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S: Life in Lubbock 1997-2011

BC: “Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

FC: "The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." -Numbers 6:34-36-

1: "Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will." | "How lucky I am to have known someone who is so hard to say goodbye to." | Good Bye for Now but not Forever!

2: Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma and Trent I am missing you already and you're not even gone. I just want to tell you how much I love you all! Thank you for your friendliness and service to me and the whole congregation. Brett- You are always there at the hospital when I and Harold and Kim have been there and I really appreciate you so much for the prayers you gave before surgery and after. Thank you for being a friend to Kim, and I ask that you please continue praying for Kim and Matt (I'm so sorry about Matt) I pray for you all and I'm so glad I've touched shoulders with you! In Christian Love, Dell Spencer | Hey you "five," We love you very much. It has been such a blessing and a great privilege to have had the opportunity to know you and to have visited with you. You were so good to us during our outbreaks of sickness, with Mother and her separation from us. Your acts of love and kindness helped us all more than you know. Brothers and sisters in Christ have so much in common, and it will always be there, no matter how far away we are from each other. We hope to see you again, but if not, we will see you again in Heaven, and that will be a glorious and happy day also. All of you take care of yourselves, stay healthy and happy and strong Christians as you are today. We will truly miss you all. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. "We will always love you all." Your sisters in Christ, Hazel & Sherry Hall

3: Dear Brett & Jennifer, It’s harder than you would think to write a letter saying goodbye to a family who has had such an impact on your life. Words can’t express how much you guys mean to me and how much I will treasure the memories I have with you. I will never forget the late nights (back in my younger days!), the spiritual discussions, advice, comfort, and just genuine concern you have shown to me. One of the best things about being in Lubbock was that I got to be around you guys, and I can honestly say I am a better person today than I was ten years ago because of the influence you have had on me. Taylor, Trent, and Emma: All of the Carol of Lights and also the car rides home from the young people’s Bible study are some of my favorite times with you. You three are some of the best kids I know, if not a little “adventurous”, and I am so blessed to have been able to spend the last 10 years watching you grow up. I know y’all will be a blessing to the church in Missouri and I pray that we will be able to keep in touch. As you leave, know that I count your family as one of the greatest blessings in my life. May God bless you always. I love y’all, Brandi

4: Dear Hogland Family, I have been so blessed to know you. Y’all are more family to me than friends. I was sad to hear the news about the move, but I know it is for the best. Whenever I had a problem I knew that you would be there to help me through it, and I have definitely had quite a few. I wanted to really thank you for everything you have done for me and for my mom. It’s because of you that I am back here with my family and living the way that I should be. Thank you so much for never giving up on me. Almost all the memories I have are of being with your family. The Carol of Lights was always so much fun. It’s been so great to watch your kids grow up into amazing people. I know that y’all will make lots of new friends where y’all are going and that they will be truly blessed to know you as I am. Don’t forget that you will have to come back and visit often.I love you all so much, Kelsey | Brett, I have learned so much from you and I want you to know that you are an amazing person. Never stop preaching. Todd and Destinee

5: Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, We can't believe that we are actually having to tell you all goodbye. You have been a big part of our lives for so many years that it will be so strange without you. We know that we have been very fortunate and blessed, to have had you guys with us at Indiana Ave. So we will try to be unselfish and share you with others. We know that you will bless their lives as you have ours. Trying to remember back over the last 14 years, our memories are full of potlucks, birthday parties, softball games, and so many more fun times. But we also recall how we were drawn together by the difficult times we suffered through. There was the death of dear ones, the shock of sins confessed, and the withdrawal of our fellowship from others. Through it all, we leaned on each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, and knew that with each other's help and encouragement, we would once again get through it. Yes, your family moving will leave a huge hole in our congregation and our hearts, but we will look forward to the times in the future that we will be together again. Until that time, we will keep you all in our prayers. We love you all!!! With all our love, Ty, Kristy, Abby, and Cannon Duncan

6: Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, I am really going to miss all of you and can hardly think of you leaving. Brett, you have preached many good sermons and don't seem to run out of good ones. Jennifer, I will never forget the good chocolate cake that you were always bringing to me and the good lessons you have taught our Ladies' Bible Class. Taylor, do you remember sitting by me at services and me feeding you gummy bears and Cheerios? (Of course, Daddy didn't want me to do that.) Trent, I enjoyed seeing you use your fingers like you were holding a pitch pipe to lead a song when you were really small, and when you got older you would direct the songs like the leaders were doing, especially Josh Cox. Hope you make a good song leader someday. And sweet little Emma, you are such a little lady and a carbon copy of your Mother. Hope you grow up to be as good a young lady as your mom. I remember all the progressive dinners, picnics at the park, Super Bowl parties, and always our potluck dinners at the beginnings of the Gospel meetings. I hope the people in Blue Springs know just what a gold mine they are getting in the Hogland family. I just can't think of any one that can replace you all, but I do wish the best for you. Love you all very much, Ann

7: It never is easy to bid good-bye to ones I've come to love so much. The 14 years have gone so fast, with much happiness and also sad times.You all will always have a special place in my heart. I wish you the best in your future work, Brett. I know if the people there love the Lord they will love you and the work you put forth for them. May the Lord bless and keep you, my prayers go with you. Betty | Dear Hogland family, What a surprise it was for me when I heard the news that y'all were moving from Lubbock. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to worship with you when I lived in Lubbock. Thank you for the encouragement, love, and care that you showed towards me while I was there. Thank you also for being wonderful Christian examples for me to pattern my life by. May God continue to bless you in your new home in Missouri. Take care. In Christian love, Lori Hearn | "I thank my God of every remembrance of you." -Philippians 1:3-

