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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

September 2017


The heart of summer is upon us in all its amazing glory – flowers in full bloom, the touch of warm days and clear blue skies, long days and short nights, family picnics, hot dogs and hamburgers, the beach and vacation. While we have all been enjoying summer, the Building Committee has been moving forward with the renovation of the Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead.


First, the Capital Campaign Committee has great news to report. The campaign fundraising goal is $950,000. There have been payments from congregation members and friends = $780,000 with $175,000 in outstanding pledges. Add both numbers together and campaign payments and pledges = $955,000 which exceed the capital campaign goal. Praise the Lord!!


Since April 3, 2017, George Fay has been the project’s contractor and his team has begun a new phase of renewal and construction. The building frame has taken shape – four walls, a new roof and the foundation poured for the Micah Chapel. The excitement grows every day for this transformational church project.


There is even more exciting news to share regarding the saving and reuse of stones that were part of the original Hale House “dry foundation.” These stones are located by the trailer behind the house and are stacked on pallets. Jonathan Russell almost singlehandedly sorted and stacked 15 tons of stone with plans to use all of the stone for the new building retaining walls and patio landscaping. This is another wonderful example of our volunteer efforts at work. Estimates to date indicate a cost savings for our sweat-equity in excess of $60,000.


People are asking – how can I help? Volunteers have helped in so many ways thus far. In the coming months volunteers will be needed to sort and clean the chestnut planks which will be planed for the chapel flooring. In addition, volunteers will be needed to prepare the original trim and doors for painting prior to reinstallation in the Hale House. Anyone can help, no previous experience needed! Volunteers can contact Jonathan Russell via email at for this project.


And 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 contractors from their work is a potential safety hazard! Please direct all questions to Jonathan Russell, Mick Gifford or Walt Briggs, who continue to provide hands-on financial and construction oversight. 


This Micah House and Chapel is a miracle that 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 webcam shows up-to-the-minute live action of the work towards revitalizing the historic Thomas Hale Homestead into the Micah House and Chapel. 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!!


Photos September 2017






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