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  24 Hour Church of Elvis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 24 Hour Church of Elvis was a museum and gift shop in Portland, Oregon, USA, run by artist Stephanie G. Pierce.
The fake weddings could be same sex and consisted of riding around the block in a wheeled "altar" known as the Loveseat Chariot, which was adorned with pieces of Barbie dolls and stickers featuring 1970s celebrities.
Despite the name, The 24 Hour Church was not open 24 hours, as indicated by a sign on the door which read "24 Hour Church of Elvis: Usually open Noon to 5, 8 - 11 a lot.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/24_Hour_Church_of_Elvis   (358 words)

 The Church of Elvis
Not a lot of praying goes on at the Church of Elvis in downtown Portland, even though the walls are covered with semi-religious velvet images of the King, and an altar sits in the center of the cluttered room.
Secondly the church isn't a church at all.
Elvis is a 40 something year old man with thick glasses and mild mental retardation who lives in a group home.
www.newcolonist.com /church_of_elvis.html   (958 words)

 Portland, Oregon - 24 Hour Church of Elvis - Flea Market Souvenirs
Therefore, new arrivals to the church often unintentionally interrupt an existing tour, only to be immediately chastised by her -- much to the delight of the existing tour group.
As for the "church" itself, it is actually a collection of odds and ends, worthless junk and general kitsch from 1970s popular culture.
The highlight of the church tour is the opportunity to bow before the King (Elvis...not the big guy upstairs) at her makeshift altar.
www.roadsideamerica.com /tips/getAttraction.php3?tip_AttractionNo==1061   (667 words)

 Is There Anything of Interest?: The 24 Hour Church of Elvis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It was more yard sale than church, although you could get yourself hitched for $5 in a “cheap but not legal” ceremony presided over by Celebrity Spokesmodel and Minister AKA Your Friend, Stephanie G. Pierce, “Artist to the Stars” while surrounded by an “incredible cornicopia [sic] of junk,” AKA Clutter of the Highest Order.
About a year or so after the Church of Elvis went belly up, B and my brother (who was visiting from Chicago), and I were lolling in the bleachers at PGE Park watching our minor league baseball team, the Beavers, slog through a very lackluster double header.
She’s got a 24 Hour Church of Elvis Web site, with photos of the various incarnations of the Church and excellent examples of her off-the-wall sense of humor—and the gift shop is open.
anythingofinterest.blogspot.com /2005/10/24-hour-church-of-elvis.html   (1023 words)

 February 24, 1999: The Field Guide to Elvis Shrines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The third Elvis church is a disappointment because Yenne mentions it in his listing about the 24-Hour Church: the Greater Las Vegas Church of Elvis.
The relative "let Elvis play with the rifle--throwing the bolt and so forth--but it was store policy not to sell a gun to a child." It may be common knowledge, but I wasn't aware that most hardware stores DO sell high-powered rifles to little kids.
Elvis is more popular than ever, and Yenne's entertaining and quirky volume will help you find your way around the hundreds of sites devoted to America's patron saint of rock 'n' roll.
www.lasvegasweekly.com /departments/02_24_99/print_elvis.html   (781 words)

 The 24-Hour Church of Elvis
The Church of Elvis offers tired and spiritually weakened pilgrims of all ages moderately priced, coin-operated comfort for all their religious needs—confessions, catechisms, sermons, and weddings.
She was just finishing up touring the Church with some flannel-wearing locals, and had arrived at that part of the tour where she gently encourages her customers to part with their hard-earned cash.
They were Church of Elvis virgins, unaware that the original 24-Hour Church of Elvis was a coin-operated vending machine displayed in a gallery window.
www.stim.com /Stim-x/0796July/Trender/elvis.html   (727 words)

Unfortunately, the Church of Elvis is 24 hour in name only, so it took a couple of return visits on other days before we managed to find our way inside.
Elvis veneration resembles religion in still another important respect: there are already major schisms in the world of the King.
BlueSpeak reveals that the Elvis conference was split in 1996 over the thorny issue of whether to allow the attendance of Elvis Herselvis -- a lesbian Elvis impersonator from San Francisco.
www.infidels.org /infidels/web.scan/1998/scan12.html   (1945 words)

 Portland Stories - Your Stories: The First Wedding at the 24 Hour Church of Elvis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Several years and a new location later, I was summoned one morning by Stephanie to come down to the Church of Elvis and bring a girl to get married to for a piece being done for British Sky Television.
There were 1000s of cheap but not legal weddings at the 24 hour Church of Elvis--including large prom night "Group Weddings" with as many as 30 people getting married to each other.
Stephanie would tell anyone who did not understand what the purpose of her church was to go down the street and visit Nordstroms as her church was definitely not a store.
www.portlandstories.org /000046.html   (497 words)

