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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.



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

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
May 20th, Pentecost Sunday


Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
May 13th, Mother's Day /
7th Sunday of Easter


annimated crossIf you would like to contribute to the mission of the
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

  • Sunday, May 27 -- Memorial Day Weekend
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 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.
      • The Gospel Lessons:
        • 1 John 2:1-6
        • John 14:15-21
      • Sermon: “Paracletos,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
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  • Monday - Memorial Day
    • Office is closed
    • Memorial Day Parade -- 9:30 a.m.
      • Handing out small bottles of water to the parade participants
    • Pastor is not available
    • AA & Al Anon meetings -- 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.
    • The Presbyterian Women's and Presbyterian Men's Wednesday Evening Bible Studies are currently on summer break until the Fall
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Comfort Circle -- 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is close
  • Sunday, June 3
    • The Adult Sunday School Class is on summer break until the Fall
    • Children's Sunday School is on summer break until the Fall
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m. (Begin Summer Hours)
      • The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Dan Saperstein, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Lake Huron
    • 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.

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On Sunday, May 27th, there will be a brief Congregational Meeting following worship for the purpose of electing one member from the congregation to the Nominating Committee.

American Flag wit sky backgroundAnnual Memorial Day Ceremony at Great Lakes National Cemetery Sunday, May 27
Great Lakes National Cemetery is having the 13th annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 27th, at 1:00 p.m. The speaker will be Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr., US Army. This event is heavily attended, so please plan accordingly.

American FlagMemorial Day, May 28th
Come join us on Memorial Day as we will be out in front of our church handing out small bottles of water to the parade participants.  It will be a fun way to be more visible in the community. Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.

Comfort Circle
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 in the box in the narthex. See Loretta Weiss or Donna DeNise for questions. Saturday June 2nd at 10:00 a is the next time we meet. Feel free to join us. We will break for summer and start back up in October.

New Directories
The new Directories are ready. You may pick up one in the narthex. Please call the office -- 248.634.9494 -- if we are out and more will be made.

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To help extend our church’s outreach, the Sunday sermons are now available by either video or transcript through this Website. Simply select “Video” or “Transcript” under the sermon header. Be sure to subscribe to the Holly Presbyterian Church’s YouTube channel and click the “Like” button.

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.

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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

Pictures of events can be found by clicking on this link.

Past Members

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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: Jeff O'Connor (son-in-law of Ellen Paulson), Caroline Lucido (Brian Parker's sister and Laura Parker's sister-in-law), Peggy Ranger, Denny & Jan Owens, Penny Schettling, Sherry Duncanson (Carrie Duncanson's mother-in-law), Don Colegrove, Nathan Prater (nephew of Don & Doris Colegrove), Andy Schram (Julie Parish's son), Norm Clement, Keaton Banks, Hadleigh Banks, and Josh & Mandie Banks, Lee Demesles (Elizabeth Kicis’ daughter-in-law's parent), Beverly Glass (Elizabeth Kicis' friend's daughter), Dawn Spring (Colleen Spring's niece), Linda Voorheis, Linda Kelly, William Woodard (Rev. Fred Gates' grandson), Ken Hecht, Celia (daughter of Sara and Nick Pettit), and Terry Parish;
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Dan Nash, and especially for Keaton;
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Melinda Jones (Loretta Weiss cousin);
  • For our members who are home bound, or in care facilities;
  • For those serving, or who have served, in our military;
  • For God's love and hope to surround the victims, students, their parents and faculty of Santa Fe High School in Texas;
  • For those who are suffering from natural disasters;
  • For our country, its leaders and for world peace in a troubled time;
  • For our church and our pastor.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • Bruce Graham, husband of the Rev. Linda Graham, Pastor of Cass City-First and Cass City-Fraser who is recovering from recent surgery and has developed an infection;
  • 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 on summer break beginning Sunday, June 3rd, until the Fall.

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The Adult Sunday School Class is on summer break beginning Sunday, June 3rd, until the Fall.  When it resumes, the class will meet Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the "Community Room."  We will continue to study 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
The Presbyterian Women’s Wednesday Evening Bible Studies is currently on summer break until the Fall. Please keep watching here for updates.

Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Studies
The Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Studies is currently on summer break until the Fall. Please keep watching here for updates.

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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.

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  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby wash
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Body lotion

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, June 8 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 16 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22 -- 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, April 8
will be available for pick up Sunday, April 15.

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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.

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