Galesville Campus

Arcadia Campus

The "Sonlight" Newsletter

Welcome to

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church

"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:7)

Take a closer look!  We offer: 

  • An honest message rooted in the ageless text of the Bible – God’s Word.
  • A helpful message that addresses our real life needs.
  • A caring ministry from a pastor who will know you by name and make house calls.
  • A genuine connection with people who are not perfect, but who are forgiven and grateful.
  • A unique opportunity to be a part of a growing Trempealeau County-wide congregation.
  • A world-wide ministry as a part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

2016 Lenten Season

Our devotion theme for these six special services is:

The Lord’s Prayer

in the Light of the Lord’s Passion
Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016
                 Devotion Text                        1 John 3: 1a               

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
“How Great That We Should Be Called Children of God”

Our service times for today are 5:30 PM in Arcadia and 7:00 PM in Galesville

From Pastor Jon N. Cox

Hello! It is good to be able to greet all the visitors to the Bethel Lutheran Church website.  While we have this opportunity to "meet", it seems helpful to tell you a little about myself. 

Let me begin by directing you to the picture on the left.  This is a picture of my wife, Doreen, and I.  We have been married for 25 years.  How time flies!  God has certainly blessed us by giving us a life together.  In addition to our shared faith in Christ, God blessed us with five children who range in age from 23 to 14. We have been in the area four years now, living in the community of Galesville.  It is such a blessing to live in this area of the state; we love the scenery that God's has provided in the coulee region.

I grew up in the area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my mom and dad and four brothers.  God blessed me and enabled me to know the unconditional love of God through his Word and the example of my family. 

Having served as a pastor since 1992 in College Station, Texas and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin it is exciting now to be a servant among the people here at Bethel. I am always pleased to meet visitors and anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith, our congregation, and the WELS.  Feel free to call me at (608) 582-9998 or call either church office.  The number in Arcadia is (608) 323-3270; in Galesville it is (608) 582-4329.


We are one congregation with two locations.

In Arcadia, Sunday worship is at 8:30 a.m.,
followed by Bible study and Sunday school at 10:00 a.m.

In Galesville, our Sunday worship time is 10:30 a.m. 
Bible study and Sunday school happen before worship at 9:00 a.m.


Faith Related Q and A

I had a conversation with a Christian recently (not sure of her denomination) who has two beliefs for which I can't find a scriptural basis. One is that angels are sent by God, but we must ask for their help before they will intervene in our lives - almost as though they are just standing by, waiting to be called up by us. The other is that by blessing a building and writing a series of numbers and letters above an entryway with chalk (which she does annually) she can "keep the Devil out." Are these some kind of distortion of Scripture, or am I just uninformed? Thank you.
Angels are “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). While God can certainly direct his holy angels to action in our lives as an answer to our prayers, there is nothing in the Bible that says “we must ask for their help before they will intervene in our lives.” And aren’t we glad that is the case? If we always had to ask for their help, would we remember to ask? Would we be timely in remembering to ask for help before danger struck? We enjoy many blessings of God even before we ask for them (Isaiah 65:24). God tells us he is the one who orchestrates his holy angels into action for the good of his children (Psalm 91:11). Regarding your second question, the letter and number writing can easily come across to someone as a superstitious practice. How do we “keep the devil out” of our lives? We cannot eliminate him entirely from our earthly lives, but we do have this instruction and promise: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We resist Satan with the spiritual armament God provides (Ephesians 6:10-18). The great Reformation hymn reminds us how powerful that weaponry is in the battle against Satan: “One little word can fell him” (Christian Worship 200:3).
My family and I are new members of an LCMS church. Our congregation recently voted to call a female Director of Christian Education (DCE). This decision has angered my wife and me because this allows a young unmarried woman to lead and teach our confirmed teenage boys, young adult men, and adult small groups. My wife and I don’t believe this is faithful to Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians forbidding a woman to “teach or hold authority over a man”. And yet the LCMS has maintained this practice for about 50 years. What is WELS' position on female lay teachers? Does WELS have a position concerning the practice of female “DCEs”?
Elsewhere on the WELS web site you will find the document “This We Believe,” a statement of belief of our church body.  In the chapter on “Church and Ministry” there is this statement:  “We believe that women may participate in offices and activities of the public ministry except where that work involves authority over men (1 Timothy 2:11,12).  This means that women may not serve as pastors nor participate in assemblies of the church in ways that exercise authority over men (1 Corinthians 11:3; 14:33-35).”  You can read the statement in its context via this link. In our church body, whether we are speaking of female lay teachers in Sunday School or Vacation Bible School, female teachers in a Lutheran elementary school or female staff ministers in our congregations, their service will be directed to youth and women.
WELS Streaming Videos

» January 2016 -Year in review; future opportunities

A look at the blessings of the previous year, with an eye toward future ministry opportunities.

Cast: WELS

» December 2015 - Christian Aid and Relief

WELS Christian Aid and Relief facilitates efforts to help believers around the world when faced with hardships like floods, earthquakes, and droughts. Check out the efforts in Malawi and Nepal.

Cast: WELS

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Our children are watching

842x342-H2H-OurChildrenOurWatching“Each of you must respect his mother and father” (Leviticus 19:3). This is undoubtedly a direct command from God. The explanation to the Fourth Commandment says, “We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority but honor, serve, and obey them and give them love […]

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