Fifteen members of a New Hampshire church have volunteered to lose weight to pay for church heating oil this winter. Pounds for Petrol participants at Newfields Community Church have sought sponsorship for their weight loss to pay for the oil.

The volunteers began the effort in June. Their final weigh-in will be in November. Pastor Jean Bass says with members helping to fund fuel costs, the church will not have to sacrifice its other missions, such as its food cupboard.

Bass says the Newfields church spent $7,700 on fuel costs last year.