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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

Regular Sunday
Worship Hours:

  • Adult Sunday School -- will begin Sunday, September 23 at 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 -- will begin Sunday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m.


  • Church Office -- 248-63-.9494
  • Pastor:
    • Office -- 248-634-9494
    • Cell -- 248-390-0378


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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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Prayers of the People
"The Gift of Love”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates

December 9
"Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break – LOVE"

There's Something About That Name”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates

December 2
"Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break – HOPE"

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Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church

  • Saturday, December 15
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, December 16 -- "Christmas Gifts That Won't Break: JOY"
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m
    • Healthy Check-up – 10:30 a.m.
    • Children's Sunday School -- 11:00 a.m.
    • Worship (Child care provided) -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Children’s Christmas Program
      • Scripture Lessons:
        • Old Testament: Zephaniah 3:14-20
        • New Testament: Philippians 4:4-7
      • Sermon: “The Gift of Joy,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Healthy Check-up – 12:15 p.m.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Session Meeting at Rev. Gates' home
  • 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.
    • "Christmas Gifts That Won't Break" Presbyterian Women's and Presbyterian Men's Wednesday Evening Bible Studies -- 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
    • "Fiends 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
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
    • "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Children's Sunday School -- 11:00 a.m.
    • Worship (Child care provided) -- 11:00 a.m.
    • Installation of Church Officers
    • 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.

Christmas Gifts Study BookAdvent Study "Christmas Gifts that Won't Break”
The Advent Study "Christmas Gifts that Won't Break,” is based on the four traditional Advent candle themes. This is an all church event that will include Children's Sunday School and Sunday sermons. Men and women will meet together during Bible Study on Wednesday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Sunday School ProgramChildren’s Christmas Program Sunday, December 16 during Worship
Our children's Christmas program will be Sunday, December 16th, at 11:00 a.m.  Join us for a beautiful presentation of our wonderful children, led by Charlee Litten. Invite your friends and family.

Adopt-A-FamilyAnnual "Adopt-A-Family Christmas Outreach"
All gifts need to be purchased, wrapped, tagged and here at the church by Sunday, December 16th. See Donna DeNise if you do not have your present here on time. The gifts will be delivered the week of December 16. Thank you for making this family Christmas a little brighter. It does feel good to give, especially at Christmas. Thanks again, Outreach Team!

Christmas Eve ServiceChristmas Eve Service Monday, December 24
Christmas Eve Service will be at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24th. Join us for this special service as we talk about "The Gift," celebrating with Carols, Candles and Communion. Bring your family and friends.

Pastor And Office Manager Will Be Out Of The Office
Pastor Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates and Office Manager Sherry McLaughlin will be gone on retreat and vacation after Christmas. Therefore, the office will be closed from December 25th through January 8th. However, someone will be checking phone messages and getting the mail. Sherry leaves Thursday, December 20th. Rev. Sharlyn on Tuesday, December 25th. If you have any questions, please contact one of us or a member of Session.

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


Prayers of Concern ...

  • For strength, renewal, and healing for: Jim Striggow (Penny Schettling's cousin), Joe Watkins (Laura Parker's brother), Coleen Cook (Randy & Broady Cook's mother), Cindy Glenn (Elizabeth Kici's  granddaughter's mother-in-law), Helen Timko (Penny Schettling's friend) Joan Davis, Kenzie Nash's friend, Amy DeNise (Donna's stepdaughter), Hadleigh Banks, Fran Olson, Jim Pelton,  Jack Cotaling (Randy Cook's nephew), Linda Larmon & Susan Houghton (Mandie Banks' aunts),  Terry Parish, Linda Burns, Jan Owens (Rev. Sharlyn's sister), Julia Belyayeva-Hull, Norm Clement, Ron Swift (friend of Walter & Barbara Brown), Diane Scubiak (step granddaughter of Elizabeth Kici), Tammy Vally (neighbor of Elizabeth Kici), Linda Voll (Karen Haneline's friend), Denny &, Beverly Glass (Elizabeth Kici's friend's daughter), Dawn Spring (Colleen Spring's niece), and William Woodard (Rev Fred Gates grandson);
  • For the family of 10-year old Ben, friend of Elizabeth Kici & Sherry McLaughlin;
  • For our members who are home bound, or in care facilities;
  • For those serving, or who have served, in our military;
  • For those who are suffering from natural and man-made disasters;
  • For our country, its leaders and for world peace in a troubled time;
  • And for our church and our pastor.

Prayers of Joy ...

  • Congratulations to Great Grandparents Cathie & Bob Killewald as they welcome Ryver Williams, along with his parents Zach & Cearra Williams. Ryver was born on November 18th, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 in long.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • For the Presbytery's Mission Co-Workers:
    • The Rev. Cathy Chang and family who are now in the Philippine;
    • Michael and Rachel Ludwig, our Mission Co-Workers who are serving in Niger.

Presbyterian Disaster Relief

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:
"Out of Chaos, Hope"
California Wildfires   Hurricane Michael
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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.

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 virtual cemeteries with information regarding burial locations, often including pictures of their memorial stones, links to other family members, and more.


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:

  • 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, December 14 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28 -- 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

Christian Education

Sunday School

CrossChildren's Sunday School
Children’s Sunday School meets Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. In December we are exploring “Advent - Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace,” and of course get ready for our Christmas presentation on December 16th. Charlee Litten is the head teacher.

Adult Sunday School Class
The Adult Sunday School class meets 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 Study
The Presbyterian Women's Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the "Community Room." Rev. Dr. 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 Study
The 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

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, January 6,
will be available for pick up Sunday, January 13.

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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