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WASHINGTON--President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha went to services on Sunday morning at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Obama family rarely attends public church services; Sunday was the eighth time Obama attended church in Washington since becoming president. The family walked to the church, about a block from the White House.

They entered St. Johns at 10:28 a.m. and left at 11:35 a.m., according to the pool report.

The seventh time was April 24, 2011, when President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha headed to Easter services on Sunday morning at Shiloh Baptist Church.

The sixth time was Sept. 19, 2010 when the Obama family walked across Lafayette Square from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church.

For Easter 2010, the Obama family worshiped at Allen Chapel AME, the fifth time Obama attended church in Washington.

For Easter 2009, the Obama family attended services at St. John's Episcopal Church.

More from the pool report: "The homily was based on the story of Jacobs Ladder and a meditation on finding God in places you would not expect to.
"The First Family were delighted to worship with the St. John's Episcopal Church congregation today as they have in the past, and look forward to visiting again," a White House official said.
When asked if he would be watching the Women's World Cup Championship POTUS replied, "Absolutely. Go USA!"


The USA plays Japan today in what should be an easy match for the Americans who have been amazing this year, leaving the pitch littered with the broken dreams of their opponents.
St. Johns is an Episcopal Church, which dates back to 1815, and since James Madison every sitting president has worshipped there (www.stjohns-dc.org is their site).
Other churches in the DC area the Obamas have attended include the 19th Street Baptist Church, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, the Washington National Cathedral, multiple times at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Evergreen Chapel at Camp David.
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