When Fred Winters, pastor of First Baptist Church, Maryville, Ill., was shot and killed in the pulpit March 8, residents were left stunned and grieving.
Winters helped create the Maryville Ministerial Alliance 22 years ago, said John Lottes, pastor of Our Lord Lutheran Church, Maryville.
The alliance’s seven churches held memorial services (called “One Family: Many Locations”) the Wednesday after the shooting.
Lottes said members of Our Lord have spent considerable time in worship, confirmation and Sunday school talking through the tragedy.
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