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Galesville Campus

Arcadia Campus

Welcome to
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 1 Thessalonians 5:6


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 vibrant, growing, Trempealeau County-wide congregation.
  • A two-way link to 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 21 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 19 to 10. We spent the last 14 years in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and just recently moved to 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 Wednesday evening service at 6:00 p.m. in Galesville.

Faith Related Q and A

Lord's Supper and leftover wine

In my church we have now gone to both the individual cups and the common cup. I am OK with this. My question is: should the wine that isn't used from the common cup be put back in the wine bottle for the next service? To my surprise it is. I am having second thoughts about taking the Lord's Supper now. Not wanting to start trouble in the church. Who should I talk to? Thank You.


Wine in individual cups that were not used in the Holy Communion service can certainly be used in a future service.  That is not the case with wine that remains from usage of the common cup.  The wine that remains in that cup is to be disposed of.  Practices for disposing of wine can vary from one congregation to another.  I would direct you to contact your pastor to seek clarification about your congregation’s practice toward unused elements in the Communion service.
Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.

Why is there a strong base of Zionism among Evangelical Christians?

I know of many churches and personal friends who whole-heartedly support the modern state of Israel. They cite God's many references to the Israelites as "His people" and God's continued support for the Israelites (despite their repeated rejections of him in the Old Testament) as their basis for support for Israel. This affects them politically as well as religiously by putting a huge emphasis on material support for modern Israel.

Why is there such a strong base of Zionism among Evangelical Christians? When considering the Israeli position as a Christ-rejecting entity, a victim as well as a perpetrator of persecution to the Palestinians and Arab Christians, and a politically war-aggressive nation, shouldn't we treat them with compassionate neutrality--similar to how we would treat any other nation?


The reason for a strong base of Zionism among Evangelical Christians is a wrong understanding of biblical prophecy and the modern nation of Israel.  Dispensational premillennialism imagines a special role for the modern nation of Israel in the end times.  Searching “dispensational premillennialism” on the Q & A part of this website will yield much more information on the subject.  A correct understanding of biblical end times teaching will lead us to view the modern state of Israel from a political standpoint, rather than a scriptural one—as you pointed out.

Answered by James Pope, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Pope is a contributing editor to Forward in Christ magazine. He writes the monthly “Light for our path” question and answer column.


WELS Streaming Videos

» Coming Up in April 2014 WELS Connection

Water of Life - A unique mission congregation in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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» March 2014 - Worship Conference

It’s not too early to start planning for the national worship conference set for late July. Should your congregation consider sending your music director? Absolutely . . . but that’s just the beginning.

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Forward in Christ

April 2014
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Ready to take a trip? Let us be your guide this month.

Our first stop is the Arizona-California District, the district where our first world mission started. Learn more about the unique mission opportunities available in the Southwest. Then meet a member from one of its congregations, a former atheist who discovered the joy and the comfort of having her Savior by her side.

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