Zion Lutheran is a 165-year-old congregation with two worship services held on Sunday mornings in rural Hillsboro, Mo. In 2015, we refocused our mission to be 'the serving arm of Jesus Christ' in the Hillsboro community. Through this mission shift, we discovered innovative and creative ways to engage and enrich our community. These became expressions of our deep conviction that we are loved in Christ and sent into the world to show that same love to those around us in need.
Grace Day is an annual day of service to the Hillsboro and surrounding community in which families in need can gain access to everything that a K-12 child needs to be ready for the start of school in August. In 2015, Over 500 people were served with the love of Jesus Christ on Grace Day.
In 2016, we launched a new service program inside the Hillsboro R-3 and Festus R-6 School Districts aimed at helping kids be kids. The Beautiful Feet Project allows the school counselors of each of the R-3 buildings to contact Zion and request new pairs of shoes for poverty stricken students in need of them. Hillsboro's first order was submitted in January and the choir, band, and tennis shoes were purchased and dropped off by early February. Festus will be placing it's first order in August. Since the conception of this program, Dunklin School District was added to Beautiful Feet Project.
Grace Day 365- In 2018, Zion and Lutheran Family and Children Services teamed up to help provide counselors for Hillsboro R-3 School District. Counselors work out of the school or a on site office located at Zion.
Education is also a key component of our congregation. Our Adult Bible Class is a phenomenal place to join in fellowship surrounding by the Word of the Lord on Sunday mornings, while our Lifelight Bible Study group meets each Tuesday evening in the home of Wally Kautzner. Our Sunday School and Wednesday night G.I.F.T. programs also offer the children of our community to be surrounded with the love of Jesus Christ for an hour long session each Sunday and Wednesday.