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.



2-28-21 – “Contemplating the Kingdom”


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2-21-21 – “If So, How?”

Ephesians 1:18-23

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2-14-21 – “If So, When?”

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

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2-7-21 – “Jesus on How to Tell the Truth”

Mark 3:31, 8:27, 10:17

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1-31-21 – “How Can You Tell the Truth?”

John 8:31b-32

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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.


1 Corinthians 15:25-26 – For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

Dear Friends,

Bible Scholars use the phrase “Already-Not Yet” to help us understand how something can be a reality now, but not realized fully until sometime in the future.

For example, the text above states that the risen and ascended Jesus is on His throne in heaven now, ruling over all things. However, He is still in the process of conquering all His enemies. Therefore it is right to say He is “Already” reigning, but “Not Yet” fully.

This present age was invaded by the “age to come” when Jesus came to earth the first time. Therefore, we are experiencing an “overlapping of the ages.” The Kingdom of God is present, “Already” but “Not Yet” fully. Jesus is going to return to the earth, consummate human history and usher in the “age to come.” Satan, sin, and death will be rendered completely powerless, and finally eliminated.

The question becomes, “How are present day disciples of Jesus to be participating in this process of putting all His enemies under His feet?”

We must recognize that if we have received Christ and He dwells within us in the person of His Holy Spirit, that “God is at work in us, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13); that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). We are the “Salt of the earth” and the “Light of the world” (Matt. 5:13-16). We are to ‘influence’ the people and world around us with God’s truth and grace.

As we obey Jesus’ command to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:18-20), relying on the indwelling Christ to guide, direct, strengthen, comfort, encourage and correct us, God’s working through us to accomplish His purposes for this moment.

I pray that you are engaged in this work, and that by considering these biblical truths you are better equipped to be about the Father’s business. May God bless you richly, as you follow Jesus closely!

In His Love and Power,

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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