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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 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

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

A new blog entitled:
“A Journey Of Grace
Thru The Insights And Writings
Of Dr. Sharlyn Dehaven Gates”

Updated February 18


“No Doubt About It!”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
April 12

“This Love Trumps Everything!”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
April 5
(Easter Sunday)

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Saturday, April 18
    • Office is closed
    • "In The Beginning" Baby Pantry -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19 -- Third Sunday of Easter
  • 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
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Session meeting -- 7:00 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
    • "Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study -- 12:00 p.m.
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 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. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Trim Healthy Mama Support Group -- 6:30 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 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Office is closed
    • Clean Up Work Day -- 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26

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!

CrossClean Up Work Day
This Saturday, April 25th, is our all member workday. Please come help make our church look beautiful. There are many things to accomplish. See Lori Goldsmith for details. We will be here 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please bring a sack lunch.

CrossPer capita update
 Our budget calls for $1,100 of the total $2,550 cost of per capita to be reimbursed by our members ($25/member).  As of Easter Sunday, we have received $850.  Please consider contributing to this cost if you are able.  You can note "per capita" on the memo line of your check, or make a notation on the "other" line of your offering envelope.  Thank you.

Rummage SaleThe Holly Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale
Mark your calendars!  The 2015 Holly Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale will take place Thursday, May 28th, through Saturday, May 30th.  The times are: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

If you have items to donate to the sale, you can bring them to the church beginning May 16th.  There will be an area set aside in the back of Fellowship Hall.  Contact Margaret Perry, rcp9478@gmail.com , if you have any questions.

Church Directory and April Newsletter
Updated copies of the church directory list are located on the table in the Narthex. Several contacts have changed, and new people have been added, so pick one up soon. Copies of the April Newsletters are also available on the Narthex table.

Exploring 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.

Trim Healthy Mama Support Group
The Trim Healthy Mama Support Group is now meeting in the Community Room at Holly Presbyterian Church every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Teryl LaFalce is leading the group, helping to understand the concept of how to burn fuels efficiently for weight loss. Come join us for these free meetings! The food is delicious and it's easy to do on a budget. Women and men are both welcome.

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 Church logoNews from the Office of the General Assembly
It appears that the latest amendment regarding the definition of marriage has passed by the majority of our presbyteries. In the Narthex of the church, on the small table beside the greeters, you will find a copy of the news article that spells out the amendments and their meanings regarding same-gender marriages and the change in the wording of the Book of Order. The article’s heading just says "Advisory Opinion, Approved Amendment of W-4.9000." If you have questions, please talk to Reverend Sharlyn.

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.


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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;
  • Brian Palmero, Maxine Bolyea, Kennedy Todd, Pamela Lender, Ron Mikulak, Beth Krauss, Rev. Mark Knisley, Dan Goodearl, Fred Gates, Connie "C.J." Brummeler, the family of Shannon Cook, Harriett Striggow, Beatrice Johnston, Claudia Morton, Gene Stevens, Steve Yokum, Amber Leaming, Jeff Miller, Don Colegrove, Dylan Drews, Elizabeth Kici, Paul Burnett, Marti Dodge, Barb Brown, Pete Olson, Kenzie Nash, Kathy Palmero and Sherry McLaughlin.

Joys ...

  • For the Resurrection of our Lord and the signs of new life everywhere.
  • For the safe delivery of Jackson Riley Moore on April 9th at 12:54am weighing 8lb 4oz, 19.5 inches long. His parents are Nicci and Joe Moore of Chicago, IL. Proud grandparents are Debbie and Gerry Jackson of Davisburg, and Keith and Meg Moore of Clinton Township.

Christian Education

Sunday School For All Ages

"The Gathering Place for Kids"
"The Gathering Place For Kids" now meets during worship, following the children's sermon. Our kids program uses the Spark Activate Faith curriculum and is a workshop rotation modeled classroom where our kids get to explore their faith through, art, science, cooking, computers, games, stories, music & drama!

We need fun, curious adults to help guide the workshops for the "Gathering Place For Kids." Spend a little time getting to know our amazing kids! Can you help one Sunday morning? See Christine Cook or Laura Parker for more details on how you can support our kids.

Adult Sunday School
Barb Brown leads the study of ”Comparative Religions: "What do the basic tenants of the world’s five major religions and philosophies have in common?" each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. 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

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study -- 12:00 p.m.
The Lunch Bunch Bible study is about the Legendary Women of the Bible.  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.

Presbyterian Women's Wednesday Evening Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
Our current study is called "Making Peace With Your Emotions." It is a Women of Faith Bible study. We'll examine the idea that not only did God create us and give us emotions, but He feels them Himself too. We'll look at emotions that are truly a gift -- whether it's fear or anger or joy -- and unpack their holy dimensions. The class is led by Laura Parker and Karen Haneline. Join us for this wonderful time of friendship & learning. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Presbyterian Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study -- 7:00 p.m.
The current study is based on select scripture readings 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 Community Room on the lower level.

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.

For more information, click here and
then scroll to the bottom of the page.


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 to 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 newborn size diapers, as well as
soap, shampoo, lotion and especially 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. We invite the entire Holly Presbyterian Church family to support this new element of our ministry by donating children's books (used or new).  The families love this new element of the ministry 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:

  • Saturday, April 18 -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 24 -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8 -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 16-- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 22 -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
FaceBook Logo Click here to see the
Baby Pantry FaceBook Page.

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.

“And he took the Children in his arms,
put His hands on them and blessed them.”
Mark 10:16

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!

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 3,
    will be available for pick up Sunday, May 10.

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.