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Capturing the Story

Whether it’s sharing the stories of people in our church family or broadcasting services to a wider audience, the Video Team plays an essential role in helping people find their way back to God. But as Hoboken Grace continues to grow, the team is also looking to expand. If you have an interest in video production — whether that’s shooting, editing […]

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Beach Day Away with God

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). That was the verse at the top of the handout. My dinner group was taking a seaside retreat from our everyday lives. Piling into vehicles, we headed down to a member’s beach house for a Saturday of spiritual focus.

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Love Through a Camera Lens

Loving someone from behind a camera isn’t what most people envision when they think of serving others. And it wasn’t what Al had in mind when he started taking photographs. For years while living in England, it was mostly just a pastime.

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All-Team… Cuddle?

An email came into my inbox from Rachel, Hoboken Grace’s Communications Director. The subject line was “This Sunday!” The message read: “Summer is in full swing and what better way to celebrate our team than to have ice cream . . . for our all-team huddle.” For almost a year, I’ve been enjoying working on the church’s website — writing […]

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When the Math Doesn’t Make Sense

Jim said he couldn’t help but be moved when he met the families and kids that were getting support from Enable the Children. Kids with cerebral palsy who had spent their lives indoors on the floor were sitting upright, feeding themselves and getting to go outside with other kids. But the finance guy in the back of Jim's mind kept on asking, is this really the best return on investment?

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A Night of Prayer, A Month of Rhythms

At Night of Prayer earlier this year, Devin was handed a card with a string attached – the type of string you might tie around your finger as a reminder. He was told to jot down the things he was struggling with – the areas in his life he would hand over to God that month. “And at the end of the month, I looked back at it and I was so moved over how those things played out,” Devin said.

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The Stories That Connect Us

Before I ever set foot in Hoboken Grace, I spent an hour or so perusing its website. Hobokengrace.com was drastically different back then, and there wasn’t nearly as much content as there is now. But I got sucked into the video page – or maybe I’d been rerouted to YouTube, I can’t remember – and watched stranger after stranger share their story.

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What I Never Thought I Would Share on Facebook

I remember the first time I heard the word Facebook. I was in college and my roommate introduced me to the site. It was the latest and greatest thing everyone in college was into. It was cool to log on and catch up with old high school friends and post pictures, but I never in a million years thought it would be something I would use for anything substantial.

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Building Community, One Meal at a Time

For Julia, who has attended Hoboken Grace for several years, the welcoming atmosphere on Sunday mornings has always been apparent. There’s a sense of responsibility for one another and for the city itself, she noticed. It was that sense of community that inspired Julia to start praying about ways to reach and love the Hoboken community at large.

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Taking Baby Steps

Before moving to Hoboken last fall, Ben and Adrienne had spent much of the past few years overseas. Their careers had taken them to Afghanistan, where they’d often go weeks without being able to see each other. When they moved to Hoboken, they were finally in the same place at the same time. They wanted to spend as much time together as possible and were ready to put down roots in their new city.

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In Dinner Group, Age Is Just a Number

Jeanette had been going to church for two years before she worked up the courage to join a dinner group. At that time, even the short-term 10-week dinner groups felt like a big step. She was hesitant to sign up in part because of her age. Now 51, Jeanette knew she would probably be older than the rest of the group.

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