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How to Raise Support for Your Mission Trip

Mission trips are one of the best ways to live out God’s word, allowing Him to work through us to serve others and love boldly. But many of us are afraid to take this leap of faith because of a number. Is there a trip you've been eyeing but counting out because you don’t think you can swing it financially? Here are a few tips to help make your trip a reality.

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The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

These are the blog stories that resonated most with readers this year. They're stories about the unexpected unfolding, and the moments that exceed our expectations. They're stories about shedding assumptions, and gaining perspective. They're stories about searching — for identity, or for meaning in grief. And they're stories about finding — hope, community, purpose. Of the more than 100 blog posts published this year, these were the 10 most read stories:

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The Story He Told

This year, we partnered with God in loving our city better, building relationships, and serving locally and around the world. As we look back on 2017, it’s overwhelming to see all that He has done. As a church community, we were able to reach more people than ever before, grow more settled in our city and take countless steps in growing closer to Him. The story He’s writing in our city is impossible to capture in a single blog post, but here are just a few of the highlights from the past year

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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 three years. The Writing Team recently spoke with her about the purpose of Connection Points and how those who serve on the team help people grow in their relationship with God.

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Getting Personal

Since joining the Concierge Team a year ago, Elyse has sent hundreds of messages to both newcomers and regular attenders. Emailed to anyone who has filled out a Connection Card, they include personalized birthday wishes, anniversary congratulations and notes to first-time guests. It’s a small gesture that can have the same effect as a smile at the front door.

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The Team She Never Thought She’d Join

Yuli is a self-proclaimed introvert who doesn't consider herself tech-savvy. In fact, she's rather clumsy and had barely touched a Mac before last year. So when someone in her dinner group suggested joining the Production Team, she had no intention of following through.

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Why She Keeps Coming Back

Sarah had forgotten about the apple. She’d packed it for a snack on her way to Bukura, Kenya, where Rehema Home had recently opened its second orphanage location, but had forgotten to eat it on the way there. She pulled it out now and took a bite. As she began to eat, she realized that Brian, one of the kids sitting with her, was watching her with huge eyes.

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Leading The Way

As a mom of two kids with special needs, I was at first hesitant to serve every week. Making that commitment would change what Sundays looked like for my entire family, and I worried I wouldn't be able to fit it around my schedule. After praying about it, though, I realized I'd been looking at serving all wrong.

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A Different Season

Typically, when I think of Thanksgiving I think about mouth-watering food spreads, board games with friends and family, children on sugar highs and long naps on a comfy big couch. But this year, my thoughts and feelings have been different. My Thanksgiving (and my family’s) will look different this year. This will be our first Thanksgiving without my mom. She […]

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What’s the Deal Here?

All too often, we hear questions like this: Isn’t the production booth only for professional lighting and sound designers? Isn’t the band closed since they have so many people? Today, we take a look at three common myths or misunderstandings surrounding the Worship Team.

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The Team That Struck a Chord

Chris joined the band in February, after attending Hoboken Grace for a few months. He'd recently moved across the U.S. and was looking for a way to get involved. Joining the band offered an outlet to meet new people while doing something he loves: playing the guitar.

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The Gifts That Keep Giving

It was a birthday with special significance, and not just because Raakhee’s daughter was turning 1. Before reaching that 12-month milestone, Satya had already survived cancer. So when her parents began thinking about her first birthday, they told friends and family they didn’t want gifts — only things they could donate. Little did they know, that party would be the start of a years-long tradition that has impacted hundreds of people throughout New Jersey.

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