On Tuesday morning, December 25, 1906, when Los Angeles Nazarenes came to Sixth and Wall and walked into First Church for their annual Christmas Love Feast they had a lot on their mind. In April, their Nazarene brothers and sisters in San Francisco had gone through the nightmare of the great earthquake. By summer, the Azusa Street Revival taking place only a few blocks away had spilled out into their neighborhood and called into question their identity and caused some friends to leave the Nazarenes. In October, First Church hosted the General Assembly where delegates from the Association of Pentecostal Churches of America had come to observe and discuss a union to form a nationwide holiness denomination. The LA Times had reported on each of the three events. Nazarenes might have thought about the latter two issues that Tuesday morning because the Nazarene Messenger printed articles on them during December mixed in with their announcements of the twentieth renewal of the Christmas Love Feast.
When representatives of the APCA attended the General Assembly, the Church of the Nazarene had spread as far east as Chicago and had organized themselves into four districts: the Northwestern District where Elsie Wallace served as pastor in Spokane, Washington; the San Francisco District where H.O. Wiley pastored at Berkeley; the Southern California district with Lucy P. Knott as pastor of the Mateo Street Church and Mrs. A.F. McReynolds as Superintendent of the Spanish Mission; and the Chicago Central District with churches from Topeka, Kansas; Flint, Michigan; Seymour, Indiana, as well as Chicago. C.E. Cornell pastored Chicago First. And the district had a missionary in charge of a Swedish Mission in Chicago. The APCA brought to the possible union churches from Washington D.C. to Brooklyn, New York to New England. Both denominations had connections to foreign mission work in India.