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

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.


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

Every year, for Trinity Sunday, we read the Athanasian Creed in church. For me, it usually starts out great, as it's a logical explanation of what we believe regarding the Trinity. But then, as we get to the end, I read the "whoever does not believe this cannot be saved" and I cringe, if I read it aloud at all. How is this statement biblical? Salvation depends on one thing alone, faith in Christ as their Savior. Nowhere in the Bible (to my knowledge at least) is salvation dependent on believing the Trinity. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not downplaying the importance of the Trinity, or any other teaching of the Bible that doesn't grant salvation. The first thing that pops into my head is the thief on the cross. It's possible that he heard Jesus talk before he was hanging next to him, maybe even heard him teach about the doctrine of the Trinity. The Bible doesn't tell us that though, but it does tell us that he was saved. The definition of a creed is a statement of what we believe. In most cases, if a visitor asked what we believed, I'd point them to one of the other two creeds. I guess my question is this: why (and how) does the WELS agree with this creed?
In answering your question and addressing your concerns, it will be helpful to keep in mind that, as was the case with the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed was written at a time of theological controversy in the church. Written perhaps around 500 A.D., the Athanasian Creed stated scriptural truths to confront the heresy of Arianism. Arianism argued that Jesus Christ was a created being, so therefore he was not equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. You can see that such a denial of Jesus is a rejection of the Bible’s teaching of the Trinity; with that denial of Jesus, there would no longer be three persons of the Godhead equal in power and majesty and glory. The Athanasian Creed was drafted to combat the error of Arianism and state what Scripture says about the God of the Bible being a triune God and that there is salvation only through Jesus Christ, the God-man. The wording of the Athanasian Creed does not demand that people understand the mysteries of the Trinity and the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Athanasian Creed does declare that the only saving faith that exists is that which is centered in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17; John 14:6; 10:30; Acts 4:12). Because the Creed states scriptural truths, our church body finds agreement with it and uses it—if only sparingly—in our worship services.
When was the ark of the covenant's end?
The Bible is silent on what happened to the ark of the covenant. A common thought is that the Babylonians destroyed it, along with other temple furnishings and the temple itself, when they invaded Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Some Bible scholars wonder if the ark of the covenant was even extant at that time. Your question is one that the Bible does not answer.
WELS Streaming Videos

» April 2016 - Michigan Lutheran Seminary

Michigan Lutheran Seminary and a look at the preparation and training of students to become pastors, teachers, staff ministers, and missionaries.

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» March 2016 - Campus Ministry

A focus on the importance of Campus Ministry for the young people heading off to face the challenges life in college delivers.

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Forward in Christ

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