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.

About

“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.

 

Media

12-10-17 – “A Beautiful Life”

1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12

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12-3-17 – “More Love!”

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

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11-26-17 – “More Motivation for Personal Purity”

1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

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11-22-17 – “Thanksgiving in Thessalonica”

1 Thessalonians 1:2, 2:13, 3:9, 5:18

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11-19-17 – “The Self-Denial of Sanctification” Part 2

1 Thessalonians 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.

 

Resources

Announcements

  • Everyone is invited to attend the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, beginning at 5:00 pm. There will be no morning worship service or Sunday School Classes on Dec. 24th.
  • Sunday School Classes for all ages begin at 9:00 am.
  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am.

Newsletter

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 – Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more.

Dear Friends,

It’s remarkable to read about the quantity and quality of love that was being experienced by the Christians in Thessalonica. Given that the Apostle Paul had only been able to spend three weeks or so with them after planting the church and then being chased out of town, it’s not surprising that he was concerned about their survival and spiritual health.

However, having sent Timothy from Athens to find out about the condition of their faith, and having received the good news of their strong faith and love (3:1-6), Paul was overjoyed. In the verses above, we discover truths that can help us stay properly focused throughout this Christmas season:

  1. God is love (1 John 4:7ff). And it is God Himself who teaches us how to love. The Fruit of God’s Spirit living and working within us, is love (Galatians 5:22). If we walk closely behind Jesus, abiding in Him and letting Him and His Word abide in us, we will bear much fruit, particularly love (John 15:7-10).
  2. God’s love is rich and multi-faceted. In verse 9, Paul uses both words that are translated “love”. “Phileo”, i.e. “brotherly love”, is that natural, warm, sentimental feeling we have for family members. “Agape” is the self-sacrificing, sometimes dutiful love we demonstrate when we do what is best for the other person, whether we ’feel’ like it or not. God will teach both of these to His children as He causes them to mature in Christ.
  3. God’s love is to be practiced toward “all” our brothers and sisters in Christ (v. 10a). This love and unity of believers is the distinguishing mark of the true people of God and the evidence of the truth of the gospel of God (John 13:34,35; 17:21).
  4. God’s love among us is to grow, and grow, and grow . . . (v. 10b). God’s love is infinite and perfect. Our love, no matter the present quantity or quality, is always in need of growth, expansion and improvement. Praise God for His ongoing work of love in the people He has called to be His witnesses to the world.

Christmas is about God’s love (John 3:16). I pray that this encouraging word from God, through the Apostle Paul, will serve as the reminder we need to make this Christmas as fruitful, eternally profitable and truly satisfying as it can possibly be.

God bless you richly, as you follow Jesus closely,

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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