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

Office Hours:

  • Monday -- Office closed
  • Tuesday - Friday -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday -- Office closed

Sunday Worship Hours

  • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
  • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
  • Worship Service (Child care
    provided) -- 11:00 a.m.
  • "The Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after chilrden's sermon durning Worship)


  • Church Office -- 248.634.9494
  • Pastor:
    • Office -- 248.634.9494
    • Cell -- 620.423.2671


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Welcome to Holly Presbyterian Church!
A member of Lake Huron Presbytery,
Presbyterian Church (USA

We are a joyful family of faith
that nurtures knowing, growing, sharing, and serving as followers of Christ
within our church, our community, and around the world through peaceful and loving relationships.


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 Donna DeNise, our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates, or our Website manager, Walter Brown.




"On The Path:
Expectations are Reversed"

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
March 18
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"On the Path: Unbound Power"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
March 11

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Holly Presbyterian Church, you can do so
using a secure donation form on the
Presbyterian Mission Exchange’s Website.
Click here for details.

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church

Pathway to the Cross

Pathway to the Cross
"Show me your ways, O Lord;
Teach me your paths."
Psalm 25:4 (NKJV)

  • Sunday, March 18 - 5th Sunday in Lent
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Children's Sunday School -- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Scripture Lessons:
        • Epistle Lesson: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
        • Gospel Lesson: John 13:1-17 and 34-35
      • Sermon title: "On The Path: Expectations are Reversed," Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Prayer Ministry following Worship
    • Healthy Check up
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is not available
    • AA & Al Anon meetings -- 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday
    • First Day of Spring!
    • 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.
    • Session Meeting -- 7:00 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
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Presbyterian Women's and Presbyterian Men's Wednesday Evening Bible Studies -- 7:00 p.m.
      • Study topics to come
  • 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.
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, March 25 - Palm Sunday
    • Easter Lily order Deadline
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Children's Sunday School -- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
    • Prayer Ministry following Worship
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
Kids In Worship
A nursery is provided downstairs for children ages 5 and under.  All children are always welcome in worship.  Ask our ushers about age appropriate worship bags for kids!  We believe it is important for children to begin experiencing worship at a young age and while they may not be able to give their attention to the entire service, they will enjoy participating as they begin to learn the parts of worship we do on a regular basis.

Easter lilyEaster Lily Memorials
Remember and honor Loved Ones by sponsoring an Easter Lily for the Sanctuary for Easter Worship. The sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Make checks payable to Holly Presbyterian Church with Flowers in the memo. Thank you! Deadline is March 25th.

Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service Thursday, March 29th
The Maundy Thursday Dinner is at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Service and Communion at 7:15 p.m. A sign-up sheet is in the narthex for soup, bread and dessert.

Lenten coss Good Friday Service March 30th
The Good Friday service will be at our church on Friday, March 30th, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Reflection and Prayer. Feel free to invite your friends.

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Sunday, April 1st, is Easter Sunday. Be sure to invite your friends and family for a wonderful celebration.

Comfort Circle In Need Of Fabric, Yarn And Sewing Notions
We are in need of any fabric, yarn and sewing notions you might have to give. We are making fidget blankets and arm bracelets for Mission Point. Please put your donations in the tote in the narthex. See Loretta Weiss or Donna DeNise if you have any questions.

Per Capita Payment Due
Our per capita apportionment of $2801.76 is due to the presbytery. This payment, which is more than the average amount we collect for a Sunday offering, comes right after we have just paid our annual building and worker's compensation insurance bills. This creates a major cash flow issue for your treasurer. If you would contribute your portion of the per capita payment ($26.94 per member), it would help out a lot. We know that not everyone is able to do this, but are hoping that if we each give what we can, we will be able to cover a decent portion of the bill.

Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering Saturday, April 14
The "Celebrating the Gifts of Women" will be held on Saturday, April 14th, at 1:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bay City. No fee.  Also, the Church wide Presbyterian Women Gathering will be August 1st - 3rd in Louisville, KY. Please see Laura Parker if you are interested in attending either event.

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, please remember those less fortunate this Christmas Season and bring in can goods and non perishables. Items can be placed in the collection tote in the Narthex.

HPC logoExploring Membership
If you are interested in joining The Holly Presbyterian Church, please talk to Rev. Sharlyn Gates, or contact the church office by calling 248-634-9494 or sending an email to office@hollypc.org.

Church Life

Pictures And Videos Of Events At
The Holly Presbyterian Church

Past Members

CrossRemembering Past Members and Ministers
Over 1,700 people have joined our church over the years, including 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.

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Prayers of the People

Prayers of Concern ...

