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We are happy for you to meet
Pastor Ron Baerbock

God is good.  One way that the members of Bethel Lutheran in Arcadia and Galesville measure God's goodness is by considering the way the Lord has sent pastors to serve with us.  We are especially grateful for the arrival of our newest pastor, Ron Baerbock.
Pastor Baerbock and his wife Karen (pictured here) have been married since 1970 and have served in congregations and mission fields from 1973 to 2015.  The Lord directed them from the suburbs of Milwaukee to the Pacific coast of Washington, from islands in the Caribean to villages in both Northern and Southern Mexico.  From serving to Coordinate mission field work to helping to produce multi-language outreach material, Pastor Baerbock has enjoyed a wide range of ministry experiences.  One great blessing that the Baerbocks bring to us is that they are both fluent in Spanish as well as English.
There is no doubt that Pastor and his wife count their four children and 18 grandchildren among the greatest blessings that the Lord has given to them.  Though their children live at some distance from mom and dad - West coast, Milwaukee, and two in Minnesota - the Baerbocks praise God for the faith in Jesus Christ that binds them all together.
Pastor Baerbock, as a previously retired minister, has been called to serve with Bethel in a part-time role for the next two years.  This provides Bethel with extra manpower and the Baerbocks with the opportunity to still enjoy some well-earned retirement.  Though their time with us is limited, the Lord will not put limits on the message of Christ to bring spiritual blessings to those whom we serve with God's Word.
We are happy for you to meet Pastor and Mrs. Baerbock.  We would be happier still for you to know Jesus through our ministry of the Word at Bethel Lutheran.
From Sunday to Sunday, in Arcadia and Galesville, you will find Pastors Cox and Baerbock opening up the Scriptures to all who attend.  Come and hear what good news God's Word has for you to know!  

Contact Pastor Baerbock by email - - or phone (715) 299-0786


"Peace to you!" from
Pastor Jon Cox

Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ!  It is good to greet all those who visit the Bethel Lutheran Church website. Thank you for your interest. We would be especially glad if what you saw here would lead you to visit us in Galesville or Arcadia.

My wife, Doreen, and I have been married since 1990.  We've been at home on the west side of Galesville for nearly six years now. Our neighbors in the Coulee Region are so friendly, hardworkding, and genuine. We are happy to be at home here. 

The members of Bethel have really helped us feel like family.  This is a special blessing when parents see their children growing and going.  God blessed us with five children, ranging in ages from 25 to 15.  The experiences of parenting have helped us so much to be able to help others who face the many challenges that can be a part of family life. The goodness of God has certainly carried us through.

Over the last 25 years of ministry, I've been blessed to serve in a wide variety of settings and situations.  

Starting out in a small congregation in the heart of Texas, I learned how true it is that people of differing places and cultures still face some of the very same troubles.  We all need the Word of God to counsel and direct our lives.    

Serving for 14 years in a congregation of over 1,300 members helped me learn a host of skills.  Working with people on a one-to-one basis as well as with committees, we found that the good news of Jesus Christ is the one constant power that both motivates us to reach for success and comforts us when faced with failure.  

Now after six years in a multi-site congregation of Bethel Arcadia and Galesville, the Lord has shown all the more his ability to be faithful to his beloved people.  We can always trust the goodness of God to bless and sustain us.

It is always a blessing to meet  new people at church.  I would be so happy to help you know Jesus Christ.  Take a little time, read about what we believe, then come and see for yourself all the good things that God is doing at Bethel!

Contact Pastor Cox by email - - or phone (608) 582-9998

Meet our Preschool Teacher
Mrs. Amy Bohme

A “few” years ago, I grew up in Winona, attended high school at Luther High in Onalaska and continued my education at Martin Luther College.  After college I taught in Madison, WI, then Yale, MI, on to Beijing, China, back to the states and Cannon Falls, MN. Most recently I was a teacher for St. John's in Red Wing, MN.   During those years I taught anywhere from 3 and 4-year old preschool through 8th grade. 
I met my husband while teaching in China. Now my husband, Shannon, and I have the joy and challenge of parenting three lovely girls.  The oldest is 10, then 8, and our youngest is 6.  We recently moved back to Winona, to the home where I spent half my childhood.
I love teaching.  Next to my Savior and my family, this is my passion.  All ages of children are a blessing and I enjoy them.  The love they show because of their faith, shines in them.  The understanding they share of this amazing world God gave us, gives me joy.  I love watching children learn and grow in their faith, academics, and abilities. 
September 2016 is my first year as Bethel Little Lamb Preschool Director and Teacher.  I am confident God will bless this new venture for all involved.   I pray God blesses each child and family at Bethel Little Lamb Preschool with His love, patience, and joy. 
3 Fun Facts About Mrs. Bohme
1:  She has climbed the Great Wall of China 6 times.
2:  She can hardly wait to have more animals at their new home.
3:  She has never tasted a vegetable she did not like.

