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.



9-25-22 – “Why A Creed?”

2 Timothy 1:12-14, 2:2

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9-11-22 – “God’s Will to Bear Fruit” Pt. 7 – Living Above the Law

Galatians 5:22,23

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9-4-22 – “God’s Will to Bear Fruit” Part 6 – Faith, Gentleness, Self-Control

Galatians 5:22,23

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8-28-22 – “God’s Will to Bear Fruit” Part 5 – Kindness & Goodness

Romans 2:4-11

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8-21-22 – “God’s Will to Bear Fruit” Part 4 – Patience

Colossians 3:5-15

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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.





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2 Timothy 1: 13,14 – Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

Dear Friends,

“Why A Creed?”

As I embark on a preaching adventure through the “Apostles’ Creed”, or, rather, the passages of scripture that gave rise to the Creed, I want to begin by expositing the text above.

Shortly before his execution in prison, the Apostle Paul charged his “beloved son” (v. 2) with a faithful stewardship of God’s truth. Timothy, a young Pastor who had been trained by Paul, was responsible for carrying on the Apostle’s teachings.

What were Paul’s teachings? He refers to them as ‘sound’ words (v. 13) that are a ‘standard’ to be held to and preserved. In verse 14 Timothy is told to ‘guard’ the ‘Treasure’ (‘Deposit’ or ‘Trust’) that had been handed down (see 2:2).

Paul was saying that there is a body of core principles that form a deposit of truth that God has revealed to people through the Old Testament (Moses & the prophets) and finally through Jesus. Christ’s teachings were then entrusted to His Apostles and by extension, to the Church over the centuries.

As the Church grew, this body of truth was attacked from every direction and threatened by various false teachings (heresies). Satan is always determined to twist and distort God’s Word and lead people astray.

Under the supervision of God’s Holy Spirit, this body of truth containing the most clear, explicit and important teachings of Scripture, has been expressed in ‘Creeds’ accepted and recited by Christians of many backgrounds.

Today, in a culture that questions the existence of “Absolute Truth” and in a church culture where many Pastors and Professors challenge the age-old teachings of the Bible, we are faced with critical questions: Do we believe? Do we embrace the ancient teachings? Are we being faithful in protecting and preserving the ‘trust’ handed down to us by those martyred for this cause?

What if Paul would have compromised “the faith”? What if Timothy would have handled the truth lightly or loosely?

It is now our turn. The future condition of this Trust, and the Church, depends upon our faithfulness today.

Will you join me in “contending earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3)?

In Christ’s Name,

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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