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.



10-10-21 – “We Will Not Bow”

Daniel 3:16-26

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10-3-21 – Guest Speaker

No sermon audio or video today – we enjoyed a Christ-centered message from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and some of those working with these young people in our area.

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9-26-21 – “The Essence of Eternal Life” Part 4

John 6:46-71

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9-19-21 – “The Essence of Eternal Life” Part 3

John 6:22-71

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9-12-21 – Memorial Service for Shirley A Butz


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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 School Classes are available for all ages. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see you there!
  • Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am. Feel free to wear a mask if you so choose.


My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20

Dear Friends,

As James concluded his epistle to those persecuted Christians of the 1st Century, he admonished them to “Do” what he has commanded them. God inspired James to issue over 54 imperatives (commands) in the 108 verses of his letter. His final words teach us the following:

1) We can Wander from God’s Way.

James, speaking to His “brethren”, i.e. Christians, implies that we can stray from God’s revealed will. We can easily rationalize our departures from His way of thinking and living as we think and do what pleases us instead.

2) Deviation is Deadly.

Wandering from God’s Way is not a minor offence without serious consequences. God’s Word is clear that “the wages of sin is death . . .” (Gen. 2:17, Romans 6:23, Proverbs 14:12, James 1:13-15). In his final sentence, James warns us that sin is a serious threat to our salvation.

3) Salvation Requires Repentance and Renunciation.

A wandering Christian must turn back, i.e. Repent! Our minds must change! We must realize that Sin and Satan make promises they cannot keep! Therefore, in order to be forgiven and saved we must change our minds, turn from our sin and back to God, renounce those sinful ways and, with God’s help, keep them behind us from now on!

4) Our Influence is Incalculable, Inescapable, Inestimable and Inevitable.

“No man is an Island” (John Donne). God, through James, wants us to realize that what we think and how we live inevitably affects everyone around us – for good or evil. James points out the responsibility we have been given. God wants to use each Christian to bring wandering brothers and sisters back to His way. And when we do, James encourages us to know just how important our obedience has been. Jesus said that we are the “salt of the earth”, the “light of the world” with incalculable influence on the lives of others.

Have you confessed your sin to God and received His forgiveness through faith in Jesus? Do you appreciate the seriousness of sin for unbelievers, and believers? Are you living in such a way that influences others to turn back to God?

God bless you richly, as you follow Jesus closely!

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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