Obamas Attend Historic St. John's Church

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The first family attended a church service near the White House on Sunday.

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia strolled through Lafayette Park to St. John's Episcopal Church, where they took communion during the 11 a.m. service.

The St. John's congregation has been visited in the past by many presidents. It maintains one particular pew marked with a brass plaque that reads "The President's Pew."

The church's history claims that every president since the nation's fourth chief executive, James Madison, has worshipped with the congregation.

The president has attended St. John's before, including Easter services in 2009. He has also visited other churches in the nation's capital.

On Sunday night, the president and his family attended the 30th annual "Christmas in Washington" concert.

Obama told the audience that Jesus changed the world with his teachings on faith, love, forgiveness, and serving others.

"Those are values that are shared by all faiths," Obama said at the concert. "So tonight let us all rededicate ourselves to each other, and in that spirit, from my family to yours: Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America."

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