The congregation at First United Methodist Church in Killeen didn’t just spend Sunday celebrating Easter, they also welcomed five new members to the church.
“It’s not only a great day to celebrate the resurrection, but also a privilege to participate in the sacrament of baptism,” said Rev. Jeff Miller, the church’s senior pastor.
Daniel and Victoria Vulgamore officially joined the church and their three children were baptized during the Easter service, which included many hymns, prayers and a biblical message.
“We started coming about a year ago. We just felt comfortable here. They’re very welcoming,” said Victoria Vulgamore, who has lived in Killeen about 25 years. “It’s a good, wholesome community. We just know we belong.”
Daniel Vulgamore grew up Catholic, but said he was happy to join the Methodist church.
“This church is really nice (and) welcoming,” he said. “We just decided to join and raise our kids in a Methodist church.”
The Easter service also included a special children’s time, where young members of the church were given empty plastic eggs to symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Cynthia Moss, associate pastor, said it’s a reminder for Christians that Jesus rose from the grave.
After the service, the Vulgamores continued their Easter celebration.
“We have friends and family coming over for Easter dinner at our house,” she said. “It’s our first year hosting.”