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 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.



April 2009 Message PDF Print E-mail
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            Why? In my job, I hear many “why” questions.  Why do we have healing services? What do we show video clips? Why do we play secular songs? Why do we have purple streamers hanging up outside? Why do we have rotating art up in the office areas?  Why did we sing that song?  Why do we do things we have never done before?  Let me assure you that the things we do here are done for a purpose and are prayerfully though through.  We aren’t simply creating change for the sake of change. 

            Most of the time the answers to these “why” questions have something to do with helping to accomplish the mission of our church and reaching people...

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March 2009 Message PDF Print E-mail
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Have you ever notice that the image of rocks and stones are used often in scripture?   We all know about the wise person who built her house upon the rock.  Or the seed in the parable that fall among the rocks.  Simon is renamed Peter, which means Rock.  Christ crucified is called a stumbling block (stone) to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.  The psalmist often calls God the “rock of my salvation” and “my rock and my fortress.”  Rocks can be strong and a firm foundation but they can also get in the way and cause us to stumble and fall. 

            This year we will use the image of rocks and stones to guide us through the season of Lent...
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1) I saw this bummer sticker on a car recently and thought it was worth noting here. "Get Involved.  The world is run by those who show up."

We invite you to "get involved" at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church Smile

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2) I just read "Take This Bread" by Sara Miles.  It's a great book and here's a great quote:

"Christianity wasn't an argument I could win, or even resolve.  It wasn't a thesis.  It was a mystery that I was finally willing to swallow.  I was loved by a big love.  In the midst of suffering, or hunger, even of death.  Alleluia.  What was, finally, so hard about accepting that?" 

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2009 )
 
February 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church is a diverse, empowered, welcoming and growing congregation.  We are strengthened through worship, Holy Communion, prayer and study.  We use our energy, baptismal promise and spiritual gifts to joyfully serve God, actively meeting the needs of the local and global communities.             What’s printed above is the vision statement of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church...
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January 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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"All this is from God who reconciled us through Jesus Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 5:18                       Congratulations to all you saints of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in deciding to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation
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