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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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Mind, Body, Spirit

The words “Mind, Body, Spirit” are vividly displayed at the end of the Hoboken YMCA pool. The lettering first made an impression on me years ago when I swam laps there once a week. One moment I’d be surrounded by the blurry water below, then my head would break the water’s surface in a traditional butterfly stroke. As I inhaled, I would look for the clear large words beautifully tiled into the far end wall of the pool area, and swim toward them. “Mind, Body, Spirit” – the YMCA motto.

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How a Gift Exchange Grew From One Person to 1,300

The Hoboken Christmas Exchange started with a simple desire to give. Kara had been looking to donate some baby items, but she was unsure how to get them into the hands of a family in need. Her search led her to not one, but several families that fit the description. They needed other basic items as well: sheets, kitchenware, pajamas, shoes.

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An October Tradition

Walk around 301 Garden this Sunday and you’ll likely see some new faces — Wonder Woman, storm troopers, Moana. They’ll carry clinking lightsabers and twinkling tiaras. And while these little ones have waited weeks for Grace Kids’ Costume Party, their teachers are just as excited. They, too, have spent weeks thinking about their costume.

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New Series Starts This Sunday

We want to live lives that leave the world a better place, but then we go to work. We sit at a desk and wonder if we’re accomplishing anything of lasting significance at all. What do we do with work? It’s time to get unstuck. Join us for a powerful two-week series beginning Oct. 29th.  

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A Buddy in Grace Kids

When Monica began attending Hoboken Grace, she didn’t join a team right away. She decided to wait on God to direct her to what He had in mind. Months later, she heard Pastor Chris mention there was a growing number of children with special needs in Grace Kids — and a need for a program just for them. “My heart leapt,” said Monica. It was the call she’d been waiting for.

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Putting God First

When Nate and Natalia moved to Hoboken, one of their biggest prayers was that they’d find a church where they felt comfortable going to service while their two young children attended Sunday School on their own. But the idea of leaving their kids with someone they didn't know felt completely nerve-wracking.

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Experiencing Rest

Rest seeps out, not in. During this fall’s Rest series, we’ve talked about how the state of our soul impacts other areas of our life. But what does it look like to live that out? We asked three people to share how they've embraced rest in their lives.

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Finding Joy in Giving

I grew up in a middle-class family and, from what I can tell, we didn't lack money. I started tithing as a child during my Sunday school years 一 to me, tithing was like any other of God’s commandments, like “honor the sabbath” and “do not murder.” My life changed dramatically when my dad passed away in a sudden car accident. I was 15 years old, and we had only just immigrated to the U.S. a year earlier. Because of that, my dad had no life insurance and my mom did not have a career. We ran down our savings pretty quickly.

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The Best 1Day Yet!

Seven years after 1Day launched, it's still incredible to see the impact of one day (or three hours, really) of service. It's amazing to see what can happen when community members come together, sharing the goal of loving their neighbors. With 400 volunteers and 36 projects, this was the biggest 1Day yet! But it wasn't just about what was accomplished.

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Time to Hit the Pause Button

Amplify is a day when we all come together for one purpose – to draw closer to the One who loves us most. There are so many distractions throughout the week. We bounce back and forth between meetings, emails, brunches, and the list goes on and on. In the midst of all that, we often struggle to spend time alone with God. That’s where Amplify comes in. It’s a day to hit the pause button on all of life’s distractions and focus on our experience of the One who is pursuing us.

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Sneak Peek of 1Day Projects

1Day is just two days away! And it’s going to be huge! There are now 35 projects planned across the city. And while some may be familiar if you’ve attended 1Day in the past, volunteers will also be serving local businesses, the Hoboken Housing Authority and several other new organizations. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together and work alongside each other,” said […]

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A First Impression That Stuck

When Shaina first walked through the doors of Hoboken Grace, she didn’t know what to expect. She wasn’t someone who typically went to church, and it wasn’t part of her background growing up. But after watching a few services online, she decided to finally give Hoboken Grace a try. From day one, said Shaina, everyone she met made her feel welcome. So when she decided to join a team, First Impressions seemed like a natural fit.

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How to Make Your Finances Add Up

Tasheka works in finance, managing millions of dollars each month to keep her company’s yearly goals on track. But two years ago, she realized she wasn’t putting as much thought into her own financial goals. “I had been in my profession for over six years, and I can’t really say I saw where I had made a major impact as far as saving, tithing or giving back,” she said.

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Change You Can See

When it came to planning this year's 1Day, the Bridge Events Team reached out to dozens of local organizations, businesses and other churches, asking how volunteers could lend a hand. The result is a still-growing list of nearly 25 projects that reach every corner of Hoboken. Nearly 100 volunteers alone will be working at the Hoboken Housing Authority, focusing on 11 projects in six different buildings.

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