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 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 since 1990.  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 24 to 15. We have been in the Galesville Arcadia area for over five years.  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.  The people are so friendly, hardworkding, genuine.  We are happy to be at home here.

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 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

Will a WELS pastor marry, in a WELS church, a WELS member and a person who belongs to a different Christian church?
Yes, our pastors can officiate at weddings in the scenario you described. Our pastors would especially look forward to offering pre-marital counseling to the individuals planning to be married, involving them in discussions on, among other topics, the challenges that their different church affiliations can bring to their marriage. If you have more specific questions, please contact one of our pastors.
In the Old Testament it doesn't seem clear to me that there is a heaven and hell as distinctly referred to in the New Testament. The Old Testament refers to the dead going down to the pit and it is described almost as a place of nothingness or non-life. It also doesn't seem like heaven is the clear goal as it does in the New Testament. Can you share some insight on this please?
You are observing correctly that, with regard to hell, the Old Testament writers used words that could mean “the grave,” “the condition of being dead” and “hell.” The immediate context determines how the words are best translated. Old Testament writers clearly taught that people who rejected the only true God and the Messiah he promised would experience God’s eternal wrath (Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2). At the same time, Old Testament writers spoke of people enjoying God’s eternal blessings through faith in him. The writers described heaven in different ways: being at God’s right hand (Psalm 16:11), dwelling in the house of the Lord (Psalm 23:6), being with God in glory (Psalm 73:24), a place of joy (Isaiah 26:19) and the enjoyment of everlasting life (Daniel 12:1-3), for example. Heaven was definitely a clear goal in Old Testament times: on God’s part and on the part of his followers. Consider how God, through the prophet Ezekiel, passionately and repeatedly expressed his desire to bless people with life rather than punish them for their sins (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11). Think of how Job “yearned” to see God after he died (Job 19:25-27). Because of the unity of Scripture, you and I can see God’s teaching about heaven and hell in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. If you are interested in reading more explanations on these topics, Northwestern Publishing offers a book that is appropriately titled Heaven and Hell: Eternal Life, Eternal Punishment.
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