A Message of Love from Erroll Geboe

A message of love from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, who has been sharing videos of Lakota hymns that he has been playing for us.

Rosebud Episcopal Mission
Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe.

Dear Relatives:

It is my great honor to play these hymns for you as well as I can. A lot of them are hymns that I play by ear or from memory. Growing up in church, I heard and sang all these hymns, and I always admired the organists who played them.

I can remember most of the organists from my youth: Rebecca Quick Bear, from St. Matthews, Rapid City; my aunt Dorothy Lunderman, who played at many of our congregations here on the Rosebud; Lillian Chase, who mainly played at Church of Jesus, Rosebud, but who also played at other churches; Lorraine Herman, who was the organist at Trinity, Mission, for 40 years; and Isaac Cutt, who played – by ear – at Grace Chapel, Soldier Creek.

All these wonderful people have been my inspiration, which is how I picked it up. Often times I asked them for their guidance and help when I did not know what to do, or I could not remember a note. And then all of the sudden, the note comes and I get it.

Even today, I am thankful I can play these, because nowadays there are hardly any organists in our churches anymore.

I play these for you, and share my love for all of you through music.

I hope you enjoy these, and that they bring back memories as they do for me.

When I play at home, I can honestly still hear my mom, Margaret, humming along or even faintly singing in the background. So I must be doing something right, because my mother loved to sing the Lakota hymns. She was an alto and knew all the Lakota hymns. When we would ask her what her favorite hymn was, so that we could sing it with her, she would say, All of them. That is why I try to play so many for you.

I promise you, I will keep practicing and recording these hymns, because especially in this time of Coronavirus, this is how I share and show my love.

— Erroll

How to join our on-line worship services

4D8CBD5E-CC08-4131-8603-354F23412E4CIn March 2019, the Rosebud Episcopal Mission began broadcasting live Sunday worship services on the Facebook page of Mother Lauren R. Stanley. We started doing this because the weather that winter was simply brutal, and too many services were being canceled.

In 2020, coronavirus arrived, and forced the closure of in-person worship services, which we did out of an abundance of caution, and because we love one another. In order to provide more opportunities for worship, we began weeknight Compline services focused on hope and love. Those services were also on Mother Lauren’s Facebook page. After the services finish, Mother Lauren shared the services to the Rosebud Episcopal Mission page and to this website, rosebudepiscopalmission.org.

But that meant that those who do not have Facebook were not able to join the services live, and had to watch taped versions.

Beginning on Monday, 11 May 2020, the services migrated to the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook, because that means that those who do not have a Facebook account can join us live.


Well, let us tell you!

In your web browser, put in this link:


When you click on this link, it will take you to the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook page. Please know that you do not need to have a Facebook account. When this page comes up, it will prompt you to LOG IN. All you need to do is click NOT NOW. Then, on the left side of the page, click on VIDEOS. 

Then you will be able to join us live!

(We will still post the services after they are finished on Mother Lauren’s page as well as on this page under the #REMLive link, so if you miss the live service, you can always find it later on!)

Love in the time of Coronavirus


Mitakuyapi, we are living in strange and frightening times. The threat that has enveloped nearly the whole world – Coronavirus – is changing everything in our lives. Schools and work are shut down; unemployment has skyrocketed; and all of us are under threat from an unseen enemy that is sickening and killing thousands every day.

Because of the health risks, all of our churches on the Rosebud Episcopal Mission on the Rosebud Reservation here in South Dakota have suspended in-person worship and our regular programs, including GLORY, TeenGLORY, and confirmation classes, on both the East and West sides of the Rosebud Reservation. We are not doing baptisms at this time, or weddings.

We also have special rules now, worked out with Holmes Funeral Home and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, for funerals:

• We are recommending strongly that there be no public wakes. Any gathering must be limited to no more than 10 people, including the religious leader. If a family wants to have a wake, it should be done in the home, with only the family members present. If there are more than 10 family members, families will have to rotate people in and out of the room. Families need to make sure they have cleaning supplies and hand-washing facilities to ensure we do not unintentionally spread Coronavirus.

• Funerals should be conducted at the graveside. We can do the entire funeral liturgy at the cemetery. Again, only 10 people will be allowed to attend, including the religious leader. This means that each family will have to decide who can do the actual burial. If a family needs to have the Church provide workers to actually do the burial, we can arrange for that. Those workers would not be present at the funeral service; they will stay outside the cemetery and wait until the prayers are finished. The families can then go to their cars while the workers do the burial. Families can then return — with no more than 10 people — to decorate the grave. Please know that if families are not willing to follow these rules, we will not be able to do the services, and Holmes Funeral Home will not be able to help with the funeral.

• We are recommending strongly that there be no feasts at this time.

• We promise that once the danger has passed, we will be willing to do memorials, feasts, and giveaways as soon as families wish them to happen.

To reiterate, we are doing all of this because we love each other too much to possibly infect anyone with this disease. But … just because the physical churches are shut down does not mean that we are still Church – loving God and our neighbors as best we can as much as we can.

We want to do everything we possibly can to provide hope and love to the people. Many of us are volunteering to help deliver food, to say prayers, to contact those who are alone, to provide supplies when possible. We are striving to bring the Gifts of God to the People of God.

With this in mind, we have begun several new efforts to help all of us get through these hard times:

4D8CBD5E-CC08-4131-8603-354F23412E4C • Each weeknight at 9 p.m. Central, we are offering the service of Compline – nighttime prayers intended to bring us peace and help us rest. You can join us live on #REMLive on Facebook on the Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley’s page (https/facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5). After the service is finished, it is posted on the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook page, as well as on this web site, on the #REMLive page.

