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.



7-21-24 – “Roving in Romans”


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7-14-24 – “To God Be the Glory”

Romans 16:25-27

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7-7-24 – “Paul’s Parting ‘Para-Kaleo-ing'”

Romans 16:17-20

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6-30-24 – “God’s Methods and Our Mission”

Romans 15:20-33

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6-23-24 – “The Apostle’s Purpose and Performance”

Romans 15:14-19

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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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“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which his your spiritual service of worship.”  Romans 12:1

“to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:16


Dear Friends,

Being a Disciple of Jesus is a sacrifice. I’m not talking about the things we may be asked to “give up” or “live without” in order to serve others. That certainly comes with the territory. What I’m discussing is the way Paul likens the Christian’s life to the Old Testament image of the Temple Priest placing an animal on the altar as a pleasing offering to the Lord.

When Paul began to trust and follow Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he presented himself as a “living and holy sacrifice” to God (Rom. 12:1). Then Paul saw his ministry of the Gospel to the Gentiles as part of his sacrifice to God. And he saw the fruit of his ministry (the people who were converted to Christ) as his offering to the Lord.

Similarly, we are to offer ourselves to God. All that we are – all we think, do and say – is to be presented to God to please Him by serving His purposes. As we do this, we can see how God desires to use us to influence the lives of the people around us.

Do you see your life this way? Or do you compartmentalize it into your Faith/Relationship with God on one hand, and basically living for yourself on the other?

Seeing yourself and your life’s purpose from Paul’s (and God’s) perspective will begin to make a radical change in your sense of meaning and mission, and will bring a sense of satisfaction and peace as you live for God as you never have before.

Please give this prayerful thought,

And may God bless you richly,

As you follow Jesus closely!

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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