8: Dear Brett and Jennifer, When you arrived to start the Lord’s work here in Lubbock, I was a bleach-blonde teenage punk with little direction and less knowledge. I’m now a more mature (I hope) almost 30-year old man with a beautiful wife and three wonderful children. I say this, not to make you consider your age, but to cause you to consider how long you’ve been a part of my, and now my wife’s, life. Brett, after your arrival at Auburn St., your immediate and direct teaching of the young people was something that began at a critical time in my life. I needed to be challenged, forced to seriously consider and study God’s word, and develop my own faith. While my parents instilled in me a good example and the fundamentals necessary to develop true faith, I needed someone to drive it home. You provided that drive, not only through teaching, but by example. I remember very clearly one simple conversation that has impacted me to this day. At the end of my senior year of high school, I knew God’s teaching concerning the assembling of the saints, yet I chose to go on a trip with other senior high students and forsook the assembly. When I returned, you very simply asked me where I had attended worship services. My inability to answer your question made it clear that I had not attended. You gave me a disappointing look and in doing so caused me to seriously consider my priorities and my dedication to the Lord. I thank you for that simple exchange that, believe it or not, has had a profound impact on my faithfulness. Yet there is another moment that has had a more visible impact on my life, and that is the time spent studying with Stacia. I can never thank you enough for the amount of time and effort that went into the studies, discussions, letters, and sermons that were a result of your study with her. Your dedication to the cause of teaching her the truth about God’s pattern of the work and worship of the church was immense. Whether it was a time to study, a question to ask or answer, or a letter to write or respond to, you always made time for it. We thank you for those countless hours spent hammering away at the defenses of those in error. I learned so much and gained a great and godly woman in the process. Jennifer, it is said that behind every successful man is a great woman. This is without a doubt the case with you and Brett (and he’d be first to admit it). Your part in the work of the Lord is evident in many ways and it doesn’t take Brett’s many mentions of you in his sermons to see it. A mother’s work is done in the home and therefore not often | seen in the public arena. However, when children behave poorly and do not have a proper respect for authority then it reflects poorly on the home. This is certainly not the case with you. Your children have a character and respect for their elders that I constantly strive to teach my own kids. They are so well behaved and respectful that one never has to question that they have a godly and hardworking mother. Thank you for your example of being a righteous wife and mother that many women would do well to follow. Lastly, Stacia and I wish you well in your future work in Blue Springs. We look forward to coming to visit you one day. We pray that you keep the faith, defend the truth against all that would rise up against it, and maintain the character of Christianity that had defined your time here in Lubbock. We wish you all the blessings of the Lord and we will miss you very, very dearly. We love you and look forward to that day when we can see you again. Love, Lance & Stacia Lovelady

9: Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, & Trent, It's strange writing a goodbye letter to someone I still have trouble believing is leaving. Just doesn't seem like it can really happen. I just want to start out in saying thank you so much for everything y’all have done for me. There are no words to explain how much y’all have done for me spiritually, emotionally, physically, and in making me who I am today. Y’all were always there for me and my family when I was little and then now, a few years down the road. I hope a few years down the road from now, we can all be together again. I wish y’all all the best and I know y’all will do wonderful wherever you go. I wish y’all would just wait one more year ‘til I graduate and maybe I can go with you guys, but I know that’s silly. Y’all have to promise to visit and still send me a Christmas card so I can see your beautiful kids grow. I'm really going to miss them too. They are so sweet; just great kids. Things are definitely going to change around here, and I truly think everyone is going to grow and it will be a positive experience even though it's kind of scary. Y’all better get ready for all that snow! :) I also wanted to say thank you for not only y’all being wonderful, but having a wonderful family and sharing them with us. I feel so blessed to have met and made so many friends up in Oklahoma. Y’all have really become a huge part of this church here. I know the majority of the college students came to Lubbock to worship with y’all and be a part of this church y’all have really helped grow and become as strong as it is. Thank you so much for all the special times and memories we have made. You guys are truly special people and I value our friendship so much. Love you guys and wish you all the best! Katie | Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, Trent The past few years have been great. Y'all will be extremely missed. It is hard to put into words what y'all mean and have done for me and my family. You’re always there in the good and bad times for everyone. It is truly appreciated and often overlooked for what you do for the ones you love. In many of the hardest times of my life with dealing with my dad and other situations I could always come visit with you. Taylor, keep up with the good work in school man and leave some time open for some of us to come visit; We’re gonna have to go hunting or something. Keep practicing Emma on that soccer. You'll need it for when we come visit. And stay away from the boys! At least ‘til you’re back in Texas. Trent, don't let your siblings give you too hard of time and I'm sure there will be more trees there than in Lubbock for you to climb. Have fun and stay out of trouble. Have fun and I'm sure all of you will be happy wherever you go. You will be extremely missed. Love you all COMO

10: Upon receiving the email that announced your leaving my heart was consumed with sadness, and tears filled my eyes. It’s never easy to let go of those your truly care about. However, I am so thankful that God has blessed my life with such an amazing family. I know that He cares for me because He continually places people like you in my life to teach me how to love and never stop giving. I am sad because it’s over but I can smile because it happened. We often meet new people and wonder “how did I ever live without them for so many years” and that’s exactly how I feel about you all. Granted, I have only known you for three of the 14 years you’ve been in Lubbock but I feel like I have walked by your side the whole way. To say that you touched my life would be an understatement- you’ve changed my life. Through the example that you’ve set, I’ve become a stronger Christian and individual. You continuously give 110% to everything that you do, all while showing strength and love. There were many occasions where you greeted me with a smile and a hug when I know it would have been easier to shed tears. Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do but to hold it together when the rest of the world would’ve understood if you fell apart, that’s true strength. I’ve learned many life lessons from you. Just to name a few – how to set a Christian example, how to give without expecting anything in return, how to love unconditionally, how to be a leader, and one that overwhelmingly stands out is how to be strong. You are a beacon of strength and sturdiness in which we’ve all felt comfortable leaning on. I appreciate so much the example that you’ve set, and the person you have helped me to become. You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. In fact, the people who have influenced my life the most are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me. You have influenced and changed the lives of so many here, and you’ve helped equip us with skills to succeed. Your example and influence will always be engraved in my heart and a special place for the Hogland family will always remain. You are truly remarkable in every sense of the word, and we are all better people simply for knowing you. As heart wrenching as this move is going to be for all parties, it is my prayer that somewhere in Blue Springs, Missouri is a package of spark plugs to restore you and fill your life with happiness and rejuvenation. The Blue Springs congregation knows they’re getting a new preacher, but what they may not realize is they’re gaining one of the finest families I’ve ever met, who contains the ability to change lives and touch hearts. Thank you for always listening, giving advice, providing encouragement, and for always being there. It means more than you’ll ever know. How lucky I am to know someone that is so hard to say good bye to. Good byes are not the end, good byes are not forever. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again. I wish you all the best! With all the love I have to give, -Elizabeth McDonald | Three years ago I embarked on a journey to prepare for my future by attending Texas Tech. At first I felt lonely and out of place, but little did I know that the people I would soon meet would change my life forever. I can only attempt to express my gratitude to a worthy family through this letter, as these simple words could never efficiently express the thoughts of my heart. Being away from my family while gaining new relationships has taught me that we may not always have tomorrow to tell someone thank you or how they’ve changed our life. I better understand now more than ever that time goes by so fast; people come in and out of our lives. We must never miss the opportunity to tell those we love how much they mean to us.

