Many events in Sisters have been disrupted or canceled this year, but the hardy volunteers who provide a community Thanksgiving dinner each year at Sisters Community Church are undeterred.

The meal will go forward from noon to 4 p.m. — primarily on a to-go basis.

Longtime event coordinator Jennifer Seher told The Nugget that the event is just too important to too many people to completely forego due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re doing Thanksgiving because a year ago, it was something everyone was looking forward to,” she said.

Volunteers will put together the dinner with all the fixings in the church kitchen.

“The food is already donated. Josh (Reed) from Three Creeks (Brewing Co.) is going to partner with me this year to do the cooking,” Seher said.

Seher said the volunteers are looking into the possibility of offering some limited, appropriately distanced seating in the large church fellowship room. That seating would likely be in “pods” and provided for groups with particular needs.

She said that everyone will miss the hours of camaraderie provided by past gatherings.

“That is going to put a dent in it, because that was a big portion of it — the ability to get people together, the fellowship,” she said.

Regardless, providing a Thanksgiving meal to people who otherwise would go without remains an important mission for Sisters.

Seher said that the one food donation item that remains is pumpkin pies. Those interested in donating may do so through the day before Thanksgiving. Contact Seher at 541-390-4597.