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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:
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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, or our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates.




“Candle of Love,”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
December 4

Rev. Fred Gates’ sermon
for Sunday, November 27, is not available

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, December 4 - Second Sunday in Advent
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Fellowship Team Meeting -- 10:00 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship & Communion -- 11:00 a.m.
      • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)
      • Introduction to Scripture:
        • Old Testament -- Isaiah 60:1-3
        • Gospel Lesson -- Matthew 5:14-16
      • Sermon -- “Candle of Love,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
    • The Fenton High School Ambassadors Concert -- 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is not available
    • 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
    • Presbytery Meeting in Saginaw -- 9:00 a.m.
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Team Meetings:
      • Information Technology -- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Worship -- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Personnel -- 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      • Christian Education -- 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 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. - 3:00 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 available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Presbyterian Women's Advent Series -- 7:00 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.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, December 11
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m..
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
      • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)
    • 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 CarolersThe Fenton High School Ambassadors Concert Sunday, December 4th
The Fenton High School Ambassadors Concert will be Sunday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. You don't want to miss this wonderful concert. Refreshments will be served

Community Memorial Service & Ornament Dedication
The Dryer Funeral Home will once again be hosting their annual event that allows those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to come and decorate an ornament for the annual Community Memorial Service. Everyone is welcome to come to the funeral home, beginning Friday, November 25th, until the service on December 5th, to decorate an ornament that will be dedicated to your loved one during the service. Supplies are provided, courtesy of Dryer’s. The Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 7th, at 7:00 p.m. featuring special music, a guest speaker, and a candle lighting ceremony. Names of loved ones will be read aloud. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Family ChristmasAdopt-A-family Christmas Outreach Project
We will be doing our annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family mission again this year. The gift tag boards will be displayed on Sunday, December 4th. Each tag will include the person's first name and type of
gifts including sizes. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas Eve.

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.

Hurricane Matthew
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  The category 4 hurricane has already been blamed for hundreds of deaths and continues on a path of destruction up the southeastern US coast. Earliest assessments confirm extensive damage in southwestern Haiti and eastern Cuba.

PDA will immediately begin working alongside established partners to respond to this latest crisis and will help provide essential food, water, and supplies for impacted communities and villages. As long-term recovery needs are determined, PDA will continue to support those in impacted areas to ensure a comprehensive recovery.

You can help by giving financially.  Gifts can be made:

Whichever method you choose, be sure to designate DR000193 to insure the money goes to the hurricane victims.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is also responding to:

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
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

The latest pictures 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 military service;
  • For our members who are homebound, or in care facilities;
  • Strength, renewal, and healing for: Celia (infant daughter of Sara and Nick Pettit), Donna Miller, Delores (Karen Haneline's mom), Laura Parker, Fran & Pete Olson, Joey Olson, Joe (Laura Parker's brother), Beth Krauss (Laura Parker's friend), Judy & Max (Linda Voorheis' friends), Jim Lyles, Rev. Sharlyn Gates, Joan Davis, Carole Cohee Soya (friend of Linda Voorhies), Sandi (Carrie Duncanson's friend), Buck Buchanan (Kathleen Howe's brother), Alisha Sollund (Carrie Duncanson's friend), , Amber (Dorothy Leaming's granddaughter), Terry & Julie Parish & Angel Vliet, Margaret Rainey, Cecilia Borema (Margaret Rainey's granddaughter), Peggy Ranger, Barb Brown, Bob Killewald, Paul Burnett (friend of Cathie Killewald), Tom Schettling, and Lois Caryl;
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Jim DeHaven (Rev. Dr. Sharlyn's Gates father);
  • For the Flint residents during the water crisis;
  • For our country and for World Peace in a time of trouble.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • For Elder Kathy Grimes, Commissioned Ruling Elder of Elkton-Chandler and Kinde-First, as she continues treatment for breast cancer.
  • For the families and loved ones of Ian Kelly and Rev. Robert Fox, who have  both passed to the larger life.
  • 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 For All Ages

Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
The Adult Sunday School class meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room. We are starting a new study of the Jewish background of Jesus. 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.)

"The Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m.
“The Gathering Place for Kids” Sunday School is for Infant, Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children. 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 a.m. after the Children’s sermon. If you would like to help, please see Laura Parker for more details on how you can support our kids.

Bible study

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" -- 12:00 p.m.
We will be studying Luke. You are welcome to join us. Please bring a little something for your lunch! A good time of learning and fellowship. If you have any questions see Charlee Litten. If you have any questions see Charlee Litten.

Presbyterian Men's Bible Study, Wednesday -- 7:00 p.m.
The Presbyterian Men's Bible Study meets in the Gathering Place on the west side of the basement. Each week we discuss the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. It is a good learning time and fellowship as well. The class is led class by Randy Cook. Please join us. 

Presbyterian Women Advent Series, Thursday -- 7:00 p.m.
This class will be led by Sara Pettit. We will begin each week at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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


Grief Support Group
The grief support group will meet every other week on Wednesday. For December, we will meet on the 14th and 28th at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Even if you have not lost a loved one, but have life changes you are struggling with, or if you just feel the need to be with others for support, please join us! This group will be led by Reverend Sharlyn and Elder Linda Burns, our Stephen Minister.

Prayers For 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.


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:

  • 4 size diapers
  • Kleenex
  • Baby wash and wipes
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby diaper rash ointment
  • Baby socks
  • Boys pants (12-18 mo, 24 mo, 2T)
  • Boys shirts (3T, 4T)
  • Boys PJ's (18-24 mo, 2T, 3T, 4T)

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 (Please note time change for Saturdays) are:

  • Friday, December 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 23 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FaceBook Logo Click here to see the
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

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, December 4,
will be available for pick up Sunday, December 11.

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!

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.