 Klipsun/December 1997 -- Disgraceland, page 2
Her tours are free so the revenue from the 24-hour Church of Elvis t-shirts, aprons, checkbook covers, key chains, Elvis x-rays ("from when Elvis tried to join the FBI in 1969") and Elvis driver's licenses ("cops love them") keep her dream going.
Thus, the Church of Elvis was born as a place of "art for the smart." Pierce even became an ordained minister of the Creative Art denomination.
Surrounding the altar is a plethora of Elvis paraphernalia including an unfinished quilting of the sideburned one, a picture reminiscent of Andy Warhol titled, "The Three Faces of Elvis," and a velvet Elvis portrait.
www.ac.wwu.edu /~klipsun/dec97disgraceland2.html   (728 words)

 VIA Online: A Visit to Portland, Ore.'s, Church of Elvis
he 24 Hour Church of Elvis in Portland, Ore., is not a church.
The 24 Hour Church of Elvis is something all too rare: a clever yet accessible piece of performance art (in the form of a wacky museum tour) that is more fun than watching a dog eat peanut butter.
Located above a Thai restaurant, the Church is on the second floor of a century-old brick building at the edge of Portland's somewhat woebegone Old Town.
www.viamagazine.com /weekenders/elvis01.asp   (492 words)

 Church of Elvis
Preacher at the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, Portland, OR At the Church of Elvis, you can get a marriage license and ceremony for five bucks.
The 24 Hour Church of Elvis isn't 24-hour, isn't a church, and hasn't got a lot of Elvis.
I got an email (from kimmiebear - thanks!) that she had heard the Church of Elvis was now closed.
www.frankwu.com /elvis1.html   (396 words)

 Church of elvis Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Church Of Elvis are great for when you're looking to get better at church of elvis for selfish purposes.
The First Church of Jesus Christ, Elvis ``For unto you is born this day in the city of Memphis a Presley, which is Elvis the King.''
The First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine is the spiritual movement that's taking the world by storm.
elvis.5interlock4.info /elvis-impersonator/church-of-elvis.html   (279 words)

 Unusual Churches
Unusual Churches is about believing in a universal force that helps to guide us in our everyday lives.
Unusual Churches is also about the weird, wacky and funny churches one can find on the internet.
The Church acts as a haven for people to find others who are interested in vampirism.
unusualchurches.blogspot.com /2005/01/vampire-church.html   (152 words)

Elvis Aaron Presley, who born to a poor family in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935, rose to fame as an entertainer, movie actor and as a humanitarian.
One of the things that made Elvis so fascinating was that throughout his entire life, he was able to maintain the admirable demeanor of a true Southern gentleman.
The name and face of Elvis is one of the most recognizable on planet Earth.
www.billslater.com /elvis.htm   (701 words)

 Church of the Two Elvises   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Church of the Two Elvises welcomes all Elvis believers of all persuasions concerning all the major Elvis controversies swirling around us in these confusing times.
To that end, we believe he chose Elvis Presley, the surviving member of a pair of twins born in poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, to show us how Good and Evil exist in our lives and that we have been given a choice about how to use them to God's glory.
At The Church of the Two Elvises, we have altars at each end of our sanctuary, celebrating both the Good Elvis and the Bad Elvis, or if you prefer, Elvis Aron and Jesse Garon Presley.
www.vom.com /iracarter/cotte.htm   (220 words)

 Family First: September 1997 Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It is hard to describe the mission of this church, but it has achieved national prominence of a sort.
Those are the qualities that I heard on that naval base 24 years ago, and they are still here today.
The days when Clark Gable was the King (long before Elvis), Judy Garland was young and innocent, and gay was a feeling, not a lifestyle.
www.familyfirst.com /1997_09.html   (3793 words)

 Elvis Links
The Lesser Elvis Banishing Ritual of the Sequined Pentagram
Elvis and Nixon travel the universe together in this series of images created by Michael Tressler...
Elvis and Nixon together at the White House.
www.ibiblio.org /elvis/elvlinks.html   (1146 words)

 Hail to the King, baby.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
A couple shrines to Elvis was there, too, of course.
Two were visitors like ourselves (they looked like tourists, we later discovered that they were indeed just that), and the other was a strange looking gal with rhinestone studded glasses and a stranger looking man in coke bottle glasses.
The 24 Hour Church of Elvis is A-OK in my list.
home.comcast.net /~jessliotta/weekend4.htm   (483 words)

