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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 - rbaerbock2@gmail.com - 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 - jon.nathan.cox@gmail.com - or phone (608) 582-9998

Faith Related Q and A

So, I have been studying church history lately, and it is quite obvious that the Catholic Church was the first church that Jesus established. So, since that is the case, in Matthew 16:18 it says that the gates of hell will not overcome the church. Well, we Lutherans would say that the devil deceived the Catholic Church, but if he did, then wouldn’t that make Jesus a liar? I know he isn’t a liar, by the way, but this is just kind of making me think of joining the Catholic faith. I mean Jesus did establish the Catholic Church on Peter, and Protestants were established by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Zwingli, etc. Can you please help with this?
The best help I can offer is correcting some of the information in the text of your question. Jesus did not establish the Roman Catholic Church. Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:18 make it very clear that he was building his church on the confession of faith that he is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and not on a person like the apostle Peter. Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:18 do make it very clear that Satan and his forces will not be able to overthrow Christ and his Church. Revelation 20:7-10 describes Satan’s final and eternal defeat. Was the origin of the Lutheran Church connected to Martin Luther? Certainly. But it was not Luther’s intent to start a new church named after him. When the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated Luther, the reformer had no other church with which to affiliate. The establishment of another church was inevitable. Keep in mind that, as Lutheran Christians, we do not regard Martin Luther or his writings as foundational to our faith. Scripture alone is the source of our faith and doctrine. The recent 500th anniversary celebration of the Lutheran Reformation highlighted that truth again and again. Luther’s Protest could be a good read for you. It explains the Reformation very well and keeps Luther in proper perspective. The book is available in print and digital versions. Most of all, hold on—in faith—to the Bible’s teaching that salvation is God’s free gift to people through Spirit-worked faith (Romans 3:28; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6).
Do you have any online sources or advice for someone trying to learn more about the WELS Church? I was raised in the ELCA, but did not go to church very often growing up or during college. My boyfriend is WELS, grew up in a very faith based household, and went to a WELS college. Definitely more “religious” than me. I’m working on my own faith and making that a bigger part of my life, but talking about marriage scares me because I feel like we have vast religious differences despite both being Lutheran. I’m a strong-willed, liberal woman and there are some fundamental beliefs that I hold that are inconsistent with certain WELS beliefs. I’m open minded and understand the rationale behind certain WELS beliefs, but I know I will never share certain beliefs. I’m looking for some resources perhaps to help me get a better grasp on how drastic the divide between ELCA and WELS is. Thank you in advance!
There are some good resources from Northwestern Publishing House I can recommend to you: WELS and Other Lutherans and What’s Going on Among the Lutherans? The first book is available in print and digital versions; the second is available only in print. The online Essay File of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary has numerous papers that sort out the differences among Lutheran church bodies. Searching the subject of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America can get you started. Finally, I encourage you to speak to your boyfriend’s pastor. He is in a position to respond to other questions you might have. I wish you both well as you discuss some very important items in your relationship.
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Bethel Evangelical
Lutheran Church


N29280 Loesel Lane
Arcadia, WI  54612

608.323.2388
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

608.582.4329
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
608.582.9998
jon.nathan.cox@gmail.com

Pastor Ron Baerbock
715.299.0786
rbaerbock2@gmail.com

Mrs. Amy Bohme
Preschool Director/Teacher
651.212.3964
alrusert@hotmail.com

Mrs. Julie Haessig
Administrative Assistant
507.450.3214
jahaessig@yahoo.com

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