Amid the mainstream media’s furious efforts to portray the Trump transition as chaotic, the President-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence took time out from a 3-day weekend packed with meetings and interviews, not for a press conference or a photo opportunity, but to attend services at a local church.

The two were staying at the Donald Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey where a parade of politicians – Republicans, including 2012 nominee and harsh Trump critic Mitt Romney, Democrats, allies and experts – arrived to meet with the men who will take office on January 20, 2017, fueling speculation about possible cabinet appointments.

On Sunday morning just before 10 a.m., however, Trump and Pence traveled the short distance to the historic Lamington Presbyterian Church – much to the surprise and delight of the regular parishioners.

Trump, whose mother was from Scotland, was raised Presbyterian, performed better among self-identified white, evangelical voters than the three previous Republican nominees. His vice president-elect, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, describes his faith as “born-again evangelical Catholic,” and was a popular choice among voters who identified as “religious.”

The service lasted approximately 90-minutes while press waited outside at the request of church directors.

Nonetheless, reporters were rewarded with an unexpected story when Trump and Pence were greeted by a crowd that erupted in cheers and applause as they left the church.

One parishioner, Shelley Ricco, gave a glimpse of what transpired inside the white, picturesque church built in 1740, 36 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

“The whole congregation is thrilled to have him. We gave him a standing ovation at the end of Mass, a rousing standing ovation! I hope he follows his heart.”

Another member of Lamington Presbyterian, Jim Tiesi, told local reporters, “I just told him that I hope he understands the country supports him and not to be distracted by the noise.”

Tiesi said the president-elect thanked him for the good wishes.

The historic church isn’t Jeremiah Wright’s “church” where he preached “God-d***** America,” to the Obama family in the front pew for 20 years, and wasn’t intended as a political statement.

It was just a simple act of worship and faith by the two men who will take over the reins of government in exactly 60-days.

 

 

 

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