By now you are no doubt familiar with the British poster that says, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Those words are presented over a graphic of the crown of King George VI. We even have all sorts of variations of that poster. I have seen, “Keep Calm and Go Shopping,” “Keep Calm and Look Busy,” “Keep Calm and Call Batman,” and on our Quail restrooms as a response to the Coronavirus, “Keep Calm and Wash your Hands.”
In the days leading up to WWII, the British government commissioned a series of encouraging posters to be distributed throughout the nation. The idea was to lift the spirits and encourage patriotism and diligence in the coming struggle against the Nazis. All of the posters had the same distinctive typeface, featured all capital letters and the image of the crown.
Max Lucado, in his book You’ll Get Through This, reminds us that two other posters, with different and unique encouraging messages, were distributed; however, the one that we are familiar with, “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” was never used in war time. More than 2.5 million copies of it were printed but they were never posted. It was reserved for an invasion of the island nation that never came.
Thus, this slogan was forgotten until 60 years had passed and a bookstore owner found some samples of those posters in boxes stored away for decades. He displayed the poster and started to sell copies and soon it was so popular that today you can find it on coffee mugs, tea sets, scarves and T-shirts in every tourist shop in Britain.
Why? Why is it so popular? Well, it is still good advice in hard times. “Keep calm” and remember God is working in the crisis. “Carry on” you and your actions can be part of the solution to what we all face. As we trust God, it empowers us to carry on with whatever we need to do.
I am reminded of Nehemiah when crisis and threat came as he tried to get the wall of Jerusalem built. It says,
“We prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” Nehemiah 4:9. We prayed and posted guards! We trusted and we acted. We kept calm and we carried on! As one author says, “Trust God to do what you can’t. Obey God and do what you can.” Good advice, keep calm and carry on.
Here are some updates...
- We are restarting our “Contact and Care” phone contact ministry. This time we are focusing on our family members who are 80+ years of age. In an effort to care for our most vulnerable seniors, we want to check in with them and see how they are doing. If you are willing to be a part of this twice a month phone ministry, contact Robin at Robin@qlbc.org.
- Have you been using this time to reach out to bless others in a specific way? Or, have you been blessed by a person in the Quail family that is using this time to bring encouragement? We would like to know how the body is mobilizing to care for one another on a spontaneous level. Please email your information to Freya@qlbc.org. Thanks.
- DivorceCare and GriefShare support groups are back! DivorceCare & GriefShare will be held online on Zoom on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm from September 10-December 10, 2020. You can sign up online. DivorceCare Registration GriefShare Registration
- Financial Peace University is all online this semester! This is a specially priced COVID edition of this important class. Those who complete the class will receive a rebate of 50% of the price. The class starts September 13 at 1pm. For more information and registration, click here.
- When you are on campus we are asking that you wear masks as a sign of consideration for others (even in the outdoor venue). Many are hesitant to be in public situations where there are folks not wearing facemasks at this time. Thus, we can “serve one another in love” by wearing our masks. If you need one, it will be provided free of charge at the Health Ministry Team booths on campus.
- Next Week (9/6) Pancakes with Pals (outdoor edition)! Families and kids will have the chance to meet with future Sunday School teachers while eating an individualized (delicious) pancake breakfast. It will start at 9:45am. Mike Tackett will outline future programming and explain how families can use the “Family Connection.” Register Here
- The Word for You Today Devotional booklets for September through November are now available. You can pick them up on campus on Sunday, or drop by any weekday next week, 8 AM – 12 PM, and we will have them available at the door to the office for “no touch” pick up.
- Thank you for your online donations at QLBC.org. Please give through the blue “RebelGive” icon. If you prefer, mail your donations to, P.O. Box 7955, Stockton, CA 95267.
- You can always tune into our Radio Broadcasts of past messages on our Radio show “Designed for Joy!” It is aired on KCBC 770 AM on Mondays at 5am, Saturdays at 6pm and Sundays at 7pm. It is also aired on 105.9 FM (The Bull) at 7am on Sunday mornings.
- Growing Tree Preschool is now open for those 2.5 to 5 years old. Call 209 478-2220 for more information.
Blessings and stay safe,
Pastor Marc Maffucci