Contact Mrs. Bohme by email - - or phone (651) 212-3964
Faith Related Q and A

The Bible tells us that Jesus has crushed Satan's head (Gen. 3:15, John 19:28). Unless I'm misunderstanding something (in which case, please correct me), that means that the devil is now powerless. If that is so, then why do we consider him to be one of the three main forms of temptation (along with our sinful flesh and this world; see 1 Cor. 7:5 for one place Paul says that we can be tempted by the devil)?
Your question takes us back to the Garden of Eden. After sin shattered the perfection of Eden, God promised a Savior (Genesis 3:15). We will need to recognize the setting and the language to understand that Satan is still a powerful tempter today. God spoke the words of Genesis 3:15 to Satan, but he spoke them for the benefit of Adam and Eve and all their descendants. God announced that there would be animosity between his children and those on the side of Satan—whether they are fallen angels or people. God then revealed that one of Adam and Eve’s offspring, the promised Messiah, would crush Satan’s head. Keep in mind that Satan is a spirit being, having no body of flesh and bones. In Eden, he assumed the form of a serpent. With no physical head to be crushed, God’s promise spoke of a crushing blow to the power of Satan. Jesus delivered such a blow when he rose triumphantly from the dead and then descended into hell to prove to Satan who had won the battle (1 Peter 3:18-20). What we can say from Scripture is that Satan is a defeated enemy of God at this point. He still has the ability to tempt people today, and he seeks to do just that (1 Peter 5:8-9). God, in his wisdom, before the end of time will allow Satan to have more freedom to do his evil work (Revelation 20:3). But finally, on Judgment Day, Satan’s power will be crushed completely and he will not be able to tempt people anymore (Revelation 20:10). In summary, God promised that a Savior would crush the devil “in respect to his head” (a literal translation). Jesus came into the world to “destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). Jesus dealt Satan a crushing blow when he resisted his temptations, died for the sins of the world and then rose to life victoriously. Jesus will put Satan out of commission on the last day. I will explore your question a little more in a future “Light for our path” column in Forward in Christ.
This is about the question prompted by Genesis 1 & 2. What is WELS' explanation of the narrative of creation in regard to the order of creating animals and man? Genesis 1 explains animals were created first. Genesis 2 prompts man first (in verse 7) and again in verse 18. Is this an intentional typo? I feel God wants us to focus on life, he wants us to love life. And the pursuit of knowledge (i.e. creation) is something that can cause more harm than good. I would reach out to my own pastor but I feel embarrassed to cause chaos so directly and out of the blue.
What will be helpful is keeping in mind that Moses presents the six-day creation account in Genesis 1. In the following chapter, in Genesis 2, Moses goes into more detail of the creation of Adam—and then Eve. It is clear from the inspired record that God created animals before he created man. The closest thing I can come to with a “WELS explanation” is what we state in This We Believe, a statement of belief of our church body: “1. We believe that the universe, the world, and the human race came into existence in the beginning when God created heaven and earth and all creatures (Genesis 1,2). Further testimony to this event is found in other passages of the Old and New Testaments (for example, Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3). The creation happened in the course of six consecutive days of normal length by the power of God’s almighty word. “2. We believe that the Bible presents a true, factual, and historical account of creation.” This link will show you those paragraphs in the context of the statement of belief.
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WELS Mission and Ministry Sunday

Spring and Fall mission festivals with tailored worship and Bible studies are on-going and provide an opportunity for missionaries returning from the field, to share their experiences of proclaiming the gospel abroad with WELS congregations here.

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Bethel Evangelical
Lutheran Church

N29280 Loesel Lane
Arcadia, WI  54612

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

N16303 Church Lane
Galesville, WI  54630

In Galesville, Sunday 
worship is at 10:30 a.m. 
Bible study and 
Sunday school 
BEFORE church at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday Evenings 
Galesville offers a
midweek service at 6:00 p.m.


Bethel Staff

Pastor Jon N. Cox

Pastor Ron Baerbock

Mrs. Amy Bohme
Preschool Director/Teacher

Mrs. Julie Haessig
Administrative Assistant

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