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Rev. Gail Danforth, Pastor of Ingleside United Methodist Church survived a health scare years ago – breast cancer – strengthening her faith in Jesus Christ, and God. Inside the sanctuary of the church, she is reminded of the value of those strong beliefs during this time of the Advent season. Ingleside Index

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Known as the ‘Jesus window’, this stained glass art was installed inside the Ingleside United Methodist Church following Hurricane Celia that struck the Coastal Bend in 1970, toppling the church right off its foundation. Ingleside Index

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Inside the Ingleside United Methodist Church is a food pantry that has served a growing number of families in need with both nonperishable staples and wholesome fresh fruits, vegetables and a variety of meats and other supplies. Ingleside Index

Health scare only strengthened church leader’s faith in God

Preparing for the second coming of Christ, the ‘rebirth’ – as it would be – seems a fitting description of the Advent season for Christians and shares a real-life comparison for Gail Danforth. Before she entered the ministry her world was positioned to change dramatically when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But she overcame that ordeal more than 15 years ago and her faith in Christ – and God – led to a rebirth – in a sense – and a desire to serve mankind.

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Shop with a cop

Fast friends: Rhiannon Williams, a student at Charlie Marshall Elementary School in Aransas Pass went shopping with a cop, Aransas Pass Police Chief Eric Blanchard, assisted by Courtney Figueroa from the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce. The annual ‘Shop With A Cop’ event is now in its 24th year, hosted by the Corpus Christi Fraternal Order of Police and supported by many generous sponsors including Walmart where Rhiannon came last Thursday. This year, 35 children in the Aransas Pass ISD were eligible to participate in the program developed by law enforcement to help needy kids and their families have a happier holiday. 20 students came from Charlie Marshall, and officers shopped for another 15 from Faulk Elementary who couldn’t be present due to Covid-19 restrictions. Rhiannon also picked out some Spiderman pajamas. Aransas Pass Police, Fire Department, Ingleside Police, and many other members of law enforcement helped out. Aransas Pass Progress

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Moose VIP visitors

Moose VIP visitors: Paul Curtis, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Chicago-based Moose International and his wife Bonnie wrap up breakfast at The Bakery Café last Friday. Their host and Secretary of Aransas Pass Moose Lodge 2063 Kevin Stubbs (not pictured) made sure the couple received good south Texas hospitality. Curtis is fulfilling one of his office’s obligations to meet with Lodge leadership nationwide and praise them for what they do to promote goodwill among youth, seniors, and the communities they serve. Aransas Pass Progress

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Thomas Mahoney, an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles, recently wrapped up shooting his latest project, a crime-thriller/ horror movie including some scenes recorded in Aransas Pass. While in the city he used the city’s library, and the Civic Center was his base of operations. Aransas Pass Progress

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These are some of the behind-the-scenes images as the movie was being filmed in Aransas Pass. They also used locations in Sinton, Taft, and Portland. Mahoney said he will prepare the film – yet untitled – for a 2022 film festival premiere where he hopes it finds a commercial buyer. Courtesy: Gary Edwards

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Hollywood South comes to Aransas Pass

Perhaps you’ve never heard of the movie ‘Wild Indian’, or one of its Producers, Thomas Mahoney. But the east coast native, now a Los Angeles resident, has received tremendous praise for the film that examines the relationship between two Native American friends who – for years – have hidden the secret of a murdered schoolmate. It was an official selection at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Mahoney’s latest project includes scenes that last week wrapped up filming in Aransas Pass and he hopes finds favor at Sundance in 2022.

More Ways of Giving Back During The Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, it is important to remember there are many Coastal Bend residents that may need a helping hand this winter. In a previous article, I discussed helping others through Toys for Tots. In this week’s column, I would like to continue that discussion by sharing a few simple ways you can make a significant impact in the life of someone less fortunate this year. I have outlined some of the many giving opportunities available at Coastal Bend charities.

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