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The Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead


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The Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead Update

August 2017


In the the New Testament, there is a story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. In Matthew 14:13-21, Jesus told the Disciples: “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


As Jesus fed his followers, the Micah House and Chapel will provide spiritual food to First Church’s members and the surrounding community. This miracle continues to amaze visitors, friends and congregation members!! Take a moment and look outside when you are visiting church or attending Sunday worship services. The First Church live cam shows an up-to-the minute live action of the work towards revitalizing the historic Thomas Hale Homestead into the Micah House and Chapel.



George Fay, the project’s contractor, and his team have begun the next phase of renewal and construction. The building was lifted, the chimney stabilized, the new foundation poured and settled and there are now walls on all four sides of the house. Praise the Lord!!


People are asking – how can I help? Volunteers are needed to help clean off 250-year-old bricks. Anyone can help, no previous experience needed! In the coming weeks we need to clean up hundreds of salvaged bricks for reuse on the Micah House concrete foundation. Volunteers can contact Jonathan Russell at for this project.


Just as a reminder, for safety’s sake, please don’t talk to the contractors as they work on the Micah House and Chapel. Everyone is excited and curious about the construction but distracting a contractor from their work is a potential safety hazard! Please direct all questions to Jonathan Russell, Mick Gifford or Walt Briggs who continues to provide hands-on financial and construction oversight. Estimates of sweat-equity cost savings to date exceed $40,000.


The Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead is God’s miracle and will be a legacy that serves First Church today and for future generations!!


How You Can Help


If you would like to donate, please download, print, and return the Pledge Card to the church office or email Rebecca Fleahman at


For More Information


Click here for more photos.


Please download and view our Micah House and Chapel concept presentation.


Hartford Courant articles:

April 17, 2017: Restoring Historic Main Street Home An Upwardly Moving Experience

April 16, 2017: Rebirth of Thomas Hale House

November 16, 2016: Rebirth for One of Glastonbury's Oldest Main Street Houses


"God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8