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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:


“How Do I Pray?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 20

“Will You Get Out of the Boat?”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 13

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church

  • Sunday, August 20
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m.
      • Scripture Lessons:
        • New Testament -- Galatians 4:4-7
        • New Testament -- Luke 11:1-13
      • Sermon -- “How Do I Pray?” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Prayer Ministry following Worship
    • Healthy Check up -- 11:15 a.m.
    • Last day to bring in school supplies
    • 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.
  • 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
    • "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • AYSO Training -- 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
    • AYSO Training -- 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 27
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m.
    • Prayer Ministry following Worship
    • Healthy Check up -- 11:15 a.m.
    • 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.

CrossHolly Presbyterian Church Outreach Back-To-School Project
In cooperation with Holly Area Youth Assistance, we will be collecting items needed for children to use in school for families that cannot afford them. Please bring items in no later than Sunday, August 20th. We are collecting early because there are so many good deals this time of year! A list of the needed items can be found in the narthex. Financial donations will be accepted as well. If you have any questions, please see Donna DeNise or Reisa Hamilton. We have purchased 24 backpacks for just less than $5.00. If you would like to contribute to them please mark check for backpacks.

Church Work Day, Saturday September 9th
Mark your calendar! Saturday, September 9th, is Church Work Day, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Fall Kickoff, Sunday, September 10
Where has summer gone? Believe it or not, September 10th is our Fall Kickoff and our worship time changes back 11:00 a.m. More information to follow.

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 And Videos Of Events At The Holly Presbyterian Church

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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: Rev. Fred Gates, Norm Clement, Roy Howe (brother-in-law of Kathleen Howe and brother of the late Ron Howe), Nanette Miller (wife of Sherry McLaughlin’s minister), Roberta Single, Grady Griffin (friend of Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates), Celia (infant daughter of Sara and Nick Pettit), Hadleigh (infant daughter of Mandy & Josh Banks), Scott (Lisa Martin's uncle), Becki (Carrie Duncanson's friend), Paul Burnett (neighbor of the Killewald's), Cari Oldenburg (friend of Cathie Killewald), Barb Wells, Caroline Parker-Lucido (Brian Parker's sister), Rachel Sparling, Terry Parish, Margaret House, Fran & Pete Olson, Donna Miller, Peggy Ranger;
  • Strength, comfort and peace to the family of Delores Mikulak (Karen Haneline's mother);
  • For strength, comfort and peace for the family of Karen Costco (Doris Colegrove's younger sister);
  • For our church and both of our pastors;
  • For our country, its leaders and for world peace in a troubled time.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • For strength, comfort and peace for the family of Rev. Robert (Bob) Lakey,Honorably Retired;
  • For Rev. Dr. George Baird, Honorably Retired, who has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. He is currently at MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland.
  • For Pam and Rev. Tom Brackbill, of Alma First, as they deal with Pam's diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease;
  • For Rev Dr. Tom Schacher of Midland-Memorial and his family as they deal with his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease;
  • For Warren Ronk, son of Elder Peggy Ronk, of Breckenridge-Emerson, who is hospitalized and in critical condition.
  • 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
The Adult Sunday School class is on its summer break and will resume Sunday, September 10th.

Bible study

Presbyterian Women's and Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Studies -- Summer Schedule
During the summer, the Presbyterian Women’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study and the Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study will only meet on the last Wednesday of each month until September.  The remaining date on the Summer Schedule is August 30.

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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:

  • Size 4 diapers
  • Wipes

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, August 25 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 8 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 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

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.

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, July 2,
will be available for pick up Sunday, July 9.

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