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 dangerous to treat coincidences as omens from God? I believe that God has a hand in every aspect of our life. If this is true, wouldn't it be safe to say that some coincidences, be it positive or negative, are God's ways of talking to us? Is it feasible that he uses coincidences to point us down a personal path he has picked out for us? If you say that this is feasible, then what happens if it swings the other way? Maybe something works out in our favor that is truly just a coincidence, but we interpret it as an omen from God and follow a path that brings negativity into our life. Interpreting coincidences seems like something that is very subjective, yet I constantly hear people saying, "That was just God looking out for me," as they dodge something negative in their life. Or does WELS believe that God's only channel of communication to us is through the Bible? I understand that we should always use what God has given us in Scripture to align our lives with his will. How do we answer questions that aren't about moral complications though? Is this where we may allow God's "omens" to help guide our decisions?
The starting point in my response is the acknowledgement that God communicates to us through his word (1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21). Through his word God has revealed plainly his law and gospel. I can probably best address the multiple questions you asked about coincidences by steering you to the topic of “God’s providence.” Beyond the great gift of life that God has given us, he protects and preserves us. He uses different means and events in life to carry out his good and gracious will. While we may not be able to understand or interpret life’s events, we do know that God has promised to work for our eventual and eternal good in all those events (Romans 8:28). Was it a case of “God looking out for me” when people dodged a negative in life? Sure. Was it also a case of “God looking out for me” when people were not able to dodge a negative in life? Yes. The wisdom and love of God make it possible to answer that question in the affirmative (Genesis 50:20). That general way of looking at life’s events can provide a quiet contentment and confidence in life. If you and I try to interpret every one of life’s events with an eye toward determining God’s will, we will find that to be a frustrating experience. God’s ways are beyond our ways (Isaiah 55:8). There is plenty of information about God that is hidden from us (Isaiah 45:15). In addition, when it comes to making decisions that concern our earthly lives, God has enabled us to work in the sphere of limited freedom. With these things in mind, you and I go through life seeking, with God’s help and strength, to give him glory in all we do, including the decisions we make (1 Corinthians 10:31).
When referring to the fruit of the Spirit, do we use fruit in a singular or plural form? In other words, does it matter if we say that the fruit of the Spirit is one fruit with the attributes of love, joy, peace or if we say each attribute is a fruit of the Spirit?
We use it in a singular form. “The fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) is an accurate translation of the original Greek. “Fruit” is a collective noun that describes the parts it encompasses. It does not matter how you describe the relationship of the attributes to the fruit. “The fruit of the Spirit” is what the Holy Spirit works in people through the gospel in word and sacraments. The fruit that the Holy Spirit brings about in the lives of Christians is “love, joy, peace, forbearance [patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” How different that “fruit” is from the “acts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21). The attitudes and actions that the Holy Spirit brings about in us are far, far different from what our sinful nature produces. Through contrition and repentance we seek to control the acts of the sinful flesh, and through the gospel in word and sacraments we receive the fruit that the Holy Spirit bestows.
WELS Streaming Videos

» MLC Urban Ministry program - July 2016 WELS Connection

In many urban centers, there's often no one around to tell the little ones about Jesus. Churches have closed, families are broken. That's why it's so important to prepare our church workers to reach out to this community in need. With that in mind, Martin Luther College is expanding its urban ministry program.

Cast: WELS

» New doors opening for mission work in Mexico

Mexico's access to internet and smartphones is skyrocketing and opening new opportunities for web-based mission work.

Cast: WELS

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