Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God written.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and his personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling power and fullness the Christian is enabled to live a godly life in the present evil world.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.

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“And they were continually devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

 Acts 2:42

At First Congregational Church, we want to be “continually devoted” to the same activities that the New Testament Church has been practicing from the beginning.

If you are looking for a church home where you can grow spiritually in the teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, worship in Spirit and Truth, enjoy the loving fellowship of other committed Christians, and express your God-given gifts, please consider First Congregational Church of Cresco.

Wherever God leads you, we invite you to join us whenever you can.

 

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2-11-18 – “The Peaceful Product of Proper Polity”

1 Thessalonians 5:12,13

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2-4-18 – “The Source of Our Sobriety”

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

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1-28-18 – “Christ-Like Sobriety”

1 Thessalonians 5:7-8

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1-21-18 – “The Blessing of Bethlehem”

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1-14-18 – “The Difference Between Day & Night”

1 Thessalonians 5:4-6

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Services

Church

Sunday School classes for all ages (September-April) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study (Wednesdays)  6:30 a.m.
Girl’s Youth Group (Wednesdays)
 6:30 p.m.
 Women’s Bible Study (Wednesdays)  6:45 p.m.

Radio

Disciple Maker Program – Sunday | 102.3 FM 8:00 a.m.
A Morning Walk – Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:05 a.m.
Disciple Maker Program – Saturday | 102.3 FM 7:30 a.m.

 

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Announcements

  • Sunday School Classes for all ages begin at 9:00 am.
  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am.
  • Make plans to be part of the new Church Family Directory – sign-up begins Jan. 21st.

Newsletter

1 Thessalonians 5:2, 6 – For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

“Christ-Like Sobriety”

Dear Friends,

In what was probably the Apostle Paul’s earliest letter to one of his First Century church plants, he attempted to correct some wrong thinking about the Second Coming of Christ. Apparently the Thessalonian Christians were confused and therefore behaving wrongly. Paul, in his brief stay with them, had proclaimed the Gospel (“Good News”) of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension and future return.

In response, these newly-born believers were engaged in “works of faith” and “labors of love” and were “steadfast in hope” (1:3). However, expecting Jesus to return at any moment , they became concerned when loved ones began to pass away beforehand. What would become of them? Were they lost and without hope?

Paul answers their questions clearly in previous verses. He, like Jesus, taught “that” Christ would return to the earth – but not “when”. The exact timing of Jesus’ Second Coming is known only to God the Father (Matt. 24:36). Therefore, all Christians of all time must be “awake, alert and sober” (v. 6 above).

Sobriety, in the spiritual sense, begins with a personal relationship with God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Once a person has trusted Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and has received the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, that person is in a position to become “sober”. “Spiritual Sobriety” is to think like Jesus. The Sober Christian is not intoxicated with the ‘stuff’ of this world, falsehood, misplaced priorities, obsessions and preoccupations with unimportant matters. He or she is fully engaged with reality, focusing on God’s will and perspective. The Sober Christian is ready for Jesus to arrive and utter the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Are you “Awake”, “Alert”, “Sober”? What do you need to do, or stop doing, to detox from the desires of your flesh and the pollution of the world? Jesus is coming, and His arrival will be unexpected. Spiritual Sobriety is the key to experiencing freedom, joy and productivity until He comes. Are You Ready?

In His Love,

Pastor Tim Sir

 

 

Directions

From Rochester, Minnesota, go south on Highway 63 until you get to Highway 9. Turn east (left) on Highway 9 to Cresco.

From Waterloo, Iowa, go north on Highway 63 until you get to Highway 9 turn east (right) on Highway 9 to Cresco.

From Decorah, Iowa, follow Highway 9 west until you enter Cresco.

Entering Cresco, Iowa on Highway 9, turn north on Elm Street. This will be the first stop light if you are entering Cresco from the east (right turn) or the second stop light if you’re entering Cresco from the west (left turn).

Proceed north on Elm Street through the business district four blocks. At the stop sign, turn east (right turn) on third avenue. The church is located at the end of that block on the north side (left side) of the street.

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