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Ill. Church Resumes Services Week After Pastor Slain

Suspect remains jailed on murder charges

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    Churchgoers in Illinois comfort each other while standing outside of Maryville First Baptist Church last Sunday morning after a man shot a pastor to death and injured others at the church.

    An Illinois church where the senior pastor was gunned down mid-sermon a week ago has resumed services with advice from a Texas preacher whose church experienced something similar.

    The Rev. Al Meredith of Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, opened Sunday's early service at Maryville's First Baptist Church by apologizing that he's not "Pastor Fred."

    One week ago, Fred Winters was shot dead by a gunman whose knife later injured himself and two church members. That suspect's jailed on murder charges.

    Meredith recounted how his own church in 1999 was the scene of a gunman's rampage that killed seven before the shooter killed himself.

    Meredith said First Baptist may never get over what happened but should use the tragedy for spiritual outreach.