Each year the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church selects one of their members to receive the Towel and Basin Award. Sacrificial service to others is symbolized by the towel and basin, when during the last supper, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. In this unselfish act of servanthood, Jesus exemplifies to those closest to him the act of responding to the needs of others without regard to his position or status.

Pastor Lanita Pride presented this year's Towel and Basin Award to Pat Filsinger, "for the way her faith has challenged all of us and the way her life has breathed life into our church and community. Her discipleship and servant leadership inspired and encouraged others. The example of courage in the face of increasing disability has offered a challenge to many of us. Despite her health, she is always present and willing to serve."

Pat Filsinger is a certified lay speaker; active participant in Sunday school; worships every Sunday her health allows; shepherd group leader; and is a member of various committees including the committee on lay leadership, publicity, and the staff-parish relations committee. Whenever asked to serve, her answer is always, "Yes."

She offers hospitality to everyone she meets and serves as an ideal ambassador for the church. One day after worship, she was observed inviting a child to sit on her lap and ride with her in her wheelchair down to fellowship hall. This shy child trusted something inside her voice and gingerly climbed into her lap and smiled all the way to fellowship time.

Pat has always been and continues to be an advocate and special friend for the children of the church. They each receive birthday cards each year. In a congregation where children can often be overlooked, Pat makes it her responsibility to know each child by name. She makes them know they are important to her and, subsequently, important to the congregation.

Pat was an English, drama, and writing teacher in Euclid, Ohio. She is very proud of her efforts in helping the kids to write a scholastic magazine. The magazine won second place the first year in competition and for the next 11 years came in first place. Pat also taught adult sewing and tailoring in night classes and swimming at the local "Y."

She and her husband, Rich, moved to Florida for two and a half years after retirement. They moved to Fairfield Glade in 1992. They have two married children and four grandchildren. Pat was very proud that some of her children could be with them to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.

They were also present at church to see her receive a beautiful leaded glass Towel and Basin Award plaque along with a standing ovation by the congregation. Member Sara Senft crafted the outstanding leaded glass plaque.

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