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.



11-13-22 – “More on the Church & the Communion of Saints”

1 Corinthians 4:14-17

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11-6-22 – “The WAY of Life”

Acts 19:8-20:1

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10-30-22 – “The Apostles’ Creed” Part 6, The Forgiveness of Sins

Colossians 1:12-14

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10-23-22 – “The Apostles’ Creed” Part 5, “The Catholic Church & Communion of Saints”, Pt B

1 Corinthians 3:1-17

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10-16-22 – “The Apostles’ Creed” Part 4, “The Catholic Church & Communion of Saints”

Ephesians 1:22,23 / 4:1-16

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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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“Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:3-6

Dear Friends,

The Catholic Church & Communion of Saints

In his letter to the Ephesian church, the Apostle Paul wrote some essential truths about the “one Holy Catholic Church” and the “communion of saints” that guided church leaders in the formation of the early confessions and creeds.

As time went on, some of the words and phrases of Scripture began to take on different meanings, resulting in confusion in the Church today.

According to Paul and the other authors of our New Testament scriptures, a “saint” refers to someone who has been spiritually separated from the world by God, forgiven of their sins through Jesus Christ, and made a part of Christ’s body, the Church (Eph. 1:1,22,23). Therefore the “Saints” are individually simply “Christians” and collectively, the “Church” (the “called-out-ones”). By repeating the word “One” in the verses above, Paul stressed the common unity, or “community” of the saints which already exists and must be “diligently preserved.”

To understand what the early Church leaders meant by ‘Catholic’, we must be reminded that they were expressing Universality and Orthodoxy. Again, the “One-ness” Paul wrote of speaks of the spiritual unity of all true Christians (saints) everywhere throughout the entire world. Ortho-Dox (from “Ortho” or “Straight”, “Doxa” – “Thinking”) refers to the deposit of Truth or ‘Straight Thinking’ handed down from Jesus to His Apostles into Scripture.

Amid thousands of denominations and countless doctrinal differences, any semblance of actual unity in the church today seems unattainable.

As much, or more, than ever, we need to understand what the Bible actually teaches, and what the early creeds confess, about the nature of Christians and the Church.

Will you join me in a sincere attempt to “be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” by returning to what the Bible says about “the holy catholic church and the communion of saints”?


                In Christ’s love and truth,

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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