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.



7-12-20 – “The Disciple’s Diet”


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07-05-20 – “The Christian’s Battle Plan” – Sunday am recording



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7-5-20 – “The Christian’s Battle Plan”

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06-28-20 – “Real Solutions to Real Problems” – Sunday am recording

James 2:1-9, 3:7-12, 5:1-6


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6-28-20 – “Real Solutions to Real Problems”


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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.
  • The Children’s Nursery area is open, but all toys and books have been removed for now. Feel free to bring toys and books for your own child’s use. The Quiet Areas for sleeping babies and nursing moms are also available.


“And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”       James 3:18

“Healing Our Cultural Divide”

Dear Friends,

By “Cultural Divide” I mean the deeply polarized condition of our nation today. I am thankful for our rights of free speech and peaceful assembly, but God has a much better way of making Peace.

When two people are experiencing a strained or broken relationship, Jesus prescribes face to face, one on one, open and honest communication as the remedy (Matt. 18:15ff). We should include as few people as necessary, with the goal always being reconciliation and restoration.

I want to suggest that perhaps the process should be the same with larger groups of people who are ideologically and politically divided. I am imagining a gathering of people who, while representing 2 different positions on an issue, are genuinely interested in communicating, with better understanding on everyone’s part being the objective.

While I’ve never seen this done, I really believe it could happen under the following conditions:

  • Participants would have to be seeking the truth and willing to have their opinions challenged.
  • The ‘Rules of Engagement’ would need to be clearly laid out and agreed upon.

The first condition speaks to the necessary attitude of anyone truly desiring peace. The second would provide the structure needed to avoid degenerating into chaos.

Perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part, but I am tired of doing it the world’s way and living with the consequences. I’d love to try it Jesus’ way – how about you?

God is a God of peace, order, truth and love. He knows what we ought to think about every topic of discussion. He possesses all wisdom, and generously imparts it to everyone who asks.

If you are interested in discovering His perspective on some of these divisive and volatile issues, let me know. Perhaps we could experiment with discussing things His way and set an example for others who really want the truth, which alone can set us free.

Food for thought,

In His love and for His glory,

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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