About us

Mission Statement

In Christ we love and serve God and our community. 

Vision Statement

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.

Reconciling in Christ: Welcoming Statement

At Maple Leaf Lutheran, we are stronger with you. We celebrate and affirm people of all ages, backgrounds, races, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions, rejoicing in the diversity of God’s creation. We share Word, Baptism, and Communion with all who seek God’s unconditional gift of grace. 

As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, we work to end estrangements and make amends. We acknowledge that historically and presently, churches sow exclusion and harm rather than peace and belonging. Although we fall short, we aspire to live in sustainable kinship with ourselves, our siblings, and our planet, through active learning, labor, and love.

To you, especially if you have ever felt excluded, alienated, or powerless: we extend a heartfelt embrace. With the Spirit of Love, we strive to live our values of generosity, inclusion, and community. We are committed to racial equity, social and environmental justice, and building a world where everyone has the resources and opportunity to thrive. We serve with a local focus and global lens. Come walk with us as we are transformed by God’s path of grace, truth, and love. If you like what we say, come and see what we do.

— “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another” — Romans 12:5

Not THAT Kind of “Evangelical”

Yes, it’s true. The denomination that Maple Leaf Lutheran Church belongs to (the ELCA) has “evangelical” in its name, as in the “Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.” While the word “evangelical” has come to have negative connotations–judgmental, conversative, preachy, colonialism, racism, the patriarchy and so on–those words have nothing to do with the true meaning of the word.

The word “evangelical” comes from the Greek word “euangelion,” straight from the Bible. The word simply means “good news.”

We strive to be evangelical, in that we share the good news of God’s unconditional love for everyone. We condemn the use of the name “evangelical” to hate, judge, or shame anyone. Please read more about this topic here: https://www.livinglutheran.org/2018/04/the-e-word/

Our Pastor

Pastor Julie Blum

Pastor Julie Blum has served as pastor of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church since July of 2002.  Originally from Kennewick, WA, Pastor Julie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology & Religion at Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in Minnesota. She did her pastoral internship at Central Lutheran Church in Bellingham, WA, her Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA and her first call was to Immanuel Lutheran in Boise, ID (1998-2002.) Pastor Julie has a precocious daughter and a jittery cat, both of whom she enjoys very much.  Some of her hobbies include reading, geocaching and writing bios of herself in the third person.