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.



1-22-23 – “Come & See!”

John 1:43-51

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1-15-23 – “The End of Love” Part 2

John 13:34-35

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1-8-23 – “The End of Love”

1 Timothy 1:3-7

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1-1-23 – “The ‘How’ of Happiness”

Psalm 119:1-16

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12-24-22 – “We Believe . . . Conceived of the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary”

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38

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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.
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  • Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9 AM.


“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

“The Four-Fold WORD of God”

Dear Friends,

God is a Self-Revealing, or “Speaking” God.

The Bible is clear about the several ways God has revealed Himself, or “Spoken”, to us.

First, God’s INFINITE WORD (or ‘General Revelation’) is seen in His creation (Rom. 1:20 above). Through what He “spoke” into existence (“Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” Gen. 1:3) the Lord revealed His nature and character to all people of all time, leaving everyone without an excuse for denying Him.

Next, in the worlds of Hebrews 1:1-2a, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son …” We can call this God’s INSPIRED WORD (or ‘Special Revelation’), because He breathed His message into His prophets and onto the pages of Scripture (compare 2 Tim. 3:16,17).

Thirdly, and most clearly, as mentioned in Heb. 1:2a, God spoke to us in His Son, referred to as God’s INCARNATE WORD (or ‘Personal Revelation’). This is what we are celebrating and proclaiming during Advent and at Christmas.

Finally, while the first three are astonishingly incomprehensible, God has chosen to speak to His children through His INDWELLING WORD as Christ Himself enters into each person who receives Him and believes in His name (John 1:12,13).

In the days and weeks of this Christmas season, whether you are experiencing overwhelming busyness and stress, or loneliness, disappointment and depression, please be reminded of Who God is. Contemplate all the ways our marvelous self-revealing Creator has spoken to you and for your benefit.

Remember that He made you – fearfully and wonderfully! Remember that He “so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Believe in Jesus. Receive Jesus. Be indwelt by Jesus. Follow Jesus. Be encouraged by Jesus. Celebrate Jesus this Christmas!

In His 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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