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Lutheran meeting in Allentown, PA gets contentious, but who is this wealthy ‘Lutheran’ group?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 17, 2015

This is an update of the post we wrote here the other day.  Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern Pennsylvania held a public meeting to bring together churches in the Allentown area to prep them for the arrival of Syrian refugees.

The Morning Call reported on what happened next, here.

A Lutheran group that settles refugees in the Lehigh Valley got more than it bargained for at a meeting Wednesday when members of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party and other groups questioned whether some of those refugees might be terrorists.

Lutheran Children and Family Service, which oversees the refugee settlement program in the area, held an informational meeting at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Allentown on how churches and others can help in light of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Janet Panning, program director of Lutheran Children and Family Service, told the approximately 70 people in attendance that the agency expects to resettle about 120-130 refugees in the next year, including about 50-60 Syrians in 15 families.


Representatives of about 25 churches attended to find out how they would help. But when Panning and others on her panel started taking questions, it became clear that others in the audience were more concerned with whether the Muslim refugees might be terrorists, might try to impose strict Islamic law and customs on the United States and become burdens to society.

I am not going to get into the weeds of the misinformation spouted by Ms. Panning and others.  Read the whole thing and be sure to see the comments.

Two things!

Remember two things (no matter how maligned you might be at a meeting like this one):  First, you are paying for this whole resettlement business and have a right to know what they are doing with your money and to your town, and secondly, the FBI has testified to Congress that the Syrian refugees cannot be thoroughly screened to assure terrorists won’t get in!

You have every right to be there and to question those promoting the colonization of your community and using your money to do it!

Luanne Fisher

Luanne Fisher is the Lutheran CEO/President with the huge salary (below). Here she is as part of Lutheran Liberty. I think real Lutherans should be looking into this tangled web of groups using the name of your faith while milking taxpayers.

Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern Pennsylvania is rolling in YOUR bucks!

They are from Philadelphia where refugee overload means diversity is not such a beautiful thing and thus they need to be spreading their refugees out to surrounding towns and cities—Allentown is about 50 miles from Philadelphia.  More here.

Some parts of their website are password protected (what are they hiding there?).

If you think this ‘church’ group is passing the plate on Sunday mornings to pay for all of this, forget it.  By the way, they are a subcontractor of major federal contractor Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, here.

We had a look at the most recent Form 990 available for Ms. Panning’s organization and here is some of what we learned (p.9):

Gross receipts that year were:  $14,273,796

Government grants:  $13,506,480 (federal and state taxpayer dollars!)

So that comes to 95% funded by taxpayers!  This is not a private non-profit group, this is essentially a quasi-government agency!

It gets worse!

They spent $8,889,752 of your money on salaries, benefits, pensions, payroll taxes and management!

Now, have a look at the salaries for this NON-PROFIT GROUP! (p. 7)   Ahhhh!   Doing well by doing good!

CEO:  $411,357 (in compensation and related benefits)

Senior VP:  $269,734

Another Senior VP: $205,456

VP of Community Services: $153,837

So, when Ms. Panning is trying to tell an audience that they aren’t paid much, that all they get is $925 per refugee from the State Department, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe she doesn’t know herself how many millions come from taxpayers or how huge the salaries are of her senior leadership. Next time, how about sending CEO Luanne Fisher*** out to field the questions!

From The Morning Call:

The State Department, which works with Lutheran Children and Family Service on resettlement, provides $925 per refugee to help with the effort. The rest is up to the Lutheran Service group and churches that partner with the organization.

By the way, you need to know that when groups like this one seek volunteer help and donated junk, they get to count both the time and the donations as ‘cash’ so they can tell the federal government they have a little skin in the game.

Read the whole Morning Call update here.

Another Lutheran doing well by doing good is Jodi Harpstead, here at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  How many more of them are out there sucking from the government teat?

p.s. If you have made contact with your Pennsylvania US Senators’ offices, please send them this post! Afterthought: Dr. Fisher makes twice what your US Senator makes, here.

*** Ms. Fisher was the CEO at the time of the filing of the 2012 Form 990 we were able to access and we can only assume she is still the CEO as of this writing.  It is the staff portion of their website that is password protected.

15 Responses to “Lutheran meeting in Allentown, PA gets contentious, but who is this wealthy ‘Lutheran’ group?”

  1. Allentown is also home to persecuted Syian Christians!


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  4. domstudent11 said

    Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern Pennsylvania lists Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Northeast Pennsylvania as an organization that provides housing etc. for refugees. The church’s “welcome” website states that their goal is to have a small apartment building for refugees plus they work with LIRS, NSC and LCFS. They apparently have welcomed 96 refugees so far. I couldn’t help but think that it would be nice if they provided housing, employment help, etc. for U.S. citizens who are out of work. I’d love to see how much of Prince of Peace’s budget comes from resettlement contractors.

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  5. Billy Joel song to be changed to ‘Alientown’?

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  6. “Immigrants devoted to their own cultures and religions are not influenced by the secular politically correct façade that dominates academia, news-media, entertainment, education, religious and political thinking today,” said James Walsh, former Associate General Counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. “They claim the right not to assimilate, and the day is coming when the question will be how can the United States regulate the defiantly unassimilated cultures, religions and mores of foreign lands? Such immigrants say their traditions trump the U.S. legal system. Balkanization of the United States has begun.”

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    • sturandot13 said

      The “Balkanization” of the United States began in 1965 with Ted Kennedy and LBJ’s Hart-Celler Immigration Bill. (Ted Kennedy’s NAME might not be on the bill; but his fingerprints were all over it, as he ushered the bill through the Senate. I wonder how his asbestos underwear are holding up?)

      Refer to this article to understand what I’m talking about. It is entitled: “Three Decades of Mass Immigration: The Legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act” by the Center for Immigration Studies.


  7. “We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the US until this threat of Islam thing is settled. Every Muslim that enters this country has the potential to become radicalized. And, they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During WWII, we didn’t allow Japanese to immigrate to America. We didn’t allow Germans to immigrate. Why are we allowing Muslims?” Franklin Graham

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  8. “Any culture that will not defend itself against displacement through mass immigration faces extinction. That includes both time-tested and successful cultures and even doomed criminal cultures. Embracing diversity is cultural suicide. America’s multicultural path guarantees its destruction via cultural clashes and conflict such as Islam, Mexican and African cultures that diametrically oppose American culture. The more diverse a country, the more destructive and broken-down its future. The more people, the more it destroys its quality of life and standard of living. The more it adds immigrants, the more destruction to its environment. The more it imports refugees, the faster America, Canada, Europe and Australia lose their own ability to function. Exponential growth of any civilization cannot be sustained. It leads to ultimate collapse. You are seeing it in Africa, India and China today. You will see it in Europe, Canada, Australia and America in the coming years, IF Western countries don’t stop all forms of immigration.“ Frosty Wooldridge, 6 continent world bicycle traveler, witness to what’s coming to Western countries as to endless refugee immigration.

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