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 Master’s 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



March 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

 

This year, 2010, is the five year mark of our ten year strategic plan. We have accomplished many of the goals we laid out for ourselves and some are still before us. Below is the basic outline of that plan.
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January 2010 message PDF Print E-mail
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How will you live your life as a Christian this year? Sometimes we Christians think that the only “Christian” thing we do all week is go to church on Sunday morning.  Some think that if you are not a pastor or theologian then you are not really doing God’s work through out the week.  But really, every aspect of our life – including our roles as parents, spouses, children, family members, teachers, students, neighbors, citizens, employers, employees, volunteers, and friends – belong to God and are ways we proclaim and bear witness to Christ through loving service to the world. Occupations and callings are not higher or lower, better or worse, or more or less connected to God’s work in the world. All work is a calling from God and an opportunity to serve.....
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December 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

 

As you all know, I love coffee. No big surprise there. I know that you know because for Pastor Appreciation month I received about 15 Starbucks gift card from you. THANK YOU! When I went to Starbucks to start using these cards it was about the time that they come out with their famous red holiday cups. I’m sure I was not the only one to think “Really? Christmas in October?” Regardless, I do enjoy seeing these cups every year. I like to see what words and images they are decorated with. Here’s what are printed on the cups this year: “We invite you to listen to your desires and to renew your hope to see the world not as it is, but as it could be. Go ahead. WISH. It’s what makes the holidays the holidays.” 

            I have been pondering....

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