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

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 24 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 believe and confess that saving faith with us.  Our children range in age from 21 to 12. We have been in the area for almost three 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, 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.
We also offer a Wednesday evening service at 6:00 p.m. in Galesville.

Faith Related Q and A

If a soul is not visible when a person dies and goes to heaven, how can the soul then recognize others or even meet the Lord? What does a soul do during that time in heaven until Judgement Day? The Bible notes that upon our death, the soul immediately goes to heaven but, if invisible, how can it rejoice, etc. with the Lord? Is there any scriptural basis that indicates the soul knows what has happened and why he/she is there and be able to recognize others? How can the soul recognize if it is an invisible being? Thank you.
The Bible provides little information on the state of souls after death and before Judgment Day.  At death, body and soul separate, and judgment takes place (Hebrews 9:27).  Souls are in heaven or hell based on the presence or absence of Christian faith (Mark 16:16).  While it is difficult for us to imagine an existence without a body, the souls of believers (Revelation 6:9-10) and unbelievers (Luke 16:19-31; 1 Peter 3:18-20) are very much aware of their surroundings.  Believers are enjoying the perfect peace of heaven (Revelation 14:13), while unbelievers are suffering the torments of hell (Luke 16:23).  Any more specific information is beyond our reach—and probably our understanding. What we can do, as Christians, is look forward to being with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17)!
My friend says rock music is not Christian-like and none is suitable for listening to because of its sexual connotations. While I can see a lot of music could have been conceived with sex being a catalyst, I can't believe only Christian music (and no Christian rock is allowed either according to her) is acceptable. I believe that music genres can appeal to many types of people and we shouldn't judge a genre because we don't like it. I believe Christian rock can be acceptable just as some rock and roll, blues, and swing, and any other music can be acceptable. Does all music have to be praise to God to be acceptable? Is all rock and roll truly evil? What does WELS believe about music?
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). That instruction becomes a guiding principle in life, especially when it comes to adiaphora—those things which God has neither commanded nor forbidden. Since God has not provided in the Bible a list of acceptable and unacceptable music genres, we are left to apply biblical principles. One of those principles is 1 Corinthians 10:31. Another principle is Philippians 4:8. Music in general can be performed to the glory of God when musicians use their God-given talents with right motives to offer entertainment that is pure. Ephesians 4:29 and 5:4 also provide guidance on what words—spoken or sung—are to come out of our mouths. Sexually explicit or suggestive language in rock, country or any other music genre misses the mark of being pleasing to God. Rather than condemning an entire genre of music, musicians and their music need to be evaluated individually. “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16). Certainly, music that edifies our faith is most important, but there is room in our lives for other genres of music that provide worthwhile entertainment. We find that room in the verse that follows: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).  
WELS Streaming Videos

» September 2015 - Convention Recap and Movie Preview

WELS 63rd Biennial Synod Convention Recap and Preview to New WELS movie; My Son, My Savior. 400 Delegates met in Saginaw, Mich. for convention to celebrate God’s blessings on our ministry and to set in motion our church body’s plans for the future. Those attending saw a movie trailer for the synod’s new evangelism film My Son, My Savior. Designed for use in the Advent season, the film includes a Bible study and promotional materials.

Cast: WELS

» August 2015 - MLC Urban Ministry program

In many urban centers, there's often no one around to tell the little ones about Jesus. Churches have closed, families are broken. That's why it's so important to prepare our church workers to reach out to this community in need. With that in mind, Martin Luther College is expanding its urban ministry program.

Cast: WELS

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