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It's a bright, beautiful sunny Sunday in Washington; the leaves are just beginning to turn in my neighborhood, my tomato plants are still producing and I am sitting on my porch writing up what I know so far about the First Family's day.

President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Sasha and Malia, without a home church in Washington, worshipped Sunday morning at St. John's, an Episcopal church near the White House, just across Lafayette Square. The Obama's attended St. John's to celebrate Easter and for a service just before the Jan. 20 inauguration.The First Family, after quitting Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the wake of controversies surrounding sermons from the ministers in the pulpit there - Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Rev. Michael Pfleger -- never signed up with a church in Washington. After nine months in the White House, it's unlikely they will.

Back in June, Time Magazine reported that Obama decided to make the nondenominational Evergreen Chapel in Camp David his spiritual home, but Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said no formal decisions had been made. The Obamas have been concerned that when they show up at a church, the scene could turn into a circus.

At 8:55 a.m.the First Family motorcaded over to the church, a ride of about 45 seconds, according to the pool report. The president was in a dark suit; First Lady Michelle in a black and white print top over a dress and Malia and Sasha in cute outfits; check out the photo above. The president greeted a few people outside of the church before they entered the church where about 200 folks filled the pews. The family heard a 15-minute sermon from Mike Angell, the seminarian of the church about, the pool report said, "how Christianity has consequences." The Obamas walked the two blocks home.

A few hours later, Obama was heading to the links. He arrived at Andrews Air Force Base at 1:55 p.m. to play with staffer Marvin Nicholson and two other aides. Obama's motorcade left Andrews about 6:25 p.m. and he was back home at 6:51 p.m..

Sometime in the afternoon, Obama also talked to U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry about his review of troop strength and deployment strategy in Afghanistan an the recent-somewhat disputed-elections there.

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