MACON, Mo. — A northeast Missouri church is preserving a priceless piece of its past.
Some of the 120-year-old stained glass windows at Macon Presbyterian Church are starting to come apart at the seams due to age, heat and other factors.
The intricate works of art were installed in 1901 when the church was built on Rollins Street just north of downtown Macon.
A Colorado company called Scottish Stained Glass is in charge of the restoration project.
Crews removed several smaller windows on Monday.
On Tuesday, they took out two large sections of the "Woman at the Well" scene on the front of the church.
Church officials told KTVO the repairs will help the stained glass last for decades to come.
“They tell us that we should be good for another 120 or 130 years with the windows they're working on, and we hope that in the future we can do more [windows]," said J.D. King, church trustee.
Crews will be taking the windows they have removed with them back to Denver where they will be refurbished. If all goes according to plan, they will bring them back in November 2023 and reinstall them.
King said the price tag for the project is in the neighborhood of $69,000.
Thanks to donations from church members and the public, the church has already raised close to $45,000.
Donations are being accepted. If you would like to contribute to the cause, you may mail them to Macon Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 307, Macon, MO 63552.