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

Is it proper for a WELS congregation to rent its facility (gymnasium, fellowship hall, etc.) to a money-making organization that is not affiliated with any religion (e.g. a community theater group)?
You will want to be aware that renting your facilities to a for-profit organization risks losing the tax exempt status of your property. I also want to make you aware of a document from the WELS Resource Center that provides information on the potential use of congregational facilities by non-members. The document is titled “Safeguarding Religious Freedom. Sample Policies for WELS Congregations, Schools, Organizations.” This link will take you to that document.
Is Trail Life USA OK for a WELS youth member to join? Looking quickly at their web site I didn't see a pledge like the Boy Scouts' duty toward God.
As Trail Life USA (TLUSA) calls itself the “Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America,” the concerns we have about Scouting apply also to this group. TLUSA does have an oath; adult leaders sign a statement of faith. In addition, the organization has resources for “faith-building opportunities” and “spiritual growth options.” On the FAQ page of TLUSA’s web site, there is this question and answer: “How does faith factor into the program? “As a Christ-centered organization, our faith is woven throughout the program without being necessarily ‘religious’ or ‘churchy.’ From faith-building options in the advancement program, outdoor worship, to more in-depth discipleship opportunities, adult and youth members receive Biblical instruction and training in Biblical faith. As iron sharpens iron, so too will boys sharpen the faith of their peers. Adult Christian leaders will guide youth in the development of their faith and moral decision-making, as well as sharpen the faith of their adult peers.” While the organization allows customization of the program for particular denominations, its ecumenical nature is problematic. As you may or may not know, many of our congregations participate in Lutheran Pioneers, an organization within our church body that offers many of the same benefits of Scouting, without the objectionable religious requirements. That is an organization we can encourage our youth to join.
WELS Streaming Videos

» December 2016 - NPH and Reformation 500

Cast: WELS

» November 2016 - Recruitment needed to fill pastoral vacancies

Our Ministerial Education schools are central to training those who will spread the gospel, and it’s as important as ever to encourage young people to enter the ministry.

Cast: WELS

Forward in Christ

Helpful strategies for worshiping with children
Jesus said in Luke 18, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” As parents with little children know, bringing their children to Jesus in worship can be quite a challenge. Our congregation went through a baby boom several years ago. […]