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Galesville Campus

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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 Wednesday evening service at 6:00 p.m. in Galesville.

Faith Related Q and A

The sin of worrying

I realize that worrying is a sin and a lack of trust in God. I repent and ask for forgiveness on this daily. But it seems a sin that I can't overcome. It's often a sin that's overlooked, so to speak, as it's not as obvious as a sin like murder or adultery...etc. I'm not referring to anything specific....there are many of life's issues that bring this on. As soon as I ask for forgiveness, it seems like I fall prey to this sin the next moment. I understand that we have a sinful nature that never ceases. Any thoughts on how to handle this?


“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  (Mark 9:24)  That was the confession and request of the father who came to Jesus for help for his demon-possessed son.  Many Christians can identify with that man’s words.  Because of the Holy Spirit’s working in our hearts, we profess faith in Jesus Christ.  Yet, we know and confess that there is much room for growth in our faith.  Doubt and worry chip away at our trust in God.  We confess those sins to God.  We receive his forgiveness in faith and with joy.  We resolve not to fall into those sins again, but we do. 

The picture you paint reminds me of the struggle the apostle Paul described in Romans 7.  It is the struggle of the new self against the old self—a conflict that you readily recognize.  Our new self gladly hears the word of God and trusts in the Lord in all things.  Our old self rejects the word of God and seeks to forge its own way through life.  So while we want to trust in God always, we wind up doubting what he says and worrying.

What is the antidote for worry?  It is the gospel in word and sacrament that our new self treasures so much.  Faith is built up—and worry is correspondingly reduced—when God feeds our souls with his gospel (Acts 20:32; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13). 

So the same gospel that brings you the news of forgiveness for your sins of worry also deepens your faith and trust in God.  That is why we want to immerse ourselves in the word of God—reading it in our homes and hearing it in his house with the congregation of believers.  That is why we want to be frequent guests at the Lord’s Supper.

Worry and doubt take place when we focus on ourselves and what we can and cannot do.  Worry and doubt take place when we take our eyes off God, minimizing his power and love.  We want to “fix our eyes on Jesus” always (Hebrews 12:2).

Since you mention that there is no single trigger for worry in your life, but rather that “many of life’s issues” bring about worry, it would be worth your while to talk to your pastor.  That is a forum in which you could explain in more detail the challenges you face and then receive specific instruction and encouragement.  God bless you.

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.


Matthew 15:25-28 Daily Devotion September 8, 2014

When the woman approached Jesus, she was identified as a Cainite. I thought all Cainites were destroyed in the flood. Do we know how they reemerged?

Thank you so much for what you do for the WELS family throughout the world. May God continue to bless your work.


This is a situation where we have similar sounding names—Cain and Canaanites—but no direct connection between the two.  The woman who approached Jesus in Matthew 15 is described as a Canaanite, not a Cainite. 

You are correct about the descendants of Cain being destroyed in the flood.  Genesis 10 tells us that Canaan was a son of Ham and the ancestor of several tribes who later lived in the land called Canaan.  That relationship to Ham would eliminate any direct connection to Cain.

And thank you for your kind words.  It is a privilege to try to provide responses to questions.

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

» August 2014 - Humanitarian Aid

One of the first steps in mission work is showing that we care. Demonstrating our love for others often opens the door to the gospel message. And in many places, the best way to show we care is to provide the basics that so many don't have: food, shelter, and water.

Cast: WELS Streams

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» July 2014 - Inter-Church Relations

We're all connected as a family of believers . . . in our homes, our congregations, our synod. And the connection goes a step further, to include more than two-dozen Lutheran church bodies around the world. They are our brothers and sisters in faith, and we look for ways to build the relationship . . . because they're family.

Cast: WELS Streams

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Forward in Christ

September 2014
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Okay, we all know that God doesn't literally hold our hands. But what a great way to picture the support, love, direction, comfort, and safety that God gives us every day. Read more about what Pastor Eric Hartzell says about God's hand-holding.

Then see that hand-holding up close as you enter the world of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

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