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 24 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 believe and confess that saving faith with us.  Our children range in age from 21 to 12. We have been in the area for almost three 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, 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.
We also offer a Thursday evening service at 6:00 p.m. in Galesville.

Faith Related Q and A

Many people these days say, "Oh, my God." Is that not taking God's name in vain? Thank you.
Yes.  God did not reveal his name to us so we could use it as an interjection when we are surprised, upset or angry.  God commanded (Exodus 20:7) that people not “take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (King James Version) or “misuse the name of the Lord your God” (New International Version).  The common exclamation you described is a misuse of God’s name. Our Catechism reminds us from Scripture that God has revealed his name to us that we might pray to him, praise him and give thanks to him. Our Catechism also reminds us from Scripture that Jesus forgave our sins against the second commandment by keeping that commandment perfectly in our place and by suffering the punishment our sins against that commandment deserved.  That surely is reason and motivation for using God’s name properly.
What should be our Christian response to the plans to bring Syrian refugees into the US?
My response really will not address the “should” of your question, but will instead remind Christians what they can do with a scenario like this in mind.  That approach will underscore the gospel motivation of our actions. Christians can pray that world leaders and our own country’s leaders govern with wisdom and compassion, balancing national security concerns with humanitarian concerns. Scripture directs us to pray for governmental authorities:  “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Christians can ask themselves what opportunities this mass migration of people provides for carrying out the instruction to “do good to all people” (Galatians 6:10).  Will the “doing good” take the form of making a financial gift to a reputable charitable organization that can channel aid to refugees?  Will the “doing good” take the form of praying for the refugees?  The verses from 1 Timothy cited above continue with the thought that, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:3-6).  Will the “doing good” take the form of personally expressing Christian love and kindness to a refugee who is resettled in that Christian’s community? Christians can be reminded that this resettlement of refugees in our country is yet another example of the world coming to our backdoor, enabling us to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) with greater ease in the lives of those refugees who are not Christian. While the resettlement of the Syrian refugees is fraught with international, national and political overtones, a Christian response will view the refugees as people—people for whom Jesus Christ also lived, died and rose again; people who, like us, have been given a time of grace to be brought to repentance and saving faith in Jesus Christ. And with regard to the violence from which the refugees are fleeing, Christians can pray that God “foils the plans” of nations and individuals (Psalm 33:10) who intend to harm others.  Christians can pray for their conversion as well.
WELS Streaming Videos

» October 2015 - Multi-site Ministry

Learn how a congregation opened a daycare, which led to a second site for congregational ministry.

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» September 2015 - Convention Recap and Movie Preview

WELS 63rd Biennial Synod Convention Recap and Preview to New WELS movie; My Son, My Savior. 400 Delegates met in Saginaw, Mich. for convention to celebrate God’s blessings on our ministry and to set in motion our church body’s plans for the future. Those attending saw a movie trailer for the synod’s new evangelism film My Son, My Savior. Designed for use in the Advent season, the film includes a Bible study and promotional materials.

Cast: WELS

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