FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The pastor of a Texas church where seven people died in a 1999 shooting will preach at an Illinois church Sunday, one week after its pastor was killed.
The Rev. Al Meredith of Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church says he'll preach a message of recovery to members of First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. Meredith says he'll let worshippers know they'll never get over it, "but the rest of God's kingdom around the world is praying for you.'' A man entered the Illinois church last Sunday and walked toward the pulpit, where the Rev. Fred Winters spoke to him before the gunman opened fire. Winters' funeral is scheduled today. Terry Sedlacek has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery. Authorities said they still haven't determined a motive for the shooting.