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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, Laura Parker, or our pastor, Rev. Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates.



Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, September 25 (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
    • 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)
      • Scripture Readings:
        • 1 Timothy 6:6-19
        • Luke 16:19-31
      • Sermon: “You Can't Take it With You,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
      • Receiving of new member Suzie Dorsey
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 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.
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 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
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" -- 12:00 p.m.
    • New 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 available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • "Friends 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
  • Sunday, October 2 (World Communion Sunday)
    • 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 -- 11:00 a.m.
      • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)
      • Scripture Readings:
        • 2 Timothy 1:1-14
        • Luke 17:5-10
      • Sermon: “Moving Mountains,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Potluck -- 12:00 p.m.
    • Crop Hunger Walk at Bush Park in Fenton -- 2:00 p.m.
    • 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. Our nursery attendant is Eric Mowery.

crossCongregational Meeting October 9th
A Congregational Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, October 9th, to elect a new elder.

Regular Worship Hours
We have returned to our regular Sunday hours for Adult Sunday School, Coffee and Fellowship, and Worship:

  • Adult Sunday School -- 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room
  • Coffee and Fellowship -- 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
  • Worship -- 11:00 a.m.
  • "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School -- 11:15 a.m. (after Children's Sermon)

Grief Support Group
The next grief support group will meet on Wednesday, October 5th, at 1:00 p.m.  in the Fellowship Hall. If you are unable to attend, please call Reverend Sharlyn at the church: 248-634-9494 and we can discuss other times and areas for meeting.  This group will be led by Reverend Sharlyn and Elder Linda Burns, our Stephen’s Minister.

CROP WalkCROP Hunger Walk Sunday, October 2nd
On Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 p.m., local churches from Fenton, Linden, and Holly will be coming together to sponsor and participate in the local CROP Hunger Walk.

A CROP Hunger Walk is community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

This year’s event will be held at Bush Park in Fenton starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2nd.  You either have the choice to walk to stop hunger or just plop down in one of the rocking chairs and rock to end hunger.

So come out and stop hunger one step/rock at a time by donating money if you feel called. Or just come join others to have a good walk or rock by participating. For further information go to http://www.crophungerwalk.org/fentonm

Fall Gathering Women's Retreat October 8th
The Fall Gathering Women's Retreat will be on Saturday, October 8th, at Korean Presbyterian Church, 5560 McCarty Rd, Saginaw. Judy Hudson is the guest speaker and is a retired school teacher and a volunteer extraordinaire.  "All God's Children" is the theme. Cost is $10. See the flyer in the narthex, or Laura Parker.

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.

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently responding in South Louisiana (Baton Rouge and the Gulf Coast). You can help by giving financially:

  • Online at www.presbyterianmission.org/pda ;
  • By phone at 1-800-872-3283 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.;
  • Or mail a check to Presbyterian Church USA, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Which ever method you choose, be sure to designate DR000191 to insure the money goes to the flood victims.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently 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.



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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: Alisha Sollund (Carrie Duncanson's friend), Hadleigh Banks (infant daughter of Mandie and Josh Banks), Celia Pettit (infant daughter of Sara and Nick Pettit), Dan Nash, Amber (Dorothy Leaming's granddaughter), Annie Duncan (CRE at Mundy PC), Terry & Julie Parish, Margaret Rainey, Bill Stiles & family, Fran Olson, Cecilia Borema (Margaret Rainey's granddaughter), Peggy Ranger, Keith Magnuson (Kevin Magnuson's father), Barb Brown, Bob Killewald, Paul Burnett (friend of Cathie Killewald), Gene Stevens, Tom Schettling, Joan Davis, Kay Vander Kuy, Lois Caryl, and Dale Huffmann;
  • Prayers and comfort for the family of Gerald Call (Pam Remillard's 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 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 will start meeting on Sunday, September 11 (after Labor Day weekend). We will be continuing our study of the Gospels, covering Paul's Letters to the Romans. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, and will finish just before Fellowship & Coffee at 10:30. 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.

crossNew Women’s Bible Study Beginning September 28
This Wednesday we will begin a study based on the book, "Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them," by Liz Curtis Higgs. This study will be led by Reverend Sharlyn.  We will begin each week at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the church downstairs. If you plan on participating, please let Sherry in the office know by September 19th so she can order the books, or you can sign your name on the sign up sheet in the narthex. This book is fun and informative. Hope many of you will join in!

Presbyterian Men's Bible Study Wednesday -- 7:00 p.m.
The Presbyterian Men's Bible Study is based on the scripture readings for the following Sunday's Worship service, which will be the Gospel of Luke through Advent, 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 west side of the church’s basement each week.

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
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
  • Baby wash
  • Baby socks

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, October 14 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 28 -- 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, September 4,
will be available for pick up Sunday, September 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!

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.