Galesville Campus

Arcadia Campus

The "Sonlight" Newsletter


Bethel's Midweek and Special Service Schedule from now through December

December 1 - Advent Worship at 6:00 PM in Arcadia
December 8 - Advent Worship at 6:00 PM in Galesville (Communion to follow)
December 15 - Advent Worship at 6:00 PM in Arcadia
December 22 - Worship with Communion in Galesville
December 24 - Christmas Eve Worship at 5:30 PM in Arcadia and 7:30 PM in Galesville
December 25 - Christmas Day Worship at 8:30 in Arcadia and 10:30 in Galesville
December 29 - No Midweek Worship
January 1 - New Year's Day Worship at 8:30 AM in Arcadia and 10:30 AM in Galesville
January 5 - Regular Midweek Service resumes at 6:00 PM in Galesville

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

I have a four-year-old son and I regretfully have not taken him to church regularly up until recently. I want to get him baptized, but I do not have special Lutheran people in my life to ask to be my son's godparents. Will a pastor baptize him without them?
By all means, do contact one of our pastors to arrange for the baptism of your son. Regarding “godparents” or “sponsors,” keep in mind that this is a custom of the church that is neither commanded nor forbidden in Scripture. It is a worthwhile custom, as sponsors have a specific privilege and responsibility of remembering the baptized child in prayer, reminding him or her of the baptism that took place and encouraging the child in the faith. But finally sponsors are not absolutely necessary for a baptism to take place.  At the same time, if you want to provide for legal guardianship of your son, including spiritual care, you will want to take care of that through a legal document and not a baptismal certificate. While having “godparents” or “sponsors” is not a requirement for a baptism to take place, our pastors will want witnesses to be present at the baptism of your son. There are no qualifications, such as being Lutheran, for individuals to serve as witnesses at your son’s baptism. I encourage you to contact one of our pastors to arrange for the baptism of your son. I’m happy to hear that you are taking him to church regularly. The pastor who conducts your son’s baptism will remind you of the ongoing responsibility you have to bring up your child “in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). He will also remind you of and encourage you to utilize the church’s spiritual educational agencies. God bless you and your son.
Can you tell me how it was decided what books to include in the New Testament? For example, Paul wrote letters to believers in Corinth, to Timothy, etc. These letters were kept somewhere, by someone, and many years later another "someone" was led to include them in the NT. Obviously the Holy Spirit did the guiding, and I'm not questioning the fact the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. Rather, I am confused about the machinations involved/how/why were certain letters/books kept and assembled, and decided to be included? Additionally, how were questions like those associated the book of James resolved, and how was the book of Hebrews kept and decided to be included when we don't even know who wrote it? Sorry to be so long winded and rambling with this question.
Your questions address the topic of “biblical canonicity,” and much has been written on the subject. In short, let me emphasize the following points. All the New Testament books had been written by the end of the first century A.D. The New Testament canon was complete because God had established it. When written, the New Testament books did not exist as a completed “set.” The gathering and collecting of New Testament books can be attributed to the apostles, who themselves wrote at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The apostles were aware of each other’s writings (2 Peter 3:15-16) and looked for Christians to value those writings as God’s word (Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:27). The apostles alerted Christians to beware of writings that were purported to be from God but were not (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2; 3:17; 1 John 4:1). As the early Christians discussed the New Testament canon and debated which writings were authoritative and which were not, they considered who the human author was, whether there was widespread and universal acceptance of the writing beyond the original recipients, whether or not the church used the writings in its public worship services (as it did with Old Testament writings), and if its content agreed with the Old Testament canon. But more than anything, it was the internal testimony of the New Testament writings that convinced Christians which books God had written through people (John 6:63; Hebrews 4:12). The subject of biblical canonicity includes the history of people who spoke against or questioned certain books of the Bible. Hebrews and James, the books you cited, are two of the seven New Testament books that have a track record of being questioned or opposed by people throughout the years. When we keep in mind the original recipients of the book of James, its emphasis on a living faith is completely understandable, and in no way contradicts the Bible’s teaching of justification by faith alone, without deeds (Romans 3:28). The book of Hebrews is not alone in not having a human author definitively identified with it; there are other biblical books like that. In those cases, we simply have to say that God did not see it as being important for us to know who the human author was. Ultimately, God is the author of all the books of the Bible. I cannot pretend to provide an exhaustive treatment on the canon with my response to your questions. For that reason, you would benefit from reading other resources on this topic. I can suggest Bible: God’s Inspired, Inerrant Word. It is available from Northwestern Publishing House. Free resources on this topic are available at the essay file of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary’s web site. The language in some of the essays could get technical, but there is a wealth of good information there. The way in which God gave us his word and preserved it to this day is truly remarkable. We are thankful for that. Above all, we are thankful for the content of God’s word: it shows us the Savior we have in Jesus Christ.
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