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

I have a Baptist friend who is in a missionary role in Tamale, northern Ghana. The people there do not have many material possessions, and simple amenities that we take for granted are considered a "big deal." Recently my friend posted a picture of one of the villages in that area celebrating Communion. Instead of wine, they were using Coca-Cola because that is all the people had available to use. Doctrinal differences over the Lord's Supper aside, I was still a bit shocked by this and questioned my friend about it. She repeated to me that the soda was all they had to use, so they "make do." This situation got me thinking about our WELS missions in Africa and other remote areas. Do we run into this situation? How do we handle it? I assume that to remain confessional we make sure that the sacraments are administered correctly, even if that means we need to provide the earthly elements when/if the congregations or peoples are not able to themselves. Can you provide some insight? Thanks!
Our mission partners are taught that the “fruit of the vine” is essential for the Lord’s Supper. Coca-Cola would not substitute for it. You ask an interesting question about how our missions in Africa have the needed supplies for their celebration of the sacrament. One way of meeting that need is through the national church “bookstore” in Malawi. It offers Communion wine for those who live in areas where they might not otherwise be able to obtain it. The location is convenient—especially for those who attend pastoral conferences at the central Bible institute. They are then able to take the supplies back with them for use in their Holy Communion services. (We can take much for granted in our stateside congregations, can’t we?) Whether in Africa or the United States, the crucified and risen Lord is present in, with and under the bread and wine (the fruit of the vine) in his holy supper to offer and give the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. What a blessing!
Is engagement seen by God as marriage? If not, why does the Bible say Joseph was going to divorce Mary when she was found to be pregnant, even though they were only engaged at that point? Is it sinful to have sex during engagement?
Our marriage customs and laws today are different from those in biblical days. At one point in time, “Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph” (Matthew 1:18). Joseph and Mary had given each other their word, in signed papers, that they would become husband and wife. That action legally established the marriage. That explains why Joseph had thoughts of “divorcing” (Matthew 1:19) Mary when he first learned of her pregnancy. While Joseph and Mary were legally married by the signing of legal papers, they did not have the right to live together as husband and wife until the time of the public wedding celebration that took place days later. You can see that our manner of “engagement and then marriage” is different from the customs and laws of first century Palestine. When a man and a woman in our country become engaged, they are not legally married. States regulate marriage, and the laws of the state need to be obeyed. Sexual activity between men and women is reserved for marriage (Hebrews 13:4). Sexual activity outside the marriage bond is sinful.
WELS Streaming Videos

» WELS Connection - March 2017

A look inside the Commission on Worship and worship music as we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Cast: WELS

» WELS Connection - February 2017

Home Missions reaches the Vietnamese in Boise, Idaho.

Cast: WELS

Forward in Christ

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