Churches look ahead to 2006 |

Churches look ahead to 2006

Craig churches have plans to effect change locally and internationally in 2006.

At St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Rev. Jose Sáenz said his church plans to reach out to young people more next year.

The church wants to bring in more young adults and young families, Sáenz said.

“We want to reach out in more ways than what we have,” Sáenz said.

The church is one of two in town that holds Spanish-language masses.

Sáenz, who is bilingual, said he wants to strengthen the Spanish-speaking community in Craig next year.

But the church, 678 School St., also plans to focus on some international issues next year, Sáenz said.

The church plans to raise awareness of the sexual abuse of women in some African countries, Sáenz said.

Sáenz is from El Paso, Texas, and said he wants to raise awareness about the hundreds of murders of women in Juarez, Mexico, across the border from his hometown.

Sáenz said he also hopes the congregation at St. Michael’s continues to help the victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami in Asia.

At the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Pastor Bob Woods said his church has big plans for the early part of next year.

Members of the church, 630 Green St., are planning a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day next month.

Woods said he and church members also would try to become educated about the role of the church in the 21st century.

Church members also will continue to revisit and consider what they are called by God to do, Woods said.

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