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Pastor Jim Mumm

Jim was born in 1937 on a farm in Horton Township in the rural Hancock/Morris Area of Minnesota. In the year of his birth, he received God’s sacred name in Holy Baptism and was adopted into His Family of Believers at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horton Township. Jim and his six siblings were blessed with devout Christian parents, Henry and Frances Mumm.  Henry and Frances lovingly and diligently trained-up their children in the truths of God’s Word.  By God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, Henry and Frances now live with the LORD God in heaven.

Jim graduated from Zion Lutheran Grade School in Sanborn, Minnesota;  Dr. Martin Luther High School in New Ulm. Minnesota;  Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin;  and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.
During his college years, Jim worked in Road Construction during the summer months and at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, Wisconsin, as a care-giver during the school months.  After graduating from Northwestern College, Jim served for a year as the Director of Recreation at Bethesda Lutheran Home.  After entering the Lutheran Ministry, Jim served on Bethesda’s Board of Directors.

After graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1965, Jim served as a full-time Lutheran Pastor for a total of forty years in the State of Wisconsin.  For seven years, he served as the pastor of a Tri-parish composed of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hill Point, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lime Ridge, and Faith Lutheran Church in Reedsburg. For nineteen years, Jim served as a pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska.  For fourteen years, he served as the founding pastor at Lord of Love Lutheran Church in De Forest.

Since his retirement from the full-time Lutheran Ministry in 2005, Jim has served as a Vacancy Pastor at twelve WELS congregations located in Wisconsin, Florida, the Island of Granada, California, Texas and Nevada.  He also taught Christian doctrine in China with China Partners, now titled, “316NOW.”

In his younger years, Jim enjoyed participating in various sports.  He’s hunted in Minnesota and Wisconsin and fished in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.  Jim enjoys the wonders of God’s Realm of Nature by means of hiking, bicycling and canoeing.  He has taken many canoeing trips into the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada with family members, friends and the Lutheran Pioneers.

Jim’s first wife, Dianne nee Erven, passed from this life when she was fifty-nine years old.  Jim and Dianne have six children.  Jim’s present wife is Gail nee Smith/Knudson.  Gail and her deceased husband, John Knudson, have three children.  Dianne and John now live in the perfect happiness of God’s heaven which has been earned by Jesus Christ for all people and is given to all of His believers.  The United Family of Jim and Gail is composed of nine children, twenty-six grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.  Jim and Gail presently live in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

The LORD God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, has richly blessed Jim.  The LORD has blessed him with earthly life, faith in Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins, the privilege to share God’s saving Word with other precious people, Christian family members and friends, many good things to do and enjoy on earth, and with the promise of everlasting life in heaven.  Jim says with the inspired writer of Psalm 106:1-2,  “Praise the LORD.  Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare His praise?”
 
James and Gail Mumm
563 Court Road  -  Onalaska, Wisconsin 54650
608-781-1879   -   dakota1940@centurylink.net



 

"Peace to you!" from
Pastor Jon Cox

Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ!  
Thank you for visiting the Bethel Lutheran website! We would be especially glad if what you saw here would lead you to visit and worship with us in Galesville or Arcadia.

My wife, Doreen, and I have been married since 1990.  We've been at home on the west side of Galesville since 2011. While our five children are growing up and heading out on their own, its nice to live where the neighbors are friendly.

The family at Bethel Lutheran is certainly a friendly group.  We love it there and believe that you would too.  Our members come from a range of backgrounds and span an age range from little ones on up, but there is a harmony among us that makes being at church there a peaceful experience. 

Over the last 27 years of ministry, I've been blessed to serve in a wide variety of settings and situations.  From a small mission congregation in central Texas, to a large congregation in central Wisconsin, to Bethel - Galesville and Arcadia. No matter the setting or size, the most valuable feature of life in these congregations is the blessing of being able to share Gods' Word with people who are eager to hear it.

It is so true that people of differing places and cultures face many of the same troubles.  We all need the Word of God to counsel and direct our lives.  The message of Jesus Christ is the one constant power that both motivates us to reach for success and comforts us when faced with plans that fail.  We can always trust the goodness of God to bless and sustain us.

It is always a blessing to meet  new people at church.  I would be so happy to help you know Jesus Christ.  Take a little time, read about what we believe, then come and see for yourself all the good things that God is doing at Bethel!

Contact Pastor Cox by email - jon.nathan.cox@gmail.com - or phone (608) 582-9998

Faith Related Q and A

Is there any reason that I should not choose cremation?
There is nothing in the Bible that prohibits cremation. It lies in the area of Christian freedom. There was a time when some voices in the Christian church cautioned against cremation. In a day and age when some unbelievers utilized cremation as a way to defy God (“Let’s see if this supposed God can put me back together some day.”), some Christians advocated that followers of the Lord not cremate their bodies, so as not to be identified with unbelievers or an activity associated with some unbelievers. That type of taunting has largely disappeared, so Christians today who make use of cremation are not likely to be confused with unbelievers. The choice of cremation over burial often includes ecological, economical and convenience factors. In the end, cremation essentially speeds up the process that occurs with traditional burial: “Dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19). So, again, there is no right or wrong in choosing traditional burial or cremation.
I am a practicing WELS member and would like thank all those who take time to answer so many interesting and challenging questions on this website. I follow the Q&As closely and have grown in my faith as a result. Considering this, can you tell me if all questions are posted and answered, or do you exclude some that may be inappropriate given your audience? Also, is there a team of people that answer questions or is it limited to one or two?
It is encouraging to read that you are finding value in the questions and answers section of the synod’s website! All questioners receive a response via email, and the great, great majority of questions submitted are also published on the website. A question and answer does not appear on the website if the questioner makes that request, if the information in the question might identify the questioner or anyone associated with the question, or if the content of the question and answer is not suitable for a wider audience. Prior to November 2013, a number of individuals answered the questions that were submitted online. Since that time to the present, there has been a different structure to answering the questions. This article from the December 2019 Forward in Christ explains that structure.
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Episode 33 – Teaching kids how money works
mom sitting with hand on parenting bookHow do we help our kids develop a God-pleasing view of “stuff”? How can we help them learn to manage the financial resources that God gives them? Linda Buxa shares her family’s approach—and how you can incorporate it in your family.

Bethel Evangelical
Lutheran Church


N29280 Loesel Lane
Arcadia, WI  54612

608.323.2388
In Arcadia, Sunday 
worship is at 9:00 a.m.
Bible study and 
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.


N16303 Church Lane
Galesville, WI  54630

608.582.4329
In Galesville, Sunday 
worship is at 9:00 a.m. 
Bible study and 
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday Evenings 
Galesville offers a
midweek service at 6:00 p.m.

 

Bethel Staff

Pastor Jon N. Cox
608.582.9998
jon.nathan.cox@gmail.com

Pastor James Mumm
608.781.1879
dakota1940@centurylink.net

Karla Johnson
Administrative Assistant
608.863.2428
johnson.karla.j@gmail.com


 

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