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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 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: Office closed

Sunday Worship

  • Adult Sunday School -- on summer break
  • Worship Service (Child care provided) -- 10:00 a.m.
  • "The Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 10:15 a.m. (after chilrden's sermon durning Worship)


  • 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

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, Laura Parker, or our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates.



Rev. Gates' Blog

Sharlyn's Blog


Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 21

A Homily for the Service of Witness
to the Resurrection for Christine Cook

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 16

“Heavenly Cheerleaders”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 14

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, August 28 -- 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m.
      • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)
      • Scripture Readings:
        • Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
        • Luke 14:1, 7-14
      • Sermon: "Living in Reverse," Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is not available
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 7:30 p.m.
    • Alanon meeting (Fellowship Hall) -- 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.
    • "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" -- 12:00 p.m.
    • Presbyterian Women's Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
    • Presbyterian 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. - 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
  • Sunday, September 4 -- Communion Sunday
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m.
      • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)
      • Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-33
    • 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. Our nursery attendant is Eric Mowery.

crossReturning to Normal Hours on September 11
On September 11, we will return to our normal hours for Adult Sunday School, Coffee and Fellowship, and Worship:

  • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room
  • Coffee and Fellowship -- 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
  • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)

There will be a potluck after worship on the 11th. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass and enjoy the fellowship!

crossNursery Volunteers Workers Needed!
Would you please sign up to help at least one Sunday a month?  The more volunteers we have the more we can spread out the time. Here are the upcoming dates to consider: September 4th, September 11th and September 28th.

The sign up sheet is in the narthex. Thank you all for your generosity in giving so much of yourselves and your time.

Peace and Grace!
Rev. Sharlyn

Fellowship Team Meeting
The Fellowship Team Meeting scheduled for Sunday, September 4th, has been postponed until Sunday, September 11th, at 10:00 a.m.


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.

The PDA is responding to the South Louisiana (Baton Rouge and the Gulf Coast) flooding. Join the response and encourage those in need by standing the "GAP" (“Give. Act. Pray”):

  • Give: 1) online; or 2) by phone at 1-800-872-3283 on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; or 3) by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church USA, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Either way, designate DR000191 to be sure the money goes to the flood victims.
  • Act: Volunteers are needed to help. Contact the Presbyterian Disaster Aassistance National Call center at 866-732-6121, or learn how the congregation can help families who lost everything.
  • Pray: For the families impacted by flooding through loss of property and livelihood and for the first responders and all others that put themselves in harms way to care for people impacted.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently responding to:

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.

Presbyterian 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.

Christian Comedian Chonda Pierce At Clarkston Mt. Zion Church September 23rd
Christian comedian Chonda Pierce will perform her “Happily Laughter After” at the Mt. Zion Church in Clarkston on September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.; doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

General Admission: Less than 10 people -- approximately $31.95 each; groups with more than 10 people -- approximately $22.00 each. If you would like to attend, please say “Yes” next to your name on the blue Attendance Pads, or call the church office at 248.634.9494. We will order tickets September 7th and advise you of the final price on September 4th by bulletin and e-blast.

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 military service;
  • For our members who are homebound, or in care facilities;
  • Strength, renewal, and healing for: Gerald Call (Pam Remillard's father), Jamie (Laura Arrington's daughter), Judy Wood, Shelley Foley-Trainor (Lisa Martin's friend), Fran Olson, Chuck Wietoff (Ellen Paulson's brother), Amy Davis, Karen Haneline's nephew, Cecilia Borema (Margaret Rainey's granddaughter), Peggy Ranger, Keith Magnuson (Kevin Magnuson's father), Shonelle Wyatt (Sherry McLaughlin's great niece), Barb Brown, Bob Killewald, Paul Burnett (friend of Cathie Killewald), Gene Stevens, Tom Schettling, Joan Davis, Kay Vander Kuy, Lois Caryl,  and Dale Huffman;
  • Prayers and comfort for the family of Chrisine Cook;
  • Prayers and comfort for the family of Charles Jackson (brother of Peggy Ranger);
  • For the Flint residents during the water crisis;
  • For our country and for World Peace in a time of trouble.
Angel with trumpet

In Loving Memory of Christine Marie Cook
April 29, 1966 - August 12, 2016

“I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord.
“Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
And everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

A Homily for the Service of Witness
to the Resurrection for Christine Cook

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 16

Prayers of Joy ...

Joyfully we announce the birth of Timothy Dylan, born August 17th, weighing 7lbs. 5oz. and 20 inches long. The proud parents are John & Lindsey Schultz, and proud grandparents are Rick & Margaret Perry.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • Elder Kathy Grimes, of Elkton Chandler and Kinde-First was recentlydiagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery last month.
  • 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 For All Ages

Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School class will start meeting on September 11, after Labor Day. We will be continuing our study of the Gospels, covering Paul's Letters to the Romans. We will meet at 9:30 on Sundays, and will finish just before Coffee Hour at 10:30.  If you are not a teenager anymore, you are welcome to the 'big kids' Sunday School. (Small treats provided; bring your own water or coffee.)

"The Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 10:15 a.m. (Summer Hours)
“The Gathering Place for Kids” Sunday School is for Infant, Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children. The kids will gather in the sanctuary during Worship at 10:00 a.m. and then move to the Nursery and Sunday School area at 10:15 after the Children’s sermon. If you would like to help, please see Christine Cook or Laura Parker for more details on how you can support our kids.

Bible study

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" -- 12:00 p.m.
We will be playing cribbage throughout the summer months.  You are welcome to join us. Bring a snack or light lunch. . If you have any questions, please see Charlee Litten.

Presbyterian Women's Bible Study Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Women's Bible Study meets in the Community Room. From now to Advent we will be studying the Gospel of Luke. This is a class led class. Please join us.  Each week we discuss the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. (We do study, but we have a good time together as well.)

Presbyterian Men's Bible Study Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The Men's Bible Study meets in the westside of the basement. We will be studying the Gospel of Luke from now through to Advent. This is a class led class. Please join us.  Each week we discuss the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. It is a good learning time and fellowship as well.

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


Prayers For 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.


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:

  • 4 size diapers
  • Baby wash
  • Baby socks

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, September 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 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, September 4,
will be available for pick up Sunday, September 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!