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‘Hoops for Hope’ benefits Ferguson’s Lutheran Hope Center

Concordia Seminary’s second annual “Hoops for Hope” Alumni Basketball Game raised $1,338 for the Lutheran Hope Center in Ferguson, Mo.

The game, held Feb. 9, featured a matchup between the Preachers basketball team and alumni players. The game marked the end of the Preachers’ 2017-18 basketball season.

A special offering was collected during the game to benefit the Lutheran Hope Center, whose executive director is Rev. Micah Glenn, a 2016 Seminary graduate.

“Just like last year I was humbled by ‘Hoops for Hope,’” Glenn said. “The turnout of fans and supporters was incredible. It’s easy to feel lonely as a sole missionary in a community, but being with my brothers and sisters in Christ from the Concordia Seminary community reminds me that I’m a part of a body much larger than me.”

The Lutheran Hope Center is a partnership of five The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations in north St. Louis County. The churches are Salem Lutheran Church, Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Chapel. The goal of the center is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ as it provides opportunities for youth and families to grow spiritually, academically, socially and personally. The center was created after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.

“Thanks to everyone who came out to support the game and the Lutheran Hope Center,” said Dr. Peter Nafzger, assistant professor of Practical Theology and the event coordinator. “It was great to reconnect with former teammates, and to enjoy some friendly competition with future colleagues in ministry. On behalf of the alumni team, I’d like to thank the younger Preachers for taking it easy on us!”

During the game, the Preachers beat the alumni players 83-76.

For more information on the Lutheran Hope Center, visit The Lutheran Hope Center – Ferguson or

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