Central Avenue Church Presents

Star of Wonder: A Central Christmas Album

Track List

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
O Come, All Ye Faithful
The Friendly Beasts
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Go Tell It on the Mountain

Our Church

Central Avenue UMC is one church that meets in two locations in Athens, Ohio. We love our community and desire to see the love of Jesus transform us, our town and our world. Central aims to be a church that makes sense for Athens—a diverse gathering of people for whom everything, from the way we treat one another to the music we play and the way we dress, is simply the outpouring of the people God has created us to be. We hope you feel that spirit in this music. For more information about Central, visit


Our Hope

Christmas is a special time for Central. We gather, sing, and reflect together on the birth of Jesus Christ into our world—that light has come into the darkness, that hope has come into hopeless places. But we don’t just reflect. We want to be a visible manifestation of that hope. To that end, every Christmas Eve our congregation takes up an offering that is given, not to our church, but to an organization that is working to make Athens and our world a better place. Over the past several years we have given almost $50,000 to local organizations like My Sister’s Place, The Gathering Place, Good Works, and Serenity Grove Recovery House, as well as to the international work of Imagine No Malaria. This year we are partnering with our friends at Passion Works Studio, who also collaborated with us to design the album art.

Our Partner

Passion Works Studio is a collaborative community arts center located in Athens, Ohio at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. At the heart and soul of Passion Works is a core group of practicing professional artists with developmental differences. People who were historically perceived as unemployable non-viable citizens, are today creating visual evidence of the depth and wealth of the creative human spirit. For more information, visit


Join us for our Christmas Eve Services

December 24th
5pm and 7pm
29 East Carpenter

Our Christmas Eve offerings will go to Passion Works.


Laura Risler - vocals, (bell kit on “Friendly Beasts”)
Jane Oberhauser - vocals
Boone Troyer - vocals, (snare on “Friendly Beasts”)
Josh Hilliard - acoustic/electric guitars
Bruce Dalzell - bass, vocals
Darren Jackson - banjo, piano, melodica
Geoff Osterland - drums/percussion, (acoustic guitar on “Friendly Beasts”)

Recorded and mixed at 3 Elliott Studios, Athens, Ohio (https://www.3elliottstudio.com)
Mastering by Chris Graham Mastering (https://www.chrisgrahammastering.com)
Album Art by Passion Works Studio
Album Design by Nik Williams

Thanks to: Special thanks to Josh Antonuccio and 3 Elliott Studios, Ricky Chilcott, Geoff Osterland, Alan McMillan, Patty Mitchell, Chris Graham, and the community of Central Avenue UMC

By track:

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings"

Boone Troyer – lead vocal
Laura Risler – lead vocal
Jane Oberhauser – background vocal
Josh Hilliard - acoustic guitar
Bruce Dalzell - bass
Darren Jackson - banjo
Geoff Osterland - drums

"O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Laura Risler – lead vocal
Jane Oberhauser – background vocal
Boone Troyer – background vocal
Josh Hilliard - acoustic guitar
Bruce Dalzell - bass
Darren Jackson - banjo
Geoff Osterland - drums

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Jane Oberhauser - lead vocal
Laura Risler – background vocal
Josh Hilliard - acoustic guitar
Bruce Dalzell - bass
Darren Jackson - piano
Geoff Osterland - drums

"The Friendly Beasts"

Laura Risler - vocal/bell kit
Jane Oberhauser - vocal
Boone Troyer - vocal/snare drum
Bruce Dalzell - vocal/bass
Geoff Osterland - acoustic guitar/percussion
Darren Jackson - banjo/melodica
Josh Hilliard - electric guitar

"Go Tell It on the Mountain"

Laura Risler – lead vocal
Bruce Dalzell - vocal
Jane Oberhauser - vocal
Boone Troyer - vocal
Josh Hilliard - electric guitar
Geoff Osterland - percussion