Men and Women's Day:

First Union will embark upon its second year of a combined Men and Women's Day Celebrations. We do not know if this will be a new norm for our ministry. However, we are in a position to celebrate and glorify God with all our might. Plans are currently forming for everyone to participate. Please search out Deacon Jimmy Watson for the Men and Sister Annette Manley for the Women. You may contact Pastor Foster for the Ministry in Music. The service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. We are asking all members and guest to sow a seed of $100.00 into our ministry. Thank you, in advance, for engaging this celebration both physically and financially.

Funeral Services:

Sister Jeanette Cade

Please be in prayer for the Cade family who will be funeralize their mother on Thursday, September 16  at First Union. The wake will start at 10 a.m. The funeral will start at !!:00 a.m.

Brother Prince Manley

Sister Annette Manley lost her husband (Brother Prince Manley) on Tuesday of this week. Services are tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday of next week. An update will be provided by Sunday. 


Pastor Bishop Damen M. Bennett (A Son of First Union)

The viewing will be held at Woods Funeral Home (1003 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights, IL 60411) from 4 pm to 8 pm. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The Wake will start at10:00 AM. The Funeral will start 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of East Chicago, 4911 McCook Avenue, East Chicago, IN 46312. 


2021 Theme:

Our theme for 2021 is  "Utilizing the Love of God to Reach the Community One by One." Loving one another has been the aim of our ministry for quite some time. The love we are required to distribute should be the love of God. Godly love requires us to seek out the salvation of lost souls. Love that will take the time to introduce the unsaved to Jesus. The scripture references are: Romans 1:16, Mark 16:15, and 1 Peter 3:15.


We will use the entire year to introduce individuals to Jesus Christ. We will make this process personal and precise. Each person is asked to target someone within your circle of influence who have not accepted Jesus as their personal Savior

First Union Prayer Ministry:

Prayer is a major component of our ministry. Please join us in one or all of our prayer endeavors:


Tuesday Prayer -Prayer starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday.  A Prayer Request form is located on the front of the Prayer Box on the hallway table.


Phone Prayer - Our phone prayer call is every Monday and Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. The number to dial is (513) 386-0000.  The Access Code is 649822#.

Bible Study(First Union's DNA):

My prayers are that our entire family of faith will joins us on Zoom to discuss our DNA. We will explore ACTS 2 and other scriptures to set or reset our ministry's DNA. Please allow me to give you a deeper explanation of why we should dig deeper into this matter. 

Figuring out our church’s DNA is more important than the wording of our church’s purpose, vision, mission, or strategy. Why? Because DNA comes first, and DNA will be the deciding factor about purpose, vision, mission, and strategy. No matter how unique, creative, or profound your other statements may be, if we don’t know our church’s DNA, you will never fully be what God has created you to be.


Until we know our church’s DNA, we will try and copy other churches’ purpose statements and vision strategies. No two churches are alike. Every church is unique. Churches cannot be manufactured or franchised.


Until we know our church’s DNA, we will be continually frustrated and discouraged by lack of growth, or slow growth. Things will never run smoothly. Ministry will seem more like work than service.


Pastoral burnout, staff conflicts, leadership struggles, and grumbling members, I believe, are all symptoms that a church does not know its DNA. Worse still, until you know your church’s DNA, you will fall into the trap of comparing your ministry to someone else’s. And comparisons are unbiblical. The Bible says:


“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” (Galatians 6:4-5, The Message)

Over the nest five weeks we will examine and present understanding of First Union's 5 DNA strands. click the following Zoom link to join us: or use the information below. 


First Union has implemented two online giving processes. We will use the Givelify application available through First Union's Website, your App Store or Google play. You may also give through PayPal here on our website ( Simply click the DONATE button. You can also mail your offerings to the church: 

            First Union Missionary Baptist Church

            1301 Woodlawn Ave. 

            Ford Heights, IL 60411

When God brought His people out of slavery in Egypt and into Canaan, He gave them a rich and fertile land. Of all that they produced on this good land, God required that they give the first tenth to Him. This was called "the tithe." The word "tithe" means "the tenth."

The purpose of the tithe was to remind the people of God's ownership of all things and to teach them to put God first in their lives. God is exceedingly generous. He allowed them to keep nine-tenths of all that they produced, but the tithe, or first tenth, belonged to Him. The Bible says,

"All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's; it is holy unto the Lord." Leviticus 27:30

In addition to their tithes, God's people gave free-will offerings. The tithes and offerings were given to the priests of God. This was the means by which they lived since they had no land of their own. God's people were told to bring their tithes and offerings when they came to worship God. God said, "…they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you." Deuteronomy 16:16-17 (NKJV)

God was teaching His people to give. When they gave freely to God, God gave them abundant crops. The Bible says,

"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty…" Proverbs 3:9-10

First Union Virtual Worship and Sunday school:

Sunday service and Sunday school are up and running. We will continue to broadcast our services via Facebook Live, Zoom and YouTube. 

Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:10 a.m. You have 4 options in dialing into the Sunday school lesson and morning worship: 



    • You can use the Zoom Phone Conferencing by calling: (312) 626-6799 Password: 2787669996#.


Service Times:

Curbside Communion      9 am to 10 am (First Sundays)

Offering Drop Off              9 am to 10 am

Sunday School                   9 am to 10 am

Virtual Worship                  10:10 am to 10:45 am

Virtual Communion          Following Worship (First Sundays)

Bible Study.                        Every Tuesday Evening


Happy Birthday Family!!! The Month of September:                                                                                                                                             



Please remember your tithe and offering. You can drop off your gift between 9 a.m. and. 10 a.m. or give through our webpage at (click on the donate button).

In 2021 We Are

  “Utilizing the Love of God to Reach the Community One by One




















Prayer List:

Bro. Charles Berkley

Sis. Daisy Berkley

Rev. Aaron Brown

Sis. Jeanette Cade

Sis. Naomi Crawford

Dea. Clearance Gilbert

Bro. Abell Harris

Sis. Patricia Jones

Dea. Eric Hunter

Sis. Fara Lawerance

Bro. Prince Manley

Bro. Murphy Mayes

Dea. Clinton Mobley

Dea. Jimmy Watson

Prayer Group

Abel Harris

Charisma Miller

Margaret Willis

Alexus McMillian

Jalysha Latham

Angie Cooper

Jennifer Latham

Anthony Mays

Trouyania Lawrence

Clinton Mobley, Jr.



Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Every Sunday at
 10:00 a.m.


Hebrews 10:25  (KJV)

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.