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Williston-Immanuel United Church is a United Church of Christ congregation and an American Baptist Churches in the USA congregation, bringing together the best of two historic American denominations.



We offer a personal welcome to everyone, affirming common values as well as unique differences. Acceptance without conditions, affirmation without discrimination—these are the goals of Williston-Immanuel United Church.

The worship service is a meaningful blend of the traditional and contemporary. There is freedom and encouragement to try new forms of worship and music. A Children's Time is a part of each worship service. Some worshipers dress formally; others dress casually; the choir and clergy wear robes. The experience of worshiping with Williston-Immanuel is not easily forgotten.


The worship space has magnificent architecture, glorious stained glass, a state-of-the-art pipe organ and two grand pianos, plus comfortable pews.


The church's sanctuary and parish house are a modified form of English Gothic. The material used is granite, so fitly joined that the whole structure has been called a poem in stone. Groundbreaking was held on April 28, 1926. Overlooking the sanctuary is the magnificent Rose Window, given to the church in memory of Rinda and Thaddeus C. Lewis of Portland by their three adult children and dedicated on Palm Sunday, 1928.


Accessibility: We offer assistance to worshipers who experience hearing difficulties. A pocket-sized Williams Sound System receiver is available from a greeter or usher prior to each Sunday's service of worship. Also, there are now ADA-approved lavatories on the main floor by the Church Offices and on the lower level, at the front of the Fellowship Hall.


Parking in an Urban Setting: More information can be found here. There is also a bike rack by the Church's rear entrance, and a few do use it.


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Rally DayRally Day -- Sunday, September 10

Summer can be a lovely treat of slower time, vacations, and fewer schedules. Fall is lovely, too — a time that calls us back to worship and fellowship, prayer and community with each other. On Sunday, September 10, everyone is invited to breakfast at 9:30, followed by worship at our "school year" time of 10:30. Children's Sunday School classes will begin at 10:45 following the Children's Time during worship. Adult Forum with Jeremy Young begins at 9:30 on September 17 with childcare provided.


REv. Frances Edward ClarkAlso on September 10, during the Rally Day breakfast, the congregation of W-IUC officially designated the fellowship hall as the Francis E. Clark Hall of Williston-Immanuel United Church! The Reverend Francis Edward Clark (1851–1927) was the second pastor of Williston Church and the founder of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor. He was ordained minister of Williston Church in 1876, and served until 1883.In 1881, Francis Clark founded the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor at Williston Church. Francis Clark served as President of the World Christian Endeavor Society for many years after retiring from Williston Church.


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Our Story

Early in the summer of 2011 two congregations in Portland, Maine (Williston West - United Church of Christ and Immanuel Baptist - American Baptist Churches in the USA) each voted unanimously (in officially called meetings for this specific purpose) to "covenant, live and work together as one church, combining the ministries of each in a singular, energetic, Christian mission in the city of Portland, Maine."

This union illustrates a synergy in which the sum becomes greater than the addition of the separate parts. The new church is neither one nor the other, but both and Its merging has brought together the best of two historic, American denominations.

Read more from a recent Portland Press Herald story here or view a presentation of Our Story created by Doug Cruger.

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Come Worship With Us

Williston-Immanuel United Church attempts to be grounded by faith in God, sustained by the love of Christ, and guided by the Holy Spirit. Its mission is to become compassionate, reconciling disciples of Jesus Christ who bear witness to God's love, to people in and out of the congregation. Acceptance without conditions, affirmation without discrimination—these are the goals of Williston-Immanuel United Church.

The Sunday worship service (10:30 am in the fall, winter & spring; 9:30 am in the summer) contains the traditional and the contemporary in a meaningful blend. There is always the desire, freedom, and encouragement to try new forms of worship and music.

We are a welcoming congregation. All are welcome.

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Williston-Immanuel is fellowship, nurture, ministry, and service.

Deborah Davis-Johnson, Pastor

Lydia Hews, Community Liaison

Jeremy Young, Pastoral Intern

Kathleen Scott, Director of Music & Organist 
Denise Calkins, Music Director & Accompanist

Paula Costin, Youth Coordinator 

Victoria Chicon, Nursery Care Provider

 Katharina Roderick, Office Manager

Frank Ashnault, Sexton

Robin Warner, Security

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Email Church Office: office@williston-immanuel.org
Email Pastor: Deborah Davis-Johnson: deborah@williston-immanuel.org

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Friday and Saturday

Williston-Immanuel United Church ~ 156 High Street ~ Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 775-2301


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