CNN Producer Mike Roselli captured this photo of Obama in Algona, Iowa Sunday.
MASON CITY, Iowa (CNN) – Presidential hopeful Barack Obama told worshipers Sunday that he wasn’t raised in a church, but “came to Christ” during his years as a community organizer in Chicago.
“During this holiday season, and during the political season, I am continually reminded that the values I learned in the scriptures and at church ... can be applied outside of church every single day,” the Illinois Democratic senator told attendees of the First Congregation United Church of Christ on this gray and snowy morning in the Hawkeye State.
This church, in particular, seemed an appropriate venue for a Christmas season appearance. Meredith Wilson, who wrote “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” and “The Music Man,” attended this church.
For the past 40 years, parishioners have had a tradition of tossing mittens, hats and scarves - all intended as donations to the poor - onto a church Christmas tree. Obama had a pretty good toss, and joked that his days of playing basketball helped him.
“I am confident of my skills,” he said.
Obama's stop came in the midst of a six-day swing that will take him to more than 20 cities in the Hawkeye State, and will end in Des Moines on Tuesday.
– CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli