The town of Buffalo and Oktoberfest, a town custom with food, crafts, music and displays, will begin the weekend events.At the Buffalo Shopping Center on Saturday, Oct. 20, there will be entertainment, booths and displays of crafts and homemade items including foods made the old-fashioned way right before the customerís eyes: apple butter, beans and cornbread, as well as traditional festival foods.On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Buffalo United Methodist Church will celebrate its annual Homecoming with guest speaker the Rev. David Peters.Peters is the fourth president of the United Methodist Foundation of WV, Inc., located in Charleston.He has 17 years experience in the foundationís unique planned-giving stewardship ministry.The church will start their worship service at a different time than usual, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, in order to accommodate the special luncheon to follow worship.In addition to Peters, there will be special music presented by Matt and Miriam Waller of Huntington and the Buffalo church choir.Buffalo United Methodist Church has been a member of the community of Buffalo for decades.It was originally founded as a meeting place in the early 1800s when the town was first settled, and the present sanctuary was built in 1870 under the auspices of the separate denomination Methodist Episcopal Church South.
In the 1950s, an activities center with Sunday school classrooms, choir room and office space and a fully equipped kitchen with dining area was added. As with most churches today, the remodeling goes on.Peters is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon; The Divinity School of Duke University, Durham, N.C.; and the Planned Giving Institute of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.He previously served as a United Methodist pastor of five congregations over a pastoral ministry of 23 years in the West Virginia Conference.Peters and his wife, Harriet, live in Hurricane and attend St. Andrew United Methodist Church in St. Albans, where he served as associate pastor in 1968.They are the parents of two married sons, Scott and Benjamin, and the grandparents of two grandsons, ages 5 and 2, and two granddaughters, ages 5 months old and 4 months old.Harriet Peters is an itinerant organist, Celtic harpist and teacher of piano and Celtic harp.
In the last 17 years, the United Methodist Foundation has received new endowment trusts and church deposit accounts and additional gifts to existing funds of more than $38 million.The foundation has more than 800 endowment trusts, income gifts (gift annuities and unitrusts) and custodial deposit accounts that benefit hundreds of United Methodist churches and all of the conference-related ministries.Total assets under management by the foundation now exceed $50 million.