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.


“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.



5-31-20 – “The Fear of the LORD . . .”

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5-24-20 – “The True Miracle of Jesus” – Sunday am recording

Mark 1:40-45


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5-24-20 – “The True Miracle of Jesus”


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Audio: Mark 1:40-45  – “The True Miracle of Jesus”

5-24 audio

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5-17-20 – “A String of Pearls from Peter”


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Audio: 1 Peter  – “A String of Pearls from Peter”


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5-10-20 – Pearls from Peter – “The God of All Grace . . .”


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Audio: 1 Peter 5:10,11 – “Pearls from Peter” – “The God of All Grace . . .”


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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.


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.





  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am. We opened back up on Sunday, May 3rd, and are taking safety precautions as recommended. Feel free to wear a mask if you so choose. If you prefer to continue to worship at home, we pray that the resources we provide will be edifying and worshipful.


For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Dear Friends,

“Life Preaches!” That statement from my seminary preaching professor has helped me watch for what God may be trying to teach me in my daily circumstances. As we all adjust to the current situation related to the Corona Virus pandemic, what is God trying to show us?

Of course there are countless answers, many of which are unique to each individual. Allow me to offer a spiritual lesson that applies absolutely and universally to everyone.

There is a spiritual ‘disease’ far more serious, pervasive and destructive than any physical sickness that has ever infected human beings. Sin, the Bible teaches, is like a virus that we are all born with, live in and will die from, unless it is eradicated.

By the grace of God, there is a cure! God, through His Son Jesus, has provided the means by which our sin can be forgiven, our debt cancelled, our guilt removed and our slavery to it abolished.

Jesus’ death on the cross is what He did for us. Our faith in Him and what He accomplished there is what we must exercise to receive the free gift of eternal life.

Have you found yourself a bit preoccupied with, or perhaps frightened by, the Corona Virus? If you will pay appropriate attention to the much greater problem of sin, and make sure you avail yourself of its cure, you will be free to face any virus, any disease, any problem, with God’s perspective and peace.

God bless you with health, safety and salvation in Jesus,

Pastor Tim Sir


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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