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1Day, Countless Ways You Made a Difference

We'll never know exactly how many people were impacted by 1Day Hoboken, but you can see the difference you made in our city. The parks, waterfront and schools are cleaner. There's a new library at HOLA, and cleared-out space at Hoboken High School. You can see the progress being made at Holy Innocents on Willow. And across the city, organizations such as The Hoboken Shelter and In Jesus' Name Charities are now stocked with the 10,000 meals you helped package.

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The 11th Street Garden

The community garden on 11th Street in Hoboken has enriched my life. My last local address had a private backyard I could reach by climbing out my kitchen window and down the fire escape. But my days of balancing a tray of perennials in one hand while blindly stepping down a metal ladder are over. When I moved into my new place, there was no backyard. I was soon missing my little plot, and one night prayed against all hope, “God, please give me a garden.”

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There’s a Place for Everyone

Kristen and Eric's roles have evolved since their first few Sunday mornings on the First Impressions Team. The hours, responsibilities and even location have changed. But now more than ever, their job is to help people find community ㅡ just as they did when they moved to Hoboken.

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Serving More Than Dinner

As they sat down to discuss Sunday’s message at dinner group week after week, Dan and Victor started to feel an itch. They wanted to do more than dream about loving their neighbors and impacting their city. They wanted to get off the couch and into the streets.

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Two More Days!

It’s one day, one square mile and one goal: to make the biggest possible impact in our city. 1Day Hoboken is this Saturday, and we need YOU! Are you pre-registered? Have you invited your friends? Volunteers will be working in virtually every corner of the city, lending a hand at Hoboken High School, True Mentors, the Hoboken Shelter and more. Here's a sneak peak of some of the projects.

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When There’s No Time for Dinner Group

When I first started attending Hoboken Grace, I was working 60 to 70 hours a week. By the time I got home I was wiped and exhausted. Then one Sunday a man named Steve invited me to join his dinner group. I hesitated to say yes because I wasn't getting home 'til 8 or 9, and by that point, I just wanted to go home, kick my shoes off and relax. I didn't feel like I had the capacity for one more thing.

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PORTRAITS: Love for the Days in Between

“I couldn’t understand," says Luisa. "How could God do this to me? How could He do this to my kids? Was it punishment? What did I do? How could He take Neil away? We had just had a baby.” People told Luisa to cling to her faith after her husband died, but that just made her angrier. She wanted nothing to do with God. If God cared about her heart He wouldn’t have broken it, she thought. She went from desperate anger to having nothing to say to Him.

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1Day, 30 Projects, Unlimited Potential

Just two weeks after moving to Hoboken last year, Courtney signed up for 1Day, a community service event that takes place across the city. She was eager to learn more about Hoboken Grace and meet new people. "What better way to get your feet into church and then go and serve the community?" she said. "I just kind of showed up and didn't know what to expect, but thought that it would be a great opportunity to get to know people.”

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Design Hoboken Grace’s Next T-shirt!

They've been there for plenty of special moments — 1Day, baptisms and other celebrations. But our Hoboken Grace T-shirts need a makeover, and we want YOU to be a part of making it happen. It's time for new shirts! And this time, they'll be designed by you! That's right — we're holding a T-shirt design contest. The winning entry will be printed on hundreds of shirts, worn all over Hoboken.

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Beginning This Sunday

What would it look like to actually live life without fear? So much of our lives are lived in response to the fears that haunt us. What would it look like to finally be free? Join us this Sunday, Sept. 11, as we start our new series Fearless. It's a conversation you won't want your friends to miss. Invite someone today!

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Common People. Common Table. Common Goal.

Dinner groups have always been at the core of Hoboken Grace. Every dinner group is made up of common people from diverse backgrounds, gathered at a common table, pursuing a common goal. It is a practical and hopeful pathway for everyone seeking a closer relationship with God. Whether you are taking your first steps toward God or are a longtime follower of Jesus, dinner group will meet you right where you are.

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Parenting’s Dreaded Conversations

His thumb-sucking picked up the pace and his long eyelashes were blinking too quickly. "I don’t want Papa to die.” That moment when your child innocently exposes your inner monologue. He had overheard us talking. My dad is battling an aggressive meningioma. That’s a fancy way of saying brain tumor. It’s malignant. Cancer. Despite the best care in the country, the tumor was growing again.

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