ROANOKE, Va. — The Virginia United Methodists Annual Conference is taking place this weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center. More than 3,300 people are in town. Of course there's preaching and praying, but the group is doing much more.
We spoke with Steve Hundley who is the district superintendent. "We come together to focus on our mission and ministry and celebrate all that we do. We make appointments of pastors, decide on how we're gonna be in ministry all across the commonwealth of Virginia," he said.
But it's more than just a religious conference. It's about giving and helping the community. Three semi-trucks were used to collect items for those in need. The kits include everything from school supplies to toiletries. Reverend Louis Strickler is proud of the effort. "It's great. I just can imagine the people who will be receiving these kits in their time of crisis and it will be a blessing to them and God is good,” he said.