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.



10-13-19 – “Every Thought Captive”

2 Corinthians 10:1-6


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10-06-19 No Audio – guest speaker

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9-29-19 – “Knowing God” Part 5 – God’s Thrice-Repeated Communicable Attribute

1 Peter 1:14-19


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9-22-19 – “Knowing God” Part 4 – His Tri-Unity

John 17:13-23


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9-15-19 – “Knowing God” Part 3 – His Communicable Attributes


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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.
Girl’s Youth Group (Wednesdays)
 6:30 p.m.
 Women’s Bible Study (Wednesdays)  6:45 p.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
  • Sunday School Classes for all ages will begin for the fall on Sept. 8th, 9:00 am. Hope you can join us!


“This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3

Dear Friends,

Jesus prayed these words to God the Father on the night before He died. In them Jesus gets to the very heart of what Christianity is, a personal ‘knowledge’ of God.

An Atheist believes that there is no God. An Agnostic believes that we cannot know whether or not there is a God. Christians believe that God is knowable, having revealed Himself to human beings in His creation, our consciences, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Old and New Testament Scriptures.

The Bible teaches that it is possible to know about God. It is packed with information about Who His is, what He is like, what He has done and what He demands.

Now, it is possible to know ‘about’ someone, and yet not ‘know’ them. You could read a biography of Abraham Lincoln, mentally absorb lots of information ‘about’ him, and yet not ever ‘know’ him. To ‘know’ another person, we must meet them, exchange personal information back and forth, and begin an actual relationship.

Many of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day knew a lot about God, but did not ‘know’ Him. Jesus came to them, but they did not recognize Him as the Christ and, therefore, did not ‘receive’ Him (John 1:11-13). These verses also show that it is possible to ‘know’ God personally by ‘receiving’ His Son Jesus, and being born of God’s Spirit and adopted into His family (compare John 3:1-16 & Romans 8:14-16).

When a person ‘receives’ Jesus by trusting in Him for the forgiveness of their sins and asking Him to come and dwell in their heart, Jesus does. The Holy Spirit of God literally and spiritually takes up residence within that person, and a new relationship begins. Can you see the difference between knowing ‘about’ God, and ‘knowing’ God – between comprehending facts and information ‘about’ Him, and experiencing a personal relationship with Him?

Friend, God is knowable and has revealed Himself clearly. He created us to know Him personally and intimately (Rev. 3:20). That personal relationship was broken by our sin, but can be restored through Jesus. The most important question you can ask yourself is, “Do I merely know ‘about’ God, or do I ‘know’ God?”

If you come to ‘know’ God, you can look forward to getting to know Him more closely, fully, deeply and intimately for the rest of your life on earth and throughout eternity!

That is my prayer for you,

In Christ’s Love,

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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