I'm trying to remember if these parties were a direct instruction from HQ or if this was something on a local level.
I remember I attended at least 2 of these parties and we also would bring them gifts. I saw them no different than a bday party (elevating someone to idolatry level).
If anyone else remembers these parties please let me know. If there's a letter out there somewhere from HQ that would be even better. Thanks!!!