6, 1927 in Duff, Indiana. Ralph started as a farm hand working on his parents’ farm in Huntingburg, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Business Marketing degree. Ralph proudly served two years in the Army stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. When returning home from military service, Ralph became a CPA and started his successful accounting career with the Indiana State Board of Accounts. Later, Ralph became Director of Internal Auditing for Indiana University statewide, where he worked for over 30 years.

Ralph had many passions and interests. He was a devoted family man, an active member of St. Marks United Methodist Church (UMC) for over 50 years, a passionate outdoorsman and he loved farming. Ralph was concerned for others and gave generously to local organizations and institutions such as St. Mark’s UMC, Monroe County United Ministries, the Shalom Center, and Ivy Tech.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Susan Voelkel of Bloomington; a sister, Selma Wellmeyer of Huntingburg, IN; children, David (Carroll) Voelkel of Albuquerque, NM, Jane Voelkel of Halstead, KS and Mark (Raymund Amante) Voelkel of San Antonio, TX; step-children, Martha (David) Moore of Bloomington and Wally (Maria) Hays of Arlington, VA; grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Voelkel of Albuquerque, NM; step-grandchildren, Andrew, Emily and Clara Moore of Denver, CO, Robyn Gunn of Albuquerque, NM, Sophia and Martha Hays of Arlington, VA; step-great grandchildren, Maxwell and William Gunn-Fischer of Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Drusilla Voelkel; his son, Paul Voelkel; his brothers Roy and Raymond Voelkel; and his parents Emil and Emma Voelkel.

Visitation services for Ralph Voelkel will be held at St. Marks UMC, 100 N St Rd 46 bypass, on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The funeral will be at St. Mark’s on Saturday, January 10 at 10:30 am with Pastors Ned Steele and Mary Beth Morgan officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Fairmont Cemetery, Huntingburg, IN. If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions can be made to St. Marks UMC, 100 N St Rd 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408 or the organization of the giver’s choice.


St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 N State Road 46 Bypass.


She Touched Our Lives

I learned two days ago that my friend Dorothy Miller unexpectedly passed away. Most of you who attend Men’s Life probably don’t know who she she touched your life. When we started the story-based approach a few years ago, each of the leaders was given an audio recording by Dorothy on how to prepare good questions. We listened, learned and… Read more →

The Biggest “But” in the Bible

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Acts 1:8. From the New Living Translation it reads: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Here’s what I like about it and… Read more →