11: Dear Brett and Jennifer, You are truly dear to us. We thank GOD for you and for your willingness and abilities to preach and teach HIS word. You both had such an impact on each of our lives and befriended us when we really needed it. We can never express the love and gratitude we have for you, but please know that your friendship, encouragement and example continue to mean so much to us! You have a precious family and each one of you is special to us. Although it has been many years now since we lived in Lubbock, we still miss our friends, "the Hoglands," and think of you all the time. We have many wonderful memories of you all: Johnna babysitting Taylor (when he was just 2 years old!), late night laughs (joking about Lance's Boot City co-worker, Wendy) and most importantly, the Bible studies and conversations that were so edifying and important to our spiritual growth and obedience to the gospel. We are excited for you as you begin this new chapter in your life. Our prayers are always that the Lord will keep and bless you as you continue to walk with Him and do His will. We love you. Yours very truly, Lance and Johnna Purcell (Cole, Tripp and Luke)

12: Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma and Trent This is very hard to say goodbye to all of you. We have grown to love you all so much. Saw the arrival of your first born and the second and the third... Such a wonderful family. We have learned so much from your Bible Studies and preaching. We have gained a deeper faith and a deeper love for God. For this we thank you and for your guidance in our spiritual matters. We will miss you but know that wherever you are the truth will be taught and much will be gained for our Lord. We wish you God Speed and hope to hear from you often. The Baileys | Dear Brett and Family I am so very glad to have had you as a friend and preacher during my stay here in Lubbock, Texas. While I didn't get to know the kids as well as others, they have been a testament to your parenting and spiritual wisdom. We may not have been as close as others but you all have played a huge role in my development as a Christian. Your advice and attentiveness to us as college kids and our many difficulties has been a key contributor to our growth and understanding of what it means to be a Christian and even more so a preacher. Your efforts and drive in helping create the next generation preachers and teachers will never be forgotten. As easy as it is to take it for granted, the Hogland family has helped change many lives here at Indiana. My dad was very envious and proud to hear, when I moved to Lubbock, that I would be attending the same congregation as the Hoglands and told me to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from Brett while I had it. I hope I have done so. As much as we have exploited your talents, we are going to be hard pressed to find a preacher in your absence with our standards so high. Thank you for the time you made for the students, and especially myself in one on one studies and group classes. From the Lynch family we thank you for all you have done for us individually and as a family and wish you Godspeed in your work to our Lord. Patrick Lynch

13: Dear Brett and Jennifer, Good friends are precious. You are especially so. Few people have influenced our lives for good more than you two. When we first met you, you refreshed us with your obvious love for the truth. As we got to know you better, you impressed us with your kindness and friendliness. You soon became our most dependable friends as we shared many joys and sorrows. We will never forget your countless expressions of love and care for us. When we moved, you helped us pack. When we moved again, you helped us again. Several times, you, Jennifer, cleaned our house for us. When we rushed Addysen to the emergency room with a mashed finger, you kept our other kids until late at night, even though you were going through one of the most difficult events of your life. Brett, you sacrificed an entire day (and perhaps took years off your life) finishing concrete for us. Every time we called on you and many times we did not, you sacrificed your time and energy for our benefit. You also encouraged us during the most anxious and darkest times in our life. When Riley had her tonsils removed, your visit comforted us and eased our fears. When we lost our unborn baby, your tears of understanding and compassion helped us endure. When we struggled to decide how to deal with unfaithful souls in our family, you advised us and sympathized with our circumstance. You prayed for us at all of these times. Over and over again, we have depended on you more than anyone else for strength and guidance. We have probably leaned too heavily on you. Joyful memories abound when we think about how our friendship has developed. Before we had so many kids, we greatly enjoyed traveling with you to gospel meetings. We fondly remember the day we spent together travelling to Caprock Canyons and Lake Mackenzie. You have always given us reasons to laugh and enjoy simple pleasures when we were together. We can hardly bear the thought of being separated from you. You have been such good friends. Please keep us in your prayers and know that we will be praying for you. We love you more than we can express here and eagerly await the day when we will never again have to say, “Goodbye.” With tender affection, Kyle and Brigette

14: Dear Hogland Family, Rachel and I just wanted you to know how much each of you mean to us. It is a little easier for us to say goodbye to you since we have been in separate cities for several years now, but it will definitely be different knowing that you aren’t in the same state anymore, either. Personally, I want to thank you for the great influence that you have had on me over the years and especially while I was attending school out in west Texas. You made me feel welcome and like I belonged from the beginning. I have always looked up to you (Brett and Jennifer) and how you live your lives as dedicated Christians. From the great marriage that you two have to the great kids that you are raising, I’ve always looked to you as example of what I would like my life to be like some day. I attribute much of my spiritual growth as a Christian while I was away from home to the many examples that I had to look up to at Indiana Ave., but your family will always have a special place in my heart for all that you have done for me. I couldn’t ask for better friends to look up to and learn from than you. You have always been there for me when I needed you, from the first time in need a place to stay on Wednesday nights to the time I needed a shoulder to cry on during rough spots in my life. I have always enjoyed being around your family. I will never forget the nights spent in Emma’s “princess bed”, teaching Taylor’s Bible class where he would talk about “His daddy’s church”, and chasing Trent around your house while he was crawling around the corner. I also greatly miss the late nights just sitting up talking with you and others at your house after we just got through playing mafia or some other fun game. Rachel and I also want you to know how much we appreciate your love and support through our engagement and the first year of our marriage. As I said earlier you have been such a great example to us of what a Christian family should be. We know that you will be greatly missed here, but we also know that the brethren in Missouri couldn’t get a better preacher and family to join them in their work and ministry in that place. We wish you the best and hope and pray that the Lord continues to bless each of you throughout this new journey in your lives. Plus, your really aren’t too much further away from us than you were in Lubbock, so expect visitors before too long. Love, Josh and Rachel P.S. You were one of my selling points in convincing Rach to move to Lubbock; now I need something new! Haha.

