For more information about WELS churches, our
beliefs or other questions you might have, visit our synod's home page:
We look forward to any and all visitors
at Bethlehem. Our doors opened for worship officially back in 1960. Worship
services were first held at the V.F.W. Hall in downtown Menomonee Falls and
now are being conducted four times a week here at our present site.
Bethlehem is a member of the Wisconsin
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The
WELS dates back to 1850 and has continually held to the position of presenting
a changeless Word to a changing world.
The WELS has over 1200 congregations
in the United States along with representation in many foreign mission fields
throughout the world. Our pastors receive eight years of schooling between
Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
in Mequon, Wisconsin, before serving in a congregation. Our teachers for the
Lutheran elementary schools and Lutheran high schools receive at least four
years of schooling at Martin Luther College in New Ulm.
We stand on three important truths:
saved by Grace alone,
by Faith alone,
by Scripture alone.
More on where we stand...
We are a Christ-preaching
church. We preach the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. It
is through His sufferings, death and resurrection, we have the forgiveness
of sins and life in heaven.
- We are a Bible-believing church. We teach
that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the only authority for Christian
faith and life.
- We are an evangelical church. We are a
church that is determined to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all
- We are a Lutheran church. We emphasize
the forgiving love of God and the demonstration of that love in the life
and message, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our worship and
ministry are built on the Bible and application of God's truth and love
to our attitudes, emotions and life.
- We are a people-caring church. The WELS
offers friendship, support, counsel, direction and love. Jesus died for
all people and so we want everyone to take advantage of the peace and hope
God has to offer us through His Word. Sadly, we don't always put the love
of Christ into action. Thus we are continually in need of hearing God's
Law and Gospel which is able to point out our sins, offer forgiveness and
provide the direction as well as the motivation to do what is pleasing in
- We are a liturgical church. A liturgy
assures us that each time we gather for formal worship we will
- unburden our guilt and be assured of God's
- praise God for His greatness and thank Him
for His goodness,
- ask God for the strength, peace and blessings
we all need,
- hear portions of the Bible chosen to reflect
a special theme each week, and
- learn specific promises and directives God
has for daily life.
- We are a sacramental church. We believe
that in Baptism and the Lord's Supper God comes to us with forgiveness in
very tangible means.
For a complete history of the church,
To view our mission statement, click here