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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 -- 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:
    • Home:
      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

A new blog entitled:
“A Journey Of Grace
Thru The Insights And Writings
Of Dr. Sharlyn Dehaven Gates”

(Updated August 21)


“Obstacles to Grace”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
September 27

“Like a Child”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
September 20

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, October 4 (World Communion Sunday)
    • Adult Sunday school -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Coffee and Fellowship -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Gospel Lesson -- John 1:1-5,14
      • Epistle Lesson -- Philippians 2:1-15
      • Sermon - “Global Lights,”  Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m.
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
    • Teen for Christ (TFC) Meeting -- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • 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. - 4:00 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
    • "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" -- 12:00 p.m.
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 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 not available
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 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 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, October 11
    • Adult Sunday school -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Coffee and Fellowship -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
    • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m.
    • Set up Fellowship Hall for Ardath Regan Estate Sale -- 12:00 p.m.
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
    • Teen for Christ (TFC) Meeting -- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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!

crossPresbyterian Relief Organizations
The following links are to Presbyterian organizations dedicated to helping those in need and disaster relief:

Ardath Regan Estate Sale
We will host the Ardath Regan Estate Sale on:

  • Thursday, October 15 -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 16 -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and
  • Saturday, October 17 -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Set up will begin Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, after worship and run thru Wednesday, October 14. There will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex, or see Margaret Perry if you have a question. Many hands are needed.

Chhurch Work DayChurch Fall Clean Up Day
The Church Fall Clean Up Day has been set for October 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please bring a sack lunch. You can use the sign up sheet in the narthex or see Lori Goldsmith for questions.

Rummage SaleMark Your Calendars For The Fall Rummage Sale
You may begin bringing your Fall and Winter donations to the church October 18th thru 28th during regular office hours. Set up for the rummage sale will begin Sunday, October 25th, after church, and run thru Wednesday, October 28th.

The Fall Rummage Sale will take place:

  • October 29th -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • October 30th -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and
  • Oct 31st -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Clean up will be Saturday, October 31st, from 12:00 p.m. until finished

No SmokingSmoke Free Property
Effective September 1st we are a smoke free property. Please extinguish your cigarette in your car before getting out. Thank you.

Holly Area Veterans Service Center
Attention Veterans -- Carl Richter Community Center is working on creating a Veterans Service Center. This center would provide service officers to help with claims, an information center, a gathering place for veterans, and a variety of other assistance.

In order to help them determine what is needed, the Veterans Need Assessment Survey in the narthex needs to be completed and returned to our office, or you can mail the completed copy to: Director Nick Klempp, 300 East St., Holly, MI 48442.  October 15th is the last day they accept surveys! Tell all the vets you know to fill a survey out.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the Veterans Need Assessment Survey sent to you, contact Ray Pfenning at 248-882-1406, or by e-mail at raypfenning@comcast.net

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
For anyone interested in exploring membership at Holly Presbyterian Church, we will be planning a time to meet Pastor Sharlyn. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the church office by calling 248-634-9494 or sending an email to office@hollypc.org.

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 us and our country in military service;
  • For all those who are in nursing homes, shut in, or seeking comfort and healing;
  • For strength, renewal, and healing:  Ed Wells - cancer, Patty Smith - blood clots on lungs (Claudia Morton), Patricia Talley - stage 4 pancreatic cancer (Claudia Morton, Talley's sister), Barbara Hallberg - acute stroke (Dr. Terry LaFalce's mother), Jim DeHaven (Sharlyn's father), Margaret House (Kenzie Nash), Gladys Havenstein (recovery from hip surgery), Lee Black's husband - stroke from head injuries caused by motorcycle accident - and Lee (Dessalee's friend), Karen Haneline - that the Lord will keep her one step ahead of her students in her new job;
  • For Lois Caryl, that she will adjust well at assisted living (Beth Dryer);
  • For all our children, youth and young adults to have a safe school year.

Christian Education

Sunday School For All Ages

Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
The Adult Sunday School is being lead by Barb Brown and will cover a new study topic entitled “The New Testament,” which will include subjects such as: The Early Christians and Their Literature; The Greco-Roman context; Ancient Judaism; the Earliest Traditions About Jesus; Matthew -- Jesus the Jewish Messiah; The Historical Jesus; and many others. All adults and high school students are welcome to be part of this class and join the discussions.

"The Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:00 a.m.
“The Gathering Place for Kids” Sunday School for Infant, Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children will resume on Sunday, September 13. The kids will gather in the sanctuary during Worship at 11:00 a.m. and then move to the Nursery and Sunday School area at 11:15 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

All Church Discussion on Wednesday, October 14 and 21 -- 7:00 p.m.
The All Church Discussion is a book discussion on The Bible's Yes to Same Sex Marriage, by Dr. Mark Achtemeier, that begins on October 14th and ends October 21st. The book is $13.00 and is now available. See Christine Cook, Pastor Sharlyn, or Sherry in the office to get your copy today.

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study -- 12:00 p.m.
The "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study group will be reviewing David and the Psalms. Bring a little something for your lunch! All are welcome to join us for a good time of fellowship and learning. If you have any questions, please see Charlee Litten.

Presbyterian Women's Wednesday Evening Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Women's Bible Study will meet downstairs and will be led by Rev. Sharlyn Gates. The class subject is, "Simplify: 10 Practices to Unclutter Your Soul,” by Bill Hybel. If you ever thought to yourself "I'm exhausted, I’m overwhelmed, I'm overscheduled,” this class is for you. This study will show us how to unclutter our mind, heart and soul and to live a different way, to simplify.

Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
The current study is based on select scripture readings followed by discussion. The class is led by Randy Cook. Come on out for a good time of fellowship and learning. We meet in the Fellowship Hall on the upper level.

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
Please remember to support missionaries both domestically and abroad by lifting them up in prayer each day. Holly Presbyterian Church directly provides ongoing financial supports to two missionary families: The Keefer Family serves Christ through their Athletes in Action ministry at U of M in Ann Arbor Michigan; and the Iobst Family Serves Christ through the Operation Transit ministry in Algeciras Spain.  May God cover these families with his love and grace as they answer His call.


The Iobst Family
September "Operation Transit" Newsletter"


The Keefer Family
September "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:

  • Newborn size diapers
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion and, especially, diaper cream

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. We invite the entire Holly Presbyterian Church family to support this new element of our ministry by donating children's books (used or new).  The families love this new element of the ministry 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, October 9 -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17 -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23 -- 10 a.m. - 12 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

Fund Raising

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If you use Amazon.com, did you know that a percentage of your purchase amount could benefit our church?  AmazonSmile is a Website operated by Amazon.com that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by its customers.  Click here for more information about how you can use AmazonSmile to benefit the Holly Presbyterian Church.

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:

The church will earn, on average, 4 - 5% of the face value of the cards ordered.

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 placed Sunday, October 4,
    will be available for pick up Sunday, October 11.

Also, Don't Forget These Opportunities To Support The Church!

  • VG's Community Rewards Program: During the weeks of October 18th - 24th and November 22nd - 28th, purchases made with your "YES" card will automatically be credited to our  account. If you don't have Holly Presbyterian Church on your "YES" card, please contact our church office manager.
  • Good Search and Good Shop, Phoneraiser: phone, batteries and ink jet cartridge recycling. 

All of these opportunities provide valuable resources to our mission with no out-of-pocket cost to you.  If you need more information ask a member of Session.

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!