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Pastor moves to Schenectady, where he sees more need

The Rev. James Bookhout raises his arms Wednesday in front of his new church, The Bridge Christian Center, on Crane Street in Schenectady.
The Rev. James Bookhout raises his arms Wednesday in front of his new church, The Bridge Christian Center, on Crane Street in Schenectady.
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A pastor in search of his people has left Rotterdam and set up in a former appliance store on Crane Street. The Rev. James Bookhout spent the past seven years building a congregation in the suburbs. But what he wanted to do was to minister to children in need. “The neighborhood I was in, a lot of people had all their needs met,” he said. When he organized bicycle giveaways and celebrated the beginning of ...

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dmorgan
August 22, 2013
4:33 a.m.

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When ever I see stories like this I am reminded of this proverb: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." It's nice that he is helping the folks out and it probably feels good but I am not sure what the long term impact it has. I'm not beating up on the Pastor. No, I don't know how to teach some one to fish and that's the tough part.

gina99
August 22, 2013
7:28 a.m.

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I wish he would have taken over an empty church. No shortage of those. We see churches sprouting up in vacant retail space all over the City. Taking prime retail space off the City tax rolls is no recipe for renaissance.

wmarincic
August 22, 2013
7:39 a.m.

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Come on Gina, you were always so reasonable, what has happened to you in the last few weeks? If Pastor Bookhout can help one person change their ways and get off the system it will save the city a lot more money than the property tax. I can tell you that peoples lives will change as long as he helps AND promotes self reliance. He is the kind of Pastor Schenectady needs. I might even start going there.

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