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.



1-29-23 – “You Catch ‘Em, He’ll Clean ‘Em”

Mark 1:14-18

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1-22-23 – “Come & See!”

John 1:43-51

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1-15-23 – “The End of Love” Part 2

John 13:34-35

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1-8-23 – “The End of Love”

1 Timothy 1:3-7

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1-1-23 – “The ‘How’ of Happiness”

Psalm 119:1-16

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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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“Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”        Mark 1:14,15

Dear Friends,

Here, in Mark’s inspired record of the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry, we discover a few words that are important to our understanding of Jesus’ mission and message. I’ll explain a little about a few words that can be misunderstood and misapplied today.

The “Gospel” means the “Good News” that the “time” had been “fulfilled”; that is, the period of preparation was complete and the significant moment for God to fulfill His promise of a Savior had arrived.

The “Kingdom of God”, or the spiritual rule of God in the hearts of His people, had arrived in the person of His Son Jesus.

Most importantly, I want to discuss Jesus’ commands to “Repent” and “Believe”, which can be thought of as 2 sides of the coil of Salvation.

‘Repent’ is from the Greek ‘Meta’ (or ‘change’) and ‘Noia’ (or ‘mind’). To Repent is to ‘change your mind’ about serving one’s self, sin, the world, etc. and deciding to serve God instead. Repentance leads to the turning away from our former way of life and turning to Jesus and His Way.

To ‘Believe’ literally means to ‘Trust’, ‘Put faith in’ or ‘Commit to.’

Being converted to Christ, which can be likened to a marriage ceremony, is having one’s mind changed about, and saying “no” to, everyone and everything else, and committing to, and saying “yes” to Jesus.

Both of these responses (Repentance and Faith – the two sides of the coin of Salvation) are not actions we can perform by ourselves, they are gifts from God (see 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and Ephesians 2:8-9 for starters).

I invite you to explore these words further and re-read the passage above with clearer understanding. Then, I invite you to pray for God to grant you the gifts of repentance and faith, for the first time or at a deeper level than ever before. Then, enjoy the ‘abundant life’ Jesus offers you!

In His love,

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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