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.



11-24-21 – Thanksgiving Meditation – “Set Free!”

Romans 7:24,25a

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11-21-21 – “7 Characteristics of a Fruitful ‘Community'”

Romans 15:1-6

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11-14-21 – “Listening to Wisdom”

Proverbs 8

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11-7-21 – “The Primacy of God’s Word”

Acts 20:16-32

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10-31-21 – “Jewels From Jesus Through John” Part 2

John 14:23-27 / 15:4-11

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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 School Classes are available for all ages. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see you there!
  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am. Feel free to wear a mask if you so choose.


“In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John 14:20

Dear Friends,

As I devotionally worked my way through the Gospel of John, I was struck by an important reality that can help Christians relate to God, and each other, more rightly and effectively.

In John 5:17-20, Jesus was threatened by the Jews for “calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (v. 18b). Jesus made it clear that the Father, Son and Spirit exist in a “community”, a “Common unity”, a “Tri-Unity” of three persons in one God. What jumped out at me was that Jesus used very similar language to describe the relationship between the Trinity and “born-from-above” (John 3:3-8) Christians.

In John 14:16-17 Jesus promised that the Father would send the Holy Spirit (on the Day of Pentecost, Acts 2) and that the Spirit would abide with us, and be in us. The gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God would create a “Community” with every human being who receives that gift through faith in Christ.

In other words, if I have received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I have received the person of His Holy Spirit, and I have entered into a personal, intimate relationship with the Triune God that is essentially the same as the relationship Father, Son & Spirit exist in for all eternity.

Keeping that in my mind can help me walk with God more humbly and obediently. In moments of temptation or distraction, the knowledge of my “community” with the Godhead can cause me to think and say, “I am one with you, Lord! Help me resist this temptation to sin, because you are sinless. Help me focus on who I am and why I am here, because you desire to do your work through me.”

I am finding this helpful, and I offer it to you as food for thought. Do you know who God is, as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures? Have you trusted in Jesus’ death on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins? Are you believing in His resurrection from the dead for your own eternal life? Have you opened your heart to receive Christ’s Holy Spirit? Have you entered into personal, intimate “Community” with the living God?

If not, I pray that you will. If so, I pray that you now walk with God more lovingly, joyfully, peacefully, effectively, and usefully!

For His Glory, and your happiness,

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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