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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

Summer Sunday Worship

  • "Sunday School For All Ages" is on summer break until September 13
  • Fellowship & Coffee is on summer break until September 13
  • Worship Service Summer Hours -- 10:00 a.m. (Child care provided)


  • 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 August 18 and August 21)


"Trusting Our Guide With Our Life"
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 23

“Living Bread”
Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
August 16

Church News

Happenings at Holly Presbyterian Church:

  • Sunday, August 30 -- 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m. (Summer Hours)
      • Scripture Lessons:
        • Epistle -- James 1:17-27
        • Gospel -- Luke 19:1-10
      • Sermon --"Short-sighted, But Seeing Clearly,” Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday
    • Office is closed
    • Pastor is available for appointments, pastoral calls, or counseling
    • 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. - 4:00 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 -- 12:00 p.m.
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 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.
    • "Friends With Needs Outreach" -- 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 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, September 6
    • Worship -- 10:00 a.m. (Summer Hours)
    • AA meeting (Community Room) -- 3:00 p.m.
    • Fellowship Team Meeting 11:15 a.m.
    • Teens/Tweens for Christ (TFC) Parent Meeting -- 6:00 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!

Care Team Request
If you would like to prepare one or more meals for Christine Cook and family, you can sign up at https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/g0wre3; when you go to that site it will direct you on how to register and then will show you the days open for meals. Meals can be brought to the church for Sunday or Wednesday pick up, if you are unable to get to their house. If you have questions, please call Karen Haneline at 248-894-3489.

Fellowship Team Meeting Sunday, September 6th
There will be a Fellowship Team meeting in the back of the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 6, immediately following worship.

CrossHolly Area Veterans Service Center
Attention Veterans -- Carl Richter Community Center is working on creating a Veterans Service Center. This center would provide service officers to help with claims, an information center, a gathering place for veterans, and a variety of other assistance.

In order to help them determine what is needed, the Veterans Need Assessment Survey in the narthex needs to be completed and returned to our office, or you can mail the completed copy to: Director Nick Klempp, 300 East St., Holly, MI 48442.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the Veterans Need Assessment Survey sent to you, contact Ray Pfenning at 248-882-1406, or by e-mail at raypfenning@comcast.net

Cross"Kick-off Sunday" is Coming September 13th
Help us kick off the new year right! "Kick-off Sunday" will be a Church wide event that includes everything you need to know about 2015 / 2016 Christian Education offerings, as well as information about all church teams and their upcoming events / activities. Below is an agenda for the day:

  • 9:30 a.m. -- Adult Sunday school begins. Barbara Brown will be leading this group in a study of the New Testament.
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Coffee / Fellowship
  • 11:00 a.m. -- Worship returns to fall hours.
  • 11:15 a.m. -- "Gathering Place for Kids" Sunday School for Infant, Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children.
  • 12:00 noon -- Potluck and Kick-off Fair

Be sure to stay for the potluck and learn about the various church teams and the many ongoing and planned events / activities.

TFC (formerly TFC/TwFC) will meet starting Sunday, September 20th, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

OLSHA Action Agency needs help in these areas:
Handymen, Housekeepers, Survey Takers, Office Volunteers, Yard Clean ups, Snow Removal and Lawn Mowing, Minor Home Repairs, Home Safety Devices, Heavy Housekeeping and Yard Services. If you can help, please contact Marie Verheyen at 248-209-2671 or MARIEV@olhsa.org with questions and to sign up. Details can be viewed on the office bulletin board.

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
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.

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;
  • For healing for Amber Leaming, Barb Brown, Pete Olson, Christine Cook, Ron Randall (Marilyn Voorhies), "C.J."  Brummeler (friend of Cathie Killewald), Paul Burnett (neighbor of Cathie Killewald), Barbara Wells (knee surgery), Kenzie Nash’s best friend's mother, Lee Ott's nephew, Ken and Nancy Creech (Sherry McLaughlin's Aunt);
  • Prayer and sympathy for the family of Harriett Striggow.

Prayers of Joy ...

  • For the promise we have through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Christian Education

Sunday School For All Ages

"The Gathering Place for Kids" and Adult Sunday School
"The Gathering Place for Kids" and the Adult Sunday School are on summer break until Sunday, September 13.

Bible study

"Wednesday Lunch Bunch" Bible Study -- 12:00 p.m.
We will be playing cribbage during the summer.  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 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.

Presbyterian Women's Wednesday Evening Bible Study
The Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study is on summer break.

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
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
August "Operation Transit" Newsletter"


The Keefer Family
August "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.

There is a need for diapers
size 1 and 4. Also, wipes are needed. .

In addition, we are low on many clothing sizes:
Girl’s pants (12-18 mo., 24 mo., 2T)
Girl’s shirts (3T, 4T)
Boy’s PJ's (18-24 mo., 2T, 3T, 4T)

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:

  • Friday, September 11 -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19 -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday, September 25 -- 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

Fund Raising

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Use Amazon.com’s “AmazonSmile” To Benefit The Holly Presbyterian Church
If you use Amazon.com, did you know that a percentage of your purchase amount could benefit our church?  AmazonSmile is a Website operated by Amazon.com that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by its customers.  Click here for more information about how you can use AmazonSmile to benefit the Holly Presbyterian Church.

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, September 6,
    will be available for pick up Sunday, September 13.

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 our mission with no out of pocket cost to you If you need more information ask a member of Session. Don't forget these opportunities to support the church too!

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!