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.
Lent at Williston-Immanuel
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14 and ends on Easter Eve, March 31.
Activities During Lent
Tthe Williston Immanuel Community Assistance program, run by our Community Liaison, Alison Barker, is open every Thursday to help our community with resources such as food, diapers, financial assistance and more. While out grocery shopping this Lenten season we ask you, if you are able, to help restock the food pantry with needed items. Thank you!
- Choir Rehearsal: 8:30 a.m.
- Adult Forum: Feb. 11 at 11:45 am.
- 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.
February 19th: Office closed for Presidents Day.
"Have all the time you need to make this offering in your own way...nothing forced or hurried at the last minute. Take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you might give. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving."
2 Corinthians 9:7, adapted from Eugene Peterson's THE MESSAGE
The Sanctuary, offices, lavatories, parlors, Greenough Chapel and Clark Hall are accessible via either ramps or an electric stair-case chair when you enter from the parking lot off of Deering Place.
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.
Derek Austin, Pastor
Kathleen Scott, Director of Music & Organist
Denise Calkins, Music Director & Accompanist
Paula Costin, Youth Coordinator
Alison Barker. Community Liaison
Katharina Roderick, Office Manager
Frank Ashnault, Sexton
Robin Warner, Security