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

08-13-17 – Guest Speaker – no audio

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08-06-17 – The Apostle’s Continued “Coming-Alongside”

1 Thessalonians 2:14-15a

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07-30-17 – “A Preacher’s Priority”

1 Thessalonians 2:13

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07-23-17 – “A Walk Worthy of Our Calling”

1 Thessalonians 2:12

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07-16-17 – “The Goal of Our Investment”

1 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

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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

  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am.
  • Sunday School Classes for all ages will begin this Fall on September 17th, at 9 am.
  • Church family: Don’t forget the Bridal Shower for Emily & Jerry on Sunday, August 27th following worship.
  • Potluck Picnic at the Berans’ home; Sunday, August 27th at 4 pm.

Newsletter

1 Thessalonians 2:13 – And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

A Preacher’s Priority

Dear Friends,

What kind of gifts do you enjoy the most? A favorite food? An item that supports your hobbies? Some money to spend on whatever you choose?

Are you a little cautious when the giver qualifies it with, “This really helped me, and if you’ll just give it a chance, I know you’ll appreciate it – eventually . . .” “Oh no!” you think, “Here comes another self-help book or exercise gadget, or . . .”

When the Apostle Paul met the folks in Thessalonica, he had only one thing to give, and it may not have appeared overly-attractive at first glance. His gift was a message, consisting of words strung together to convey the good news from God. God was offering the life-saving gift of forgiveness of sin. God wanted people to understand that He sent His Son Jesus to die in their place, pay their penalty and grant them eternal life. And God chose to convey that message through Paul’s preaching.

Paul was compelled to thank God over and over because the people had not only heard (received) the message, but had accepted (internalized, embraced) it! By the grace of God and work of His Holy Spirit, their spiritual eyes were opened to recognize the message for what it truly was – the very word of God. The Holy Spirit enabled them to believe in Christ and be transformed into His image. And all this work is performed by God’s word.

This is why every Pastor’s priority must be to preach the pure, unadulterated, unchanging, simple and powerful word of God. A Pastor must be called by God to preach the word of God to accomplish the work of God.

Friend, what is your attitude toward the Bible? Do you believe the lie that the Bible is just a book written by men? Or do you receive it, and accept it, for what it truly is, – the word of God?

Do you act upon your belief by ignoring the Bible, or by investing time and effort into listening, reading, studying, meditating and memorizing it?

My priority as a Pastor is to preach it. This is God’s message – and His means for you to live happily, meaningfully, usefully – eternally. This is God’s gift. Won’t you receive it – and accept it?

In Jesus’ 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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