15: Dear Hoglands, I appreciate y’all so much, and the example y’all set for everyone. I wish you the best of luck in Blue Springs, and I know you will do an excellent job there in standing for the truth, and against error. You have really helped me get through a lot of things since I’ve been here, and I appreciate it greatly. Especially when I lost my best friend. You’ve also encouraged me to do many other things, particularly being bold as a Christian and in preaching, and I appreciate your support in that. We will definitely miss you. In Christian Love, Toby Sweets | Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know y'all since I’ve been here. You are such wonderful people, and an excellent example of a Christian family. When I first toured Tech in October 2009, I asked if we could come up to Lubbock on a Sunday so I could “try out” Indiana Avenue and Kingsridge, to see which I would like better. My mom and I went to Indiana Avenue that morning. I didn’t have to look at Kingsridge because I knew that Indiana Avenue would be the place where I would be encouraged and strengthened, and your family had a lot to do with that. Since then, I’ve really enjoyed services, Youth nights, college Bible Studies, Bible classes, potlucks, etc. with y’all. I remember the first lesson I heard back in October ’09; it was over Numbers 6: 24-26. It reads: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord life up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” We all feel this way, and pray for it for y’all. I know that Blue Springs is blessed to be receiving such a great family into their number. And I do hope and pray that your family will be blessed there! In Christian Love, Kristina “From Wichita Falls” Alexander

16: Dearest Hogland Family, It has been a real pleasure for Jay and me to have gotten to know you these past ten, has it been that long? Not only have we enjoyed the stimulating, educational sermons and classes, but your hospitality and always the smiles, hugs and concern you have shown us. It has been a great pleasure to have your children in our classes, seeing their knowledge of Bible principles grow.....and also know you nightly help them in their spiritual walk. I know God has great plans for all of you. We are just thrilled at your prospects! I know ya'll will be in touch, and will come back down to visit when you can. Just like with our own kids, upon moving so far away, we deem it another opportunity to visit another part of the country when we come to see you! May God bless your endeavors and family always. With hugs and Best Wishes, Jay and Debbie Dial

17: Dear Hogland Family, Words cannot express how much we will miss you. Brett, although Ed Waggoner was originally the one who got Dad to start attending church at Indiana Ave., you kept him there with your sermons of truth, something he really needed to hear. Especially when my sisters and I argued with him, you kept him strong and gave him something to look forward to every Sunday. With saving my dad you saved me, and in saving me you saved Kenney. We are eternally grateful for you and know that you have many jewels in your crown and will continue adding more jewels. I have no doubt that you will be successful at your new church. Jennifer, you are so beautiful inside and out. You are a wonderful example of what a Christian wife and mother should be. You and Brett did such an incredible job raising your children. They’re funny and sweet and so fun to watch and hear stories about! They make Kenney and I excited to have children someday (but not too soon!) I wish I could’ve gotten to know them better, but I know Kenney had a lot of fun with them! Although I believe Kenney knows Trent as Juan I still can’t stop laughing at that story! Kenney and I wish you well and know that you as a family are going to do so much for this new congregation. Please keep in touch. In Christian Love, Kenney and Lindsey Halfmann

18: Dear Hoglands, There really are no words to describe how much all of you are going to be missed. I have so enjoyed the time that I have had to spend with you, and I cannot even begin to imagine how strange it will be to look down the street and know you don't live there anymore. Brett and Jennifer, you have both given me so much love, support, and advice over the years, even when I wasn't sure I wanted to listen. Thank you so much for that and for being such a good example of what a happy and truly devoted couple should be like. Taylor and Trent, you boys have made me laugh and yell, often at the same time! Please don't ever lose that excitement for life. :) Emma, you know I have a special place in my heart for you, my fellow dog-lover. I've had fun walking the dogs with you. Yogi is going to be sad to see you and Tucker go! Stay sweet, stay smart, and never forget that your "sister" from across the street is here for you if you need her. I love you all so much. Take care, and please come back to visit!!! Erin | Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, We are really going to miss all of you. We’ll be thinking about you often, and we hope that everything goes well for you in Missouri. Brett, we really appreciate your hard work and diligence. Thank you for always being very approachable. Jennifer, thanks for being so friendly and cheerful every time we saw you. Taylor, Emma, and Trent, it’s been fun watching you grow up. Y’all be good! (Raymond says “you guys” instead of y’all, but you get the picture). Lubbock won’t be the same without all of you. We’ll be praying for you! In Christian love, Susie, Allie, and Raymond

19: Dear Brett, Cry, cry, cry is what we have wanted to do ever since we heard you were going to leave us. Thanks to Delmer we have had you with us for 14 years preaching and teaching God’s word so well. We got to watch you grow into the fine preacher you are today. We are all so blessed for having you here. Jennifer, we have enjoyed knowing you and watching those three good looking kids grow, Taylor, Emma, and Trent. We are going to miss seeing you all very much but wish you health and happiness at your new home. May God bless and keep you all safe wherever you go. In Christian Love, Paul and Sue Zuber | Dear Hoglands, I find it hard to believe that I have been attending Indiana Ave. Church of Christ for over seven years. Brett, with your immense Bible knowledge and teaching abilities, and God's help, you helped me to understand God's plan of salvation. You baptized me on 2-11-04 . Indiana Ave Church of Christ accepted me as a member on 2-8-05 . I am so thankful for your lessons and teaching me the “truth”. Jennifer, thank you for setting such a Godly example of a wife, mother, teacher, and friend. You are always so friendly, gentle, soft spoken, and with a smile for everyone. I had never known a Godly woman before you came into my life. Thank you for the example you have shown me of a Godly woman. Taylor, Emma, and Trent are also shining examples of Godly children. Hopefully they can recognize this enormous accomplishment. Saying you will all be missed beyond words is an understatement. I just cannot imagine our church without all of you. My heart is already grieving your absence. I hope you all can visit soon. I do understand why you’re leaving, but it is still difficult. I sincerely wish you all a safe journey, new and wonderful friends, good health and God's blessings. May God richly bless each of you. Thank you all for being such an example and inspiration in my life. Much love, Shirley Thorp

20: Dear Brett and Family RD & Lucille are going miss you all. Sure sorry that you are moving, We think a lot of you all . Hope you and your family enjoy your move. Richard & Lucille Settle | To the Hogland family, We want to wish you the best of luck with your future adventure. We know that they will be blessed to have you as we have been blessed to have you. Thank you for all you have done, you will be missed. Love The Lancasters

21: Brett, We appreciate everything you do for everyone in the congregation. You are a true blessing. We knew you could preach, we just didn't realize how well you could preach. We should have come to Indiana Ave. a lot sooner. We hate to see you go. You and Jennifer and the kids will truly be missed by everyone. We have really grown to love you and your family, and you will always have a place in our hearts. Our prayers will always be with you. With all our love, Nell & Barbara King

