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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

  • 9:30 a.m. -- Youth & Adult Sunday School
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Fellowship & Coffee
  • 11:00 p.m. -- Worship Service (Child care provided)


  • Church Office: 248.634.9494
  • Pastor:
    • Office:
    • Home:
      248. 369.8893
    • Cell:


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Welcome to Holly Presbyterian Church!
A member of Lake Huron Presbytery,
Presbyterian Church USA

The Holly Presbyterian Church is a community of faith in God
that values peaceful, loving, and just relationships
in our church, families, and the world.


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, Judy Studer, or our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates.

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Happening at Holly Presbyterian Church 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
  • 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.
  • Saturday
    • Office is close
  • Sunday, April 27th
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • AA and Alanon -- 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
  • 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
    • Wednesday Lunch Bunch Bible Study -- 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - National Day of Prayer
    • 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
    • Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study -- 6:30 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 close
  • Sunday, May 4th

Kids Worship Kits
HPC welcomes children in worship.
We offer book bags with activities for the kids to
enjoy and hope this resource will help make the
service more enjoyable for them!

Teens For Christ (TFC) Fundraising
Teens For Christ will begin fundraising for their mission trip to Tennessee in July. They will be joining together with Fenton First Presbyterian's youth group for this mission experience. Please consider supporting our young people as they go out to learn about other cultures and economic conditions. Their Mission Fund Projects include:

  • Baked Potato Bar Lunch! On April 27th, following worship, TFC invites you to stay for their mission fundraising lunch complete with a BIGGER and BETTER Auction! What's better than a yummy lunch and a chance to outbid someone on a hot auction item!! Stay for the fun!

Easter basketsBringing Easter Joy
The Outreach team would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Holly Presbyterian congregation for all of the fabulous donations for the Easter Baskets for Grace Centers of Hope. We filled those 50 baskets to the brim and still had some things left over for next year. We'd also like Baskets in a vanto thank all those who helped to stuff those baskets. “Many hands made light work.” They were delivered on Wednesday, April 9th, by Mandie Banks and Kenzie Nash. We have so much to be proud of, but especially for the loving, caring nature of our congregation. We are truly blessed.

If anyone is interested in joining this worthwhile team, please contact Judy Studer at 248-634-8918 or jjudystuder@yahoo.com.

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.

Great Lakes ScripGreat Lakes Scrip Fund Raising Program
The Great Lakes Scrip Program is a simply and easy way to support Holly Presbyterian Church. Here's how it works:
  • On the First Sunday of each month, order your gift cards at face value to your favorite restaurant, retail store, gas station, movie theater, etc. You can click here for a list of participating retailers and their discount rates.
  • On the Second Sunday of each month you will receive your order.
  • The church will earn, on average, 4 - 5% of the face value of the cards ordered.

The Stewardship committee hopes everyone will prayerfully consider supporting this fundraising program. Orders can be given to Vicki Lyles or Christine Cook on the first Sunday of each month, or placed in the offering plate. If you have any questions please see Christine or Vicki.

Card orders will be placed on May 4th
and will be available for pick up on May 11th.

Retreat Planning Team fundraising brunches and breakfasts
The Retreat Planning Team will begin hosting a series of fundraising brunches and breakfasts to fund scholarships for our 2014 Church Retreat at Echo Grove. The first one will be a Brunch on May 18th following worship. The Breakfasts before worship will be held on June 15th and July 20th.

We are excited to be planning this year's All-Church Retreat with new options that you have requested! This year's retreat is being held August 22nd-23rd, with an optional second night event for those who chose to stay over through the 24th.

Boiler Fund Bake Sale, Sunday May 13th
Our next Boiler Fund Bake Sale will be on May 13th. Please support this effort by baking or by eating. Let a member of the Fellowship Team know if you have any questions!



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Prayers of the People

Prayers of Concern ...
  • For those serving or who have served us and our country in military service;
  • For all those who are in nursing homes, shut in, or seeking comfort and healing;
  • For Beatrice Johnston, Judy Blackburn, Grace Ranger, Brian Palmero, Butch & Linda Crider, Sara Erzen, Leon Parker, Maxine Bolyea, Kennedy Todd, Jaymi Whalen, Don Murphy, grandfather of Josh Banks, Keaton Banks, Pamela Lender, the family of Bruce Dryer, Gene Stevens, Alex Parker, Cal Voorheis (Grandson), and Larry Blakemore;
  • For all those affected by the devastating weather and acts of violence and war across the globe.

Joys ...

  • We pray that this Holy Week will truly be a time of renewal for us and for all the congregations in our community;
  • For the wonderful work of the Outreach Team on our Easter Basket Project!

Online Giving

crossFor your convenience, 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!

Church Life


"Missions" includes letters from two programs we support financially: the Iobst family and the Keefer family. The Iobsts have been in Algeciras, Spain, ministering to African immigrants as they pass through on their way to Europe in search of work. The Keefers minister to student athletes at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Concordia University.


The Iobst Family
"Operation Transit" Newsletter"


The Keefer Family
"Athletes in Action" Newsletter

Church News Continued

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 experiences tough times.

Please lift up in prayer this week, the little ones that we serve through the Baby Pantry. May they be blessed with health and may their families feel the love of Christ through our ministry.

You can help us keep this important ministry well stocked. We are low on the following items:

  • Diapers;
  • Hand soap.

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.”

If you feel called to assist this ministry by volunteering or donating financial or in kind support, please see Beki Cook, Christine Cook, or Laura Parker.

"In the Beginning" will normally be open on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, in addition to the third Saturday. The upcoming dates are:

  • Friday, April 25 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 17-- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

FaceBook Logo Click here to see the
Baby Pantry FaceBook Page.

Christian Education

Sunday School"The Gathering Place for Kids" Youth Sunday School
"The Gathering Place for Kids" is open in its newly renovated space and we could not be more excited! We will be using the "Spark Activate Faith" curriculum, which is a Workshop Rotation modeled classroom where our kids get to explore their faith through, art, science, cooking, computers, games, stories, music and drama! Check it out and register your family now!

"The Gathering Place for Kids"
Spark Activate Faith curriculum

"Gathering Place for Kids" April Schedule

Comparative ReligionsAdult Sunday School
”Comparative Religions” is our current topic.  What do the basic tenants of the world’s five major religions and philosophies have in common? We will be studying the way these markedly different belief systems have set up their moral codes, showing the great number of similarities, and looking at how each of the systems currently influences the actions of nations on the world stage.

Presbyterian Women logoPresbyterian Women’s Bible Study
Each month the women of the church are invited to gather together with Rev. Sharlyn as she leads the Horizon's Bible Study “Abiding Hope." The Study Materials are available for a cost of $10. Let Laura Parker know if you need a book ordered for you.  The next study is on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Studying Lesson #7.

Lunch Bunch"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study
The Lunch Bunch meets at noon each Wednesday for an informal Bible study. We are currently studying the Book of Genesis. Charlee Litten lead’s this study. All are welcome to attend as they are able, bring your Bible and a little something for your lunch! If you have any questions please see Charlee.

Religious Studies
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.

For more information, click here and
then scroll to the bottom of the page.

Past Members

CrossRemembering Past Members
and Ministers

Over 1,700 people have joined our church over the years, with 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.