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 marrying an unbeliever wrong? Or is it just foolish?
It is not wrong in that it is sinful. Sometimes people point to 2 Corinthians 6:14 (“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.”) as God’s prohibition of marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian. The context, however, is not about marriage. Without condemnation of any kind, 1 Peter 3:1-2 addresses Christian women who are married to unbelieving men. Rather than labeling such a marriage as “foolish,” I would say that a marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian is going to be set up for many challenges. The Christian spouse will need to recognize that in that particular marriage, “two will become one” in many ways but not in the most important way. If the Christian spouse is not going to compromise the faith, he or she will need to face the fact that the unbelieving spouse will spend eternity in a different place, unless God the Holy Spirit changes the spouse’s heart. That lack of unity in the faith can pose problems when it comes to devoting time to worshiping the Lord in church, giving back part of one’s income to the Lord, deciding how to raise children spiritually—just to name a few issues. On the other hand, what a great blessing there is when a man and a woman can be “one” in marriage in the most important way: when they are fellow members of the family of God. Such a marriage is not exempt from problems, but it has a wonderful foundation because it is built on the love of God in Christ.
Someone asked me this question the other day and I didn't know how to answer them. The question is: "What happened to Lazarus' soul while he was in the grave? Did he experience heaven during the time that his body was in the grave? Would he then have had the opportunity to share his glimpse of heaven with those he knew after he was raised from the dead?" I told them that Scripture doesn't give us any specific information on this event, but maybe there are other passages of Scripture that can help explain the question.
As with any other human being, the body and soul of Lazarus separated when he died (Ecclesiastes 12;7). His soul went to heaven, while his body remained on earth. His soul remained in heaven while his body was in the tomb. Resurrection is the reuniting of body and soul. That happened when Jesus summoned Lazarus to come out of the tomb (John 11:43). Did Lazarus have memories of his short time in heaven, and did he share those memories with his family and friends? It is an interesting question, but it is one the Bible does not answer. When it comes to Lazarus and other people who were raised from the dead in Old and New Testament times, the narratives in the Bible underscore the love and power of God and do not touch on the experiences of those involved.
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