22: We are so sad to see you guys leave Lubbock. You have done so much good work here in Lubbock and have been such good examples to all of us. Your marriage and example of how Christians should live helped Justin and I through our first years of marriage and have helped us become the couple we are today. We will always remember the late nights of laughing and talking. It's people like y'all that help get us all through the difficult times in life! We love you guys so much and will always remember your family! Love, Justin and Kristina Teaff | When I heard that y’all were moving, I really didn’t know what to say. I know it’s hard to believe that I would ever be at a loss for words but, as someone who doesn’t see you very often; this move seemed like a very sudden thing. It’s hard for me to imagine coming to Lubbock for a visit and not seeing your family there. The two of you have been a rock on which I always knew I could rely if I needed you. For the three and a half years that I was a member at Indiana Ave., you served as examples and encouragers for a poor, and occasionally struggling, college student and I know that you have continued to be such for those who came after me. I will be praying that your family and your work prosper, and I know that you will continue to be examples to those around you. I wish you well and hope that we will stay in touch. -Jody Littlepage

23: Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, Thank you for all your years of service and friendship to the members of Indiana Avenue church of Christ. My years spent in Lubbock were made a little easier by having such a wonderful Christian family to go to for advice and support. I always felt like I wasn't just a member of a congregation, but a member of a family that I could count on in good times and bad. Brett: Thank you for always preaching and standing for the truth just as God wrote it. The congregation that gains you will greatly benefit from your teaching, preaching and Bible knowledge. The church in Lubbock had a lot of growth while you were there, and I'm sure you'll have the same effect in your new congregation. As long as you always put God first and walk in Christ's footsteps, your preaching will impact all you come in contact with. I know that you impacted my life immensely as a preacher, but also as a friend. I am grateful for you always treating me with respect, listening to my thoughts and concerns, and never giving up on me. Keep that same attitude as you go into your new endeavor and the new flock you are entering will be greatly blessed. Jennifer: Thank you for being such an amazing example of how a Christian, wife and mother should live. I was always impressed by how supportive you were of Brett and how you managed your home. It can't always be easy to be a preacher's wife, but you never let it show. It takes a strong woman to dedicate her life to someone who dedicates his career to God. But, I know your love for God gives you that strength. As you enter a new phase in your life, continue to look to God for strength when times are hard and even when times are good. Continue to take care of and support Brett during this life change as I know he'll take care of and support you too. As it is said, "Behind every great man, it an even greater woman." I am grateful for your friendship during my years in Lubbock and for your wonderful caring heart. I always knew I could talk to you about anything and get your honest advice in return. Anywhere you go and anyone you meet, is definitely better for knowing you. Taylor, Emma, and Trent: You all have grown up so much since the last time I saw you. You may not even remember me that much, but I remember you. Thanks for all the laughs you gave me while I was in Lubbock. I still remember Taylor talking about "Alvin" in bible class and trying to get him back on topic. It was always fun to watch Emma and the other girls run around and play after services and see just how care free they were. I remember it always put a smile on my face when I saw Trent in his cowboy hat and boots. You three have come a long way from those childhood days, but I hope no matter what you still hold on to a little bit of the child in you for as long as possible. Believe me, you'll miss it when you have to enter adulthood. I know that moving to a new place where you don't really know anyone is not easy. I've been there. But, with every move comes a new adventure and more life experiences. I have no doubt that you'll make new friends quickly and fit right in. Some words of wisdom: LISTEN to your PARENTS. They do know what they're talking about even when you think there is no way that they can understand. If you talk to your parents, you'll probably discover that they've been there and done that at some time in their lives. But, even more important, PUT GOD FIRST. As long as you serve God with all you heart, soul, and mind, everything will work out just how it is supposed to. It might not always work out how you WANT it to, but it will work out how you NEED it to. Never let anyone or anything cause you to compromise your beliefs and morals. Some experiences really aren't worth having. Learn from your mistakes, because, lets be honest, we all make them. But, never let your faith in God waver. Enjoy the move, and show everyone what amazing and special people you are. Remember to "let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven," Matthew 5:16. I wish your family nothing but happiness and many years in God's service. I love you all and will miss you much. May the Lord bless you and keep you till we meet again. ~Keely Buchanan

24: Dear Hogland Family: With the announcement of your intention to leave Lubbock, mixed emotions flooded our minds. Bitter sweet probably best describes those emotions. Bitter in that the place you have carved in our family will have an empty space. Sweet in that the memories we hold will forever be embedded and available for instant recall. We trust you are going to another work that will receive you with open arms because of both your stand for the truth of the Gospel and your ability to boldly project that into the new environment, and also because of your family values that are so valuable in any community. You have been an influence on us for some time. Even though we have only been a part of the work at the 62nd and Indiana Avenue Congregation for a short time, we feel we have been a part of the work through the entire life of the Congregation. Auburn Street began with a small nucleus leaving the Caprock Congregation in the mid-1960s, to start a work on the east side of the city. Delmer and Martha Hightower and family, and Joyce Campbell were among those saints. Bro. Albert McInroe, Ann McInroe Shields' father, was greatly instrumental in getting things organized. In the early days of the Auburn Street Congregation, L. A. and Burta Duncan, Max and Betty Duncan and Bill and Jean Mullins were all members. They are all part of Joan's family. In the early 1970s, V. O. , Annis and Nannette Carnes (upon returning to Lubbock from East Texas) and Don and Jo Byers became members. These are part of Harold's family. V. O. Carnes and Max Duncan both served as Elders of the Congregation, and Don Byers served as one of the Deacons. We fondly recall the first time we were privileged to hear Brett preach. Caprock was hosting a lectureship in which all the preachers of Lubbock Congregations (noninstitutional) were invited to bring a lesson. You endeared yourself to all through your subject matter as well as your speaking ability. Annis (Mamaw) probably summed up the situation by stating "He's the only one that took Bible in hand and proceeded to go from north to south and back north preaching, without standing behind a podium reading notes". Much like your Uncle Ward. We wish you well in your new endeavor. Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma and Trent - all are part of our family no matter where you may reside. "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2nd Tim. 4: 1-2) Our love and deep respect: Harold, Joan and Mamaw Carnes

25: Brett, you have been a dear friend for nearly 13 years. That may not seem too long however it is over a third of my life. When I first met you I was a young adult fresh from liberalism. I had lots to learn. You came to Tacoma, WA in 1998 to hold a meeting for us. From your meeting I learned that merely floating spiritually will sink one eternally. I needed to step up and be more active in my faith. You inspired me to preach. I wanted to believe that I could be used for God’s service in this capacity. All along the way you encouraged me to keep working hard for the Lord. I was fortunate to spend a summer training with you. In time I was able to preach full time. Since I have been in Kentucky preaching, I have met my wonderful wife, Julie, and now we have three beautiful children. I have also met the good brethren in Franklin. Had I never met you and heard your meeting in 1998 where the Gospel of Jesus pricked my heart -- I would not have met any of these. God receives all the glory because it was He who used you as His providential instrument to help me. Your background was not too different than mine. Ron Halbrook held the meeting that fired you up and caused you to grow. You were my Ron. For that I am eternally grateful. May God be with you and your family as they move to Blue Springs. Who is to know that you might not meet others you otherwise would not have met and impact their lives as you did mine? We love you Brett. The Monts Family

