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.



6-9-24 – “Whom Do You Please?”

Romans 15:1-6

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5-26-24 – “The Appearance of Resurrection Life” Part 5

Romans 14

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5-19-24 – “The Appearance of Resurrection Life” Part 4

Romans 13

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5-12-24 – “When Am I Strong?” Part 2

2 Corinthians 12:9,10

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5-5-24 – “When Am I Strong?”

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

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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. – everyone is welcome!
  • Sunday School classes for all ages will resume in September.
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1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.                                                                                                                                                                                               Romans 13:1,7,8

Dear Friends,

Typically the headings in our Bibles and Sermons preached on Romans 13 divide this chapter in two. On the surface it appears that in verses 1-7 the Apostle Paul deals with the Christian’s relationship to the civil government, and in verses 8-13 he shifts his discussion to the importance of love.

Under closer examination, notice that v. 7 begins with “render to all what is due them”, or literally, “what is ‘owed’ to them”, and verse 8 begins “owe nothing to anyone except to love one another . . .” As I studied the whole chapter I became convinced that the repeating of the word “owe” connected vs. 7 & 8 and the two halves which are better treated together as a unit.

The dominant idea in this chapter, the context of Chapters 12-14, the entire letter and the whole of Scripture, is love – love of God and love of neighbor. This helped me see that if I loved our governing authorities as I love myself, and if I were to think about and treat them as I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes, I would probably pray for them a lot more diligently and talk about them much more graciously.

Unfortunately our sources of ‘news’ and information capitalize on our natural tendency to hate those we disagree with, fueling the extreme polarization we are experiencing today.

As Christians, we are called by God and equipped by His Holy Spirit to act and speak in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We should look very different from people who are not chosen to be the salt and light of the world.

As another national election approaches, political rhetoric is sure to increase societal and inter-personal tensions. Please join me in prayerfully considering how we might best fulfill God’s law by loving Him, loving others and being responsible citizens of His kingdom and the country we have been blessed to reside in.

God bless you, God bless His Church, and God bless America,

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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