NEWTONIA — Some 20 people were buzzing around the old Methodist Church in Newtonia on Saturday, caulking, painting and replacing windows in this lovely old building. Supervising all the activities was Payton Powell, a high school senior and Boy Scout.

NEWTONIA — Some 20 people were buzzing around the old Methodist Church in Newtonia on Saturday, caulking, painting and replacing windows in this lovely old building. Supervising all the activities was Payton Powell, a high school senior and Boy Scout.
Restoring the windows in the church was the brainchild of Powell. He came up with the idea while pondering what kind of service project to do for his Eagle Scout award.
"I have no experience in carpentry," he admitted. "but I have admired the building for a long time and decided it needed to be taken care of. It is actually a lot more work than I thought."
Powell reached out to his fellow Scouts, the East Newton (high school) Service Club, a few adult volunteers, some Latter Day Saints missionaries, the Monett Glass Company and to Lowe's in Neosho. One of the stained glass windows had fallen out, so the glass company brought a power lift to replace the missing pane.
"I got a lot of donations or discounts for paint, caulk, and tools," he said. "I only spent about $30."
Powell started talking about this project in mid-May with Marsha Stanford, owner of the building which houses the Newtonia Library and a small gift shop. It was decided that the project would be done in October when the weather turned cooler.
The temperature reached over 90 degrees on the chosen day.
A Boy Scout since he was 12 years old, Powell belongs in Troop 64 which is headquartered in the LDS church at Granby. He says he enjoys scouting very much and his parents are very supportive of him. His brother is already an Eagle Scout, who did his Eagle service project by building a ramp at the library in Fairview, where the family lives.
Powell may have no construction experience, but he is interested in music. He plays the trombone and French horn at East Newton High School. After graduating from high school, and spending two years as a LDS missionary, he plans to attend college and major in music education. He hopes to get his education somewhere out west.
Marsha Stanford was beaming with joy as she watched all the activity at the church building. "I am amazed seeing all these people working. I like that it is a team effort. Payton has done such a good job organizing everything," she said.
While the volunteers were working in the heat, Stanford was working in her kitchen preparing a delicious noon meal for the entire crew. And with all the work they were accomplishing, the volunteers no doubt were glad to sit down and break bread together.