"For I am sure that neither death nor life ... 

nor anything else in all creation, 

will be able to separate us from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

Member deaths in 2021

In the sections below, we recognize and remember those beloved members of St. Paul's who, during the year 2021, have passed from this life and entered into their eternal rest. We celebrate their lives and their faith, and hold their loved ones in our prayers.

Announcing the death of Elaine Neidecker

St. Paul's shares the sad news that Elaine Neidecker passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 25, 2021 at age 84 after a battle with cancer. She was a treasured member of St. Paul's and leaves behind her husband Bob Neidecker and beloved children and grandchildren. 

The funeral service will be held on April 1 at 10:00 a.m. 

Attendance in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's will be on a first-come first-served basis and is limited to 125 due to covid restrictions. Those attending must wear masks covering the mouth and nose at all times in the building and will sign-in with name and contact information for contract-tracing purposes. We encourage those who wish to enjoy one another's company beyond the service to make use of outdoor spaces as we are are unable to accommodate a reception in the building.

Click HERE to download the funeral bulletin. All are welcome to view the service through the livestream here:

For the full obituary, please click HERE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Announcing the death of

Ed Ayre

Mr. Ed R. Ayre passed away on March 19, 2021 with his loving partner Mary Ellen Shepherd at his side. He was 80 years old. 


A service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. 

The funeral service and inurnment in the Memorial Garden will be private.

In addition to Mary Ellen, Ed is survived by two children and four grandchildren. He is remembered for devoting his working hours to the family business, the Edward E. Ayre Inc. jewelry store in downtown DC, and he loved travel, sailing, and racing automobiles. For the full obituary, please visit:

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the American Heart Association ( or the Lewy Body Dementia Association (

Announcing the death of

Sue Roberts

Mrs. Susannah (Sue) H. Roberts passed away peacefully on March 13, 2021 at the age of 88. She had been part of St. Paul's for over 20 years. Our community of members and friends mourns her passing and sends condolences to her brother, Mr. John Hall. 

A ZOOM Memorial Service for Sue Roberts will be held on Friday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m. To join the service, please contact Erin Steele in the church office ( for the Zoom invite and login information.

Announcing the deaths of

Clem & AdDa Clark

St. Paul's mourns the loss of two long-time members of the church. 

Mrs. Adda Clark passed away on February 28, 2021. She was age 93.

Clem Clark, her beloved husband, followed her in death on March 6, 2021, having stated that he wanted to be with Adda. He was 102.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brookside Gardens, where Adda & Clem had their first date and visited often. (

A memorial service celebrating the lives of Adda and Clem will be arranged at a future date. 

For a more complete obituary notice, please visit:

Memorial for

Mrs. Claire Kordella

Livestream Service

Saturday, January 9, 2021

11:00 a.m.

With great sadness, we announce the death of Mrs. Claire Kordella, who died late Sunday night, December 20, 2020 at her home in Kensington Park with family present. Mrs. Kordella was 98 years old and a treasured member of the St. Paul's UMC family.

A memorial service celebrating her life was livestreamed from St. Paul's on Saturday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m. The service remains available for later viewing; please click below to play.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is a cherished time in the worship calendar when we honor members of this church who have died in the past year. All Saints Sunday is also a time to recognize the lives of loved ones who have passed away. 

Please click HERE to download the All Saints Sunday special memorial bulletin for November 1, 2020.

On November 1, we celebrated the saints in Christ who have finished their courses in faith and who now rest from their labors. All Saints Sunday also marked our first time welcoming worshipers into the Sanctuary since March of 2020. Reservations were required, seats were limited, and covid-related precautions were in place. The 10:30 worship service was also live-streamed for viewing from the safety and comfort of your home. 

Please click HERE to view the worship service offered on Sunday, Nov. 1.