  • For strength, renewal, and healing for: Ray Kerton (Jim & Vicki Lyles friend), Lee Demesles (Elizabeth Kici's daughter-in-law's parent), Beverly Glass (Elizabeth Kici's friend's daughter), James Abromitis, Doris Wood (Judy Wood mother), Friends with Needs, Norm Clement, Dawn Spring (Colleen Spring's niece),  Jesse Jones, Kyle & Jessica Elliott, Peggy Ranger, Mandie Banks, Charlee Litten, Don Colegrove, Linda Voorheis, Linda Kelly, William Woodard (Rev Fred Gates grandson), Dan Nash, Ken Hecht, Hadleigh (infant daughter of Mandy & Josh Banks), Celia (infant daughter of Sara and Nick Pettit), Cari Oldenburg (friend of Cathie Killewald). and Terry Parish;
  • For our members who are home bound, or in care facilities;
  • For thosse serving, or who have served, in our military;
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Kim Demesles (Elizabeth Kaci’s' daughter-in-law's parent);
  • For God's love and hope to surround those affected by recent disasters;
  • For violence, racism, and killing to be replaced with peace, unity, and compassion for others, and for the people's eyes to be open to who Jesus is and his love;
  • For our country, its leaders and for world peace in a troubled time;
  • For our church and our pastor.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • The Rev. Ken Hetzel, Honorably Retired, who is recovering from a recent health setback.
  • For Pam Brackbill and the Rev. Tom Brackbill, Pastor of Alma-First, as they deal with all that encompasses Pam's diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
  • For our Mission Co-Workers:
    • Michael and Rachel Ludwig, our Mission Co-Workers who are serving in Niger;
    • The Rev. Cathy Chang and family who are now in the Philippines.

Christian Education

Sunday School

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Children's Sunday School is from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the "Gathering Place" in the basement. Children of all ages are welcome. Angel Vliet is the teacher.

Adult Sunday School Class
The Adult Sunday School class meets Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the "Community Room." We are studying the Jewish background of Jesus, and looking at the archeological sites where Biblical events occurred. All adults and high school students are welcome to be part of this class and join the discussions. (Small treats provided; bring your own water or coffee.)

Bible study

Presbyterian Women's Wednesday Evening Bible Studies
Presbyterian Women's Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the "Community Room." Rev Sharlyn Gates will be leading the ladies and we will be studying the Scriptures for the coming Sunday. A great time of learning and fellowship will be had

Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Studies
Presbyterian Men's Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the "Gathering Place" on the west side of the basement. The Bible Study is led by Randy Cook and focuses on the Scripture for the upcoming Sunday. Please join us. It is a good learning time and fellowship as well.

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Free Online Religious Studies Videos
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. Click here for more information and to access Academic Earth's Religious Studies


Prayers For Our Missionary Families
The Holly Presbyterian Church supports two missionary families as part of our ongoing outreach to the world: the Keefer family (serving Christ through their Athletes in Action ministry at U of M in Ann Arbor, Michigan) and the Iobst family (serving Christ through the Operation Transit ministry in Algeciras, Spain).  We are called to act as the hands and feet of Christ in our world, and because we cannot all serve in full time ministry, we offer our support financially, and spiritually, to those who do. Please pray for these families and consider sending them a note or e-mail of encouragement.

Newsletters From Our Missionary Families

The Iobst Family
"Operation Transit" 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:

  • Kleenex
  • Clothing sizes 3, 4 and 5T

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.”

Give & Take Library: We have added a "Give and Take Library" to our baby pantry and invite the entire Holly Presbyterian Church family to support this expanded ministry by donating children's books (used or new).  The families love this new library and are being blessed by it! Thank you to all who have contributed.

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

  • Friday, March 23 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 13 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday April 21 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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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

Presbyterian Disaster Relief

Presbyterian Disaster AssistancePresbyterian Disaster Assistance:
"Out of Chaos, Hope"

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ
through caring for communities adversely affected
by crises and catastrophic events.

We need your help. Please give generously.


If you prefer to mail a check, you may send it to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
PO Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700

You may also call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone. For updates, please go to pda.pcusa.org.

Fund Raising

Great Lake ScriptGreat Lakes Scrip Fund Raising Program
The Great Lakes Scrip Program is a simple 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. Orders can be given to Vicki Lyles on the first Sunday of each month, or placed in the offering plate. If you have any questions please see Vicki.

Card orders placed Sunday, March 4,
will be available for pick up Sunday, March 11.

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Do you shop on Amazon?
If so, please sign up on Amazon Smile.
You can select Holly Presbyterian Church as your organization.
Then shop as usual. A part of the proceeds will go to us
It's that easy!

Recycle logoRecycle Batteries And Ink Cartridges
We recycle batteries of all sizes as well as ink cartridges. On top of that we are able to turn them in for cash, which goes back to the church. Don't forget when you replace your next battery or cartridge to bring in your empty to the narthex. Thank you.s

Online Giving

  • 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.

All donations are greatly appreciated