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This Is Why I Wanted You Here

Missions trips are something that are hard to put into words. It’s difficult to articulate just how impactful and emotional a trip can be. I’ll give it my best shot! I joined Hoboken Grace early last year and was in awe of how much love existed in one place. The second time I attended it just happened to be Missions […]

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How a Gift Exchange Grew From One Person to 2,000

The Hoboken Christmas Exchange started with a simple desire to give. Kara had been looking to donate some baby items, but she was unsure how to get them into the hands of a family in need. Her search led her to not one, but several families that fit the description. They needed other basic items as well: sheets, kitchenware, pajamas, shoes.

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12,800 Reasons to Celebrate

We decided nine weeks ago that we weren’t going to engage debt the way most people engage debt, that we weren’t going to prepare for our future the way that our culture typically prepares for the future. We decided we were going to tell our money where to go, as opposed to us wondering where it went. And after going […]

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November Rhythms

Each month we choose one passage on which to meditate for the month. We read this passage every day at a scheduled time and ask God to help us understand it better by allowing it to sift through the lives we lead. Throughout this month we will be meditating on...

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Oh, Baby!

Have you noticed the baby boom going on in our church family lately? At least seven babies were born over a span of just two and a half weeks! (A few of them were even born on the same day.) As one person joked, what are they putting in the coffee these days? Here's a look at some of 301 Garden's newest faces.

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When One Buddy Isn’t Enough

As parents, one of the many things we do is worry. It’s natural. We love and care for our children so much and have a huge responsibility to take care of them in so many ways that it can lead to so much worry. We can’t help but wonder… Will they do well in school? Will they make friends? Will […]

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Killing Idols

Week after week, I sit with people who know what their idols are, but seem incapable of eliminating them. It’s a conversation I have time and time again, and in almost every circumstance there is a principle missing from the discussion. And that principle may be the most important thing we need to know if we’re going to battle with the idols in our lives.

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Meeting and Greeting at Connection Points

There are nearly a dozen early birds who serve at Connection Points on Sunday mornings, greeting and guiding those who are new to Hoboken Grace. One of those enthusiastic members of the Assimilation Team is Jean, who has served on the team for the past several years. The Writing Team recently spoke with her about the purpose of Connection Points and how those who serve on the team help people get connected.

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Planning a Wedding the FPU Way

Before we started planning our wedding, we wanted to take time to enjoy our engagement without letting the pressure get to us. Very quickly, though, we started getting questions from friends: Are you going to have an engagement party? Did you pick a date? What kind of venue are you looking for? What is your budget? "Did you know that most people in our area spend $60K+ on a wedding”? one friend asked.

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He Never Left Me, Instead He Pursued Me

When I was 6 years old, my sweet mom would gather the four of us kids in our living room each Sunday night. She'd recite the Rosary prayer, otherwise known as 10 “Hail Marys,” preceded by the Lord's Prayer, followed by one “Glory Be To God.” I remember walking away with wonder. Fast-forward 24 years. On my son’s 6th birthday, my beautiful mom died of cancer. That day, a piece of me died with her.

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The Gift of Running

Countless people who attend Hoboken Grace have spent the past year training for marathons, 5Ks and their own personal fitness goals. And while most of them likely got started for the health benefits, many say running's also had an impact on their faith. It's offered lessons about the importance of getting started, building endurance and even developing community.

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October Rhythms

Each month we choose one passage on which to meditate for the month. We read this passage every day at a scheduled time and ask God to help us understand it better by allowing it to sift through the lives we lead. Our return to it over and over keeps the truth fresh in our minds as we experience the world around us and allows it to come alive. We seek to listen as the Spirit uses it to enlighten our experience of the journey with Christ. Throughout this month we will be meditating on...

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Production Is Where I Learned…A Lot.

“I want you to pray about apprenticing to become a production team leader.” When Dana first said this to me, my initial response was, “Are you insane?” I had been serving on the Production Team for only about two months. Little did I know, this question was about to change everything I thought I knew and wanted out of life. At that point, I thought you had to know what you were doing to make an impact on the Production Team...

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Three Budgeting Surprises

Growing up, my friends and I spent a lot of time at the park playing soccer on the open fields. Jackets worked fine for goalposts where there were none, but we could never tell when the ball went out for a throw-in, corner or where the goalkeeper’s area was. Who knew that drawing boundaries for ourselves and adding some rules would actually add to our enjoyment of the game...

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‘It’s Our Chance to Love the Community Back’

“We’ve lived in Hoboken three years and we love it,” Theresa said. “God loves us really well and it’s our chance to love the community back. This is a corner of the city that we are going to pass every day, and the kids will know that we helped make it beautiful.” That, at its core, is what 1Day is all about.

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