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.
Passover Seder, by
Jeremy Young, Pastoral Intern
Passover is the oldest and most important religious festival in Judaism. It commemorates God's deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt and God's creation of the Israelite people. The focal point of Passover is a communal meal called the Seder (which means "order" because of the fixed order of service). It's a time of rejoicing and celebration at the deliverance for the Hebrews that God accomplished in the Exodus. There has been increasing interest among Christians in this ancient festival. Among the reasons: an increasing sensitivity to cultural and societal problems and a corresponding desire to learn about others, a renewed awareness of the importance of the Old Testament scriptures as Christian scripture, and a desire to recover a sense of the sacred through liturgy and sacrament . . . (Adapted from the Christian Resource Institute, author Dennis Bratcher; http://www.crivoice.org/seder.html)
On Palm Sunday, April 9, we at Williston-Immanuel will celebrate our first Passover Seder during service. We will begin with a palm processional in the sanctuary and then transition into Fellowship Hall for the Seder. Read Jeremy's complete article here.
- Choir Rehearsal: 8:30 a.m.
- Adult Forum: 9:30 a.m.
- Children's Choir: 9:30 a.m.
- Worship: 10:30 a.m.
- Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
- Child Care: Infant - grade 3
- Coffee & Fellowship: 11:30 a.m.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and ends on Easter Eve, April 15. Download schedule here.
Lenten Study "Practicing our Faith": Noon, Wednesday, March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5.
Palm Sunday, April 9
10:30 am: Procession using Eco-Palms and Passover Seder Meal. (See article at left.)
Maundy Thursday, April 13
7:00 pm: Meditative worship with communion held in the Greenough Chapel
Easter, April 16
9:30 am: Join your church family for Easter breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
10:00 am: Easter egg hunt in the Cloister for children.
10:30 am: Celebrate Christ's resurrection with triumphant music
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.
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.
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
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
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