Preparing for round 3. It’s not exactly what I had planned for Christmas this year.

The timing of my “bad” days will put me right on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. With all that has been going on we weren’t able to host our annual events or have the house filled with family and friends on a rotating basis. It’s been a bit hard knowing that my favorite season has been and continues to be tainted by all this.


Angela Hawrylak is a fighter. She is battling cancer – the fight of a lifetime. This is her second bout. In 2013 she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Follicular Lymphoma – stage 3. Angela possesses a resolute courage that is helping her get beyond the diagnosis and treatment. Its because of women like Angela that NORTH POINTE STRONG was born. See below.


Give Thanks

As we bid farewell to family members entering into a new chapter in their lives and we enjoy what time we have left with yet another family member I can be honest that it has been a bit difficult to find my “joy” this season. But I’m trying daily to remember that God is good all the time and to give thanks IN all circumstances.

I am thankful for CHEMO, that it’s working!

I am thankful to still have some hair 🙂

Chemo may not be pleasant but it IS manageable.

I’m still me and we are adjusting to this new normal.

I can still care for my family and home and things don’t need to be perfect.

I am moody and my brain is foggy and confused but my dear husband, Tom loves me all the same.

My kids are resilient loving and understanding.

I have a little village that may not be many but are amazingly mighty <3

Even though I can’t taste (or even sometimes eat) the food network is fun to watch.

Laughter really is healing.

Disney makes me smile 🙂

Its okay not to be okay.

I’m thankful for employment and that Tom has a job again!!!!

Social media can and will close the distance between people.

A life well lived is a blessing and this was never intended as our permanent home.

Time, moments and memories are precious.

Its All About Jesus

In the scheme of things…one Christmas like this will give me many more to come and that’s our hope.

And most importantly… Christmas isn’t the lights, the gifts or the parties.

Its all about Jesus, God’s love and so much more.

North Pointe Strong

North Pointe’s Women’s Pastor – Jocelyn Jones – faced her own battle with cancer in March 2018. From this experience, Jocelyn and friends are starting a group for all women who are fighting cancer or who have beaten cancer.

Empathy goes a long way in generating hope. North Pointe STRONG is all about mutual support through faith, love, courage and prayer.

North Pointe STRONG is supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken and never, never giving up hope.

APPLICATION: North Pointe STRONG is a support group for all women fighting cancer. The first meeting is Saturday January 26th at 10:00am at North Pointe – 14025 167 Ave. Baking and coffee and tea served. Register online here for FREE. Please share with and invite your friends or family members who are in their own fight with cancer.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 28 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 39 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Myrna Gra says:

    Such a wonderful church it’s such great support, Northoint, you are awesome.

  • Carole Holmes Schlachta says:

    Pastor Bob, Jocelyn, you will never know how much I would like to be at NP. I have nothing here because of stairs, etc., My condition. Now with Henry gone I am really at the mercy of God.
    I thank God for your writings and stories and patience to put up with me.
    The lady with cancer, do not give up, my brother in law was very bad with the same cancer. Months later. God healed him. He is now 79 yrs. And enjoying his grandchildren. God can heal you. I shall pray for you. Love to all NP
    HAVE A BLESSED Christmas.

  • Lori Bourgeois says:

    Praying for you in B.C., Angela! I am thankful you have found a community of support at North Pointe. Praying for your complete healing!

  • Angela says:

    Thank you ♡

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