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Holly Presbyterian Church
207 Easr Maple Street
Holly, MI 48442
Phone: 248.634.9494

Office Hours:
  • Monday: Office closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: Office close

Sunday Worship

  • Sunday School For All Ages -- 9:30 a.m.
    • The Gathering Place for Kids
    • High School Youth Class
    • Young Adults Class
    • Adult Sunday School
  • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
  • Worship Service (Child care provided) -- 11:00 a.m.


  • Church Office: 248.634.9494
  • Pastor:
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      248. 369.8893
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Welcome to Holly Presbyterian Church!
A member of Lake Huron Presbytery,
Presbyterian Church USA

The Holly Presbyterian Church is a community of faith in God
that values peaceful, loving, and just relationships
in our church, families, and the world.


Whether you're a visitor or member, this Website is dedicated to serving as a source of congregational information and, maybe, even inspiration.  Start your visit by reading the news below, or by clicking the links on the left.  You will find a virtual sketch of the people and life of Holly Presbyterian Church, which will give you a sense of who we are and the journey of faith we are now on. 

If you have feed-back for us, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Outreach Team chairperson, Judy Studer, or our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates.



“God’s Prerogative – Hallelujah!”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
September 21

“Living Out Our Mission”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
September 14

Archive of Sermon Transcripts:
2014 Sermons
2013 Sermons
2012 Sermons
2011 Sermons

Church News

Happening at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, September 21 (The 15th Sunday after Pentecost)
    • Sunday School For All Ages -- 9:30 a.m.
      • The Gathering Place for Kids
      • New High School Youth Class
      • New Young Adult Class
      • Adult Sunday School
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship Service -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Epistle Lesson -- Philippians 1:21–24, 27
      • Gospel Lesson -- Matthew 20:1-16
      • Sermon -- “God’s Prerogative – Hallelujah!” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Congregational Meeting -- 12:00 p.m.
    • Outreach Team meeting -- 12:30 p.m.
    • AA and Alanon meeting -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • AA and Alanon -- 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday
    • Office is open -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • Friends With Needs Outreach -- 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • .Wednesday
    • Office is open -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study ("Exodus") -- 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Friends With Needs Outreach -- 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • Men's Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday
    • Office is open -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • Friends With Needs Outreach -- 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    • Office is open -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Outreach Team baked goods to church by 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is close
    • Outreach Team Bake Sale at Bowman Chevrolet, 6750 Dixie Hwy – 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Free Movie Night - "God's Not Dead" -- 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 28
    • Sunday School For All Ages -- 9:30 a.m.
      • The Gathering Place for Kids
      • NewHigh School Youth Class
      • New Young Adult Class
      • Adult Sunday School
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship Service -- 11:00 a.m.
    • AA and Alanon meeting -- 3:00 p.m.

Kids Worship Kits
HPC welcomes children in worship.
We offer book bags with activities for the kids to
enjoy and hope this resource will help make the
service more enjoyable for them!

crossFree Movie Night, Saturday, September 27th
We are having a free movie night on Saturday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. featuring the movie “God’s Not Dead!”  There will be free popcorn, pop and childcare provided. All are welcome!

Congregational Meeting, September 21st
On September 21st, we will hold a brief Congregational Meeting, following worship, for the purpose of electing an Elder to fill a vacant spot.

Presbyterian logoExploring Membership
For anyone interested in exploring membership at Holly Presbyterian Church, we will be planning a time to meet Pastor Sharlyn. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the church office by calling 248-634-9494, or sending an email to: office@hollypc.org

bake saleOutreach Team Bake Sale at John Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston, September 27
The Outreach Team will be holding another bake sale on Saturday, September 27th, at John Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston during their customer appreciation celebration.  Kenzie Nash is coordinating this event. We would like to ask some of the fabulous bakers in our congregation to contribute baked goods for our bake sale.  If you would be willing to donate a baked good, please sign the sheet in the narthex or let Judy Studer know at 248-634-8918.  Baked goods should be at the church by 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 26th, the night before the sale.

The money earned the past two years was used to donate 50 Easter baskets to Grace Centers of Hope and to donate school supplies to Holly Area Youth Assistance.  Both Outreach projects were supplemented by generous donations from our congregation.

Snoop PartyMark Your Calendar - Fun Times Coming On Saturday, October 11th
The Fellowship Team will be hosting a "Snoop Party" Saturday, October 11th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This is a fun evening playing a gift exchange game that requires a "white elephant" unwrapped "gift" in a brown grocery bag, or, you could choose to buy something under $5.00.  Also, bring an appetizer or something to snack on.  Beverages will be provided.  If you've never played, come along and bring a friend as well.  Card tables will be needed, if you have one.  Any questions contact Roberta Single at 248-634-4360.

Pantry NeedsForgotten Harvest Food Pantry
In support of the important work done by our brothers and sisters in Christ at First Baptist Church of Holly, we continue to collect non-perishable food for their Forgotten Harvest Food Pantry. Items can be placed in the collection tote in the Narthex. Thank you for your support.

Great Lakes ScripGreat Lakes Scrip Fund Raising Program
The Great Lakes Scrip Program is a simply and easy way to support Holly Presbyterian Church. Here's how it works:

The church will earn, on average, 4 - 5% of the face value of the cards ordered.

The Stewardship committee hopes everyone will prayerfully consider supporting this fundraising program. Orders can be given to Vicki Lyles or Christine Cook on the first Sunday of each month, or placed in the offering plate. If you have any questions please see Christine or Vicki.

Card orders placed September 7 will
be available for pick up September 14.

