FINANCIAL HELP SOUGHT FOR WIDOW AND
DAUGHTERS OF LATE WOODBRIDGE UMC PASTOR
The Rev. Hoo Sug Lee, who had served as pastor of the Woodbridge United Methodist Church since 2015, passed away on March 1, just six weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In addition to his grieving congregation, he leaves behind his wife and partner in ministry, Kyung Ja Lee, and their three daughters.
Having lived in parsonages for more than two decades, the Lee family must now find other housing as the Woodbridge UMC parsonage is made ready for the new pastor who will soon be appointed. Since neither Rev. Lee nor his wife were of retirement age, his pension benefits will not be available to help her live for several years.
Our Bishop, John Schol, has appealed to Methodists of the Greater New Jersey Conference to consider a donation to the recently established Hoo Sug Lee Family Memorial Fund, so that his widow and daughters can promptly obtain housing for the next two years. "We are urging every congregation to receive and donate an offering to assist the family," said Bishop Schol. "No gift is too small." The fund will be administered through the Conference treasurer's office.
Centenary has a special connection to the Hoo Sug Lee family, During the years when the Rev. John Painter was our pastor (2000 to 2010), Centenary had a shared facilities relationship with the Jesus Followers United Methodist Church, a Korean language congregation which held worship services in our building on Sunday afternoons for four years. The Rev. Hoo Sug Lee was the founder and senior pastor of that congregation. For Thanksgiving in 2005, the two congregations participated in a joint mission project, donating over 60 turkeys and "fixings" to the Senior Citizens Center in Perth Amboy.
If you would like to assist the Lee family, leave a check in the offering plate any Sunday between now and the end of May, or send it to the church office at 200 Hillside Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840. Please write "Hoo Sug Lee Family Memorial Fund" on the memo line. Thank you.