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.



4-11-21 – “Is There More?”

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4-4-21 – “The Need to Remember . . .”

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3-28-21 – “Performing in the Promised Land”

Deuteronomy 2:24-3:7; Acts 4:1-33

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3-21-21 – “Profiting in the Promised Land”

Deuteronomy 8:1-20


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3-7-21 – “Contemplating the Holy Spirit”

Acts 2:1-24

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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. 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.
  • Sunday School classes for all ages are held each Sunday morning, at 9:00 a.m.


“All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers.” Deut. 8:1

Dear Friends,

Recently, I read through Deuteronomy devotionally, and was impressed by how powerfully relevant it is for the church today. As Moses reiterated God’s law to Israel just before they were to enter and possess the Promised Land, he reminded them of some timeless truths.

  1. God Commissions His People. (v. 1b) God’s plan of redemption required the Israelites to enter, conquer and possess the land. As New Testament disciples of Jesus, we have been commissioned to invade Satan’s domain of darkness and set captives free. We “live” by receiving Christ and experiencing His eternal, abundant life. We “multiply” by proclaiming the Gospel and “making disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20).
  2. God Commands His People. (v. 1a) The Israelites’ survival in the Land depended upon their obedience to God’s life-sustaining laws. Similarly, our surviving and thriving as the church today depends upon our obedience to God’s commands. Jesus said, “Make disciples . . . teaching them to observe (do) all that I have commanded you.” Obedience leads to blessing. Disobedience leads to discipline. (Read Deut. 8:2-6ff) We need to memorize this principle, live by it, or suffer the consequences.
  3. God Cautions His People (v. 7-20) Interestingly, God’s main concern for the fidelity of His people was not the enemies they would face, but the prosperity they would enjoy. He had already defeated the opposing armies, but knew that His abundant blessings could cause the Israelites to become proud, forgetful and disobedient (v. 11). Friends, I believe the most dangerous hindrance to our faithfulness and fruitfulness today may be the generous provision we enjoy as God’s people in America.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we have been commissioned to take the land (Matt. 16:18, 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). We have been given the Commands of Christ to obey and be blessed by. We are cautioned to lose our lives for Christ’s sake, in order that we may gain them (Luke 9:23-26).

Please ponder this and pray,

In Jesus’ 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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