Small church with a big heart

Sharing Fund aids effort to replace leaking roof

Josh Dunn is “one of those people who can fix anything,” according to his pastor, Eric Hartshaw.

When Josh found out that his neighbors’ roof was leaking and they had buckets on the floor to catch the drips, Josh told Eric that he was going to fix it. Health issues had forced the husband of the household into an earlier retirement than he’d planned.

“Josh was going to do it if he had to buy all the materials and do all of the work himself,” said Eric, who pastors the Montoursville (Pennsylvania) Brethren in Christ congregation. “I said, ‘This is something the church can get behind.’”

So Josh, the church’s head trustee, collected the measurements, ordered the materials, and the church rounded up several volunteers to spend a Saturday putting on the new roof. Other church volunteers made lunch for the workers and homeowners.

It all came together quickly for the small church of 30-35 worshippers, and it didn’t matter that the recipients of the new roof aren’t church members.

“We don’t have tons of funds,” Eric noted, but Montoursville BIC does maintain a deacon fund for helping people in need – church members or people outside the church family.

The deacon fund reimbursed Josh for the roofing materials expenses, with help from a matching Sharing Fund grant from Everence®.

It’s easy for congregations – especially smaller ones – to feel that someone’s needs are greater than their ability to help.

“That can be the mindset for a lot of smaller churches,” Eric said. “’We can’t do anything about that.’ Well, maybe we can’t do everything, but something is better than nothing.”

He said members of his congregation do help each other, but they do a lot for people outside the church too. “We are blessed, so we can bless.”

You can support the fund

The Everence Sharing Fund makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year. The fund matches financial donations that congregations make to help people in need.

Everence supports the fund through a corporate tithe, and many of our members and employees donate to the fund.

If you’d like to donate, please send your contribution to Attn: Sharing Fund, Everence, PO Box 483, Goshen, IN 46527 or donate online at

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Everence staff