26: Dear Hoglands, We have such wonderful and fond memories of our time in Lubbock. And through it all was the steadfast straight-lined preaching that taught us how to persevere, pray it through, and study to maintain and grow in the Lord. thank you for all your hard work and good examples. May you go with God and keep ever near Him as you endeavor to spread His Word in other places. Peace and love from our family to yours. Chuck, Jeannie and the Richardson 7 Andrew, Sarah, Hannah, Benjamin, Leah, Rebekah, Philip

27: Good thing I was helping put this book together! We waited until everyone else sent their letters in so we could make ours the best! haha No in all seriousness there really are no words to explain how we feel as we prepare to end this wonderful chapter of our lives with you here in Lubbock. Brett and Jennifer- You have both been such wonderful friends, role models, teachers, family, and support for so long and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate you. We will miss staying up all hours of the night laughing until our sides ache. You have been there for us to laugh and to cry! We don't know what we would have done without you through some of the more difficult times over the last few years. We both always knew you would be waiting for us with open arms when we had bad news to share. The times we were able to watch the children for you were such special times for us. Taylor, Emma, and Trent- You three are some of the most wonderful, respectful, precious little people. If Claire was old enough to understand that you guys were leaving she would be devastated to be losing “my kids”. She loves you three so much. Justin and I feel so privileged to have had you in our home and share such wonderful times! We hope that you never forget us and we will never forget the love that you have made us feel! We have never known and will never know another family quite like yours! The times we have had with you are so precious to us and we will never forget you and the love you have shown us!! We are so excited for you and your future in Missouri and we pray that you will have a long and prosperous service in to the Lord! We love you all so very much! Justin, Brenna, Claire and Libby Smiley

28: Dear Hogland Family, There are not enough words to let you know how much you will be missed and how much you have meant to our family. You have been such a huge encouragement to our family and have been such a blessing to us all. We appreciate all the concern you have shown us over the years and the help and wisdom you have shared. Brett, your sermons will be greatly missed as well. We appreciate the time you spend studying and preparing every week in order to deliver the detailed lessons you do. We know you all will be as much of blessing to the next congregation as you have been to this one. We will keep you in our prayers during your move and wish you only the best. With love, The Thornes

29: Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; (Rom. 12:10) It’s always hard to say good-bye to family, and that is exactly what you have become – family. In fact, because of the spiritual relationship we have, you guys are nearer and dearer to us than most of our relatives. We enjoyed so much the times we spent together; playing 42, birthday parties, graduations, cookouts in the backyard and white elephant Christmas gatherings with our college students. We treasure those times we had together, and wouldn’t trade them for anything. Not only did you become like family to us, but also because of our relationship we feel like we have some more relatives – all those guys living in Tuttle. We are thankful for that. “..... have the same care for one another.” (1 Cor. 12:25) You cared for our children as if they were your own. You practically saw our children grow up, and we are thankful for the advice, love, and concern that you showed them. Your preaching, Brett, and especially your classroom teaching, is just what our kids needed as teenagers, and for that we will be eternally grateful. “Bear one another's burdens.....” (Gal. 6:2) Life brings unexpected trials, and it’s in these times of distress that a family relationship like we have becomes so much more important. When your family was struck with the horrible atrocity that is cancer, we were glad we could be there to give whatever support we could. And when the same terrible disease struck our family, you also were the first we turned to. We were richly blessed to be able to turn to you for support, to lean upon in the times of distress. We will always love you for that. So because of all of that, it’s with sadness that we say good-bye. We wish you only the best and will pray for you always. Brett, please pay heed to these words: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For all of you, may the future be bright and happiness fill your days. Love, Jim and Laura Hammock

30: Then... | Now... | Brett and Jennifer: It is hard to know where to start in letting someone know how much they have meant to you when they have been such a big part of our lives for the last fourteen years. We are sure to leave out something and we will think of things later that we wished we had said. We hope you know how we feel before we put it on paper. To start out with we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to both of you for the years of service and dedication to God and we are grateful that most of those years have been with us at Auburn Street - Indiana Avenue congregation. All of the sermons, lessons, classes and personal instruction through the years have enabled us, our children and the church to grow in the faith and have benefitted all and our family greatly. We would like to give you two with all your efforts and hospitality a great deal of credit for the lives our children lead today. Your influence and example to all of the young people over the years has been tremendous. There are really no words that express our thanks for being there and being with us through both the most joyous and some of the most trying times in our lives. It reflects what a true brother and sister in Christ you are (yes I know younger brother and much younger sister). As you guys know, you are much closer to us than our physical brothers and sisters (as a Christian family should be) and we feel that sibling love and kinship with you. All of the friendship, counsel, guidance and love have helped us immensely. When we look back at the pictures when you two arrived, and we think back it is hard to imagine that it has been fourteen years. We thank you for sharing so much of your lives with us. We were there for the birth of your three children and to watch each of them grow up with honor and respect has been a joy. Having you there to share in all the birthdays, graduations, baptisms, performing the weddings of our children and being there for the birth of our grandchildren has meant so much to us. We love you all dearly and want you to know that you will be greatly missed. We know you and your family will be a great blessing to the church in Kansas City and we pray you will continue to be blessed in the Lord’s work there. It is not a good-bye, but “see you later”. In Christian Love, Lawrence and Tanya

31: Dear Brett and Jennifer, There's not much to say to express our deep sadness at seeing you go. You have been here more than half of my life and have helped me through many trials and tribulations. We will never forget what you have done for us as a family. Thank you so much for always being there when we needed you most. Brett, you were responsible for converting me and all my siblings. You were also responsible for converting Riley, which led to his brother being saved. You also married us, which we will never forget. Jennifer, you were an amazing example for what a godly, Christian wife and woman should strive to be. I have always looked to you as a wonderful example and will continue to do so. Thank you again so much for everything you have done for our family and the congregation here. Brett, you have always stood firm for the truth and I pray that you continue to do so. This definitely isn't a goodbye, but a see you soon! We love you all so much and look forward to our visits so Ellison can get to see what wonderful people you are. Love, Riley, Kaly and Ellison Teaff | Brett, Jennifer, and kids. I can't tell you how much y'all mean to me. You've always been there for me and are some of my best friends. I can't wait to actually be part of your family ;) I hope you find what you're looking for Brett and I know you're gunna do great there. Jennifer, you'll be a great Christian woman example wherever you go. Taylor, you'll always have friends because you're such a cool kid. Emma, no boys. Trent, stay crazy. I love y'all very much. Good luck. Colby Lovelady

