The animal was found in the baptismal pool directly before a scheduled baptism.
In a quick interview in front of the congregation, baptismal candidate Karoch Hunta had just testified to his complete willingness to die to sin and said that he had been waiting for years to enter “the watery grave of baptism.”
As Hunta turned in his flowing robes to make his way to the baptismal pool, a piercing scream from a junior member of the pastoral staff tore through the sanctuary followed by one word: “Gator!”
The speed with which the congregation exited the church building “could not have been more impressive had the pastor announced that potluck was running out of food,” said one member who wished to remain anonymous.
Members flocked in nervous clusters outside the church building as emergency personnel arrived.
An animal rescue team from the nearby Gator Land theme park was able to safely transport the alligator to one of its lakes.
A zoologist from the park shared with a concerned Forest Lake pastoral staff that the alligator showed signs of having heard about potluck.
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