Each Sunday morning, we offer #REMLive Sunday morning worship at 8:30 a.m. Central on Mother Lauren’s page (see link above). Again, once the service is finished, it is posted on the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook page, and on this website on the #REMLive page.

EAC98F5A-E81F-4F14-8B8F-6C5091D13B14     • As long as we are able, we are offering #ChurchOnTheGo at various locations, both on Sundays and throughout the week. On Sundays, you can come to Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to receive prayers and Communion. (We ask that you drive up in your car, and step out individually for this. We shall maintain #HolySpacing – 6 feet between us – and you will receive your communion bread in a safe manner. Once you have finished praying, please return to your car so that the next person may come forward.) We usually then offer Communion on Sundays from 1 – 2 p.m. at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Parmelee. For the other congregations and communities we serve, Mother Lauren will make arrangements with the members to bring communion to them.

• Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter: We will be blessing the palms on Palm Sunday at Trinity, Mission, and making them available to anyone who wants them that day and throughout the week. You can pick up the palms at #ChurchOnTheGo, or ask that they be brought to your house. We will attempt to do #REMLive services for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter itself. Please watch Mother Lauren’s Facebook page and the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook page for announcements on all of these services.

1C4C8EEB-CFFD-4A7B-9EE1-89CA854888A8     • Our #FirewoodfortheElders program is continuing through this time. Danny Gangone and Bruce Crow Eagle work every single day to find wood, cut it, haul it, split it, load it and deliver it to your houses. If you need firewood, please contact Mother Lauren at 605-828-3892. Again, we will continue this service as long as we can during this crisis.

• We are participating in the distribution of food from the Todd County School District to children on the Rosebud. Most of our volunteers drive the food to community centers; others help distribute it to their own communities.

• We are assisting elders all over the Rosebud, whenever possible with cleaning supplies. If you need cleaning supplies, contact Mother Lauren.

• We are assisting Buche Foods with its special program for elders and those who have health concerns, delivering the meals in Mission. Call Buches to place your order and pay for it, and one of us will deliver it to you.

There may be more that we are called to do, and we hope to be able to answer each call to the best of our abilities. We are here to serve. If you need us, call us.

Know that we are all in this together, even though we are separated by shelter-in-place and curfew rules. Know that we are not alone – that God is with us, and that God will help us through these hard times. Know that when the threat has passed, we will re-open our churches, and invite everyone to participate in the glorious celebration that will come.

Join us in keeping the faith, and in prayers for safety and health for all of God’s beloved children.

Mitakuye oyasin!

The Rosebud Episcopal Mission welcomes all of its relatives to its 11 Episcopal churches on tRosebud Episcopal Mission logohe Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

The Episcopal Church has served on the Rosebud since 1873, and serves all of the people here.

Our churches, under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley, are:

• Church of Jesus, Rosebud

•Trinity Church, Mission

•Holy Innocents, Parmelee

•Grace Chapel, Soldier Creek

•Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi, Norris (a joint outreach of St. Paul’s, Norris, and St. Thomas, Corn Creek)

•St. Paul’s, Norris

•St. Thomas, Corn Creek

•St. Philip/St. James, White River, worshipping at St. James Chapel on the Bishop Hare Center.

Our churches, under the leadership of The Rev. Annie Henninger, are:

•All Saints, Milkscamp

•Calvary, Okreek

•Trinity, Winner

•Holy Spirit, Ideal

We welcome all of our relatives – all of God’s beloved people – to our services.

You may reach Mother Lauren at 605-828-3892.

You may reach Mother Annie at 605-835-8144.

Hallelujah anyhow!

An Easter message from The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church:

The Right Reverend Barbara Harris was the first woman ordained and consecrated a bishop in The Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion. In her memoir, entitled Hallelujah, Anyhow! [she] quotes an old Gospel hymn that says it this way:

Hallelujah anyhow

Never let your troubles get you down

When your troubles come your way

Hold your hands up high and say

Hallelujah anyhow!

When I get to Heaven, I want to meet one person, and her name is Mary Magdalene. Because if ever there was another Hallelujah, Anyhow sister, it was Mary Magdalene. And her life, and her example, tells us what it means to follow in the way of Jesus, in the Way of Love.

Mary Magdalene showed up when others would not. Mary Magdalene spoke up when others remained silent. Mary Magdalene stood up when others sat down.

John’s Gospel tells us that when many of the disciples fled and abandoned Jesus, Mary Magdalene stood by him at the cross. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Against the odds, swimming against the current, Mary Magdalene was there.

John’s Gospel says in the 20th chapter, early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and some of the other women went to the tomb. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

They went to the tomb when it didn’t make any sense. They went to the tomb when the evidence was against them. Jesus was dead. They knew that. The power of the Empire had crushed the hope of love. They knew that. And they got up in the morning and went to the tomb anyhow. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

But more than that, John’s Gospel says it was dark. It was dark. That’s not just the time of day in John’s Gospel. The darkness in John is the domain of evil. In John’s Gospel when Judas leaves the Last Supper to betray Jesus, John inserts a parenthetical remark. When Judas leaves to betray him, John says, “And it was night.” The darkness is the domain of wrong, of hatred, of bigotry, of violence, the domain of sin and death and horror.

And early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, Hallelujah, Anyhow.

The truth is, she didn’t know that Jesus was alive. She was just doing what love does. Caring for her beloved, her Savior, her friend, in his time of death, to give him the last rites of burial. And when she got to the tomb, and the other women with them, they eventually discovered that Jesus was alive, and in the silence of the night, in the moments of despair, in the moments of the worst darkness, God had done something incredible. God had raised Jesus from the dead

The truth is, nobody saw Jesus rise from the dead, because God had done it secretly and quietly, when nob