Pastor's Monthly Message
Pastor Julie Blum has been the pastor of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church since July of 2002.  She is originally from Kennewick, WA with most of her extended family still living in Eastern Washington.  She did her under graduate work at Pacific Lutheran University and received her Masterís of Divinity at Luther Seminary, in St. Paul Minnesota.  Before moving to Seattle she served as Associate Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho.  Pastor Blum enjoys spending time with her daughter, gardening and traveling.  In 2013 she was privileged to receive a grant from the Lily Endowment Fund to take a three month sabbatical, traveling to Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii and the Oregon Coast.

by Pastor Julie Blum



October 2010 message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

As I am sure you have heard by now, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church has decided to host Tent City 3. But that is not what I want to talk about. For some, the conversation has changed from Tent City to the process of discernment that Maple Leaf Lutheran Church chose. The perception by some in the neighborhood is that Maple Leaf Lutheran Church was not willing to listen to the concerns of our neighbors. We have been told by some that we are bad neighbors, not listening to the concerns of our neighbors. Let me address that concern and accusation....

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 )
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September 2010 message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

As you know, we are in the process of considering a request that we received asking us to host Tent City for 90 days starting at the end of November 2010. We have spent months talking about this, offering meetings, tours and educational materials. We have asked you to pray and to listen for the voice of God.  Itís been an interesting time and emotions are high. We have received some angry communication from some neighbors who are upset that we are even considering this request. But we also have received some supportive communications from other neighbors stating they are proud of us for considering this request and asking how they can help. The mood in the neighborhood seems to be quite mixed.....

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 )
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August 2010 message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

 

You may recall that last month I wrote on the topic of evangelism because it had been on my heart and mind quite a bit recently. Well, itís still there. So much so that I recently ordered six books on the topic and plan on taking some time to just sit down and devourer them all.  Iím currently reading Simply Strategic Growth: Attracting a Crowd to Your Church. While itís intended for really large congregations it still has some good things to say. The book that Iím really looking forward to is the one with the fun title ďTen Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing.Ē The picture on the cover is a church sign with a shrub growing over the service time.....
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