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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 [..]

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Leading The Way

When I started serving in Grace Kids over a year ago, I saw it as a way to give back to a ministry that had done so much for my family of four. As a “fill-in mom” who served a few times a month, I’d bounce around to different classrooms — wherever I was most needed. For those first few months, I felt excited to be there, to be with the kids [...]

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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. [...]

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What’s the Deal Here?

When you walk into a service at Hoboken Grace, you can expect there to be music and a high production value. There’s one team that handles it all — the Worship Team, made up of the band and production. But so often we hear questions like this: Isn’t the production booth only for professional lighting and sound designers? Isn’t the band closed [...]

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The Team That Struck a Chord

If you are around for service on a Sunday morning, you may get the chance to hear Christian Barr jamming away, playing the guitar alongside the rest of Hoboken Grace’s Worship Team. As we see in the Song of Songs and Psalms in the Bible, God uses music to reach people, and Chris understands firsthand the importance of music when [..]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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: [...]

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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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Stuck at Work: 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 [...]

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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. But they also wanted to put God first, [...]

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Experiencing Rest

“Social media, people-pleasing, worry, fear—all that is a source of unrest for me,” said Hannah, who serves on the Worship Team at Hoboken Grace. “My schedule could be wide open, or I could have just had vacation, but if my mind is consumed with all these other things, I would not feel rested.” That’s when even worship can get frustrating. [...]

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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 [..]

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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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