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It’s All Part of the Story

The last two years have been pretty crazy. I’ve experienced incredible highs and devastating lows. My husband and I tied the knot in 2016, moved, changed jobs and, the most exciting change — this year we’re expecting our first child. In the midst of that, we’ve experienced the loss of several family members, including my father-in-law and an aunt I loved [...]

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You Had Me at Hoboken Grace

Over the past decade, at least 17 couples have gotten married after meeting through Hoboken Grace. That includes couples who got to know each other at connection events, on a mission trip, at a choir info meeting and even while working in the church office. As we continue to celebrate Hoboken Grace's 10th birthday this month, we asked some of those couples [...]

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An Album Years in the Making

Night had already come, but the streetlights stayed dark. Hurricane Sandy had hit just the week before, and Hoboken was only starting to recover. So it was dark when Dana got into her car to pick up her husband. And it stayed dark as her car idled in miles of traffic, going nowhere. As she often did when she was alone in the car, Dana began to hum. Then the [...]

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The Next 10 Years

Hoboken Grace started with just a handful of people who decided to live lives of significance. They leveraged everything to see what God could do in our community, understanding that we live in a world that doesn’t know who Jesus is. That group of just a few people made a commitment to join the mission, doing whatever it [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. The first trip, from March 3-10, will serve the community [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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The Most Meaningful Part of My Week

I wasn’t one of those people. I didn’t dream of working with kids. I didn’t choose a career that involved kids, and when I was asked to serve in Grace Kids as part of my role at Hoboken Grace, I had to reassure myself that it would only be a temporary thing. However, several months (and now years) into being on [...]

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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 four stories from people who [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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