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

Hello 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.


Meet our New 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.


The where and when of Bethel Lutheran Church.
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

Did Jesus have a body before He became incarnate (born of a woman)? Does the Father have a body? Does the Holy Spirit? Did Jesus come into existence when the Word was spoken by God? ("Let there be light.") (Jesus says He is the beginning and the end and all things are made through Him.) Or did He exist before that? Is the Father or Jesus the God of Israel in the Old Testament? Or does the Father speak through the Son (by the Word)? Thanks !
Jesus did not have a body before he was born in Bethlehem. The Father and the Holy Spirit do not have a body. “God is spirit” (John 4:24). While Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary some 2,000 years ago, that was not the beginning of his existence. Jesus once told a group of Jews: “Before Abraham was born, I Am!” (John 8:58) On the night before he went to the cross, Jesus prayed to his heavenly Father: “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5). The God of Israel in the Old Testament is the Triune God: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. The writer to the Hebrews answers your last question: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (Hebrews 1:1-2). How thankful we can be that in the Bible God answers these questions about our Savior.
What happened to Eden's tree of life?
We hear of that tree last in Genesis 3:24. If God did not remove that tree prior to the flood in Noah’s day, it would have been destroyed then. Interestingly enough, the tree of life reappears in a figurative sense in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 22:2). Heaven is described in a way in which we come full circle from Genesis 3; Paradise is restored! What a loving God we have.
WELS Streaming Videos

» September 2016 - Opportunities grow for Cross-cultural ministry

The WELS Joint Mission Council sees growing opportunity to share the gospel with different cultures, utilizing the Cross-cultural Toolkit in both domestic and international settings.

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» August 2016 - Home Mission growth through WELS Church Extension Fund, Inc.

WELS Home Missions projects grow and develop through support of the WELS Church Extension Fund, Inc.

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