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Community Care


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The Community Care team is here to help meet the needs of those in our community who need an extra measure of love. There are moments within each of our lives where we celebrate life such as the birth of a baby, and there are also moments when we are in need of an extra word of encouragement. Community Care seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the lives of the community both inside the church building and outside as well.


 Life Stream Resources


Food Pantry – Life Stream offers a food pantry on site. 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, know someone who needs assistance from the meals ministry or would like to volunteer, please contact Lynn Albachten.

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.


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Love INC – Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) serves families in Allendale, Grandville, Jenison, and Hudsonville. 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 616-895-5683.

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 Manna Meals.

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 or 800.887.1107 from your cell phone.

Goodwill – Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids 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 Guide – The 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.


 Life Stream Resources


Financial Peace – Life Stream periodically offers Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace classes. Attendants meet weekly to learn 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 financial help when needed. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the Life Stream office at 616.777.0365.


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Chaplain Ministry – 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 pray and share communion with those in need of a special touch from God. For more information contact Vicki Ferrier.

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.

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Counseling Referral – Our Counseling referral partner is Winning at Home. Located in Zeeland, Michigan, Winning at home staffs counselors who specialize in marriage and family issues. Life Stream can offer scholarships to get you connected. Please speak with one of our pastors in order to get a referral by calling the church office at 616.777.0365.

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.