Pastor's Desk

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.



Growing church! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

From time to time I hear people say “We need new members.” Or they ask “How can we get more members in our congregation?” Similar questions and statements come up like “How does ‘such and such’ project bring new members to us?” Here’s something you might not realize: In the past 15 months we have received 23 new members. You heard right, 23 new members! 

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February 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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I know you have heard me say this before but let me say it again: I feel so blessed and privileged to be your pastor.  You are really a great congregation and I am continually surprised by you and encouraged by you.  I am reminded of this when I talk to other pastors.  In January I attended a preaching workshop in Oregon and talked .... (read more)

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January 2011 message PDF Print E-mail
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Since Tent City 3 moved into our Parking Plaza on November 27 I have been asked the same question over and over again: “How’s it going?”  I could go on and on in answering that question but here I will try to tell you just some of what we have been experiencing. It started out with a lot of busy excitement but now that we are a couple weeks in we have gotten into a route and all seems pretty quiet and normal..... (read more)

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December 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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How many of you love watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special? This year will be the 45th year it has been on. Can you believe it? I am always disappointed if I miss it. It is like a Christmas institution for me. Every year I feel a desire to buy, what my sister and I refer to as, a “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.” You know the kind of tree, a little sad looking, at the back of the lot, most of the needles have fallen off, and it is crooked......

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God's Mercy PDF Print E-mail
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God's Mercy by David Buttrick


God's mercy is not merely therapy for a few individuals beset by guilt....God does not dole out mercy like cookies only for good, repentant children. God's mercy is not conditioned by our response. God is mercy. So, wide is wider than we guess.... Our calling is to live in mercy.... Recalling God's unmerited mercy ... we absolve one another, enacting the good news. 'In Jesus Christ,' we say, 'we are forgiven.' So we look into each other's eyes without illusions; we are sinners all. Yet we embrace each other in the mercy, the wide, wide mercy of God.

Source: The Mystery and the Passion

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