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Meet New City Kids

The story of New City Kids is one about transformation, and it starts with one couple’s dream to break cycles of poverty by empowering local youth. Seeing a need in Jersey City, Revs. Trevor and Linda Rubingh launched an after-school program that keeps teens off the streets and focuses on their potential.

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For Teens, a Dinner Group of Their Own

One night last fall at Johnny Pepperoni’s, half a dozen middle school boys were hanging out eating pizza and talking about video games, sports and, amazingly … God. On that night, the conversation was about what really brings happiness. Is it our stuff that makes us happy? Or is it relationships with people we love and our relationship with God that brings real contentment?

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Get Ready to GO!

We’re going back to Mexico! From May 27th to June 3rd, a team will be visiting the Casa Hogar Alegre orphanage. Casa Hogar works to provide love and care for children who have been abandoned or abused. Their goal is to care not only for the physical well-being of the children, but also to encourage spiritual and educational growth. Want […]

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Random Acts of Kindness — All Day Long

Through the years, we’ve been known to give granola bars to hungry commuters at the PATH and Light Rail stations. We’ve handed out waters to those playing basketball at Church Square Park, and warmers to passersby on cold winter nights. Last summer, we even gave out thousands of bags of free popcorn at Movies Under the Stars. This year, we're dedicating an entire day to random acts of kindness and Simple Service.

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Hot Competition

The Battle in the 'Boken is back! The 8th annual Hoboken Chili Cook-Off & Homebrewing Contest supports TRUE Mentors, Hoboken's only one-to-one mentoring program and one of Hoboken Grace's longtime partners. It's a great cause, and things are sure to get heated. Want a $10 discount code for tickets? Click the link below.

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Let’s Be Honest

The stories that resonate most deeply with us are those that are honest. We appreciate authors and actors and songwriters who take off their masks and tell it like it is. Perhaps this can best be seen in the New York Times’ Most-Read Stories of 2016. The No. 1 story, by quite a large margin, was Alain de Botton’s article […]

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Direction

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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