 The First Church of Jesus Christ, Elvis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
And Elvis saw them berating the poor recording artist, whose music was terrible and lyrics insipid, and Lo, the King said unto the mob:
And Elvis so loved the world that he died, fat and bloated, in a bathroom.
For further word on the Word (``And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and did shimmy like unto your sister Kate''), check out the Elvis Home Page and the Elvis Shrine, which includes evidence that Elvis and Jesus are the same (for those who haven't figured it out for themselves).
jubal.westnet.com /hyperdiscordia/sacred_heart_elvis.html   (352 words)

 Welcome to the City of Friendly People
Get married or renew your vows at the 24-Hour Church of Elvis.
The speed limit is 55 miles per hour on most highways.
Add that to the nation's smallest dedicated park (just 24 inches in size), the 24-hour Church of Elvis, and a sculpture that daily predicts the city's weather, and you've got a destination of unusual appeal.
www.kelso.gov /recreation/attractions/portland.html   (1210 words)

 Portland Stories - Your Stories: Comment on The First Wedding at the 24 Hour Church of Elvis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
I was just going through an old photo album from a trip to Oregon ('95) and there tucked into one of the back pages was "Strange Mystery at the 24 Hour Church of Elvis".
I remember coming to the storefront Church when I was younger, I think 12.
We were on a school field trip and they took us by to visit.
www.portlandstories.org /mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=46   (445 words)

 CNN - Viva Elvis! - August 1997
An Elvis Wedding - have an Elvis impersonator perform on that most special of days
Elvis · CNN Showbiz · CNN Main ·
'Graceland', 'Elvis' and 'Elvis Presley' are trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
www.cnn.com /SHOWBIZ/9708/elvis/king.of.web/index3.html   (138 words)

 24-Hour Church of Elvis/Where's the Art? | Museum/Attraction Review | Portland, OR | Frommers.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Coin-operated art, a video psychic, cheap (though not legal) weddings, and other absurd assemblages, interactive displays, and kitschy contraptions (such as the Vend-O-Matic Mystery Machine with whirling dolls' heads) cram this second-floor oddity.
As celebrity-spokes-model/minister S. Pierce says, "the tour is the art form." If you pass the customer test, you can even buy a Church of Elvis T-shirt.
Great fun if you're a fan of Elvis, tabloids, or the unusual; and if you've seen Elvis anytime in the past decade, a visit is absolutely mandatory.
www.frommers.com /destinations/portlandor/A20849.html   (193 words)

 The Columbian: CHURCH OF ELVIS PLANS ANNUAL PARADE@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
PORTLAND -- Stephanie G. Pierce, the self-proclaimed "celebrity spokesmodel minister" for the 24-hour Church of Elvis, promises Monday's observance of the death of Elvis Presley will be as irreverent as possible.
Then we push Elvis in a shopping cart down the street for a few blocks.
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?docid=1P1:22837810&refid=ink_tptd_np   (180 words)

 The 24 Hour Church of Elvis - Read about The 24 Hour Church of Elvis at Family First   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
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 Worst of the Web [ 24 Hour Church of Elvis ]
The only thing worse than Elvis having his own church, is the church of Elvis having a gift shop.
Whatever you do, don't use the bathroom at the 24-hour Church of Elvis.
All I know is that Michael J. Fox is the anti-Elvis.
www.worstoftheweb.com /classic/021501.html   (161 words)

 Weird World - Your Guide to this Planet's Stranger Sites
Drive to the middle of nowhere to see your car roll uphill.
Listen to the babble of a hyperactive lunatic in the midst of a tacky display of Elvis memorabilia and retro trinkets, then get married for 5 bucks.
Click here to visit the 24 Hour Church of Elvis
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 24 Hour Church of Elvis
This is the real 24 Hour Church of Elvis!!
©S.G.Pierce, "24 Hour Church of Elvis", "Church of Elvis",
No reproduction for commercial purposes of any kind is permitted without authorization
24hourchurchofelvis.com   (113 words)

 Travel Journals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
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How could you NOT love a place that has the world's largest book store, the world's smallest park and the world's only 24 hour Church of Elvis?
Our two day visit wasn't enough to see and do all that we wanted but we sure had fun trying.
independenttraveler.igougo.com /planning/journal.asp?JournalID=7212   (79 words)

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