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10 Reasons to Celebrate

Hoboken Grace started with a dream to impact this city and the thousands of people who call Hoboken home. That dream began coming to life 10 years ago, when a tiny church plant held its first service in a dingy bingo hall. Ever since, Hoboken Grace’s mission has been to help people find their way back to God. Over the past decade, that mission has taken shape in countless ways.

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PORTRAITS: Finding Faith, Losing Fear

Amy came to Riverview-Fisk Park at her wits’ end. She’d had a huge fight with her boyfriend and needed to leave her apartment a few blocks away. Weighed down and worn out by the emotions of the past four years of an abusive relationship, she sat on a bench and thought she was done with her life in this city.

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Why We’re Going to Guatemala Twice

Six teams from Hoboken Grace will travel around the world this year, serving people on multiple continents and in multiple ways. Two of those teams will head to Guatemala to work with the nonprofit Potter’s House, but the two trips are completely different.

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The Connections Built During Tear Down

Have you ever wondered how the space used for a Hoboken Grace church service transforms back into a school gymnasium? It’s all thanks to the First Impressions Team, which oversees the tear-down process once the last service wraps up on Sunday mornings. Helping with tear down is a great opportunity to meet new people, feel connected to the community and even get in a work-out.

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6 Ways to Invite Someone To Dinner Group

More than half of the guys in John’s dinner group didn't join by signing up online, as some people do. They're guys he simply met and invited. “They’ll joke around, like, oh yeah, this guy tried to get me for six months before I finally joined a group,” John says. But even when it’s a joke, there’s also some truth to that.

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Living a Life of Financial Freedom

Frustrated about finances? Drowning in debt? Befuddled by budgets, investments and retirement planning? Join the countless others who have found financial freedom through Financial Peace University. This nine-week course has transformed the lives of countless families at Hoboken Grace. Here are some of their stories.

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Can’t Commit to a Dinner Group? Read This

With a growing number of people who have stepped into leadership, dinner groups are more accessible than ever. There are dinner groups for women, men, couples, families, middle school and high school students. There are groups that meet during the evenings, mornings and at lunchtime. But for some, being able to meet each week still proves difficult.

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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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