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



April 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

 

There came a time in my life when I earnestly prayed: “God, I want your power!” Time wore on and the power did not come. One day the burden was more than I could bear. “God,” I asked, “Why haven’t you answered that prayer?” God seemed to whisper back this simple reply: “With plans no bigger than yours, you don’t need my power.” - Carl Bates
 
I have this above quote on a bulletin board in my office. I look at it from time to time and wonder: Are our plans here at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church big enough? Are we stepping out in trust and being faithful to what God is calling us to do? 
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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
Written by Julie Blum   

 

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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