Also, Don't Forget These Opportunities To Support The Church!
VG's Community Rewards Program, Good Search and Good Shop, Phoneraiser: phone and ink jet cartridge recycling.  All of these opportunities provide valuable resources to the our mission with no out of pocket cost to you. If you need more information ask a member of Session.

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Prayers of the People

Prayers of Concern ...
  • For those serving or who have served us and our country in military service;
  • For all those who are in nursing homes, shut in, or seeking comfort and healing;
  • For Beatrice Johnston, Raelene Morgan, Judy Blackburn, Brian Palmero, Maxine Bolyea, Kennedy Todd, Jaymi Whalen, Pamela Lender, Ron Mikulak, Beth Krauss, Rev. Mark Knisley, Dan Nash, Mandie Banks, Fred Roeder, Dan Goodearl, Jim DeHaven, Fred Gates, Brian & Laura Parker and family, Jim Hope and family, Marjorie Smith, Connie "C.J." Brummeler, Bernice Schettling, Sharon Lowes, and Jean Long;
  • For all those affected by the devastating weather and acts of violence and war across the globe.

Joys ...

  • Monday, September 22nd, is the first day of Fall!

Christian Education

cross Sunday School For All Ages
Has Started A New Year!

Check below to see what you have to look forward to this fall.

The Gathering Place for Kids
Calling All People With A Heart For Kids!
The Gathering Place for Kids will open Sunday, September 14th, for another year of learning and fun, and we could not be more excited! We will be using a Spark! Activate Faith program that applies a workshop rotation model. Our workshops will include things like science, computer labs, story time, drama, cooking, music and more! We need fun, curious adults to help guide the workshops. Can you help one Sunday morning?  See Christine Cook or Laura Parker for more details.

New Young Adult Class and New High School Youth Class
Rev. Sharlyn will lead the young adult class and Pastor Shaun will lead the high school youth on the new book and study:

“God Is Not Dead.”

Come and enjoy this exciting discussion!

Adult Sunday School
Barb Brown will lead the study of ”Comparative Religions: "What do the basic tenants of the world’s five major religions and philosophies have in common? We will be studying the way these markedly different belief systems have set up their moral codes, showing the great number of similarities, and a number of the differences between them, and looking at how each of the systems currently influences the actions of nations on the world stage.

Bible Study"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study
The Lunch Bunch will go back to our Bible study of  Exodus and you are welcome to join us. Each Wednesday bring a little something for your lunch! A good time of learning and fellowship. If you have any questions see Charlee Litten.

Religious Studies
We have posted a link to free online Religious Studies Courses from Academic Earth on our Christian Education page. These highly informative video lectures are by experts from prominent colleges and universities in subjects ranging from early Christian art, Faith and Globalization, an introduction to the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Hebrew scriptures in Judaism and Christianity.

For more information, click here and
then scroll to the bottom of the page.

Church Life

The latest pictures of events at the Holly Presbyterian Church

Online Giving

crossYou can now make donations electronically to the Holly Presbyterian Church through the Presbyterian Mission Exchange’s Website using your credit card or debit card. All electronic transactions are secure and private. Here is how it works:

  • Click the “Give Now” button below. This will take you directly to the Holly Presbyterian Church’s secure donation form on the Presbyterian Mission Exchange’s Website.
  • Completely fill out the form using the easy-to-use instructions and then click-on the “Give Now” button at the bottom of that page. You will then see a “Thank You” screen.
  • You will receive an e-mail from the Presbyterian Mission Exchange acknowledging your donation to the Holly Presbyterian Church, which can then be used as a receipt for your IRS tax form. The church treasurer will simultaneously receive an e-mail notification of your donation for the church’s records.

Online Giving
Click here for direct access
to the secure donation form

All donations are greatly appreciated!


Prayers For Missionary Families
Please remember to support missionaries both domestically and abroad by lifting them up in prayer each day.

Holly Presbyterian Church directly provides ongoing financial supports two missionary families: The Keefer Family serves Christ through their Athletes in Action ministry at U of M in Ann Arbor Michigan; and the Iobst Family Serves Christ through the Operation Transit ministry in Algeciras Spain.  May God cover these families with his love and grace as they answer his call.


The Iobst Family
"Operation Transit" Newsletter"


The Keefer Family
"Athletes in Action" Newsletter

In the beginning"In The Beginning" Baby Pantry Update:
The "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- located on the lower level -- is a free resource for parents of infants, providing new and gently used clothing, linens, incidentals, diapers, formula, and emotional support for families experiencing tough times.

We are in need of socks, diapers (size 4 & 5),
toiletries and Kleenex.

Donations can be placed in the crib in the narthex, or financial donations can be placed in the offering plate with a notation or envelope marked “Baby Pantry.”

Please lift up in prayer this week, the little ones that we serve through the Baby Pantry. May they be blessed with health and may their families feel the love of Christ through our ministry.

"In the Beginning" will normally be open on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, in addition to the third Saturday. The upcoming dates are:

  • Friday, September 26 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10 -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 18 -- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24 -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed!
If you feel called to assist this ministry by volunteering or donating financial or in kind support, please see Beki Cook, Christine Cook, or Laura Parker.

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Baby Pantry FaceBook Page.

“And he took the Children in his arms,
put His hands on them and blessed them.”
Mark 10:16

Past Members

CrossRemembering Past Members
and Ministers

Over 1,700 people have joined our church over the years, with 38 pastors. We remember those who have gone on before us with a link on the “Our Church History” page to a virtual cemetery with information regarding burial locations, often including pictures of their memorial stones, links to other family members, and more.