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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

May 2017


Many of us search our entire lives for a miracle…well search no more. The renovation of the Hale House is a miracle happening right now at First Church!! Take a moment and look outside when you are visiting church or attending Sunday worship service. Even better – view the First Church live webcam and watch the progress every day towards our dream of revitalizing the historic Thomas Hale Homestead into the Micah House and Chapel. Alleluia!!



Since April 3, 2017, George Fay has been the project’s contractor. The building has been lifted, the chimney stabilized, and the dirt dug out for the new foundation. The next phase is to pour the new foundation’s concrete and let it settle. The house will then be lowered onto the new foundation and George Fay can begin the next phase of renewal and construction.


Church members Jonathan Russell, Mick Gifford and Walt Briggs continue to provide hands-on financial and construction oversight of the project. Members of the Building Committee and many others continue to save money by providing hands-on interior and exterior demolition of parts of the Hale House.


Special care is being given to preserve anything that is reusable. 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!!


Faithfully yours,


Earl Thompson                                               Jonathan Russell

Chair, Capital Campaign Committee              Chair, Building Committee


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