32: Uncle Brett~ When I was younger I remember Holly, Emily and Sarah always talking about their Uncle Brett and they just seemed to love him so muchand now I know why! In my mind I have always put you up on this pedestal above everyone else, but that’s where you belong. I can’t put into words how much you mean to me. You have loved and treated me as one of your own nieces. You have helped me in so many ways in my life that I don’t even know how to begin to thank you. Thank you for your sweetness, your compassion, your thoughtfulness, and your love. You will always have a special place in my heart and I will always love you. Jennifer~ I had to get a roll of toilet paper to sit beside me while I wrote these letters and I’ll probably use it all by the time I finish! Your family means SO much to me. I still remember the first afternoon I spent with you. It seems like I told you my life story and I remember when I left thinking, she didn’t want to hear all of that. But you did and even more, you cared. You are one of my best friends. You have always been so supportive and understanding when I needed it most. I don’t know what my life would be like without you. I hope when I become a wife and mother that I will be just like you. You have been such a wonderful example to me. I thank you for sharing your beautiful family with me and I hope one day I will be able to do the same. I love you more than you’ll ever know. Taylor~ You are one of the coolest kids I know! And you’re one of the sweetest. You have made me feel like such a special part of your family. You have no idea how loved I felt when you referred to me as your “cousin”. You mean so much to me. I have loved all of the fun times we have had over these past few years, especially laughing at all of the things Trent’s done. I look forward to so many more happy memories. I love you Taylor Reed! Emma~ My sweet Emma Brooke! You are one of my best friends, and you always will be. So many of my college memories are of you and all of the wonderful times we spent together. You are a beautiful girl and it shows from the inside out. Even though we live miles away you are always close to my heart. I hope you know that I will always be here for you no matter where you are. I love you my sweet friend! Trent~ Oh Trent! You are probably the funniest kid I know! You have always managed to bring a smile to my face even if I was having a bad day. I have had so many fun memories with you. I cannot wait to hear of all of your new adventures in Missouri. And you will definitely have to come back and visit me! I love you Trent Warren Hogland and don’t you ever forget that!

33: Dear Hogland Family, You all mean so much to me. I have learned so much from all of you. You have helped me grow so much spiritually. I will miss hearing Brett preach every week and sitting in his classes. You have shown me a great example of a Godly family, and I hope that in the future I can show others what you have shown me. I want to think you for all that you have done for me. I knew that y’all were always there if I ever needed anything when I lived next door, and I always loved playing sports with Taylor, Emma, and Trent and hanging out with y’all. I have so many memories with your family that I will always remember. I will miss all of y’all so much and I wish you the best in everything that you do. I know that you will be a great help to the people in Blue Springs just as you have been to me. I will greatly miss you and thanks again for all you have done for me. Love, Kevin Reddell | Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, Words cannot express how much you all mean to me and the impact you have all had on my life. Each of you hold a very special place in my heart. Brett and Jennifer: I have looked up to both of you as examples of what it means to be a Godly couple from when I first moved to Lubbock. Your influence and the stand that you both take for the Truth of God’s Word has helped me to grow spiritually more than you can know. From your leadership in the congregation to your examples as Godly parents, you have set a great example of what young people should strive to attain in marriage and in service to God. You have also sacrificed many hours simply listening to my problems and giving me advice, and I thank you so much for that. You have helped me to get through some very tough times and helped my faith in God to grow as a result. You have also been great friends and I have enjoyed all of the time that I have been able to spend with both of you. Again, thank you for all that you have done. Taylor, Emma, and Trent: You guys have been such an encouragement to me as well through the respect and love that you have for God and for your parents. It is so refreshing to see younger kids that have the proper respect for their parents that God demands and such an interest and love for God’s word. I also treasure the times that we have spent just hanging out, playing sports in the yard, and hanging out at the lake. Y'all are very special to me and I will miss you dearly. You have all influenced and shaped my life and it honestly breaks my heart to see you leave. As much as I hate to see you go, I know your work is needed and will be appreciated in Missouri. The brethren in Blue Springs are very lucky to be gaining such a Godly family. I wish you all Godspeed in all of your future endeavors. Love, Kyle Reddell

34: There are those moments in our past when a seemingly chance encounter came to have a profound effect on the course of our life. Whether “time and chance” or the providence of God, we give thanks when we recognize the blessings born of these moments. And much like the one who stumbled across the treasure hidden in the field, we treasure and guard what are now cherished blessings and memories. Such is the case of our story. A graduating senior preparing for life at Texas Tech hears a meeting held by a young preacher who moves to Lubbock just before the Fall semester. Impressed with his message and clarity, he makes contact and finds out about a heretofore unknown church on the east side of town. A young woman later visits this congregation, now moved into the building she grew up attending in. Also impressed with the distinctiveness of the message, she, too, becomes a part of the work there. Of course, the obligatory romance in these “defining moments” stories happens, and here we are, a marriage and three kids later. The common thread that runs throughout: Brett Hogland and his preaching of the simple and practical gospel. So Brett, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not a capable matchmaker. Just keep in mind that you do best when you stick to what you do best: preaching. In all seriousness, Brett and Jennifer, you and your family have been more influential to us than you can imagine. You have helped us in your wisdom and kindness, both individually and as a couple, encouraging us, correcting us, and above all, enduring us. Many of the good gifts of God that we enjoy to this day we can trace back in part to you. (In fact, I wouldn’t be preaching in Weatherford were it not for you, so you can add “career advisor” to your list of talents as well.) It will be sad to visit Lubbock and the Hoglands not be there. However, it will be comforting to know that there will be countless brethren in the Kansas City area that will benefit by your presence, and perhaps even another young couple or two. And even more so, it is comforting to know that, while we hope and plan to see you again, we are inexorably bound, not only by our experiences, but by our mutual faith and love and eternal hope. May God bless you and your family for all that you have done, and all that you will do. Kris and Courtney Braddock, and family

