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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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      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


“Easier Said Than Done”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
5th Sunday of Easter, April 24

Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
4th Sunday of Easter, April 17

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, May 1 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter
    • Adult Sunday school -- 9:30 a.m.
    • Fellowship Team Meeting -- 10:00 a.m.
    • Coffee and Fellowship -- 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:
        • The Psalter -- Psalm 67
        • The Gospel -- John 14:23-29
      • Sermon -- “Love is a Verb,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • Biker's Blessing in Church's Parking lot -- 1:00 p.m.
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
    • TFC (Teen for Christ) -- 6:00 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
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Confirmation Class -- 5:15 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
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study -- 12:00 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 available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • AYSO -- 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
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
  • Sunday, May 8 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter
    • 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. (after Children's Sermon)
      • Scripture Readings:
        • Ephesians 1:15-23
        • Luke 24:44-53
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
    • TFC (Teen for Christ) -- 6:00 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.

New Members' and Attendees' Labels for Directory
New Members' and Attendees' list labels for your directory are now available in the Narthex on the table. You can stick into the back of your directory.  That way they will have the contact info in a place where it won’t slip out. Please take one sheet per directory.

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.

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

No SmokingSmoke Free Property
We are a smoke free property. Please extinguish your cigarette in your car before getting out. Thank you.

Church Life

The latest pictures of events at the Holly Presbyterian Church

Ambassadors   Fenton High School Ambassadors' Advent Concert
December 6, 2015
Halloween 2015   Halloween "Trick or Treat Outreach"
Saturday, October 31, 2015

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, in military service;
  • For our members who are homebound, or in care facilities;
  • For strength, renewal, and healing for Barbara & Owen Hallberg (Dr. Teryl LaFalce's mother and stepfather), William Woodard (grandson of Fred Gates), Barbara Wells, Terry & Julie Parish and Angel Vliet, Fran Olson, Celia Pettit, Pete Olson, Bill Parks (brother in law of Ron & Kathleen Howe), Charles Jackson (brother of Peggy Ranger), Dale Huffman, Beth Krauss (friend of the Parker's), Mandie Banks, Paul Burnett (friend of Cathie Killewald), baby girl of Brianne Studer's friend, Troy Duis (Jim Lyles' sister’s ex-son-in law), Gene Stevens, Dan Nash, Mark Freeman, Joey (Carlee Muenzer's nephew), Jesse Ramirez (Carlee Muenzer's boyfriend), and Carlee Muenzer;
  • For Pastor Sharlyn;
  • For peace and comfort for the family of Dan Goodearl and the family of Ed Wells;
  • For Flint residents during the water crisis.

Prayer Requests from the Presbytery ...

  • The Rev. Ken Hetzel, Pastor of Croswell-First who continues to make progress following his heart attack a couple of months ago. He is back in the pulpit and is slowly returning to normal activities. He is very grateful for the assistance of his congregation and the prayers of the presbytery;
  • The Rev. Cathy Chang and family who are now in the Philippines settling in and beginning their onsite work as Mission Co-Workers;
  • Michael and Rachel Ludwig, our Mission Co-Workers who are serving in Niger.

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 covers the study topic entitled
“The New Testament,” which includes 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 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 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

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study -- 12:00 p.m.
The "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study group is currently studying 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.
The class is led by Christine Cook. The current study is based on select scripture readings followed by discussion. Come on out for a great time of learning.

Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
The Wednesday Men's Bible Study is based on the scripture readings for the following Sunday's Worship service, which is then followed by a discussion. The class is led by Randy Cook. Come on out for a good time of fellowship, discussion, and learning.

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 Keefer Family
"Athletes in Action" Newsletter


crossYou Are Inviting To Become Part Of A Ministry Partner Team
Josiah, Phoebe & Thomas Iobst are inviting us to become part of a Ministry Partner Team. They have an opportunity to go on an international summer outreach program to Port Shepstone, South Africa. The purpose is to talk to people about a personal relationship with Christ. More info available on bulletin board. Make check payable to "CRU" and send to: Josiah, Phoebe & Thomas Iobst c/o Stanley Iobst, 5279 Hale Dr., Troy, MI 48085. Please include designation #0870599. On line you can give thru give.cru.org/0870599. Money due to them by June 2nd. They need $11,000. Please prayerfully consider.

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, 5 and 6 size diapers
  • Wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Ointment
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • 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 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 are:

  • Friday, May 13th -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21 -- 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 27 -- 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 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, May 1,
will be available for pick up Sunday, May 8.

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!