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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

Summer Hours:

  • Adult Sunday School will resume September 10th after summer vacation
  • Fellowship & Coffee will resume September 10th after summer vacation
  • Worship Service -- 10:00 a.m. (Child care provided)


  • Church Office -- 248.634.9494
  • Pastor:
    • Office -- 248.634.9494
    • Home -- 248. 369.8893
    • 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, Reisa Hamilton, our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates, or our Website manager, Walter Brown.


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  Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates’ blog, “A Journey of Grace ...,”
and can be found by clicking here:


"Witnesses in Power Suits"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
May 28

"Stop that Chariot!"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
May 21

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church

  • Sunday, May 28 -- Ascension of the Lord
    • Last Adult Sunday School until the fall -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Scripture Lessons --
        • The Epistle Lesson -- Acts 1:1-11
        • The Gospel Lesson -- Luke 24:44-53
      • Sermon -- "Witnesses in Power Suits," Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates
      • The Eucharist
    • Prayer Ministry (after Worship).
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is not available
    • AA meeting -- 7:30 p.m.
    • Alanon meeting -- 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. - 3:00 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. - 3:00 p.m.
    • No Presbyterian Women's Bible Study this week
    • No Presbyterian Men's Bibe Study this week
  • 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. - 3:00 p.m.
    • AYSO -- 7:00 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
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
    • All Church Clean Up Day (Lunch Provided) -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 4 -- Summer Worship Hours Begin
    • Adult Sunday School on break until September
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m.
    • Prayer Ministry (after 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.

CrossAll Church Clean Up Day Saturday, June 3rd
The All Church Clean Up Day will be Saturday, June 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

CrossWorship Hours Change Sunday, June 4
Worship Hours change to 10:00 a.m. for the Spring/Summer Schedule. Also, Sunday, June 4th, is Pentecost Sunday, so don't forget to wear red.

Senior Recognition Day Sunday, June 4th
Sunday, June 4, we will be having our Senior Recognition service. This is to recognize all those that will be graduating this year. A reception after worship with cake will be held in honor of Angel Vliet and Makenzie Nash.

CrossOffice Volunteers Needed
As vacation time will be coming around soon, we would like to start training volunteers to cover the office while Sherry is on vacation in July. Please see the sign up sheet in the narthex for dates and times that may work for you. Also, please indicate which date and time will work best to discuss the job duties: June 22 at 10:00 a.m., or June 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed For “Friends with Needs” Outreach
Volunteers are needed to help with the “Friends with Needs” outreach program. Do you have a talent you can show them? A job you did or still do that you can tell them about? God has brought these gifted mentally and physically challenged people into our lives to bless us. They need 20 to 30 minutes of your day on a Tuesday. Contact Rev. Sharlyn Gates (248-634-9494), Reisa Hamilton (248-634-2641), or Sherry in the office (248-634-9494).

New Prayer Ministry
We have a new Prayer Ministry each Sunday following worship, with elders in the back of the sanctuary ready to pray with anyone who comes.  A quiet, sacred space for prayer will be set-aside for that purpose. Please come and know that whatever you share with an elder will be held in complete confidence. If you feel called to be one who prays with and for others, please let one of the pastors or elders know. Let’s pray for one another!

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.

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.

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.
Here is how we work.

You can help by giving financially.  Gifts can be made:

Church Life

The latest pictures 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 those serving, or who have served, in the military;
  • For our members who are home bound, or in care facilities;
  • For strength, renewal, and healing for: Hadleigh (infant daughter of Mandy & Josh Banks), Karen Haneline, Julie Parish, Sherry (Mary Renico's daughter), Cari Oldenbury (friend of Cathie Killewald), Lois Kelly, Margaret House, Sheila Ostrander (Amy Davis' cousin), Barb Wells, Doris Colegrove, Fran & Pete Olson, Rachel Sparling, Celia (infant daughter of Sara and Nick Pettit), Joan Davis, Donna Miller, Laura Parker, Joe (Laura Parker’s brother), Caroline Lucido (Brian Parker's sister), Terry Parish, Peggy Ranger, Bob Killewald, Paul Burnett (Cathie Killewald's neighbor);
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Ron Howe;
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Andrew Nicholson;
  • For peace, comfort and healing for the victims, and their families, of the Manchester concert bombing tragedy;
  • For peace, comfort and healing for the families of the M59 & Argentine Rd accident;
  • For our church and both of our pastors;
  • For our country, its leaders and for world peace in a time of trouble.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • Rev. Tom Brackbill and Pam of Alma First as they deal with Pam's diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Pam is under the care of Masonic Pathways;
  • 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

Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
The Adult Sunday School class meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room. We are studying the Jewish background of Jesus. 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.)

The Adult Sunday School class has begun its summer break and will resume September 10th.

Religious Studies (Free Online 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

Bible study

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

Summer schedule: The Presbyterian Men’s Bible Study will only meet the last Wednesday of each month until September.  The dates are June 28, July 26 and August 30.

Presbyterian Women's Wednesday Evening Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
The Presbyterian Women Bible Study is led by Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates and will focus on the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. It is a good learning time and fellowship as well.

Summer schedule: The Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study will only meet the last Wednesday of each month until September.  The dates are June 28, July 26 and August 30.


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.

CrossJosiah Iobst’s Summer Mission trip
Josiah Iobst is again going on a Summer Mission trip, this time to Tirana and Lezhr in Albaia, from June 21 to July 28th. His ministry will include outreach to high school students, a day camp and outreach to juveniles in prison. He is also taking day trips to neighboring countries of Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro to learn more about them and pray for them.

To make this possible, he has developed a Ministry Partner Team. He needs $3,000 by May 31st. All gifts are tax deductible. You can give online thru give.cru.org #0927064, or Check made payable to CRU and sent to Josiah Iobst c/o Stanley Iobst, 5279 Hale Dr., Troy, MI  48085. Please include my designation #0927064 on all transactions. LAST WEEK TO GIVE TO GET IN ON TIME!

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:

  • Size 4 diapers
  • 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.”

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 (Please note time change for Saturdays) are:

  • Friday, June 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 23 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FaceBook Logo Click here to see the
Baby Pantry FaceBook Page.

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

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, June 4,
will be available for pick up Sunday, June 11.

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.

Online Giving

You 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