Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC Saint Pete Beach FL

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About Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC


There are many ways to connect at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church, UCC. When you come to PAG, you'll discover that we are a people in differing places along our spiritual journey. Through worship, fellowship, and learning, we are able to realize opportunities for deepening our faith, serving our community, finding God in our daily lives and making lasting relationships.

Rest assured, if you visit PAG, we'll make you feel welcome, and we'll also give you the space you need to decide if we are a good fit for you.

Most people first find their way to us through Sunday morning worship. If you're curious what that is like, you can discover more on our worship page.

Adults connect through individual conversation during the Fellowship Hour and by becoming active in one of the many Adult Study groups, while our children receive a warm welcome in our Church School and teens find a home in our Youth Programs.

Find yourself here! You'll be amazed at how intereseting, varied and life-giving the programs and groups are.

Keith Haemmelmann, Senior Minister

Location of worship

Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC
Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC
107 16th Ave
Saint Pete Beach, Florida 33706-4211
United States
Phone: 727-360-5508
Fax: 727-367-1966

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Church Pastor

Rev. Dr. Keith Haemmelmann
Rev. Dr. Keith Haemmelmann
Senior Minister
107 16th Ave
Saint Pete Beach, Florida 33706-4211
United States
Phone: 727-360-5508
Fax: 727-367-1966

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Quote of the Day
John 14:2

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.


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Keith was called to serve the Pass-a-Grille Beach Community in Fall of 2004. He holds a Bachelors degree from Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington; a Master of Divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School, Boston, Massachusetts; and a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological School, Chicago, Illinois. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he has led seminars and taught courses on “Preaching” and “Transformational Leadership”. He is the author of numerous articles on “Sacred Space: “How Where We Worship Shapes What We Believe”, and a book published by Pilgrim Press, “Growing Older, Thinking Younger: Ministry to Boomers.”

Keith is a forward thinker with a profound commitment to the mission of the local church and its active involvement in the community and world. He is a strong believer in the educational ministry of the church, believing that spiritual growth comes through our “head” as well as our “heart”, often stating, “These are challenging and complex times, requiring that we love our God fully, not just with our hearts and souls, but also our minds.” In light of this, Keith works dilengetly to make every Sunday personal and relevant, challenging and inspiring.

In his spare time, Keith loves to read books of all kinds, but particularly in regard to history. He is an avid fan of college football, especially the Nebraka Cornhusters! His most recent joy has been the addition of a granddaughter to the family, who he loves spending time with.   Edit
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Free parking is available in 4 locations around the Church. Rear paved parking lot off of 17th Street Parking on 16th Street Parking on grass lot on east side of Church Parking on Gulf Boulevard (permit form Church Office required to waive meter fees)   Edit

Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC Saint Pete Beach Service Times

Begin your Sunday morning at 8:30 AM with 15 minutes of meditative music. This is followed by a seamlessly flowing service of worship, with contemporary music and weekly communion at 8:45 AM.

We offer a traditional worship service at 10 AM which includes a children's message and choir.

Faith Formation for children ages preschool through grade 6 begins in the Sanctuary, and following the Children's Message at the front of the Sanctuary, children are invited to their Church School programs. (click HERE for more info).

Childcare for infants and toddlers is offered in the nursery in the lower level of the main builiding from 8:45 AM until 11:15 AM.

Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month as well as during special services and holy days. We practice open communion, where all people who are open and willing to experience the presence of Christ are invited to partake.


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As a congregation of many blended cultures, religions and ages, as well as residing on the beach, dress on a Sunday morning will vary. Our youth are more casual. Our adults vary from beach casual attire to slacks/skirts, jackets (or not), and some ties.   Edit

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History of Pass-a-Grille Beach Community UCC Saint Pete Beach FL

Our Church History

Before the Town of Pass-A-Grille Beach was incorporated in 1911, song and religious services were held in the local hotels and homes. At this time the Town wanted to have a town hall, school house and church. In 1913 funds were raised by private subscription to buy property and build the first church on the barrier islands of Pinellas County. By 1914 the first Board of Trustees of the Union Church was elected and the congregation began meeting in the “Old School house” on 10th Avenue. The “Old Church” on 10th Avenue was finished in 1917 and dedicated on Christmas Eve. The Founder of the church, Evangelist Dr. Milan B. Williams, was the church’s pastor until 1935. His 1928 biography is written up in “The History of Pinellas County” by William L. Straub. In 1941 the church was incorporated as Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church. Pastors were of many denominations and it was decided by 1949 that the church needed to belong to a denomination and joined the Congregational Conference of Florida. The last three pastors at the “Old Church” were Congregationalists who were loved and still remembered by the community for their spiritualism. The Sunday school grew to over 100 children. During the 1950s it was decided that the growing congregation needed to build a new church.

In March of 1959 the congregation moved into the new church on 16th Avenue and in the early 1960s the congregation became a part of the United Church of Christ. From 1959 until today the church has grown to a membership of over 900. A Thrift Shop, Day School and Counseling Clinic were begun during that time. Houses and a hotel were torn down in the 1970s to make room for parking. The Montessori School was formed as an outreach to the community in the late 1980s. In the 1990s a new educational building was added, along with remodeling the courtyard area to include a labyrinth, fountain and garden. The altar area was enlarged to make room for ever-increasing usage. Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church is also the only barrier island church on the National Historic District register for the west coast of Florida. Today this active church continues to reach out to community, country and world-wide missions as it did from its very beginning.   Edit

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