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So much of our thoughts are consumed by our future. What’s next? Where am I going? Am I prepared? What if you didn’t have to live that way? What if there was a way to find peace about your future? Join us this February as we look at the freedom and peace God wants to bring into your life concerning […]

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Why Your (Crazy, Messy, Beautiful) Story Must Be Told

Can I say that? Is that too much? I’m so nervous. Can we delete that? I’ll spare you the details. How much do you really want to know? This part isn’t for church. I can’t count how many times I’ve had this conversation with someone who has agreed to share their story. I work with the video and writing teams at Hoboken Grace, and regardless of the format, my job is to help people tell their stories. But the process is always full of fear, hesitation and anxiety.

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A Change of Direction

Growing up, I loved stories. I loved reading them, hearing them and telling them. At a young age, somehow I knew that I wanted to grow up to tell stories. As I matured, my love of stories evolved, and I decided I wanted to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. But then reality set in. To be more specific, the economic crash of 2008 happened. No one was hiring, the housing market had crashed, and everyone was in a panic over all the financial uncertainty.

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An Experience You’ll Never Forget

Ready to see the world and God’s love in new ways? Then grab your backpack and passport and join us on one of four mission trips this spring and summer. You can still sign up to be a part of the teams going to Guatemala, Mexico, South Korea and Newark. Each trip will take you to a different part of the world and offer a different way to serve. So, where will you go?

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9 Things Worth Celebrating

As Hoboken Grace celebrated its birthday this past week, the Writing Team sat down with Pastor Chris and his wife, Ana, to talk about some of their favorite memories since launching the church nine years ago. When Chris and Ana look back, they recall not just specific moments – the first Easter Egg Hunt, the first service at 301 Garden – but also things that happened over several years – watching people grow into leadership roles, seeing prayers answered and dreams fulfilled.

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Learning to Fail Significantly

For more than a decade, Jackie has been devoted to making her salon in Union City a success. But recently, she turned the lights out and locked up for the last time. After all of those years doing her best to attract and keep clients and care for her staff, she was walking away from the business she had built from the ground up. At the same time, Jackie was stepping down after two years of leading a dinner group. Both felt like failure.

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PORTRAITS: Great Expectations

“Remember who you are and who you represent.” Jon’s mom always said the same thing to him as he headed out the door to hang out with friends, and the words trailed after him and echoed in his head. “Remember who you are and who you represent.” “She meant for those words to keep me grounded and focused on what was really important,” said Jon. “But every time I heard them, I piled a little more pressure on myself to live up to what I thought was expected of me.”

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Our Next Series: Story

Have you ever wondered how your story, the stories of the past, and God’s story fit together? By learning to tell your story, and by listening to others, we have the potential to change our lives, if you let it happen. Join us for a two-week series beginning February 12th and discover a unique way to engage your neighbors, co-workers, friends […]

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Service With a Smile

When someone becomes a member at Hoboken Grace, they’re presented with a dish towel inscribed with Philippians 2:1-11. It’s a reminder that we’re called to serve one another, just as Jesus served us. But of the 20 people who received dish towels this week, the gift was perhaps most fitting for Raquel, who actually does the dishes each Sunday at Hoboken Grace.

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Is This What You Want Me to Do, God?

As I discovered and accepted who Jesus was in my life, what He had done for me and all that He had in store, I couldn't help but feel like I wanted to do something BIG for God. I wanted to share with as many people as possible what I had just found out, it was THAT good. I wasn’t about to stand on the sidelines ㅡ I wanted a BIG role! And while I didn’t know how it would all unfold, I knew God had a BIG plan.

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That Night Surprised Me

On a Wednesday night in early November, I found myself huddled around a dinner table in Jersey City with nine other women. Our usually lively group was quiet that night, and an unspoken tension hung in the air. It was November 9, 2016 ㅡ less than 24 hours after one of the most divisive election cycles in U.S. history.

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