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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
  • Pastor:
    • Office:
    • Home:
      248. 369.8893
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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.



“Belonging to God”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates

October 12

“The Wedding Robe”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
October 12

October Messages from the Pastors' Studies

Archive of Sermon Transcripts:
2014 Sermons
2013 Sermons
2012 Sermons
2011 Sermons

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, Sunday, October 19 -- Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    • Sunday School has been cancelled for this week
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship Service -- 11:00 a.m.
      • Epistle Lesson -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
      • Gospel Lesson -- Matthew 22:15-22
      • Sermon -- “Belonging to God ,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Bonfire and cook out at Margaret Perry’s – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • AA and Alanon meeting -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • 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
    • Friends With Needs Outreach -- 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • Team Party Night -- 6:30 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" Bible Study ("Exodus") -- 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Friends With Needs Outreach -- 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    • Men's Bible Study (DVD - "The Disciples") -- 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.- 4:00 p.m.
    • AYSO -- 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday
    • Office is open -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, October 26
    • Sunday School For All Ages -- 9:30 a.m.
      • The Gathering Place for Kids
      • NewHigh School Youth Class
      • New Young Adult Class
      • Adult Sunday School
    • Fellowship & Coffee -- 10:30 a.m.
    • Worship Service -- 11:00 a.m.
    • AA and Alanon meeting -- 3:00 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!

bonfireBonfire And Cookout, Sunday, October 19
The church will have a bonfire and cookout on October 19th from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Margaret Perry's home, 13126 Seymour Rd., Gaines 48436. The church will provide plastic ware, condiments and paper plates.  Please bring your hot dogs to roast over the open fire, or other meat to cook (grill will be going) and dish to pass.  Directions are on table in the narthex. See you there!! Questions: call 810-735-7692.

guy with camera

New Church Directory
We are excited to announce the new church directory project and hope everyone will support this important communication tool by having their pictures taken.

Times for photo sessions:

  • Monday, November 17  -- 2:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 18 -- 2:00 p.m.-  8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19 -- 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sign up for these photo sessions will be available
before and after church October 12, 19, and 26.

You can also sign up on line at:
ID = mi657
Password = holly

If you have any questions, please see Karen Haneline or Christine Cook.

Pumpkin with crossTrick Or Treat Outreach Friday, October 31, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

"You are the light of the world – like a city
on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine
out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."
Matthew 5:14-16

The Outreach and Christian Education Teams at HPC will be opening the church to families in the community on Friday, October 31st, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Last year was a great success! We will pass out treats and popcorn to the kids, and have hot drinks for visitors in our narthex. Let’s show Holly families what being a part of God’s family is all about by shining our light brightly!

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

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.

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 placed Sunday, October 5,
will be available for pick up Sunday, October 12.

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 advancement 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, and the family of Shannon Cook.

Joys ...

  • Leaves are falling to show us another one of God's amazing scenes of life. Take time to look out and view those beautiful colors!
  • The safe arrival of Eli Andrew Horton, born October 5th -- 8 lbs, 4 oz, 20 in long -- to Andy and Kendra (Bradshaw) Horton.

Christian Education

Sunday School For All Ages
Has Been Cancelled For Sunday, October 19

The Gathering Place for Kids
Calling All People With A Heart For Kids!
The Gathering Place for Kids will open Sunday, September 14th, for another year of learning and fun, and we could not be more excited! We will be using a Spark! Activate Faith program that applies a workshop rotation model. Our workshops will include things like science, computer labs, story time, drama, cooking, music and more! 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.

New Young Adult Class and New High School Youth Class
Rev. Sharlyn will lead the young adult class (college and older) and Pastor Shaun will lead the high school youth on the new book and study:

“God Is Not Dead.”

Come and enjoy this exciting discussion!

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

crossMen’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study
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
The Lunch Bunch will go 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.

We are in need of socks, diapers (size 4 & 5),
toiletries and Kleenex.

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.”

Read All About The Big News! We are excited to announce that we have added a "Give and Take Library" to our baby pantry.  With the support of the Friends of the Holly Township Library and their donation of some children's books, we have begun to provide this great opportunity to encourage literacy and reading at an early age to our Baby Pantry families. We invite the entire Holly Presbyterian Church family to support this new element of our ministry by donating children's books (used or new).

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, October 24 -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7 -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 15 -- 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 28 -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed!
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.

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