Lunch event offers a ‘Slice of Thanks’ to military, veterans, law enforcement and firemen


The Natchitoches Lions Club, along with Psalm Shield 91 Ministry and Louie’s Pizza of Many will sponsor a “Slice of Thanks” Free Pizza Event for Natchitoches law enforcement officers, firefighters active duty military personnel and veterans. The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches Monday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Military/veterans identification or badge required as proof of service. Attendees may bring one family member to celebrate with them.

About a year ago Michele and Louis Smith, owners of Louie’s Pizza, wanted to get out into their community and feed people free, quality tasting pizza to show God’s love and to be the hands and feet of Christ. This desire started becoming a reality when Louis was on the lay-off list for his offshore job. Given 30 days to choose between a transfer or a lay-off, they began to pray to God for guidance. “One thing led to another, and before we knew it, we were purchasing a 26-foot food trailer,” said Michele.

The “slice of thanks” event was birthed out of their desire to let veterans/military officers, law enforcement officers, and firefighters know how much they’re appreciated. “We know our veterans have sacrificed so much for our great country and are sometimes forgotten,” said Michele. “We wanted to let them know they are not forgotten! As for the enlisted military officers, law enforcement officers and firefighters, we realize they have a difficult job as they put their lives on the line for us each day, and this is just a small way to say “thank you” and to show them their community is praying for them and supporting them.”

Psalm Shield 91 was started by a young lady in the Smith’s church who wanted to begin a prayer ministry for law enforcement officers. By handing out Psalm 91 bracelets, this young lady and her family share the gift of a prayer of protection from the scriptures of Psalm 91. They will be at the event to offer prayer and give out bracelets.