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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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About Grace Street Ministry

Having ministered for 8 years before coming to Williston-Immanuel United Church, March 2014 began the formal relationship of Grace Street Ministry and our Church. Working with the marginalized and those experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland, Maine, the pastors and volunteers in the GSM outreach continue to walk with many who are dealing with severe challenges, remember the constant presence of Christ through sadness and joy, offer some help and advocacy in physical ways, and continue to deepen our own understanding of compassion.


"We are going into our eleventh winter on the streets and in the shelters of Portland, learning and loving those on the very margins of society. We offer our presence, pray if requested and items (footwear, socks, blankets, coffee cards, underwear, etc.) to lessen suffering. We continue to pray for spirit's guidance and thank all of you for your generous support." -- Pastor Mair, Pastor Bob, Pastor Jeff, Pastor Dave, and the GSM board.

    Worship Services...

    Image: Presidents DayThe church office is closed on Monday, February 20.


    January 26 at HopeGateWay: Our next time to assist with meal service will be on January 26. Please feel free to drop by HopeGateWay from 4:00 to 7:30 that evening.

    Sunday, January 29 Worship: Mair Honan, Pastor and Executive Director of Grace-Street Ministry and a member of Williston-Immanuel United Church, will preach.

    February 4: Potluck Supper and Contra Dance for church family and others in Fellowship Hall. Potluck 5:00 pm, Dancing 6:00-8:00 pm. $5 per person, $10 maximum per family.

    Saturday, February 11, 10-11:30: How Faith Can Support A Get Healthy, Get Fit Journey. No cost. Look for details in your February "Insight".

    Sunday, February 26 at 9:30 am:
    "Shrove Tuesday on Sunday" Pancake Breakfast.
    Here at Williston-Immanuel we traditionally have a pancake breakfast for all on the Sunday before Lent.


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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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