Service. Advent is a time to serve one another, that’s what the abundance of volunteers from the Desert Southwest Conference showed the world tonight.


We setup shop in Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, AZ where hundreds of folks were getting their Christmas shopping out of the way and double-checked lists completed.


A song was in the air all night from Pastor Andrew Devereaux, who shared the story of Christmas through his gift of music with the strangers passing by. By the time he’d wrapped up, an 8-member bell choir from North Scottsdale UMC rang in the advent season with glorious music anyone could hear all across the mall. To say our event was a showcase of talent is an understatement!


Big shout out to our host church – North Scottsdale UMC, our partner churches – Desert Mission UMC, Red Mountain UMC, Cross in The Desert UMC, Velda Rose UMC. And last but certainly not least, a sincere thank you to Christina Dillabough, Desert Southwest Conference Communicator who made this entire event a major success.


I’m not sure if the entire valley was changed because of this event, but I do know that Scottsdale was a better place on Monday night.


Blessings to all,



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