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.

November Monthly Message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pastor Julie Blum   

The holiday season is closing in fast.  Before you know it we will be at Thanksgiving, then Advent, Christmas and soon it will be 2008.  This time of year can get so busy and hectic that not only can we forget to enjoy it, we can forget to focus on the One whom gives us the joy.  One of the reasons that it’s so busy is that we spend so much time trying to find that perfect gift for our loved ones.  Shopping malls, traffic, wrapping paper, Christmas card and decorations can become a chore rather than a joy.  Before you do your Christmas shopping this year let me give you two alternative ideas.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 December 2007 )
August Monthly Message PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pastor Julie Blum   
As most of you know, for the past nine months I have been part of the Pastoral Leadership Program at Seattle University. Many of you have asked about the program and inquired to how it's been going. Here is an update for you. This is how Seattle University describes the program:

The Pastoral Leadership Program revitalizes proven and promising Protestant clergy, Catholic priests, and lay pastoral leaders and helps them face teh challenges of the contemporary world with imagination and hope. The program is a holistic one of ongoing ministerial renewal for a select ecumenical cohort of clergy and lay pastoral leaders from different geographic, racial, and ethinic communities. In this 9-month-long program, beginning with an immersion retreat in the fall and continuing in monthly two or three day sessions, a divers cohort of 24 lay and clergy pastoral leaders have an opportunity for theological and biblical reflection, spiritual direction or personal leadership coaching, and peer group reflection.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2007 )
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