In August of 2015, Zion Lutheran Church put the community in need at the forefront of our mission efforts.  Zion hoped to help the families of Hillsboro and the surrounding communities prepare for one of the most stressful times of the year: back-to-school time.

The costs of a family to get their children ready for school can be astronomical and ruinous on a family’s budget.  Zion aimed to take that stress off of those families in need, and show them the Love of Jesus Christ by providing back-to-school services for them!

From back to school haircuts, to backpacks, shoes, and physical examinations, Zion put it’s heart into helping anyone who wished to bring their family a better back-to-school experience.  Grace Day is now a staple event of Zion Lutheran Hillsboro, and each August, we will bring the same Love that Jesus Christ shows to us each day to the families of our community in need.

Grace Day 2015 offered 13 areas of services for families in need.

“I witnessed pure selflessness by parents on Grace Day because even though they were in need too, they put themselves last and asked for things for their children.  I was inspired by those families.  I cannot wait to have more of these experiences of love and kindness at Grace Day 2016!” – Madison Koogler, Senior Youth Member/Board of Missions and Family

A New Mission – The Jefferson County Lutheran Grace Day 

In August of 2018, Zion’s transformed its ministry to become a collaborative partnership between five Jefferson County Lutheran congregations who wished to show their community the Love of Jesus Christ!

Now called Jefferson County Lutheran Grace Day, Zion and her sister congregations are working annually to bring the Love of Jesus to the community in need during the back-to-school season.  

Are you interested in helping Zion bring the love of Jesus to the community on Grace Day?  Your new donated items or monetary support can partner with Zion to helping kids be kids in the Hillsboro community.  Email our Grace Day Coordinator Here 

All are welcome to participate in the services on Grace Day!  If you have K-12 students getting ready for the back-to-school grind, Grace Day is the place for you.  We have everything you need to get your child ready for the first day of school.  Helping kids be kids is the mission of Grace Day - no questions asked.

2021 Grace Day was another success!! We are so grateful for all who helped to make it possible. Thank you so much to all who donated time, skills, or items. It is such a blessing to be part of such a wonderful event. We're already looking forward to next year!

"Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ." GALATIANS 6:2

Current Partners

  • Immanuel Lutheran Festus/Crystal City (Host/Location)
  • Zion Lutheran Hillsboro 
  • St. John's Lutheran Arnold
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Imperial
  • Cedar Hills Lutheran
  • Zion Lutheran Pevely

Current Supporters