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

December 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Presiding Bishop’s Statement on 2008 Presidential Election - November 5, 2008
A message from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson ...
November 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   
In the October issue of “The Christian Century” magazine I read a disturbing article.  This is how the article began,
Membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the country’s largest Lutheran denomination, has fallen for the 16th consecutive year, the ELCA has announced.
That hit me like a ton of bricks! What depressing news. The article went on to say,
While Lutheran churches are growing worldwide – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa – baptized ELCA membership declined more than 64,000 in 2007, a 1.34 percent drop.  The church now counts 4.7 million baptized members in 10,448 congregations, and it shows a net loss of 22 churches.  Statistics released from the Chicago headquarters in mid-August also showed that although average weekly attendance dropped from the previous year, the ELCA gives generously and has valuable assets.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 December 2008 )
October 2008 message PDF Print E-mail
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 I am currently reading a book titled “Give to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life” by Mark Allan Powell.  I will also be going, along with three Maple Leaf members, to a Stewardship event on September 27th where the presenter is this same author.  It’s an especially interesting topic in these troubling financial times.
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