35: Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, I do not like ‘goodbyes’. There are no permanent goodbyes for the children of God. You leave a part of yourselves behind in the lives of the individuals you have touched while you have been among us. You also take a part of us with you as you leave for a new adventure and work in the Lord. Brett, I thank you for the times which you studied with David and me to try to help us to come to a correct knowledge of the Truth. I also thank you for the times I know you spent studying with others to help them have a better understanding of the Scriptures so that they could know and be what the Lord wants them to be. Thank-you for all the ‘full meal deals’. Jennifer, I thank you for the times that you stayed at home ‘holding the fort down’ so that Brett could do those studies or go on those many preaching trips. It was time that you were away from each other so it was a sacrifice of love on your part as well as the children’s. It shows your love for the Lord and other souls as well. Taylor, you have been a good example of courage and strength to me. You have handled the difficulties which have come your way in a very admirable way for one so young. Continue to remember the Creator in the days of your youth and it will always be well with you. Emma, you are a very special young lady. I have enjoyed having you in my Bible classes. You always had your lesson done and had put extra thought into the questions you answered. You have also applied your Bible knowledge which shows great wisdom. I know you have been a godly example to the kids at school and also to the kids who you have played soccer with. Trent, thank-you for being kind to my Sarah. She is fortunate to have you for a friend. I know you will be best friends with her forever. Enjoy the blessings of the Lord in Missouri: trees, snow, streams, hunting, fishing, getting to see all four seasons of the year, more brethren who need you as much as you need them, and many more. You won’t ever be far from my heart or mind. You will be missed. I wish you the best in all that you do and pray that the Lord’s work flourishes in your corner of the world. Love you guys, Sister Acuff (Lydia, Sarah’s mom) | Dear Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent, I miss you guys! When I heard that y'all were moving off it made me sad to know that we would be losing a great family! I'm glad that I got to know y'all as much as I did and wish that I could have spent more time with y'all. God be with y'all as you start this new chapter. I pray God blesses the work being done in Missouri as much as He has in Lubbock. Brett and Jennifer, thank you for being there for me and giving me great advice and direction. Y'all have been a great example and will be greatly missed. Taylor and Trent, don't pick on Emma too much! Watch out for your sister and take care of her...don't kill each other either. Emma, keep up the good work with soccer -- show them boys how to play! Trent, thank you for being a great friend. I know that you will love hunting in Missouri with Taylor and your Dad. Be good! I love you guys and miss y'all! Take care and stay in touch!! Love, Sarah

36: Dear Hogland Family, When we think back on the fourteen years that you have been here with us, the overriding emotion we have is appreciation. While we are saddened by the thought of you moving away, we are nothing but grateful for the many things you have done for both of us over these years. Your family has always been there for the major milestones in our lives – both my and Kristen’s baptisms, our marriage, and the birth of Noah. In all of these things you have been instrumental in guiding us in truth, and in setting a righteous example in both marriage and raising children. Your teaching, whether it be in sermons, Bible classes, or one-on-one has had an everlasting impact on both Kristen and I. I can remember vividly those lessons you taught me as I am now teaching them in our auditorium classes. Yet what Kristen and I have appreciated even more is that no matter what the issue or the question or the need may be, you have always been open and willing to listen and provide all the help you can. We wish you nothing but the very best as your family makes its move to Missouri. We pray that you will all continue to shine as lights among the community and that you will be as tremendous a help to the Christians there as you have been here. You will always be in our prayers. Love, Eric, Kristen, & Noah Hammock

37: Hoglands, Philipians 1:3-11 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. I have been truly blessed you know all of you and wish you the best! Naomi Krug | Dear Brett & Jennifer, In the two of you, we could not have asked for better friends, mentors, confidants, and fellow Christians. The advice that you offered has helped us grow as a couple and as Christians. We always appreciated the great amount of time and energy you put into helping everyone. You were all things to all people, both young and old. The sacrifices you made helped draw the congregation at Indiana Avenue closer and further nourished and deepened the brotherly love that was already present. We are confident that you will be a great asset to the work at Blue Springs. Keep standing for the truth! And if we ever again get Krispy Kreme donuts for all of us, we’ll be sure to bring an entire box of glazed ones just for you, Brett. ;) Love, Nathan, Sarah, Kaelyn & Jackson

38: Hello, I know I have not been around too much to get to know you guys. It would have been nice if I had. For the time that I was there I am glad I was able to get to know you a little. I pray that God will bless you in your new home. Safe travels. May you always walk upright and never waiver. I never was good at saying a whole lot so I apologize for my brevity. I truly wish y'all the best. Sincerely, David Lynch | Dear Hogland family, I sincerely pray that you enjoy the new time that is coming in your life. We at Lubbock will miss you greatly, you were always a great encouragement to all of us. Brett and Jennifer, you were wonderful examples of a godly marriage that I only hope I can model mine after. Brett, your lessons were invaluable to me in the time that I was out there, I only wish that I had been able to hear more of them. No matter how much we will miss you in Lubbock, I know that your family will be able to encourage people wherever you may be. You were examples to us, showing us how we should trust in God's power, even if everything seems to be going wrong. You were all willing to stand up for what you believed in, no matter how much that may have seemed unpopular at the time. I pray that you will be able to continue that pattern wherever you may be. Thank you so much for always being there for all of us. God bless you all, and I hope to see you soon! In Christian love, Ryan Mayberry

39: Brett, Jennifer, Taylor, Emma, and Trent What a Beautiful family!! Thank you so much for welcoming us into the family at Indiana Ave. Church of Christ. We were so excited about being with your family and now sad we have to say goodbye. I know it was bitter sweet for you but we understand your decision and wish you well in your move and work in your new home. Brett, I still remember when I first me you, some 14 years ago, and I appreciate you so much for loving me enough to tell me the truth, Thank you!!! I will always be grateful to you for that and the work you do. We Love You and your family and wish you all the best! We will miss you all keep in touch In Christian Love, Buddy, Theresa, Kendall, Kollin, & Karter | In The Words As she leaned over to check the status of her sick child, she comforted and nourished her back to health in the words of her prayer. As he led the congregation in truth of the Scripture, they grew strong. Both of them worked together raising their children to be devout followers. And they all continued to aide their new community following in the words of our Savior. In Christian love, Dorothy

42: All the I Do's . . . . . . . . . . | Kris and Courtney August 17, 2001 | Jason and Brindy October 6, 2000

43: Lance and Stacia June 28, 2002 | Lance and Johnna June 21, 2003

44: Justin and Brenna May 27, 2006 | Eric and Kristen June 11, 2005

45: Justin and Kristina November 2, 2007 | Riley and Kaly June 6, 2006

46: Josh and Rachel March 31, 2010 | Kenney and Lindsey November 28, 2009

47: Keep tyin' those knots tight, Brett!

74: "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." ~Revelation 21:4~ | Levi Garrett

75: God be with you till we meet again, By His counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you, God be with you till we meet again. ’Neath His wings securely hide you, Daily manna still provide you, God be with you till we meet again. When life’s perils thick confound you, Put His arms unfailing round you, God be with you till we meet again. Keep love’s banner floating o’er you, Smite death’s threat’ning wave before you, God be with you till we meet again.

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