Brynnan Frye: "Refreshing" Love

 Brynnan Frye is following God's call to be on mission every day by raising resources that she donates to great ministries. 

Brynnan Frye is following God's call to be on mission every day by raising resources that she donates to great ministries. 

Brynnan, a freshman at the Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA), has been a part of the James Island Presbyterian Church (JIPC) family all of her life.  Brynnan’s parents, Mark and Julie, joined the JIPC in 1996. Brynnan’s older sister, Cameron, and younger brother, Brady are also a part of this church family. In 2010, while a 5th grader at St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science, Brynnan felt called to do something positive to help change the world. So she started by helping to impact and change her community.

Brynnan developed a nonprofit business called ‘Drink-Up’. She basically purchases and then sells beverages at various venues, donating any profit to specific charities.

Brynnan’s good friend, Katie Oswald, a 6th grader at SOA, is also involved in this mission project. Recent places where they have sold beverages include the ‘Seeds of Hope Farmer’s Market’ on Saturdays, located in our church parking lot, and in front of Staples in the South Windemere Shopping Center.

Charities that have received donations through ‘Drink-Up’ include ‘Water Missions International’ (www.watermissions.org) and the Ridgeville, South Carolina, based ‘Horses in Service Ministry’ (www.horsesinministry.org).

Brynnan is active in church youth and music ministries and has been a part of three JIPC youth mission trips to CROSS, an urban outreach ministry of Myers Park Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. She loves to play the flute and is a part of the current confirmation class of JIPC.

Impacting and changing the community….one beverage at a time!

Sky Keating: Meals in Memory

 Sky Keating coordinates the Meals on Wheels program in loving memory and to continue the work begun by his late wife Geneva.

Sky Keating coordinates the Meals on Wheels program in loving memory and to continue the work begun by his late wife Geneva.

Originally from Massachusetts, Sky has lived on James Island since retiring here with his wife, Geneva (Cookie), in 1985 following a career with Allied Signal and Honeywell. Sky and Geneva became members of the James Island Presbyterian Church (JIPC) in 1986.

For many years, Geneva coordinated volunteers from JIPC who delivered meals, daily, to homebound persons living on James Island. Originally, these meals were first taken to St. James Presbyterian Church from the Charleston Area Senior Citizen Center where volunteers would then package and deliver them. About 10 years ago, the distribution site for James Island meals-on-wheels was transferred to the JIPC. Geneva continued to coordinate the meals-on-wheels volunteers until her sudden passing in April of 2009.

In memory of Geneva, their 52 years of marriage and in tribute to her servant heart, Sky began coordinating the James Island meals-on-wheels program a month later; and five years later, Sky continues to make sure that the James Island homebound persons who are enrolled in this program receive a hot meal, Monday-Friday.

Sky…a loyal member of the chancel choir, an active church member and a faithful mission volunteer who also witnesses his servant heart. 

Susan Forrest: Sharing Treasures

 Susan Forrest has found her calling at Closet Treasures Thrift Store.

Susan Forrest has found her calling at Closet Treasures Thrift Store.

Closet Treasures Thrift Store (CT), a mission of the James Island Presbyterian Church & Foundation, is located in the Folly Road Shopping Center. Susan Forrest is usually the first person you will see…or hear when you enter the store.

Susan, 77 years young, has been a part-time employee of CT for fourteen (14) years. A former nurse at MUSC and an active member of Greater Bethel AME Church, she is involved in their weekly worship services, Bible study and senior ministry. Susan also is a part of her church mission team that visits patients or residents in area hospitals and long term care facilities each week as well as makes monthly visits to inmates of area, regional and state penitentiaries.

Although Susan’s job responsibilities at CT include greeting customers, receiving donations, and performing general housekeeping tasks, her real focus is customer service and ministry. When walking into the store, you almost immediately hear her infectious laughter. If you don’t hear her voice or see her smiling face and look around the store to find Susan, it is pretty common to see her sitting or kneeling in prayer with a customer.

People come to CT for all kinds of reasons: a mother purchasing clothes for a child, a new college student trying to find a bed frame & mattress, a collector looking for ‘a deal’, etc. But many people come to see Susan. To share a concern about a loved one in the hospital, to celebrate a healing, to seek advice and a listening ear, to pray together.

Susan knows her real job and calling at CT is to minister to and with people. Susan Forrest…a real blessing. The real deal!