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Holly Presbyterian Church
207 Easr 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 close

Sunday Worship

  • Sunday School For All Ages -- 9:30 a.m.
    • The Gathering Place for Kids
    • High School Youth Class
    • Young Adults Class
    • Adult Sunday School
  • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
  • Worship Service (Child care provided) -- 11:00 a.m.


  • Church Office: 248.634.9494
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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.



“Kingdom Investments"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates

November 16

“The In-Between Time”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates

November 9

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, November 23
    • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship Service -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Old Testament -- Ezekiel 34:11-34
      • New Testament -- Matthew 25:31-46
      • New Testament -- Galatians 6:1-10
      • Sermon -- “Have We Forgotten About Thanksgiving?” Pastor Shaun Hardimon
    • The Gathering Place for Kids Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • AA and Alanon meeting -- 3:00 p.m.
  • 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
    • No "Friends With Needs Outreach"
  • 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
    • No "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study
    • No "Friends With Needs Outreach"
    • No Men's Bible Study
  • Thursday -- Thanksgiving


    • Office is closed
    • No "Friends With Needs Outreach"
  • Friday
    • Office is closed
    • Community Caroling Event at Holly Presbyterian Church -- 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, November 30

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!

Special Congregational Meeting Sunday, December 7th
There will be a Special Congregational meeting on Sunday, December 7th, following worship for the purpose of electing Elders and the Nominating Committee for 2015.

Advent candlesLighting Of The Advent Candles, November 30
Families, friends, or individuals are needed to light the Advent candles beginning November 30. Requirements ... none, just the spirit of God that exists in all of us and the willingness to service him as we go through this Advent season. Sound like something that interests you? See Dessalee Cook for details.

"Adopt-A-Family" Christmas Outreach Project
We will be doing our annual Christmas "Adopt-A-Family" mission again this year.  We have taken entries from the Baby Pantry families who are interested and in need. From those entries, two families were selected by lottery on Sunday, November 16th. The gift tag boards will be displayed on Sunday November 30th. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas Eve.

Christmas CarolersCommunity Caroling Event at Holly Presbyterian Church, and Tree Lighting on Friday, November 28th, at 6:00 p.m.
We have opened up our sanctuary to the community to come in and sing Christmas Carols for about 45 minutes. Come join them.  Then all will sing their way to the downtown area where, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony, parade and Santa!

Hanging of the greensHanging Of The Greens Sunday, November 30
Following worship on Sunday, November 30, we will celebrate the annual "Hanging Of The Greens." Please stay and help get our beautiful church ready for Christmas!  A sign up sheet will be available in the Narthex. Please bring a sack lunch.

Christmas musicFenton Ambassadors In Concert Sunday, December 7th
Fenton Ambassadors In Concert at Holly Presbyterian Church will take place Sunday, December 7th, at 7:00 p.m. We are blessed to once again host the Fenton High School Show Choir, "The Ambassadors," for an evening of music and fellowship.  Please join us and invite your friends!  Refreshments will be served.  We will have a sign up sheet for volunteers to bring cookies, cheese, crackers, etc. for snacks for this great event.

Poinsettia MemorialsPoinsettia Memorials
A sign up sheet is available in the narthex for anyone who would like to order a poinsettia in memory of a loved one, or would simply like to sponsor a plant for the sanctuary. The plant cost includes matching wrap and bow. The final day to order a plant will be Sunday, Nov 30th. Plants will be placed in sanctuary Sunday, December 7th.

Winter Family Fun Fair "Under Wraps" Saturday, December 13
Join us on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Enjoy crafts, games, service projects and story time.  Invite your friends, family and neighbors to this free family event for all.  If you are interested in helping with the event, please let Christine Cook or Laura Parker know.

Blood Pressure Checked Sunday, December 14th
You can have your blood pressure checked Sunday, December 14th, after worship by our own Nurse Karen.  This is great, because you know you ate way to much turkey!  Have your blood pressure checked to make sure yours is okay.

Holly Youth AssistancwJacobson - Quinn Toy Project
This is to make sure no child in the Holly area goes without a Christmas gift. Please donate unwrapped toys and put in the box in the narthex. Cut off date is December 15th.


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:

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

This will be your last opportunity before Black Friday shopping. You can shop with you cards. You don't have to carry cash! Don't know what to buy them? Get them gift cards for a Christmas gift!!

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, November 16,
will be available for pick up Sunday, November 23.

Also, Don't Forget These Opportunities To Support The Church!
VG's Community Rewards Program, Good Search and Good Shop, Phoneraiser: phone and ink jet cartridge recycling.  All of these opportunities provide valuable resources to the our mission with no out of pocket cost to you. If you need more information ask a member of Session.

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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 the deliverance of the people in Iraq and Syria from the terrible threat of ISIS.
  • For children who are contracting Enterovirus D68 and those contracting Ebola.
  • For Beatrice Johnston, Raelene Morgan, Judy Blackburn, Brian Palmero, Maxine Bolyea, Kennedy Todd, Jaymi Whalen, Pamela Lender, Ron Mikulak, Beth Krauss, Rev. Mark Knisley, Dan Nash,  Dan Goodearl, Jim DeHaven, Fred Gates, Marjorie Smith, Connie "C.J." Brummeler, Bernice Schettling, Sharon Lowes, Jean Long, Zach Williams, Bob Killewald, Mandie & Josh Banks, Jerry Litten, the family of Shannon Cook, Harriett Striggow, LeAnn Book, Jennifer Chanter, and Alice Safford.

Joys ...

  • We are able to have a day set aside to have a special dinner called Thanksgiving in which we can not only tell God, but the others around our table, what we are thankful for.  Let someone know what they mean to you this holiday, whether they are at your table or not.
  • We are free to worship in this country and don't have to die because we believe in God.

Christian Education

Sunday School For All Ages

The Gathering Place for Kids
"The Gathering Place for Kids" will attend the first 15 minutes of worship in the sanctuary each Sunday at 11:00 a.m., and will then leave with their teachers after the children’s message to go to their classrooms. They 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!

We need fun, curious adults to help guide the workshops. Can you help one Sunday morning?  See Christine Cook or Laura Parker for more details.

Adult Sunday School
Barb Brown will lead the study of ”Comparative Religions: "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 a number of the differences between them, and looking at how each of the systems currently influences the actions of nations on the world stage.

Bible study

Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study

No Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Wednesday, November 26

Calling all men: Come and enjoy good fellowship and lively discussions during the Men’s Bible Study, lead by Randy Cook, every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Randy will lead the DVD study program entitled “The Disciples.”

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study

No "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study
Wednesday, November 26

The Lunch Bunch is back to our Bible study of Exodus, and you are welcome to join us. Each Wednesday bring a little something for your lunch! A good time of learning and fellowship. If you have any questions see Charlee Litten.

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.

Online Giving

crossYou 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!


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 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
"Operation Transit" Newsletter"


The Keefer Family
"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.

crossThe Gathering Place Kids and In The Beginning Baby Pantry are teaming up to collect desperately needed baby toiletries.  With the winter cold approaching, baby toiletries such as lotion, diaper cream, wipes, baby wash and shampoo go faster than we can get them.  Please prayerfully consider supporting the baby pantry with these items. Dollar store brands are perfect. Our hope is to provide a stocking full of these items to each baby pantry family who visits in December. The stockings will be filled as our service project during the Winter Family Fun fair on December 13th.

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.”

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.

"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, December 12 -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 20 -- 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 26 -- 10 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

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.

Church Life

The latest pictures of events at the Holly Presbyterian Church