Care Ministry

Throughout our lives there will be many times in which we need to reach out for help. Christians are called to be like Jesus, who ministered and cared for those all around him. Likewise, at Life Stream it is our desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those all around us. We seek to journey with you to a place of healing whether that be as an individual, family or couple.

Life Stream Resources

Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Transportation

Food Pantry – We offer a food pantry from Life Stream Church.  Please call the church office at 616.777.0365 for information on days and times that the pantry is open.

Meals Ministry – This ministry provides love and care for those in need by making and delivering meals when there is a new baby, an illness, or a death in the family. If you are in need of meals or know someone who needs assistance from the meals ministry or would like to volunteer, contact Kara Abramowski.

Gear Heads – A ministry for those who need help with their vehicles. For anything from oil changes to tune-ups you may contact Ross Stevens.


Financial Peace – Life Stream periodically Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace classes at the church. Attendants meet weekly to learn more about a biblical plan for handling money. The class is taught through video, discussion and interactive small group activities. The plan shows those involved how to get rid of debt, manage money, and how to spend and save wisely. For more information on Financial Peace call our church office at 616.777.0365.

Financial Benevolence – Life Stream is able, on a limited level, to give help when needed. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the Life Stream office at 616.777.0365.

Physical & Mental Health

Heart to Heart – The heart to heart team makes home, hospital, nursing home, funeral home and jail visits, as well as, phone calls with the aim of sharing support and the love of Jesus. Heart to Heart volunteers prayer and share communion with those in need of a special touch from God. For more information contact Marilyn Thompson.

Stephen Ministry – There are trained Stephen Ministry men and women at Life Stream who lend a listening ear and caring presence through the wilderness moments in life. You can be introduced to a Stephen Minister by contacting Dawn Zink or Jill Zink by email.

Counseling at Life Stream – If you are in need of counseling, whether it be as an individual, couple or family, we would like to help.  Please contact our congregational care director, Bill Merchut at 616.777.0365 to make an appointment.

Healing Shawl Ministry – Life Stream has a dedicated group of individuals to knit healing shawls to pass out to those in difficult situations. From the death of a loved one to experiencing a health scare. For more information contact Kathy Zylstra.

Bereavement – If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, Life Stream will assist you as you honor and celebrate the life of the one that you have lost. Life Stream can offer resources for a memorial service. Additionally, pastors will be available to pray and offer God’s love during this difficult time. For information and assistance, please call the church office at 616.777.0365.

Pastoral Care – If you are in need of pastoral care, appointments can be made Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm.  Please call the church office at 616.777.0365.

Community Resources

Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Transportation

Love INC – Love In the Name of Christ [Love INC] serves families in Allendale, Grandville, Jenison, and Hudsonville, as well as those attending Life Stream. They offer over 46 different helping ministries meeting needs of all types, including budgeting and parenting classes, clothing, and school supplies. Connect with Love INC by calling 616.662.3300.

The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army can help with basic needs and crisis assistance, including emergency housing. They can be reached at 616-842-3380.

Manna Meals –  Manna Meals has been offering elementary age kids from lower income homes a meal to take home with them every day since 2006. This service is offered to the Evergreen, Springview and Oakwood schools here in Allendale. If you are a parent of elementary school age children and need help, email or call Diane Westrick at 616.283.0878.

United Ways First Call for Help [2-1-1] – United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free information and referral service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find help with food, housing, and other basic needs by dialing 2-1-1 from any land line, or 616.459.2255 / 800.887.1107 from your cell phone.

Goodwill Hartley Center – Goodwill Hartley Center assists with many needs including career counseling. If you need help finding a job but don’t know where to start visit Goodwill Industries’ Career Center. They offer free career-planning services & are open to the public.

Ottawa County Resource GuideThe Ottawa County Resource Guide provides easy access to information on programs, services, and topics for children and families in the Ottawa Country area, including basic needs, childcare, employment, and counseling. Visit Provides easy access to information on programs, services, and topics for children and families in the Ottawa & Kent County areas, including basic needs, childcare, employment, and counseling.

Physical & Mental Health

Counseling Referral – Our Counseling Referral Partner is “Winning at Home” located in Zeeland, MI. There is a team of counselors at “Winning at Home” that specialize in marriage and family issues. We offer scholarships to get you connected to “Winning at Home”. Please speak with one of our pastors in order to get a referral.

Positive Options – Positive Options [formerly Lakeshore Pregnancy Center] is a Christ-centered ministry that lovingly responds to those experiencing unplanned pregnancy, by emphasizing the eternal value of Life, encouraging healthy relationships, teaching Biblical sexuality and offering Hope. Lakeshore Pregnancy Center offers clients reliable information and compassionate support, and assists them in reaching an informed decision about their pregnancy.