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Time magazine wrong; Obama family still looking for church

A report says the first family had settled on Evergreen Chapel at Camp David. A White House spokeswoman says that's not the case.

July 04, 2009|Peter Nicholas and Mark Silva

WASHINGTON — Time magazine reported online this week that President Obama and his family had found a new church: Evergreen Chapel at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.

Apparently, Time got it wrong.

"The president and first family continue to look for a church home," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "They have enjoyed worshiping at Camp David and several other congregations over the months, and will choose a church at the time that is best for their family."

Obama has made limited appearances at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington and at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, often attended St. John's on Sundays.

The 150-seat Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, a rustic stone-and-glass structure, was built using private money. President George H.W. Bush dedicated it in 1991.

Evergreen Chapel holds nondenominational Christian services open to the nearly 400 military personnel and staff at Camp David and their families.

The first family plans to spend the long holiday weekend at the mountain retreat before the president heads to Moscow and a Group of 8 summit in Italy.

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peter.nicholas@latimes.com

mdsilva@latimes.com

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