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.



11-17-19 – “Why Are We Working?”

Ephesians 4:11-16


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11-10-19 – “How Are We Walking?”

Ephesians 4:1-6


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11-3-19 – “Where Am I?”

Ephesians 2:1-7


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10-27-19 – “Every Gift Active”

1 Corinthians 12:7-20


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10-20-19 – “Every Thought Captive” Part 2

Jeremiah 27-28


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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.





  • We will be having a Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service at 7 pm on the the 27th. Everyone is welcome – invite your family and friends!
  • 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!


“Every Thought Captive”

2 Corinthians 10:5 –“ We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Dear Friends,

Since we are made in God’s image, we human beings have the ability to think. Our minds are continually filled with thoughts and ideas. Some thoughts are true and good, but many can be untrue, unclean, bad, negative, noxious, etc. As we say, “The mind is Satan’s playground, and our battleground.”

The Apostle Paul was defending his apostleship in this letter to the Church in Corinth, which had been infiltrated by the false teaching of “false apostles” (11:13). The only antidote to Satan’s lie is God’s truth!

In the passage above, Paul uses a military metaphor to explain what the true gospel does to untrue ideas. Like an invading army that besieges the enemy’s fortress, tears down its walls and captures its inhabitants, God’s truth destroys Satan’s lies in the minds of people.

The world’s sources of information (books, magazines, news media, the internet, etc.) are often a biased twisting of the truth to advance a particular narrative. The political arena can be a cesspool of untrue ideas. Unfortunately even the church, which ought to be the protector and dispenser of God’s truth revealed in His Word, can have thoughts, teachings and practices contrary to God’s will.

The Apostle Paul, preachers of God’s truth today, and all truth-seeking believers can be confident that Jesus is building His church and “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).

While God’s truth dispels the lies of the Evil One in the world, it also destroys fortresses and speculations in the minds of Christians who desire pure hearts and holy lives. God’s desire is to take every one of our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

IF you desire purity and holiness and the freedom that comes from right living before God, you must aggressively engage in this war in your mind. Ask Jesus into the dining room of your heart (Rev. 3:20). Ask Him to search your mind for untrue or sinful thoughts and patterns of thinking (Hebrews 4:12-16). Ask Him to grant you repentance, a “change of mind”, so you can escape Satan’s grip and experience freedom (2 Tim. 2:25,26).

Friends, this war is real and it is fierce. At stake is the gospel and your personal walk with God. Will you “fight the good fight” (2 Tim. 4:7,8) as Paul did, and as serious Christians are doing all over the world today?

For Christ’s Church, God’s glory, and your joy,

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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