Limon UMC offers food, friendship, longtime support of Spiritual Healing Run

December 07, 2015
Photo courtesy Rev. Carrie West
Volunteers at Limon UMC help with breakfast for the runners of the annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run and Walk.
Story by Dave Taussig, Mission Team Chair
Limon United Methodist Church


One of the darkest chapters in Colorado’s history was written on Nov. 29, 1864, when the Colorado Calvary attacked the Cheyenne and Arapaho people who were peacefully camped along Big Sandy Creek and brutally killed more than 200 men, women, and children.

Descendants of this tragedy commemorate  through the annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run and Walk in memory of their ancestors and to make people aware of this senseless tragedy so it will not be forgotten.

The Limon United Methodist Church has been a longtime supporter of the Healing Run, commencing in the late 1990s when Frank and Linda Hoover were pastors at the church. That support continues under the leadership of Pastor Carrie West. Limon is about halfway between Eads and Denver and the runners are served a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy to fuel their spirits and bodies. Between 100 and 200 people are generally fed. Over the years, Limon UMC has also served a turkey dinner to the runners as well as the breakfast. For the 150th Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration, Limon UMC made sandwiches for each day of the run in addition to making breakfast. That year, the church also hosted Bishop Elaine Stanovsky and her family’s serving of delicious stew for an evening meal.

As important as the food is the fellowship and friendships that have developed with our brothers and sisters who travel from as far away as Montana, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Every November we renew those friendships as many of the participants return each year. Limon UMC is honored to serve the people of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations in this small way by providing breakfast, a warm hug and handshake, and a “good luck!”